Month: November 2015

The Metal Gear Diaries #19: Groznyj Grad, Part Two

Sorrow

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we infiltrated Groznyj Grad, and got captured in a way I can kindly describe as questionably homophobic. Now, we see what awaits us in the rest of Groznyj Grad… (more…)

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Abnormal Mapping 38: The Toilets of Scotland

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No jokes today, but our second annual Thanksgiving spectacular as we talk about what we’re thankful for and the stories we tell ourselves both in video games and not. That’s followed up by one of our most intimate game club games yet, and a promise for memories to come with next month’s classic game club to round out the year. Hope everyone had a good holiday, if you’re in the part of the world that celebrates it!

You can get our podcast on iTunes, on Stitcher, or you can download it directly by clicking here.

This Month’s Game Club: Beeswing

Next Month’s Game Club: EarthBound

Things discussed: Fallout, Bloodborne, Monster Factory, Mickey Mouse in the Castle of Illusion, The Sims, Twitch Plays Pokemon, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, Mario Lore, Final Fantasy VIII, Assassins’ Creed, Metal Gear Solid 2, Dino Crisis 3, Beeswing, Slacker, Abnormal Mapping continues their efforts to stop the sun, Bend it Like Beckham

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Beeswing Main Title by Jack King-Spooner*
Beeswing Music Box theme by Jack King-Spooner*
Hell to Up by Silverley Allen
TV Song by Jack King-Spooner*

*names and composer presumed given lack of information

The Metal Gear Diaries #18: Groznyj Grad, Part One

Raiden

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we took out The Fear and The End, and climbed the greatest ladder in all of video games. Now, we head into Groznyj Grad, ready to complete our mission… (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #17: Still on a Beam

Ladder

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, because of how Metal Gear is paced, we made our way through at least the third of the game in one article. Today, we’re going to presumably do the same! These games are dense at each end and lighter in the middle – though getting denser with each entry. (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #16: Boss Fights, Boss Fights, Get Your Lovely Lovely Boss Fights

The Pain

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we ran into EVA, and contemplated the nature of Loyalty, whilst every person in the western hemisphere got their chance to dunk on Ocelot. Now, we swim. (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #15: Sex With Guns, Gunsex

Eva

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, The Boss escaped and left us for dead, so we have one week to clear our name. Now, we’ve landed back at the facility, ready to begin Operation: Snake Eater… (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #14: Still In A Dream

Snake Eater

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, The Boss betrayed us, and we Skyfalled off a bridge and broke every bone in our body. Now, we’re going to fix ourselves with the power of healing items in menus. (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #13: Ocelot, Ocelittle

Ocelot

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we turned off the game and started again, leaving us to wonder if we’ll ever be able to beat Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater(more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #12: Relative Times

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we watched the opening cutscene of Snake Eater, because these games are getting denser and denser. Today, it’s time to pick up the controller and play the game… (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #11: Snake out of a Plane

MGS3-Halo-Jump-2

The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we beat Sons of Liberty, and out poured thousands of words of reaction which barely covered the salient points. Metal Gear is the most dense thing, at least when it wants to be. But now, it’s time to step away from Solid Snake, to take a trip back in time, and finally meet the man behind the legend: Big Boss. That’s right, we’re moving on to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater(more…)