For your enjoyment, this article has been updated on April 4, 2011
The year was 1998.
While President Bill Clinton was busy dealing with the Lewinsky scandal, the videogame industry was releasing some of the greatest games ever made. It could very well be single greatest year for videogames, before or after. Games such as:
Resident Evil 2
Final Fantasy Tactics
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
StarCraft: Brood War
Thief: The Dark Project
Oh, and a little thing called Metal Gear Solid.
That’s what I call a good year.
When Hideo Kojima looks back at MGS2, what is his favorite part? Could it be the introduction of Raiden? Or perhaps the craziness of the Arsenal Gear section? What about the speech at the end about starting over and creating a new identity?
Well according to his Twitter feed, it’s the part where Raiden and Rose talk about King Kong:
My favourite scene from MGS2 is where RAIDEN meets Rose. When she was asked “Which building did the King Kong climb?” by the sightseeing ladies, she pointed at the world trade centre which is the new building by the direector John Guillermin. The ladies denied it. Then, the movie-buff: RAIDEN came in to showed the old empire state building.
Huh, who would have guessed?
As you know, every year that we feel like it we honor the best April Fool’s Day prank, in recognition of those wily mischief makers in the Metal Gear community!
This year, the award goes to The Snake Soup for their bombastic and spastic “MGS Social Bros” prank, in which they replaced their main page with an astounding amount of low-brow fratboy homage and terrible pictures. Well done!
Contributing to the believability was the effort of username “JohnKillaz224” and others, who wrote a bunch of inane, hilarious satire. More than is necessary for a prank. Way more. Including YouTube videos! That’s going the extra mile.
Truly worthy stuff. And although I’m disappointed that you are back to normal, I am glad to see the short-lived burst of creativity you managed to squeeze out there. It goes to show that it’s possible!
Once again a reminder that my site redesign is NOT an April Fool’s prank, and will continue to develop as promised!
The email which you should be sending your fan fiction stories to is firstname.lastname@example.org!
And to repeat, it’s not an April Fool’s joke, so if you submit a story, I’ll really do the dramatic recording and artwork. Here’s the rules.
In order to celebrate the unveiling of our new website we’re running our very own Metal Gear Fan Fiction contest!
The rules are simple! The prize is hilarious! The contest starts NOW!
- Must be submitted before May 1st, 2011
- Must have less than 15,000 written characters (approx.)
- Must have at least two characters from the Metal Gear series
- Must have dialogue
- No explicit language or sexual imagery
- The funnest story to read/record will win!
Now I’m trusting that you people have some silly stories up your sleeves, and trust me when I say that awful stories have a good chance to win! You don’t need to know a bunch of big words or story techniques, or even the storyline of the Metal Gear series. Just involve Metal Gear characters and pump out a riveting little tale with them! Read on to find out the prize!
Listen to the new podcast to find out everything you need to know about the site redesign, the fan fiction contest, and the future of MetaGearSolid.org!
Click here to listen!
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So you’ve seen Brink‘s official website, maybe some trailers, and now you’re thinking, “Hey this looks pretty cool!”
But what you don’t realize is that it’s going to suck. Follow me as I explain why you should stop being hyped for Brink right now.
5. The Art Style
“Idiot!” you shout. “Brink has some of the best visual direction of any first person shooter! It looks great!”
You instantly dismiss this article and hover your mouse over the “Back” button, but wait: I AGREE. So here’s my question: why did the idiots over at Splash Damage fight the idea?
On April 12th of last year I did a news update regarding (what was at that point being called) the “taboo” game. This site doesn’t have links to individual news pieces, but it’s on this archive page.
Since then he hasn’t talked about taboos, but has mentioned a “devil project” several times, leading many to conclude that they are the same game. As you can see from the picture in the archives, the image I originally decided to associate with the “taboo” project is—in fact—a devil!
What does this mean?
It means that Kojima has been reading my site, and after seeing that I made him look like a devil based on his statements, he decided to start calling his taboo project the “devil project”, of course! (Or, if you’re following the new translations of his Twitter feed, the “Ogre” project. But we know that Japanese people translate devil into ogre, so that’s just a tyny mistake!)
Does this also mean that my theory about the taboo/devil project is correct? That the game will be a remake of the original Metal Gear, but feature a ton of retroactive continuity? Which if he handles incorrectly, could force him to “leave the industry”? Probably. For now though, what are the odds of him calling it the devil project soon after I used that devil image? Spooky.
Also, yes, a bunch of new articles and stuff are on the way!