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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Adrian De Wiart & William Fairburn

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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

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