E3 2014 trailer on par with Crime & Punishment? Why not.

Was not expecting this.

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.

Then again, this is literally just a trailer they’re talking about.  Isn’t this crazy?  Captain Ahab really wants to hunt down that white whale.

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.


Be Quiet: Sexy cosplayers and the taboo trap!

Kojima Twitter

Well, we’re starting to get our first taste of the “taboo” controversies related to MGSV!  I’m impressed with how perfectly Kojima is setting the trap for people.  We know he was a troll, but this is the kind of subtlety I didn’t think we’d see from him anymore.

What am I talking about?  It all started when he mentioned that a female fan of the character “Quiet” — the sniper from the Phantom Pain trailers who wears only a skimpy bikini and mesh leggings — wanted details on her outfit in order to cosplay more accurately.  According to Kojima, he took this request so seriously that he wanted to privately give her exclusive 3D model information, but wasn’t allowed to.  Instead, he had to reveal it publicly, and so he took time out of his busy schedule (which includes the grand reveal of the Los Angeles studio of Kojima Productions) to whip up the art and put it online…

Read on for the full story and my theory about it all…

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War is a racket

In a book he wrote called “War is A Racket”, this is what a former Marine Major General had to say about the nature of the war:

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

People around the world have seen US military dominance as a racket for as long as it has operated abroad, but this is a high ranking official who blindly served America.  The whole “we’re not tools of the government, or anyone else” speech comes to mind…

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/excerpt-from-marines-speech-proves-little-has-changed-in-80-years-2013-7#ixzz2azY67Ku8

Watch MGS being played, help a charity!

Game playing/streaming community Insomniac Gamers (not to be confused with Insomniac Games the studio) is planning a charity event this Saturday, July 20th.  It starts in the morning and goes until the next day, with Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 3 both being live streamed on their website, along with Resident Evil, Super Mario World, Dark Souls, and Pokemon Blue.  I’m not saying you have to check it out, but it might be cool to flood their stream’s chatroom with discussion of the Patriots and Eva’s plastic surgery.  Food for thought.

The proceeds will go to Child’s Play, which as you know by now is the only charity we can truly be confident is making a positive difference in the world.

It should also be noted that these games will be played as in “speed run” style, which means you might actually learn something by watching.  Last time, they raised over $1,800, so you can believe that you won’t be sitting in a chatroom by yourself the whole time.  Set your little smartphones to remind you about the charity event, and then bookmark this page to watch some games and chip in for the sick kids.

JULY 20th — Insomniac Gamers 20 Hour Streaming Marathon for Child’s Play Charity

PRETENTIOUS: Diablo III vs. Curiosity

Diablo III vs Curiosity

When you think of pretentiousness, you probably think of failed attempts at being intellectual or profound.  It’s the failed attempts that you think of.  It’s not pretentious to actually be profound or intellectual, but when an artist’s ambition is not matched by his talent, it usually ends up feeling phony.  You might think of a college chick who wants to open up your third eye with a shitty tambourine dance and some pot; or you might think of some indie developer who tries to tackle the sensitive issue of rape with an 8-bit sidescroller.  In both cases, you’re thinking of someone who bites off way more than they can chew.  You think of Peter Molyneux.

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Online education is doomed

Nicholas Carr, my favorite writer on technology, has just written a deep article on post-secondary education’s blossoming movement to go digital, free, and ultra-convenient through the Internet — and how the magic of the classroom may be lost in the process.

Personally, I consider the school system to be the greatest evil in our civilization, while I believe the Internet to be one of our greatest goods.  The idea of remodeling school to take advantage of the wonders of the web couldn’t be more exciting to me — if it wasn’t for the inevitability of its failure on every meaningful level.  Carr focuses on the restrictive nature of programming code and the Internet, which are incapable of simulating the organic, “ineffable” spirit of the classroom, where professors often guide students towards unexpected conclusions and discussions are free to take any number of detours along the path to enlightenment.  My own skepticism has nothing to do with the supposed magic of the classroom, and everything to do with the fundamental nature of the “education system” itself.

You see, when it comes to technological pitfalls, nobody is sharper than Carr, but when it comes to education, the man to listen to is John Taylor Gatto.  What he has discovered — through decades of award-winning teaching in some of the worst neighborhoods in America — is that the “education system” is actually just a “school system”.

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