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Anthony is a writer living in New York whose work has appeared in The A.V. Club, The Gameological Society, Edge, and Fast Company. He has been writing about video games for 28 years. Only seven of those years have been professional writing. The previous 21 years were primarily private stories about spending time with Mega Man. He owns two beaches, likes long walks on cats, and is eternally grateful for the love and patience of his wife.

Anthony John Agnello's Latest Posts

Joystiq Discussion: Pray or spray the Xeno away in Alien Isolation?

"You can get through the entire game without killing someone," said Gary Napper, lead designer of Alien: Isolation, in a new interview with GamesTM. "It's something that was, not so much a challenge, but something I felt was what the character would do. We're talking about a member of the Ripley...

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Joystiq Streams: Rambling down the Road Not Taken [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

Road Not Taken, Spry Fox's new roguelike puzzler for PlayStation 4 and PC, is nowhere near as outwardly forbidding as The Long Dark, which punished Joystiq Streams earlier this week, but seeing its little hooded hero huddled up against a fire in the dark, trying to make it a little bit further,...

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Joystiq Streams: Can Eternal Darkness still scare? [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

The things that terrify us never fade - the dark, basements, isolation, bugs, lake monsters, Paula Deen -but time isn't kind to our scary stories. Some horror stands up, though. The Exorcist is every bit as freaky as it was 40 years ago, but is Silicon Knights' Eternal Darkness: Sanity's...

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Joystiq Streams: The Long Dark boards the Mid-Summer Terror Train [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

A strange thing happens when you're in real, honest-to-goodness wilderness. When the sun goes down and there's no artificial light, one of two things happens: either you go to sleep, or you're shocked wide awake after realizing how very dark, how very quiet, and how very big the world is. The...

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Joystiq Giveaway: 380 chances to enter the Destiny beta

Fly me to the Traveller/And let me play among the stars/Let me see what spring is like/On a Jupiter and Mars/In other words, hold my hand/In other words, baby, play the Destiny beta with me Pick up your rifle and call your Dinklage, kids and cadets! It's Destiny beta time. Bungie and Activision...

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Joystiq Streams: Haunting Ground boards Mid-Summer Terror Train [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

Horror need not be relegated to the sweet browns and reds of October! Must we wait until fall to get scared stupid like Ernest or all those dupes playing Slender on YouTube? No! Let us delight in the dumb scares of a dark movie theater, redolent with stale popcorn smells. Let us remember the...

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Binding of Isaac may still survive on Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS owners may yet help a kid survive his mom's attempt at ritual sacrifice, Legend of Zelda-style. Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen gave Nintendo portable players new hope in a Sunday post to Tumblr. "Has Isaac on the 3DS definitively fallen off the monkey train of possibility?"...

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Joystiq Streams: CounterSpy sneaks onto PlayStation 4 [Update: Watch the replay!]

Update: Watch the replay above. No Luddy does it better/Makes me feel sad for the rest/No Luddy does it half as good as you/Baby, you're the best/I wasn't looking for video games/I tried to read a book/But like Heaven above me/The spy named Luddy/Is playing all my PS4 games tonight ...

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Joystiq Discussion: Should consoles have early access games?

The age of early access is upon us! No longer the domain of PCs, the alpha build is becoming a central tenet of the modern game industry, even on consoles. "We have a global strike team, plus an SCEA strike team, who are in charge of trying to figure out how to look at what's happening with early...

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10 Years, 10 Great Games: Anthony's picks

Throughout the week, Joystiq celebrates its tenth anniversary by revealing each writer's favorite - not "best" - games of the last decade. Aside from selecting a number one, each list is unordered. For his number one selection, Community Manager Anthony John Agnello reminds us of a beloved RPG...

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