Earlier than expected, I have sacrificed the old “classic site” with the new blog format.
In order to maximize traffic to the blog area of the site — this area, the one that you’re reading right now — I’ve decided to overwrite the old main page with this. If you wanted to read some of the old content, I’m sorry, but that will be harder to do now. If you don’t care about reading the old stuff that much, but would rather have a single main page, you’re welcome!
The old stuff is still there — for example — but because “index.html” is now deleted, clicking back to main will take you to
the blog an error. I’ll try to create links to all of the main pages so that linking back here won’t be as much of a problem, even though that’s a lazy workaround. Just be grateful for what you get, jerks!
For as much as I liked the unique style of the previous blog format, I just couldn’t live with it. The fact that “Continue Reading” messed up your position in the post, the disorganized way that content was distributed on the main page — I finally decided to just go for a classic approach.
I’ll be tweaking this theme here and there in the coming days and weeks, bear with me.
I’M A WINNER — Eat your hearts out.
Yes that’s right folks, I submitted a drawing for the Kojima Productions Fan Art Contest back… uh… whenever that was, but now the winner’s are finally announced, and it turns out I made the cut with something as bizarre as Christopher Walken dressed up as Solid Snake. The folks over at the KP Report talk about it before any other ones, so listen to it for their comments and love, and (my favorite part) the fact that Yoji Shinkawa actually picked it, and acknowledged that he was instructed by Kojima to make Snake look like Christopher Walken originally. He said it made him reflect on his old days. What an honor indeed.
I actually forgot I submitted it, but apparently enough people over at Kojima Productions enjoyed it to bump it up to #10. Of course, this probably means that they just had a tiny number of submissions, especially when you see the pathetic scribbles that also made the cut, but hey, a win is a win, and I’m proud. Personally I NEVER thought it would win, but now I can look forward to getting a special bandana and T-shirt. Having Shinkawa appreciate the thought of it is the best prize I could have asked for, however.
This is the drawing:
Playing games, working on projects, enjoying Spring — you know, fun stuff. Namely, I’ve been playing L.A. Noire, Portal 2, and most recently The Witcher 2. That’s on top of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft. We gamers are living in a pretty good time right now. But games and entertainment have never been enough to pull me away from writing about Metal Gear: the fact is, I always need to be creating something.
I’ll keep writing articles for the site, doing comics, and so on when I feel like it, but if you want to know what I’m working on right now, keep reading…
Just a note: there were zero submissions for the silly Fan Fiction Contest! You people obviously don’t give a damn about that stuff, and frankly I respect it.
So anyway, I’m wondering how good this new format is. I really like some aspects of it, such as the permanent links to news stories, tags and categories, but stuff like the disorienting “Continue reading” function is getting on my nerves, and it’s difficult to edit the format of the “grid” posts. Little things like that make me question the new format. I’d like some feedback, so if anybody wants to add comments, please do so. I think you just need a WordPress account.
I’m looking at Tumblr and other sites, and thinking that they’ve got some great functionality too, albeit with a really generic template and some drawbacks of their own.
In other news, between my regular day job, my constant keyboarding, and my videogame playing, I’m starting to get some kind of carpal tunnel shit going on with my hands, so that’s why I haven’t been writing more. Sucks, but I really need to cut down on the amount of typing I do right now. Oh well, maybe I’ll pick up a video camera and start making videos instead or something.
The email which you should be sending your fan fiction stories to is firstname.lastname@example.org!
And to repeat, it’s not an April Fool’s joke, so if you submit a story, I’ll really do the dramatic recording and artwork. Here’s the rules.
In order to celebrate the unveiling of our new website we’re running our very own Metal Gear Fan Fiction contest!
The rules are simple! The prize is hilarious! The contest starts NOW!
- Must be submitted before May 1st, 2011
- Must have less than 15,000 written characters (approx.)
- Must have at least two characters from the Metal Gear series
- Must have dialogue
- No explicit language or sexual imagery
- The funnest story to read/record will win!
Now I’m trusting that you people have some silly stories up your sleeves, and trust me when I say that awful stories have a good chance to win! You don’t need to know a bunch of big words or story techniques, or even the storyline of the Metal Gear series. Just involve Metal Gear characters and pump out a riveting little tale with them! Read on to find out the prize!
Listen to the new podcast to find out everything you need to know about the site redesign, the fan fiction contest, and the future of MetaGearSolid.org!
Click here to listen!
Click here to download the file!