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31 Days - Day 5: Wake

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Hello everyone, and welcome to day 5 of 31 days. Today’s song is from a game I had found very late in its life.

Alan Wake: A Writers Dream

I haven’t found anything personally that uses the premise Alan Wake uses. At the time I played it Zombie shooters where a dime in a dozen, and the market was oversaturated with them. What constituted as horror in most cases was a lot of spoopy jump scare YouTube fodder.

This game was an oasis in a desert for me. The story was well written and the premise was unique. Being hunted down by an ever present darkness that can only be harmed by the very limited light you had (and even then you still had to pop a few bullets in them), all while trying to find your wife and unravel the secrets of this strange town. The best part of this was the distinct lack of zombies and cheap jump scares.

Unlike a lot of the fodder out there Alan wake knows how to pace its gameplay. It isn’t straight action or “terror” all the way down the line till the end. The game gives you moments of peace, time to really appreciate the beauty around you, even when you’re in the dark world. It builds a level of tension and suspense that doesn’t feel cheap. In conjunction with that the story itself flows well. The dialog is good and the characters are likeable enough. This fills most of those peaceful moments making them more enjoyable and meaningful.

Finally I would like to add that the game has some great attention to detail. I really appreciate the little things in games. I’ll always pop by a magazine rack and see if anything is actually identifiable, or if it’s just low resolution decoration.  In the case of Alan Wake they actually had a TV series called Night Springs which is basically the twilight zone. It’s not important to the story at all, but it simply adds a bit more life into the world. Also the endless Verizon commercials are pretty accurate.

 

That said if you haven’t picked up this game I would highly recommend it :H2NK6-AYBYR-2KL77: It’s old, but still holds up really well. Sadly it’s not up in stores due to a music licensing issue, but if you can find a copy it’s most certainly worth the buy.

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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.



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A Few things about me
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- 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.

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My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango
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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:
https://www.destructoid.com/?a=141057&name=Alphadeus&chaos=ok&start=0

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).