“War On Our Shores” secret Rising site teases story, mentions the Tea Party?

There’s a new Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance teaser site up now, called “War On Our Shores”.  It features the voice of a character named Senator Armstrong, who seems bent on incriminating himself over the phone to somebody who wrote a speech for him.

I’ll admit it: everything about this game is guilty pleasure to me, and the writing in this is no different.  The speech does a good job nodding to the story of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and provides some decent social commentary as well.  I wonder whether the “Tea Party” mentioned in the trailer is actually supposed to refer to the current-day libertarian movement?  If so, I have to give them big credit.  Maybe Platinum Games can churn out an enjoyable plot in two months after all?

There’s also this trailer, named “Eye”, which was uploaded May 4th.  It’s got more hints, including backwards-audio which I’m too lazy to decode.  The subject is clearly a little boy, and at the end we see the words “Subject Name / Raiden” and “2/3”, indicating that this is a flashback, and that we will have another of these videos.  Something else I noticed is that according to the login data on the screen, the username is “jtripper@216.55.248.24”.  Look up that IP address and it brings you to Valley City, Ohio and a guy who I’m positive has no clue about Metal Gear.  According to the “whois” data it was registered in 1997 by Infonexion Corp..  Hmm, something tells me this isn’t an ARG on par with Portal 2, and I should have stuck with my first instinct, which was to not bother looking deeper.

[“War On Our Shores” heads up via PSU.com]

Nicholas Carr on the permanence of digital

Nicholas Carr and Hideo KojimaI found this interesting.  Fans of Metal Gear Solid 2 know that the game comments on the permanence of digital information, portraying traditional culture as fragile and transient, and digital culture as a swelling “flood” of eternally accessible garbage.  Physical records conform to the idea of evolution and natural selection, he suggests.  But yesterday, respected technology prophet and bestselling author Nicholas Carr flipped this idea on its head by suggesting that it’s actually old, physical culture that remains accessible, and digital information that becomes swept away in a stream of technological change…

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First draft of MGS2 Review script complete

It’s just the first draft, but I’m quite proud of it.  With a few changes it would be good enough to publish as an article here, but I’ve also got the video to go with it, so now it’s just a matter of editing the script, recording myself, collecting more video, and editing it all together.  I plan to do artwork to use in the video, so there’s that, too.

Damn it, Jeremy Parish

Why the hell are people writing articles about this now?  Shouldn’t you be too busy kissing Call of Duty’s ass?  Seriously.  Since when do you care about the deeper themes of MGS2?  Go back to sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich, this is my turf!

Here I am, right in the middle of making the definitive Metal Gear Solid 2 analysis, and guys like this have to come along and try to steal my thunder.  Thankfully, they barely scratch the surface, and I don’t need to prove that I wrote about this shit years before they did.  I’m a hipster like that.

Anyway, I suggest you read the whole thing.  It’s kind of neat, but doesn’t nearly do the game justice still.

Inspiration

I don’t understand it, but it made me laugh and inspired me to work even harder on my MGS2 video, which, just so you know, is coming along really nicely.  So thank you… uh… NSDAP1945HeilHitler…

Hm.

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that “NSDAP” stands for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei?  Maybe you learned something today, too.

MGS2 Review Teaser

Yes!  The new idea I hinted at before was an EPIC FULL VIDEO REVIEW of the HD Collection (or at least MGS2 & 3) written and narrated by YOURS TRULY.  Let the above teaser video whet your appetite for the yet-to-actually-begin-production masterpiece that I will unleash!  Now, for some answers to your possible questions: Continue reading

Subsistence features will be in the HD Collection

Here’s some great news for those of us worried that Kojima Productions were going to milk the “HD Collection” craze by giving us only the vanilla versions of the games first, and then later release “Metal Gear Solid HD Collection: Substitute“, which would include the final iterations of the games — namely, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.  So we dodged a bullet there.

In case you’re confused, this means you won’t be playing Snake Eater

Snake Eater vs Subsistence

…But instead you’ll be playing with a camera you can swivel around, and the classic Metal Gear games that everybody likes to have but nobody actually plays because they’re boring and don’t have David Hayter doing the voice acting.

Our friend Ravi points out the lingering questions about the old MSX-era Metal Gear games included with Subsistence, such as aspect ratios and sharpness, but my big concern is whether we’ll be able to play Metal Gear Online!  What’s the point of releasing Subsistence if you take out its best feature?  I got to have my multiplayer!  Just kidding.

Also exciting is a screenshot about the Trophy icons:

Source: Joystiq, SnakeSoup

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