E3 2014 trailer on par with Crime & Punishment? Why not.

Was not expecting this.

Look at the special page on the Konami website featuring famous people kissing Kojima’s ass because somebody showed them the first serious story videogame trailer they’ve ever seen, and asked them what they’d like to publicly state about it.

Among the quotes is the director of the movie Drive, who thinks the Kojima is possessed by a 19th Century Russian writer, a 16th Century Italian painter, and American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick rolled into one.  Yes, truly, this one trailer is proof enough that Kojima is on par with revolutionary creators whose grand creations have stood the test of decades and centuries.  He goes on to call the trailer “A daring and bold move from one of the founders of the future of technology,”  which I’m assuming refers to… videogames?  I guess he doesn’t realize violence is the opposite of daring when you’re talking about game trailers, but oh well.

One of my favorite filmmakers, Park Chan-wook, has a more reasonable and intellectually honest comment, stating that Kojima “…has actually been making films in his own way already.  Metal Gear Solid games are already films, the films of the future.”  Which is a really nice compliment, I think.

Then again, this is literally just a trailer they’re talking about.  Isn’t this crazy?  Captain Ahab really wants to hunt down that white whale.

MGR: Revengeance Is A Problem Best Taken Seriously



Have I failed myself, my fans, and the Metal Gear series by not being harsh enough on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?  Did I give it a free pass when I should have cut it limb from limb?  Some people think so.

The following is a response I received regarding my review of MGR:R, from a reader named Typocorism, explaining the importance and danger of Revengeance.  My responses are included. 

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Revengeance analysis video “Give War A Chance”

Here’s a thoughtful commentary on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and action games that posture as “intellectual”.  It’s an interesting take on the subtext of Revengeance (yes, apparently it has some!) in which the “true nature” of action games is explored.

Give credit to Chris Wagar from GatherYourParty for this.

Unbelievable masterpiece: Metal Gear Cliff Notes part III is out now!!

What can I say about the work that Mr. Lázaro Martinez here?  Aside from literally laughing out loud at the jokes and feeling inspired to think seriously about just how crazy the original Metal Gear really was, I just have to be insanely jealous.  This is crazy, man.  He’s even got lips synchronized, facial expressions, and so much other extra goodies which I happen to know were not in the original script (but which are hilarious) I feel lucky to have been part of the first “Cliff Notes” video series.  That cameo of Ravi Singh is priceless too, this guy really knows how to do a likeness!!

Please do this guy a favor and share this with as many people as you can.  Make the thing spread around the internet like you know it should!

The 5 Worst Performances in the Metal Gear Solid Franchise

The 5 Worst Performances in the Metal Gear Solid Franchise

Here’s the piece I wrote for WhatCulture.com, critiquing and analyzing the worst performances in the Metal Gear Solid franchise.  If you agree it’s better than most of the crap on the internet, share it on Tumblr or Facebook or wherever folks go these days, because I’d like this one to make some waves, if possible.

The More You Know: 50 Weird Revelations

Sometimes it’s nice to step back and remember how bizarre the Metal Gear series is.  Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a noobie who’s never heard of Solid Snake, you’ll still find yourself impressed by Kojima’s commitment to the unexpected.  Here’s a piece on the 50 Weird Revelations You Weren’t Expecting in the Metal Gear series, by What Culture.

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