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Enrique aka the Flying Lion
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Hello there beautiful people. I'm the Flying Lion. I'm a writer, an artist, a reader, an indulger of awesome, and I carry a tiny lion in my pocket. I like to draw a lot, usually I'm inspired by my favorite anime, games, shows, movies, and other. I also love taking photos of the world around me and of my adventures.

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Something fairly interesting has occurred. It'll effect gaming as we know it in one of the most beloved franchises of gaming period.

...THE PREDATOR IS IN MORTAL KOMBAT X!!! Now I have a reason to go buy-

Okay Kidding. I'm kidding. Well no. Predator from the famed movie franchise will be a playable DLC character in Mortal Kombat X. I normally greatly dislike DLC and do not care for it 99 percent of the time unless it pertains to things intriguing. Predator being in Mortal Kombat does intrigue me however. So I might just buy the game for that reason.

However the true event that has just happened that shall effect gaming at large and a particular franchise is a recent... well, not an "incident" but I can't think of a better name for it. In short what has happened is Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions are no longer working on any more Metal Gear games.

Why is this important? Where is the proof? Well it's been going on for a while so let me elaborate.

Most recently it was revealed that Hideo Kojima was not a senior member of Konami attending a particular event. This is odd considering the position he holds in the company and as the man in charge of his own division Kojima Productions. What also occured was that the official Metal Gear website has changed as will the official twitter and other promotional websites. Everything which originally listed "A Hideo Kojima Game" and "Kojima Productions" are absent. Also Kojima Productions LA-the new studio in North America which opened two years ago to create Metal Gear Solid V-has now been rebranded "Konami Productions LA".

The nail on the coffin? Well... Kojima's old job and several jobs held by much of the creative staff of Kojima Productions are now open. As in their hiring new people to take these jobs. It's on their website.

So... what does this mean? Well, once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is released any and all future Metal Gear games will be created by brand new people. Sure there may be one or two people but much of the creative staff, Kojima's fellow employees, and anyone Kojima might recommend for the postions, well they won't be involved. Further Konami released a statement in which they revealed they would be making these new Metal Gear games a brand new series.

Metal Gear has a long and great continuity and it's been the same continuity since 1988 which Kojima and co. created. However anything new will most likely be a reboot. A brand new continuity with the name "Metal Gear" but not connected. Which having seen what happened to game series such as Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, or Megaman with the loss of their original creators/changing of creators can be good or bad. But most likely Metal Gear is not going to be the same.

However it's not entirely bad as Kojima and his team are still connected to the completion of Metal Gear Solid V to be released later this year. After that though it's done. They're not part of making more of these games. Some articles and investigation has led people to believe there was either a power struggle in Konami or some key event occured leading to Kojima leaving the company. Personally I think it was always intended for Kojima to end his run with Metal Gear at some point but I doubt it was to be like this where Konami has outright kind of removed Kojima Productions.

As I understand it Kojima Productions will be not the primary makers of the game but something akin to a third party to Konami. I'm not sure what that spells for Kojima Productions future as they're a relatively new group. I remember when they barely were formed and they were looking to hire people in Japan and the United States to work on their games. So where all of that progress sits is up in the air.

I'm not sure what to think though. On the one hand I'm relatively new to Metal Gear having gotten into it after playing Super Smash Bros Brawl. I love the games they're very awesome. I didn't grow up with them though. I do think that whomever comes in to take creative control of the franchise forward should really put their all into the series. Make a great game and a unique game. I think what made Metal Gear so noteworthy was it wasn't trying to be like other games, it knew it's own lore, had it's unique style of humor/storytelling, and had a flair of mature cool. A lot of games these days kinda lack that and I really wouldn't want to see Metal Gear become a franchise it isn't.

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serenchi Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:!
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MattHunX Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
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dbzespio Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist
This might seem random, but... what are your thoughts on Raiden? From the Metal Gear series.
FlyingLion76 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Raiden? Hm... I haven't played the Solid series or Rising: Revengeance in a while. But I do get Raiden, he's a cool character with his own issues than that of Snake. Snake is my fav Metal Gear character but Raiden is a close second. Especially cyborg Raiden since in later games he gets upgraded and his story becomes tragic.
Particularly Raiden as he is in Sons of Liberty is relatable. He's kinda a dork and not as cool as Snake is then but I don't dislike him. I did like his relationship with his girlfriend Rose in that game. Something about the banter between the two felt natural, reminded me of a real relationship. Also it's a contrast to Snake who for the most part doesn't try to find love as opposed to Raiden who kinda does. There's also a big New York theme to Raiden in Sons of Liberty that I liked. He's not from New York but they incorporate the culture of the city to his character a bit in the game.
Raiden in MGS4 is a different story. IN that game he becomes kinda like Snake, more tortured and more serious. He's also fricken cool as a "cyborg ninja" learning new techniques for survival. He's really zen. What I love in this game though is Snake tries to convince Raiden not to be like him. "Don't waiste your youth fighting" he tells Raiden, especially since unlike Snake Raiden has a chance at a happy ending. That theme in the game is awesome to me.
By Rising Raiden is still a warrior but he's chill. Much more so than the prior games. It's also cooler because Raiden doesn't angst. He gets mad but he takes a stance closer to a superhero. Also his sword play in the game is really refined. He is actually a lot like a samurai, minus the cyborg part. He's the most fun I'm this game.
... And yeah. That's what I think of Raiden. In short he's goofy and fun, bad ass with a sad journey. But he doesn't let it big him down. He moves forward like a hero.
dbzespio Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist
I've only recently bought a PS3, so these old games are new to me. :XD:
Actually, after watching my sister play through the Revengeance game, I really liked Raiden. And I was surprised to mostly see a really negative reaction to Raiden on the Internet. (Well, I haven't looked too much, but what I did see was surprising.) I wondered what you thought because you tend to have a more fair and complete assessment of characters.

I also liked Sam, but my favorite by far is Blade Wolfy. :meow:
FlyingLion76 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh if you just got a PS3 and don't have much games might I recommend the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection? There's also the "Legacy" Collection with all the games from Metal Gear 1 to MGS4 but it's more expensive. Plus you could get the HD Collection for less and the original Metal Gear Solid for like ten bucks through... uh, digital... I'm blanking out. The system how you can get games digitally on a Playstation.

I ended up getting the HD Collection and MGS4. Lots of fun. But I don't play them everyday, maybe like once for however many days I feel like then stop. Well I do that with all the games I play. MGS4 and the HD Collection are a lot of fun considering you can get them for relatively low costs. 
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