Metal Gear Arcade Seems Kinda of Unsolid, Actually
Konami making an arcade version of its hit Metal Gear games? That’s news, right? Well, yes and no. Yes in that I was excited to post it, no in that when I watched the video, I lost all excitement. Except for a brief second of sneaking around in a box, there’s nothing that indicates to me that this is a Metal Gear game except maybe the gameplay — and Metal Gear‘s worst aspect is its actual gameplay. Now, I’ve enjoyed all the Metal Gear Solids because of the way creator Hideo Kojima uses the medium of videogames to make players feel emotions in ways impossible to replicate in other mediums, like with Psycho Mantis and The End and Raiden running naked while Fake Col. Campbell insults him. I don’t think any of that could be replicated in an arcade game where you fight other live opponents. Also, the box? If I’m playing MG Arcade, I’m blowing up every single box I see on principle. Wouldn’t you?
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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.