You asked for it: the Patreon is now activated!

The results of the recent poll have pretty much blown me away. I’ve never felt so much appreciation from the fans and community, and it has supercharged me to work way harder already. Knowing that so many of you are anticipating the book’s release is awesome enough, but even more crazy is the initial interest expressed in setting up a Patreon page! Some of you even insisted on doing this, so I’ve done it. I promise that if this thing starts to get supported by even a few people, I’m going to be a lot more active on this site. Your readership has always kept me feeling indebted already, and although I haven’t been updating the site nearly as much as I would have liked, it was because I was writing a big ass book that beats anything I’ve published before.

In the important transition phase between writing, publishing, and working on Part Two of the book, I can’t think of a more encouraging thing than fans becoming patrons. Your feedback and help here is invaluable. I’ve never done something like this before. Here’s to a New Year with all the potential we could ask for…

You’ll get more details and updates there. It will serve as a more direct line of communication to supporters, while this site will remain the place where I publish finished stuff for your enjoyment.

The potential options of releasing the book

Merry Christmas everyone!

Publication is a tricky business, I’ve learned. Due to complications that are nobody’s fault (sounds like a cliche, now I realize why it is one,) I have to rethink how I’m going to release the book. This could be a positive thing, and I’m looking forward to having your help in this.

To be perfectly blunt, I’m ambivalent about trying to make money off of this by this point. At first I thought it could be a great source of revenue if it got good reviews and a percent of the gaming community embraced it, but by now I just care about doing justice to the material for whoever is interested, and I hope word spreads about its quality. This book is unlike anything else available, and the level of analysis here is beyond anything on my site because I did a lot of homework this time, whereas I normally don’t worry about getting all the details straight. It helped a lot to sort everything out, culminating in a study of Kojima and his work that I don’t think can be matched anywhere.

The book is the apex of my Metal Gear obsession. I now realize I’m not going to get rich from it or anything, and even if it spread beyond readers of the site, it’s not like I’m going to quit my dayjob if I made enough to buy food for a week or two. Your interest, appreciation, and feedback has always been more important to me than money, which is why I’ve never advertised on this site, taken up offers to join weird conglomerate sites that offered to monetize me work, or resorted to clickbait controversy and comments sections to drive up viewership. The book is similarly restrained and focused on just discussing what I find most interesting: being a “guide” to the crazy MGS series and Kojima’s mentality through the years.

Please take the time to fill out this small question form so I can come up with a gameplan that works for everyone…

Book status and World status!

Here’s where things stand.

The final draft of the book has been complete for a while, except for the copious amounts of footnotes that will need to be added. Then there will be decisions about formatting and details, including stuff related to the publication of the book, but outside the book itself. I’m more impatient than anyone to have the book released, and I know you will enjoy it once you get it. Your encouragement and interest has gotten me this far, and I will continue to work to the end — and hopefully get the chance to make Part Two!

The US election is over, and Donald Trump has won. Nobody knows what this will mean for America or the world, but the corrupt powers who’ve been controlling world affairs since the end of World War II will not disappear. The new Trump administration has the potential to undo the damage of globalism and prevent its worst atrocities from happening; foreign leaders might take note of the patriotic, nationalist, populist success of Trump over the pure globalist puppet Hillary Clinton and start looking after their own interests instead of selling out to the U.N. and other international bodies. It could also mean a series of engineered disasters for America, as the globalists around the world take their revenge against Trump for daring to challenge them — there’s a Solidus Snake analogy here somewhere. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t end up like Raiden, thinking you’re a hero for fighting against a man who takes on the secret rulers of the world. You’d just be doing their bidding.

GamesDoneLegit has some Metal Gear reading suggestions

I’m happy to see that my humble blog has appeared on the list of recommended reading presented by GamesDoneLegit, called “6 Metal Gear Solid Reads That Will Change How You See The World“. Chris Hatala describes the articles, sites and books that had an impact on him. It’s great to see somebody really digging into the intellectual side of the series, as Kojima intended.

I noticed he said he’d like to know more about my upcoming Metal Gear book, and honestly I am so closed to finished that I’m planning to make an update video pretty soon. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but considering I work full time and the book involves fact-checking and digging up old material, I think I’m making pretty decent progress. How soon is “soon”? Who knows, I don’t have a very open schedule!

Site update! Mystery thing!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still working on one of my two projects — the more important one — and it’s coming along very well.  Hopefully I can announce details within the month, because it’s something I believe you will all go crazy for and I don’t want MGSV to completely outshine it before I can get you guys hyped for it.

That’s right, my hiatus and my project is definitely related to Metal Gear, and I’ve been devoting all my free time to it in the hopes that you will love it.  Did you think I could abandon the series with Metal Gear Solid V on the way?  Come on.

Thank you for being patient with me, folks.  There’s a lot left to do, but I’m putting my blood, sweat, and tears into it.  I’ve probably lost 10 pounds from forgetting about meals and pushing myself to do more.  Every step closer makes me more confident that it will be exactly what fans of this site have been secretly wanting all these years.  I can’t say more than that, but I will say to stay tuned.

P.S.  Big congratulations to our affiliate The Snake Soup for making it to their 12 year anniversary!!

Major projects and changes

Hey, how have you been?  Waiting for that MGSV release date, am I right?  The announcement is like, today right?

Anyway, in the past month two major opportunities have fallen into my lap that I would have never previously imagined, on top of several radical changes that have already been underway for a lot longer, and so I have no choice but to shift my attention to those things instead of using my limited free time to write new stuff for the site.

These are the kinds of opportunities that you don’t need to get excited about for a while, which means it will probably just seem like I abandoned this lovely website of mine, but personally they mean a lot to me because a) they could both theoretically make money and lead to bigger opportunities if done correctly, and b) they are both tests of the creative skills I’ve been developing for my whole life.

Crazy timing of it all… None of these things are related to one another.  If it all goes horribly wrong, I will probably disappear from the Internet for a few years and come back with a new identity, if I still have access to the Internet.  If it all goes right… well, I don’t want to get my hopes up, but it could be really fulfilling.

Wish me luck, folks.  My sincerest Canadian apologies to those who I’ve left hanging in the wind by halting work on this site.

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?