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31 Days 2020 Edition Day 17: Closing Time


Say what you will about the franchise and the direction it has taken over the years. There is no denying that it much like PT has shaped a lot of games over the past decade.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2: Main theme

I would like to believe that Jim Sterling is indirectly responsible for the creation of the massively successful franchise that is Five Nights at Freddy’s. Perhaps if a few of those other devs rolled with it like Scott did they might also have made it big [/j]. That aside I wouldn’t call myself anything more than a casual fan. I more so enjoyed the people making lets plays, though for a simple game it did have a decent amount of lore to tell. Perhaps too much as things became more convoluted. Even Game Theory seems to have been thrown for a loop multiple times.

That said it doesn’t make the game any less influential. Five Nights at Freddy’s as far as I have been able to see is the first “Survive the night” horror game. This spawned a whole host of games looking to imitate the success of the Freddy franchise by copying just about everything the game did. They did alright albeit briefly as we can see who the clear winner is all these years later.

Five Nights at Freddy’s succeeded in part because of YouTube, but also because it knew what it wanted to be. In a time where bigger companies were ringing the death knell for horror games Five Nights at Freddy’s filled the space left behind by big publishers. It created a decent game with creepy atmosphere and intrigue, keeping to those themes and leading rather than following. In the end it all paid off. It may not be my cup of tea but I do recognize that for a generation of younger kids this was their Resident Evil, because Resident Evil at the time was too busy trying to emulate Call of Duty to be a horror game.  

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

Link: https://theunknown1-arts.tumblr.com

I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).