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.
I guess I should mention, I bought Ground Zeroes for the PS3 and I’ll be writing about it in a few days once I’m confident that I’ve seen everything I need to. I’ve beaten the main story and the Side Ops, but haven’t unlocked what I assume is the “Deja Vu” mission. I’ve listened to most of the audio logs, too.
I haven’t synchronized the companion app, or tested nearly everything I want to though.
Congratulations to The Snake Soup! Long-time affiliate and sometimes-collaborator Ravi Singh has kept his shitty old site in existence for a decade. I’m just kidding about the shitty part, check out his articles. They’re almost as good as mine.
In a post titled “Ten years of ‘Soup!” he explains the shiny new design, which looks very modern and slick. The forums have been redone too, and presumably all this hard work was for something more than a quick hello. We’ll see what becomes of it, but seems like he’ll be making tweets and posts every now and then. Makes me feel a bit guilty for assuming he was just leaving it all for dead!
Feels good to have a real partner in the Metal Gear community. His opinions and style of writing are a refreshing change from anywhere else, and we need him to keep going, even if its just an occasional hobby.
Just a note: there were zero submissions for the silly Fan Fiction Contest! You people obviously don’t give a damn about that stuff, and frankly I respect it.
So anyway, I’m wondering how good this new format is. I really like some aspects of it, such as the permanent links to news stories, tags and categories, but stuff like the disorienting “Continue reading” function is getting on my nerves, and it’s difficult to edit the format of the “grid” posts. Little things like that make me question the new format. I’d like some feedback, so if anybody wants to add comments, please do so. I think you just need a WordPress account.
I’m looking at Tumblr and other sites, and thinking that they’ve got some great functionality too, albeit with a really generic template and some drawbacks of their own.
In other news, between my regular day job, my constant keyboarding, and my videogame playing, I’m starting to get some kind of carpal tunnel shit going on with my hands, so that’s why I haven’t been writing more. Sucks, but I really need to cut down on the amount of typing I do right now. Oh well, maybe I’ll pick up a video camera and start making videos instead or something.