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Metal Gear Soliid 2 (2001) predicts current world.

Metal Gear Soliid 2 (2001) predicts current world.

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  • Hangman_va

    Fuck. I remeber watching these cutscenes as a kid, not really comprehending at all what they were talking about. I just wanted to get back to doing stealthing. ~~And feeling funny things when Raiden was forced to cartwheel naked.~~ Everyone always praises MGS1 and MGS3, but MGS2 was by far the one that hit straight-on-the-money with its themes and predictions about the future.

  • skankhunt_4

    “We all be raised by television believing we will be millionairs,movies Gods and Rockstars. But we won’t,and we are slowly learning that fact.” -Tyler Durden.

  • Rezangyal


    *Guh… so annoying…*


    *… What are you even talking about?*

    But yes, Kojima was onto something and nailed it on the head. The Metal Gear Solid series is just a masterpiece— in my opinion we didn’t *need* entries 4 and 5, but I’m glad we got them. With Blackwater being in the news, I thought the PMC advent was truly upon us; it very well may be soon enough.


    Just to highlight, while this dialogue is indeed being given by the story’s antagonists, there is merit in how this reflects in the Social Media algos of today.

    Controversy is elevated as it creates more engagement. It’s not that controversy itself is desired, it’s the engagement that is desired; it leverages human nature to react explosively towards controversy and convert that resulting engagement into dollars.

    And yes, all those explosive half-truths are garbage takes, and the garbage has been piling up for at least a decade or more due to social media.

    When fish are caught and found to have garbage in their digestive systems, what garbage then do we have in our minds due to this self-destructive memetic garbage build-up?

    Sobering stuff and we see what’s needed to break the cycle— social media needs some type of guardrails; once everyone has their own truth, there is no anchoring “truth.”

  • bombayblue

    This is basically Reddit when it comes to any global political discussion. Just quick zingers talking about the same talking points without any understanding of the broader political context.

  • iNyander

    Not quite accurate. Relevance is kept alive by people. Just like torrents, if people don’t seed it, it fades and dies. Sure, someone out there *might* have a copy, but if they don’t share it may as well be dead.

    Take YouTube for example. I learned pretty early on to download copies of videos I like. Too many times YouTube or the creator delete a video, and then it’s gone forever.

  • UltraBogey

    “Jack its July 7th tomorrow, you remember what day that is?”


    That’s mainly what I remember about this game from when I played it as a kid.

  • Future_Legend

    *You exercise your right to “freedom” and this is the result. All rhetoric to avoid conflict and protect each other from hurt. The untested truths spun by different interests continue to churn and accumulate in the sandbox of political correctness and value systems. Everyone withdraws into their own small gated community, afraid of a larger forum. They stay inside their little ponds, leaking whatever “truth” suits them into the growing cesspool of society at large. The different cardinal truths neither clash nor mesh. No one is invalidated, but nobody is right. Not even natural selection can take place here. The world is being engulfed in “truth.”*

    Fuck, man. This is some prescient shit. For Kojima to have so cleanly predicted the rise of social media and culture attitudes of 2022 back in fucking 2001 is crazy (and that’s just when the game was released, he could’ve written this script as early as 1999.) It’s funny that shit this profound is side-by-side with like a goofy ass vampire named Vamp who dances around and licks blood and a terrorist dude named Fatman who skates around on rollerblades drinking wine. Like Kojima has perfected entertainment, it’s fun to play and it’s got immense depth. Some of these moments of philosophical exposition in Metal Gear can be a bit clunky, sure, but this mf is smart as hell and knows how to do it while also making a game that’s so fun to play that you could love it even without it’s lengthy monologues. I would love full graphical remakes of at least MGS 1-3, you can’t play them on modern consoles anymore and I’m afraid that they’ll get lost to time over the years and they such are such important pieces of art and entertainment. Kojima is firmly one of our greatest creatives minds, no matter the medium.

  • stillthemind

    MGS2 remains one of the most insightful & thought provoking video games of all time. I was blown away at the time when I played it; it’s one of those few games that has always stuck in my psyche all these years later.

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