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Streaming Metal Gear

Yesterday during the day, I had the TV tuned to the twitch.tv (a gaming streaming site) channel of threedogg. He was doing a 'story run' of Metal Gear Solid 2. I had it on while I was doing some bookbinding stuff.

Some background: I played the original Metal Gear game on my MSX2 home computer, and I loved it. Saving on cassette tape, I must have played through it about five times. Later on, I got my hands on Metal Gear 2, and that vastly expanded the story so far, adding new gameplay features like the radar.
When I saw the announcements for Metal Gear Solid, I was really excited. I bought a Playstation specifically to play MGS. I even got the limited edition box, which also included the soundtrack, dogtags and the double-sided poster. The stealth ninja adorned one of our walls for a long, long time. And the gameplay, it was as I remembered, except more polished. I loved it.
By the time MGS2 came out, I bought a PS2 to play that. Of course I also played through MGS3.
(Confession time: I have MGS4 lying around the house, and I do have a PS3, but I never started on it because it seemed to me like the gameplay got far too complex for me to handle. I'm a gamer, but not much of a game-player. I also didn't want to have to sit through 'cut scenes' of half an hour -- MGS2 started that trend, and I dislike it: I have to get up early in the morning, and I don't want to have to sit through half an hour of exposition when I really should be in bed by then.)

Anyway, MGS2. I played through it maybe three times, but I never really got the hang of it. But threedogg does: he knows all the tricks, all the special conversations, all the story elements hidden away somewhere. And he played the game going for a 'no kill' scenario, using only his tranquiliser gun.
It was really interesting to watch. Not so much the gameplay itself (though that was really impressive), but because now I could concentrate on the story -- MGS is like an action movie that you get to play in. And he got through all the story elements (even things that I had missed), so I got to see the whole thing. His commentary also added to the experience: there are some parallels between MGS1 and MGS2 that he pointed out -- really subtle stuff that I would never have noticed.
And the jokes, stuff that I never knew. There's a scene where Emma has to walk over the pontoon bridge to the other shell and you have to cover her with sniper fire. Snake is on the other end to provide support. But if you shoot him with your tranquiliser sniper rifle, he falls asleep. There are up to four Codec conversations that you can have with him while he is sleeping, and they're hilarious. I never knew, but threedogg showed them to me.

I put the stream on after breakfast (catching just the end of MGS4), and the run was done by the time I had dinner prepared. It was really fun to watch, but I don't think I'll be doing this with any other game.
Tags: games

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