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31 Days 2020 Edition Day 12: The Gaol


Typically when it comes to matters of entertainment, I’d rather enjoy something new than spend that time revisiting older material. Once I’ve gone through something the return on my enjoyment drops off drastically in most cases. Unless something major happens like DLC or a big update I’ll usually move on when I’ve had my fun. There are some exceptions though.

Bloodborne happens to be one of said exceptions. The playthrough may essentially be the same in terms of how things progress but every time I go back in I leave the experience with some new insight about the world and the lore. Despite having few cutscenes and very little dialog Bloodborne has a lot to say and it does so successfully through the environment to great effect. Rather than bombard you with exposition Bloodborne (and other souls games) subtly presents you with the story in a way that really allows you to immerse yourself in that moment through the level design, music, and events that take place in the game.

Take this piece for instance. In all my time with the game I hadn’t noticed that this stops playing once the blood moon rises. It all makes a lot more sense now. During the event where you choose to send sister Adella to the church or the clinic she states that she’s been hearing moaning in the distance. This could mean that all this singing and chanting is actually happening in game. This is further implied post blood moon when the streets are filled with cramped caskets and the music stops. It stops because they’re all dead and their corpses have likely been reanimated by bell maidens forming these cramped caskets. This could also explain why a lot of coffins are chained shut in the game. To keep this from happening should the conditions be right for these abominations to form.

All of this lore and information gleaned from events that might otherwise be innocuous in other games and I love it. Should I be lucky enough to snag a PS5 I’ll definitely be doing another run to commemorate the moment.

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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).