Kojima and the Soviet Union

The following guest article was written by a friend and author, Alexander Sylazhov, who you ought to remember fondly from his Big Boss as Che Guevara article; I titled that article in order to highlight one of my favorite aspects of it, but it certainly went well beyond that.  I’m deeply honored to be able to present his new article, which is the kind of analysis I would love to be able to do myself.  With the upcoming release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain less than a month away, this in-depth exploration of ideology, politics, and pop culture in the Metal Gear series is a fascinating must-read from a talented writer from a different side of the world.

Expect to see more from him soon, and please check out his science fiction novel series if you want to see more from him and support his work.


 

Kojima and the Soviet Union

An analysis of the political overtones of the MGS series and Hideo Kojima’s ideology

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (part 2c)

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Shocking, underwhelming, and confusing at the same time, where does one begin to discuss Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes?  I’m not sure, so I’ve decided to divide my commentary into a few different aspects.  This part deals with core thematic gameplay.

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (part 3)

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Besides being spoiled before it was even released thanks to the many trailers and demonstrations, Ground Zeroes manages to make a sordid mess out of a very basic story.  Or maybe that’s the point.

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Updated: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (part 2b)

Ground Zeroes features lots of fun, fascinating gameplay embedded into a thoughtless structure.  This article discusses these structural choices, why they matter, and how could they have been improved.

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (part 2a)

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Shocking, underwhelming, and confusing at the same time, where does one begin to discuss Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes?  I’m not sure, so I’ve decided to divide my commentary into a few different aspects.  This part discusses the game’s iconic main menu screen.

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (Part 1)

Back to Ground Zeroes Reports

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Shocking, underwhelming, and confusing at the same time, where does one begin to discuss Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes?  I’m not sure, so I’ve decided to divide my commentary into a few different aspects.

< This article contains no spoilers >

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