Nicholas Carr on the permanence of digital

Nicholas Carr and Hideo KojimaI found this interesting.  Fans of Metal Gear Solid 2 know that the game comments on the permanence of digital information, portraying traditional culture as fragile and transient, and digital culture as a swelling “flood” of eternally accessible garbage.  Physical records conform to the idea of evolution and natural selection, he suggests.  But yesterday, respected technology prophet and bestselling author Nicholas Carr flipped this idea on its head by suggesting that it’s actually old, physical culture that remains accessible, and digital information that becomes swept away in a stream of technological change…

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The Opposite of Epic

The Opposite of Epic

Upcoming God of War installment original game Asura’s Wrath combines exotic Asian mythologies with over-the-top gameplay in an attempt to cash in on what I’ve come to refer to as “epicness pornography”.  Will the game industry ever escape this downward spiral of bombastic bullshit?  Apparently not.

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SnakeSoup’s Revengeance editorial and response

I know most of you probably visit TheSnakeSoup already, but it’s worth linking to this new editorial by Ravi Singh, in which he methodically points out how stupid the backlash to Revengeance really is in context.

Rather than discussing the motive for the game’s revamped style, he thoroughly blows apart the whole misconception that the Metal Gear universe is somehow sacred and in danger of being ruined, exposing the inconsistency and ignorance of those who believe Revengeance is a new low that poses a threat to the franchise.

And while I wholeheartedly agree with Ravi’s points, I do want to acknowledge that the reputation of the Metal Gear name is in legitimate danger thanks to Revengeance.  Yes, there are plenty of good reasons why the game is being made the way it is, and the backlash may be founded on ignorance, but the fact remains that the majority of gamers don’t know or care about these things — they only know that its a full-blown, high definition, multi-platform Metal Gear game, and it looks campy and ridiculous.

Richard George’s opinion is naive, but it’s popular enough to make a difference.  Unless Kojima Productions does more to educate the game media and players about the fact that this isn’t a “canon” story and isn’t meant to be taken seriously, gamers will be confused and angry.  On the other hand, once people find out that it’s not canon and not serious, there’s an equally big danger of destroying any interest that existed before; people won’t be mad, but instead they simply won’t care.  This is why it’s so stupid to use the Metal Gear name in the first place.  (Unless you’re Hideo Kojima, secretly allowing the series’ reputation to be ruined in order to give yourself freedom to pursue new projects, in which case it’s a sacrifice for the greater good.)

Damn it, Jeremy Parish

Why the hell are people writing articles about this now?  Shouldn’t you be too busy kissing Call of Duty’s ass?  Seriously.  Since when do you care about the deeper themes of MGS2?  Go back to sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich, this is my turf!

Here I am, right in the middle of making the definitive Metal Gear Solid 2 analysis, and guys like this have to come along and try to steal my thunder.  Thankfully, they barely scratch the surface, and I don’t need to prove that I wrote about this shit years before they did.  I’m a hipster like that.

Anyway, I suggest you read the whole thing.  It’s kind of neat, but doesn’t nearly do the game justice still.

“So I Guess I’m Old Now”: Battlefield 3 Impressions

Battlefield 3 now officially holds the honor of being the first videogame/piece of culture to make me feel old.  It’s not because I don’t have the mental energy or reflexes to be competitive with today’s 13-year-olds; nor is it due to the astounding evolution of the series from those days of yore when I first enjoyed crashing my Corsair into low-polycount Nazis soldiers. Continue reading

Must-see review of MGS4

[Note:  I felt like these videos didn’t stay at the top of this site for long enough, so I’m making it sticky for now.  Newer stuff is below it.]

It’s a three-part video, which for some reason uses a Veoh in the second part, but just make sure you watch it and enjoy.  It’s by a Bulgarian dude or something, but I couldn’t stop laughing as I watched it.  As far as I’m concerned there could be another 50 minutes of this.

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