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The Metal Gear Series Would Have Been 35 Years Old Today

35 years ago today, Metal Gear was released for the MSX2 personal computer. While not the first game that series creator Hideo Kojima worked on (that honor goes to Penguin Adventure), Metal Gear was the first title he fully designed and directed. On the MSX2, Metal Gear was a revelation — it popularized stealth mechanics and introduced…

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NEWS

How Would You Cast the Metal Gear Solid Movie?

This week on Channel F (the Fanbyte Video Game Game Show), host merritt k enlists Steven, Danielle and Fūnk-é to help suss out the actual best cast possible for a film based on Konami’s 1998 PlayStation classic Metal Gear Solid. Oscar Isaac? Who?? You mean Timothée Chalamet? And just how…

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PODCASTS

Rating Eiffel 65’s Playstation Collection from “My Console”

In 1999, Italian Eurodance group Eiffel 65 released the album Europop. The album contains two of the outfit’s biggest international hits, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” and “Move Your Body.” Less well-known is the sixth track, “My Console.” Opening with the line “We’re gonna play the game, the PlayStation all day,” the song…

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Meta-metafiction Horror Games: Under Your Skin and Inside Your System

Fear is subjective. That’s the main problem horror runs into: what scares one person might not work on another. Dead Space is remembered as a terrifying classic by some, derided as an adrenaline-heavy rip-em-all by others. SOMA’s plot is in a league of its own, but a large chunk of the…

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FEATURES

7 Video Game Villains That Would Make Great Roommates

Since we’ve all been spending a lot of time stuck inside with whomever we live with lately, I’ve been contemplating what makes a good housemate. Neat, responsible, able to give others space, fun — these are good qualities for sharing a living space with other humans. I’ve also been replaying…

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LISTS

Meet the Gamers Bringing Achievements Back to the Past

Ever since Microsoft introduced their Gamerscore system in 2005, it’s been increasingly rare for games to ship without achievements or trophies, and today there are countless websites for tracking and conglomerating them across platforms, tutorials with millions of views to aid in unlocking, and complaints whenever a game is released…

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FEATURES

The Metal Gear Solid Novelization is a Modern Classic

I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game. For years I thought the series was impenetrable, a shadowy and undecipherable opus hidden behind the mythic auteur of Hideo Kojima. By sheer cultural osmosis and the impact of Death Stranding last year, I finally decided to finally give the franchise a…

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FEATURES

7 Minigames That Deserve Their Own Spin-Offs

Finding micro-experiences in video games has always been my favorite scavenger hunt. From taking part in ordinary activities, such as pool or bowling, to diversions that are completely different from a game’s core idea, some minigames just shine above all others. Yet only a few have managed to become full,…

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5 More Games That Don’t Star Pigs, but Should

I saw the pig again today, and this time I was ready. Just look at him up there. He’s so beautiful. Just a big lump of folds with a snoot on the end. Truly, Neighbor Pig is everything I aspire to be in life. A perfect example of simplicity and…

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MICROREVIEWS

Sony Announces the “Classics” Packed Into PlayStation Classic

After weeks of speculation, Sony announced the list of pre-loaded games included in its micro-console offering. The tiny working replica of 1994’s best piece of gaming hardware follows in the footsteps of Nintendo’s incredibly popular NES and SNES Classics. Sony had a massive list of games to choose from and…

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