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.
The idea behind the “Prescription for Sleep” series of albums is a heartfelt love letter to the gaming industry, designed specifically for converting beloved soundtrack tunes into gentle, soothing instrumentals that you may want to listen to when you’re sleeping. I’m a sucker for good game soundtracks and albums based on classic games — as you may remember from “Metal Gear Symphony” by Rich Douglas — and I have to imagine that many of you would be interested in “Lullabies of Mana” too.
I’ll admit I don’t know the Secret of Mana soundtrack, but I do know it’s popular. I recognized the saxophone of Norihiko Hibino from a mile away, though. Even though it’s played mellow here, I got flashbacks to both Metal Gear Solid 2 and The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 within seconds. If you’re in that Venn Diagram where the saxophone sounds of MGS and the Secret of Mana overlap, and you need something to soothe your mind, get the album. It’s $10, or you can give more if you think twelve songs (the shortest of which is 6:44) deserves more.
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.
If you’ve never heard of Sir Adrian De Wiart or Captain William Fairburn, I don’t blame you. They’re not particularly famous figures, but I suspect they might be two significant inspirations for Big Boss and Skull Face.
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.
The horrible, catalyzing system shock envisioned by the Project for a New American Century and carried out by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, happened twelve years ago today.
I remember that day. We were united in paralyzing terror, and confusion. Today we should be united in awareness and vigilance against those who have created our new world order using deceit and murder.