Metal Gear News
MGS and MGS2 WILL be at Smithsonian American Art Museum!
May 06, 2011 02:36 am
Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty will both be on display in the Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. between March 16, 2012 and September 30, 2012. This really shouldn't be surprised as the two titles' biggest threats were Crash Bandicoot and some Rainbow Six game I never heard of.
A full list along with runner-ups was released by the Smithsonian as well as the note that a few titles such as Super Mario Bros and Myst will be on display as well, despite never being subject to a vote. I actually questioned the lack of Myst (and other adventure titles in particular, such as Hideo Kojima's Policenauts) so that's good news.
There wasn't much talk about either Metal Gear titles. The "live feed" the Smithsonian hosted to announce some of the titles didn't talk about them--instead focusing time on Final Fantasy VII (ironically, talking about the dramatic difference between pre-rendered cutscenes and gameplay graphics) and Shadow of the Colossus (fair enough). This article from TIME has people in the industry talk about their personal picks and nobody cares to mention any Metal Gear title.
An article in The Inkwell from A&E does mention Metal Gear Solid, but as a part of a strange argument in favor of single player games which I agree with him on but what the fuck does that have to do with the exhibit, I'm not sure. Besides, while I got what the guy was trying to say, his description of the title almost feels like he recently read Richard Benson's novelization.
"Based almost purely in a single-player setup, "Metal Gear Solid" gives gamers a highly intuitive and riveting story of deeply layered international espionage, war and human morality. Rooted in the tropes and narrative stylings of the great spy and war movies of the past, giving players a natural point of reference and grounding.
Players take the role of Solid Snake, a suave covert agent and tactical dog of war. Snake executes his various missions across the world and delves into great, long-running political conspiracies despite the constant threat of opposing agents and shadow governments ever at his back."
Actually, he probably bought Metal Gear Solid from the PlayStation Network Store and read the description.
SOURCE: Smithsonian Institute (PDF), The Inkwell, Nate
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