More thoughts on the CIA, American exceptionalism, and the culture gap

A reader of the site from Puerto Rica now living in the USA has decided to respond to the Big Boss as Che Guevara article, focusing on the misunderstandings and culture gap between Americans and the rest of the world.  It’s not nearly as long as the original article, but it does cover quite a few relevant issues, with a more balanced view of the situation.

I’m glad that Mr. Sylazhov’s article has struck a note with more than a few readers.  I’ve already seen criticism that his views are too black and white, but I’ve always been a fan of hearing very opposed views from people who don’t hold back how they really feel, and then decide where the truth is for myself, having looked at all sides.  I’ve never felt comfortable discussing the real-life political or historical issues, but as I said before, Kojima is trying to wake up a sense of international sensibility with these games, and I am glad to provoke some discussion if I can.

Again, check out the great response blog post here.

New year, what’s up

These are exciting times, aren’t they? I should be updating with all sorts of news, commentary, articles, comics, and so on! But instead I’ve been an apathetic lump of coughing and self-pity, as I’ve been sick for two weeks. I’m getting over that now though.

Looking forward, I intend to finally get around to editing and finalizing a mega-article submitted by a guest writer, which I find terribly exciting. I wanna do some more comics, since I found out that apparently Hideo Kojima retweeted one of my comics that somebody showed him, which is great.

There’s a huge to-do list of things I still want to get around to, like my MGS4: Sold Out series, so maybe look forward to that. For any questions, guest article submissions, etc. go ahead and email metagearsolid@gmail.com

MGO is going to be revealed, and it’s not just base invasion!

Kojima has confirmed that there is an entirely new Metal Gear Online in the works (presumably developed by KojiPro L.A.) and that invading bases is not all there is to it.

The full reveal of MGO will be seen at The Game Awards:

Metal Gear Symphony available now

No matter how long it’s been since I first played the game, each Winter when it begins to snow up here in Canada I get deeply nostalgic for Metal Gear Solid.  I begin to play the soundtrack in my mind as I walk, mapping my surroundings as if they were a sneaking challenge and guards were around every corner.  Of course I’m too old to actually run around and play out the scenario these days, but I do want to keep that feeling alive.  Something about seeing footprints in the fresh snow, hearing the crunch under my foot, and feeling that chill in the air makes me want to listen to that soundtrack again.

Which is honestly why I’m so appreciative of Rich Douglas’ newest soundtrack, Metal Gear Symphony.  I’ve been listening to it all day, and I feel like I’ve been transported back to in 1998 all over again.  The songs use awesome samples, spans 18 good length tracks(!) and stays in the zone from beginning to end.  It only costs $8 on Loudr, but you can pay more if you want to support this kind of epic, professional work.  (You can also get it on iTunes or Google Play, just follow the links on this page.)

Thankfully Rich Douglas is a veteran game composer for 10 years (Lifeless Planet, Shadowgate Remake, etc.), which means he did the right thing and got it officially licensed.  That means royalties go to the original creators as well, and everything is mutually beneficial and legal.  Walking around in the snow with this on your MP3 player will make you feel like a sneaky badass, I guarantee.

Again, check it out here.

Phantom Pain theories survey

Some guy at Reddit has conducted a survey on which theories people believe.  I found the results interesting!

For example, more than twice as many people believe that Big Boss is replaced with a doppelganger at some point during the game than believe the “Quiet is Chico” theory.  More people still believe that Quiet is related to Sniper Wolf, and the majority of people believe she’s related to The End!  Of course that’s just one slice of the Metal Gear community.

GamerGate and The Cusp

Remember how I said there’s a war over gaming culture between the “softcore” and the “hardcore” gamers?  Softcore gamers are desperate to have mainstream validation, while hardcore gamers only want to be catered to as the prime demographic of the industry — as the vocal consumer.  The softcore part of gaming culture, which largely includes media personalities who want to become accepted by the mainstream for the sake of their careers if nothing else, hate the hardcore because they make gaming culture look unfriendly and uncool; they complicate the “games are art” and “games are becoming movies” narratives, and they demand higher standards from everyone in the industry, including the media.

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META GEAR is now a Steam Group with recommendations!

Now Recruiting!

Click here to visit the page!  The page where you can do things!

I can’t force you to join META GEAR on Steam, but I can throw some inspirational quotes at you and beg you to validate my fragile ego.  By making that little number on the group page go up, I feel motivated to work on new articles, draw comics, and more!

…Come on, I just want to have more followers than the gag accounts who review every game on Steam by saying stuff like “Hodor? Hodor” or “No, it’s not Postal”.

Unlike an intron of history, we will be remembered as exons!  The Patriots won’t be able to erase our existence, my friends. We will pass on our memes to future generations, through this Steam Group!  (And it’s not like you can only be subscribed to one group so don’t be shy.)

I won’t scatter your sorrows to the heartless sea… You will always be with me (on Steam).  So click here to check out our curated storefront and then find the “Follow” button in the top right!

Your role — that is, your m-mission — is to follow the META GEAR group on Steam.  You’ll ruin your eyes playing too close to the TV, but you will enjoy my funny announcements and meet other people who also like this website.

And I should point out the obvious…

Yes, this is the closest thing to a discussion forum this site will get.

This is good… isn’t it?