Hello, my name is JD, and I am a video game nerd. A big one. As an 80s baby it was almost a given that I would fall in love with Mario, Sonic, Battletoads, and MegaMan. I am now 30 years old (ugh) and I can say that I have owned at least one major video game system in each console generation dating back to the good ol’ Nintendo Entertainment System up to the current Playstation4/Xbox One generation. Hell, I still OWN every single one and they are in perfect working order. Instead of comic books (or um…school books) I had stacks of Gamepro magazines that I would love to read when I wasn’t playing. Uh… I mean studying that 4th grade grammar. Totally what I meant.
What I’m saying to you is that I have been a proud geek for the vast majority of my life. It always amazes me when I think about how far both the tech and the industry itself has come in a matter of decades. We went from jumping on goombas and eating mushrooms in Super Mario (it was normal for the 80s I guess) to seeing fully realized worlds, voice acted characters, and production/marketing budgets akin to a Hollywood film. Seriously, its almost too insane to actually think about. With such growth and expansion, there is always going to be a drop in quality if you aren’t careful. So, some franchises I had loved as a kid just don’t hold the same reverence as they should once new installments get released.
There is however, one franchise that I have loved as a kid all the way through adult hood. And a new one is coming out on September 1st. Nothing raises one’s own Geek Flag higher than proclaiming their love for a thing called Metal Gear.
What the hell does that even mean? I’ll be 100% honest, I don’t even know for sure. I mean, the short answer, is that it’s an odd military stealth game. The other answer is to say that Metal Gear, and more specifically the Metal Gear Solid series of videogames is a bat**** crazy cluster**** of goodness that even its own fans don’t really understand. The series as a whole touches on various themes including information control, cloning, nuclear deterrence, the concepts of war, child soldiers, and revenge. In addition to these heavy, dark themes, there’s also poop jokes, smoking monkeys, giant walking nuclear equipped robots ( These are the “Metal Gears” where the series gets its name ), cyborg ninjas, powerful psychic soldiers, and vampires. And yet, somehow it all works.
Now, I have never seen one episode of Game of Thrones. Not one. Go ahead and judge me. But, as I understand it, it’s a very complex tale with many moving parts based on a series of as of yet unreleased books. If one were to dive head first into the show in season 4 without seeing the prior episodes, or read the books, they would have no clue what’s going on. That’s basically Metal Gear. There is basically no way in this world that I would be able to explain to you what is going on in this thing without writing a few novels, and even then, I would tell you to just play the games and enjoy them yourself, if you can.
But, for those of you who have no idea what the hell I’m babbling about, no fear! Here at the Something About Nothing blog, we are putting together a new section called Justplay. As a part of this new little section, I, JD, will be giving you my thoughts on whatever I’m currently playing as well as maybe put up a few gameplay vids of myself going toe to toe with our favorite blogmaster Wellz! Fair warning: there will be profanity. Mostly from me.
So I figured, what better game to kick off the party? Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1st. I will be buying it and keeping a tab of my thought process ( don’t be afraid ) throughout my play through of the game. I’ll try and get deeper into why I love this thing so much, true, but more importantly I want to hear some reaction. Comment. Hit Wellz on Twitter. Send smoke signals. Do something. I’ll tell you why I think you might like the game and reasons why you might not. I’ll tell you if I’m biased.
Something About Nothing’s goal has been to give you our (hopefully entertaining, ultimately thoughtful) perspective on our culture. Music, movies, tech and life. That’s what we bring. We work better with interaction.
So let’s kick back and Justplay.