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31 Days: Day 23 - Quarantine


 I do enjoy a wide array of horror games, but the ones I enjoy the most are the ones that have capable protagonists. A capable protagonist is someone who isn’t handicapped by things like bad stamina, poor aiming, and tank controls. One upon a time those things were great elements in horror games but now they’re outdated. I feel horror games are at their best when they can still strike fear into your heart without needing to handicap you. That is why today’s pick comes from The Last of Us.



I was incredibly excited to play this game when it first came out. Everything from the visuals to the gameplay spoke to my tastes. Besides Resident Evil 4 this would be one of the few horror games I got to play that has capable protagonists. It felt so good to control Joel and Ellie during their journey and not once did I feel like I was over powered. I was constantly looking over my shoulder and around every corner to best handle each new threat. Most of my encounters with clickers were nerve racking. I didn’t want to attract more infected but I also wanted to deal with them. This led to very tense moments of stealth that felt very gratifying to clear. I loved every moment of that game, can’t even think of one complaint I’d have for it.



The choice in song is one of the first you hear and I feel it sets the tone really well for the game. The world went to hell and humanity is hanging onto existence by threads. There is a big difference between existing and living. Existing is just getting by, day by day, which is what these quarantine zones have reduced life to. In order to stay safe you stay within a zone and hope for the best. Even then many of these places have come under attack by hostile groups such as hunters and the infected. With limited resources tensions rise and unrest sets in. The sad state of affairs fits in well with the somewhat chaotic nature of the guitar. When paired with the ambience you can really feel that despair set in as people wonder how long they may have left before it all ends for them.

Do you fight? Do you run? Do you succumb? It’s a terrifying way to “live”.

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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).