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( Jun. 13th, 2008 12:26 pm)
 The new Metal Gear Solid is out now? Wish I had a PS3.

MGS is an interesting phenomenon. There are people who get it, and people who don't. I can see why people wouldn't get it. The cut-scenes are really long and obnoxious, and for the grognards who want total oppressive realism in their miltary video games MGS is laughable. Even among the fanbase, there seems to be a divide. There are those who take it as a serious saga of military drama and international intrigue, and then there are people like me, who see MGS as a post-cold war Hogan's Heroes.

I really don't see how MGS can be taken seriously at any point in the game, except for when they're talking directly about nuclear war. Even that is kind of humorously macabre, since it's like watching cartoon characters list statistics about nuclear weapons. Imagine Skeeter from Doug saying "Hey, kids, did you know that a nuclear explosion can vaporize you and everyone you love?! honkhonk!" Solid Snake is no different. Even Otacon, the character who closely resembles a constantly kicked puppy, faces ever-scaling amounts of tragedy that it becomes just one huge farce.

And that's what MGS has always been for me. A farce. Kojima really tries to make it more than that, but it works so well that he doesn't really need to. If Mel Brooks made a movie about covert ops specialists, it would look like Metal Gear Solid.


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