What Metal Gear Rising Should Have Been
Don’t get me wrong. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a great game. But at the same time, it’s a missed opportunity. “Rising” seems to allude to the rising action that crescendos in Guns of the Patriots. Konami and Platinum should have taken this and run with it.
As soon as I saw Raiden as a cyborg ninja, taking apart a Gecko with his katana and feet, I needed to know the backstory. How did Jack the Ripper become the next Frank Jaeger? What happened between the brainfuck of Sons of Liberty and his cyborgification? Explaining that was the plan for Rising. But that got scrapped in favor of a story that took place after Guns of the Patriots. So we’re left wondering how Jack got his lightning bolt action.
Backstory is what Rising should have been all about, to the point that it could have been its own side-series to Metal Gear Solid. Everybody wants to play as Cyborg Ninja, AKA Grey Fox, AKA Frank Jaeger. Playing through the events of Metal Gear Solid as Grey Fox, eventually coming face to face with Snake would be amazing and could even serve to flesh out the other members of the cast like Vulcan Raven and Sniper Wolf.
And while she didn’t have quite as dramatic a transformation as Raiden did, I want to know what Meryl was up to between Ski-Dooing off of Shadow Moses and her “What happened to your face” run-in with Snake years later. While Raiden’s and Grey Fox’s games would be Devil May Cry style action games, Meryl’s could stick to stealth or maybe try something completely new.
Konami certainly aren’t averse to whoring out the Metal Gear series. So maybe this stuff could happen. But then again, Kojima needs to walk away from the series soon.
Check it: brownkidd Gives Hideo Kojima a Custom Old Snake Munny
Buy: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

What Metal Gear Rising Should Have Been

Don’t get me wrong. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a great game. But at the same time, it’s a missed opportunity. “Rising seems to allude to the rising action that crescendos in Guns of the Patriots. Konami and Platinum should have taken this and run with it.

As soon as I saw Raiden as a cyborg ninja, taking apart a Gecko with his katana and feet, I needed to know the backstory. How did Jack the Ripper become the next Frank Jaeger? What happened between the brainfuck of Sons of Liberty and his cyborgification? Explaining that was the plan for Rising. But that got scrapped in favor of a story that took place after Guns of the Patriots. So we’re left wondering how Jack got his lightning bolt action.

Backstory is what Rising should have been all about, to the point that it could have been its own side-series to Metal Gear Solid. Everybody wants to play as Cyborg Ninja, AKA Grey Fox, AKA Frank Jaeger. Playing through the events of Metal Gear Solid as Grey Fox, eventually coming face to face with Snake would be amazing and could even serve to flesh out the other members of the cast like Vulcan Raven and Sniper Wolf.

And while she didn’t have quite as dramatic a transformation as Raiden did, I want to know what Meryl was up to between Ski-Dooing off of Shadow Moses and her “What happened to your face” run-in with Snake years later. While Raiden’s and Grey Fox’s games would be Devil May Cry style action games, Meryl’s could stick to stealth or maybe try something completely new.

Konami certainly aren’t averse to whoring out the Metal Gear series. So maybe this stuff could happen. But then again, Kojima needs to walk away from the series soon.

Check it: brownkidd Gives Hideo Kojima a Custom Old Snake Munny
Buy: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

A Little Bit on Shawnimals

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Shawn Smith, founder of Shawnimals, was awesome enough to do an interview with Albotas after a grueling signing session at NYCC 2012. Hit the link to read about the origins of NinjaTown, the art of plush, and Shawn’s days of writing for EGM.

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A Short History of Video Games & the Compact Disk

I was watching an episode of Modern Marvels the other day. It was the “90’s Tech” episode which outlined those ten magical years of George Foreman Grills, digital cameras, and MiniDisks. With just two minutes left in the show, they finally mentioned videogames, specifically the PlayStation. The fine researchers at Modern Marvels claimed that Sony’s machine was the first console to play CDs. After picking my jaw up off the floor and splashing some cold Surge on my face, I turned to my Furby and said, “LOL wut?” Nothing against Sony - the PS1 and 2 are two of my favorite consoles - but the PS1 was not the first, second, or ninth to use CDs as a game format.

Click through to read about the several consoles that used CDs before the PlayStation’s launch.

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Monthly Revoltech Report (June 2012)

Each month, Kaiyodo puts out a new super-articulated toy for its Yamaguchi series, usually based on a giant robot. Hit the link to find out what’s available today and what’s coming out in the next few months.

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(Source: kaiyodo.co.jp)

AlbotasTV: So I Gave Hideo Kojima A Munny Over The Weekend.

Hideo Kojima is a legend. He’s created iconic gaming series such as Zone of the Enders, Boktai, and, most notably, Metal Gear. The godfather of stealth action was at Uniqlo in New York this weekend celebrating the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary by doing a fan signing along with Metal Gear character designer Yoji Shinkawa.

See it on the bottom left? I gave Kojima-san this Old Snake Munny I made about four years ago that was featured on Kotaku. That’s right, spreading vinyl love everywhere I go!

Peep the video up top and let us know what you think in the comments. We also have an album full of pics from the event on our Facebook page.

Did anyone else hit up either of the NYC signings this weekend?

Wizard World Philly’s Sexiest Cosplay

Wizard World is gone, and along with it, all the scantily-clad cosplayers posing perkily for any passerby with a point-and-click. Thankfully, we’ve kept their sultry spirits alive with this gallery. You’re welcome.

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Monthly Revoltech Report (May 2012)

Each month, Kaiyodo puts out a new super-articulated toy for its Yamaguchi series, usually based on a giant robot. Hit the link to find out what’s available today and what’s coming out in the next few months.

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(Source: kaiyodo.co.jp)

Toy Review: Gumdrop

Puppies are undeniably the best thing in the world. And vinyl toys aren’t far behind. So when you put puppies into a boiling pot of molten vinyl, the results can only be amazing. 64 Colors, Squibbles Ink, and Rotofugi combined their powers to form a rainbow of super cute puppies and we’ve got some for you to stare at. Hit the jump for our review of Gumdrop.

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Custom Toy Catch-up: Bad-ass custom designer toys I forgot to post throughout the week because I was too busy fusing demons in Persona 3 Portable (It’s only $20 right now! How could I NOT get it!?).

Click each pic for the full shebang.

  1. "Blow Me" 10-Doh by Paul and Katrina Sirmon
  2. "AOXE" Munny also by Paul and Katrina Sirmon
  3. "Vault Boy" Munny also also by Paul and Katrina Sirmon
  4. "Strider" Munny by Nikejerk3
  5. "Hide-a-Yeti" Munny also by Nikejerk3
  6. "Mario Coon" 9-inch vinyl Mario by RSINART
  7. "Gundam Graffiti Bombers" by Hoakser for sale here. [via]
  8. Contributions to the Most Wanted Dunny Series by Grimsheep

Daily Graffiti: SLICK and CALE from K2S throw up a tasty Super Mario Bros. piece on the walls of Dissizit's new Compton location.

Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!

(via Hypebeast)

Not Cool: Capcom Selling “True” Ending to Asura’s Wrath as $6.99 DLC. (UPDATED)
Thanks to obscene corporate greed, the whole DLC thing has been getting out of hand for a while now, but this is an all new low. Is this really where video games are headed? It was bad enough when companies started rushing out half-assed products and saying, “Eff it. We’ll fix that shiz with a day-one update,” but are companies really expecting gamers to shell out $60 for a game, then an additional fee for the REAL ending of said game?
I can’t be the only one who thinks this is crazy. Am I? Is anyone else buying into this, or am I just the grumpy old dude who needs to stop bitching about how good things were “back in my day” and get with the times?
Check the full trailer for the Asura’s Wrath DLC in question (which, admittedly, looks pretty sweet, even though it’s a douche move on Capcom’s behalf) below.

UPDATE: Tumblr user Shine Like The Light reblogged this post and added:

I vote Capcom for most unscrupulous, unethical, money-hungry assholes in the gaming development industry. DLC started as a way to offer content that expanded on an already complete gaming experiences. Now Capcom offers purposely incomplete games with the goal of forcing you into DLC. It’s a continuation of their age-old re-release fetish, taken to repugnant exploitative lows. Seriously, fuck these guys. I don’t want these assholes to have my money if they’re gonna continue to half-ass and exploit their own customers.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.

Not Cool: Capcom Selling “True” Ending to Asura’s Wrath as $6.99 DLC. (UPDATED)

Thanks to obscene corporate greed, the whole DLC thing has been getting out of hand for a while now, but this is an all new low. Is this really where video games are headed? It was bad enough when companies started rushing out half-assed products and saying, “Eff it. We’ll fix that shiz with a day-one update,” but are companies really expecting gamers to shell out $60 for a game, then an additional fee for the REAL ending of said game?

I can’t be the only one who thinks this is crazy. Am I? Is anyone else buying into this, or am I just the grumpy old dude who needs to stop bitching about how good things were “back in my day” and get with the times?

Check the full trailer for the Asura’s Wrath DLC in question (which, admittedly, looks pretty sweet, even though it’s a douche move on Capcom’s behalf) below.

UPDATE: Tumblr user Shine Like The Light reblogged this post and added:

I vote Capcom for most unscrupulous, unethical, money-hungry assholes in the gaming development industry. DLC started as a way to offer content that expanded on an already complete gaming experiences. Now Capcom offers purposely incomplete games with the goal of forcing you into DLC. It’s a continuation of their age-old re-release fetish, taken to repugnant exploitative lows. Seriously, fuck these guys. I don’t want these assholes to have my money if they’re gonna continue to half-ass and exploit their own customers.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.

Random Purchase of the Month (March 2012)

This month I randomly purchased a Millennium Edition Dreamcast controller. These limited edition pads were released in Japan during late 1999 and early 2000 (basically one year into the system’s life, at least in Japan) in a variety of colors. They came in windowed boxes to show off the transparent awesomeness of the pads.


I didn’t even think when I saw this hanging on a peg hook in the store. One second it was there and the next it was in my hand. They usually go for $40 to $60 but this one was $11. Deal.

I got it home and realized why it was $11. The thing was filthy. After completely dismantling the controller, giving its plastic parts a thorough bathing, and de-gunking the cord, it was back to good condition.

[Check out the previous RPotM]

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