Kojima further ruins the mystique of Ground Zeroes with this behind-the-scenes video

Kojima wants to show off, but as I just wrote in my analysis of their marketing, they don’t seem to care about preserving the intrigue and mystery around this game at all.  I’ve always hated behind-the-scenes videos for my favorite things, unless it’s years later and I’m not “into it” the same way still.

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.

Special Limited Time Revengeance Ultimate Edition Bundle!

Everybody, I need to interrupt my Ground Zeroes commentary to tell you about a special limited time offer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance available now on PSN!

For only $74.99, you can buy your favorite Platinum Games action game starring Raiden, along with the following super rare and valuable things:

- VR Missions ($2.99 value)
- Jetstream Side Mission (free value)
- Blade Wolf Side Mission (free value)
- Cyborg Ninja Skin (previously pre-order only)
- MGS4 Raiden Skin ($1.99 value)
- Commando Armor Skin (previously pre-order only)
- White Armor Skin (previously pre-order only)
- Inferno Armor Skin (previously pre-order only)

Check out how amazingly cool these skins are in this exciting video:

This is an amazing value that you won’t want to miss!  The regular edition of MGR can be bought for $49.99, which means you’ll get this amazing $5 worth of extra content for only an additional $25!  The “Ultimate Edition” is for true fans who want to show how smart they really are!

Ground Zeroes writings will be coming

I guess I should mention, I bought Ground Zeroes for the PS3 and I’ll be writing about it in a few days once I’m confident that I’ve seen everything I need to.  I’ve beaten the main story and the Side Ops, but haven’t unlocked what I assume is the “Deja Vu” mission.  I’ve listened to most of the audio logs, too.

I haven’t synchronized the companion app, or tested nearly everything I want to though.

US gov’t controls online information through infiltration and distortion

Hey.  How are you?

DENY / DISRUPT / DEGRADE / DECEIVE

Remember how Kojima created a really weird game that one time?  It was about the control of the world’s digital information?  By a shadow government called “The Patriots”?  And that was before the 9/11 inside job attacks led to the real world creation of the Patriot Act, which gave the US government unprecedented unconstitutional powers?  It was a long time ago, you may not remember…

Well it’s 2014 now, and here’s a current news story for you:

The latest revelations and newly-released documents, detailed by Glenn Greenwald in a shocking piece for his new outlet, The Intercept, show that’s exactly what they’re doing. Whereas J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used old-fashioned methods – primitive bugging devices, poison pen letters, and physical infiltration of “suspect” groups – today’s Thought Police use the Internet to, as Greenwald puts it, “control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the Internet itself.”

This story itself was eerily censored repeatedly by government agents on Reddit itself, preventing it from rocketing to the top of the front page where everyone would see it.  It’s disgusting, and only thanks to perseverance and vigilance of the community has it finally started making some waves that the NSA and whoever is conducting these operations can’t control.  Knowing that the government is actively manipulating the Internet’s most trafficked discussion forums is not a surprise to me at all, but now it’s out of the realm of conspiracy theory and into the factual knowledge of how the world works.

Every sane person must now ask him or herself where else these mysterious propagandists have infiltrated, how much they control key subjects, and what other lines they’ve already been crossing this whole time.  How many layers of the traditional media do they have their fingers in, along with Hollywood productions, magazines, videogames, and yes, that forever-ignored root of society’s ignorance: the public school system.  The information we receive and trust is being controlled, and now it’s official.

If you want to deprogram yourself from the conditioning you’ve received, there are a few books that have helped me greatly.  Most important is The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto.  This is not a conspiracy theory book, Mr. Gatto is an award-winning public school teacher who spent his lifetime struggling with the education system and found many disturbing insights through his career.  His book not only deconstructs the way forced schooling works, what it’s key functions are, and why it’s so effective, but it connects it to the origins of forced schooling, the philosophy which justifies it all, and the many examples of how humanity is better and more capable than we’ve been conditioned to believe.

If I demanded you give up your television to an anonymous, itinerant repairman who needed work you’d think I was crazy; if I came with a policeman who forced you to pay that repairman even after he broke your set, you would be outraged. Why are you so docile when you give up your child to a government agent called a schoolteacher?

Although I haven’t read the entire thing to make sure it’s free from NSA tampering, or some incomplete or early draft, you can find what seems to be the entire book here.  But please, if you can find a copy to buy and support the author (who is still alive) do so!

Of course, you would be a fool not to at least check out (and save/print a copy of) the actual bombshell material that explains how the NSA’s censorship campaigns operate!!

DENY / DISRUPT / DEGRADE / DECEIVE

Comparing the versions of Ground Zeroes

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Konami has released direct comparison information on the various versions of Ground Zeroes.  As you can see, the PS4 is the only version that will run at 1080p resolution; Xbox One has the same resolution as the Xbox 360 and the PS3, although it has the same frame rate as the PS4.

There are a number of very helpful screenshot comparisons as well.  Here is a raw image captured from the PS4 during gameplay, and here is an image taken from the Xbox One.  You can do more research on this by visiting the compare page of the Ground Zeroes website, like a responsible consumer.