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Metal Gear Solid

Influence on stealth genre

Metal Gear is a game released in 1987 that not only launched one of the most famous video game series but also created a new genre. 1)

Longest cutscenes sequence

According to Solid Snake's voice actor David Hayter and many forum posts, Metal Gear Solid 4 holds the Guinness World Record for the longest cutscenes sequence in a video game, one after the other, lasting as long as 71 minutes. 2)


The creation of the game in this form was not a planned action but an improvisation due to hardware limitations. Hideo Kojima debuted at Konami with a simple arcade game called Penguin adventure. After it, he received a game with the working title Intruder as a legacy from one of his designers. This game was supposed to be a simple shooter. In the course of work, the developers came up against a wall. MSX computer was not able to display enough enemies and bullets on the screen, even despite the use of advanced tricks. It was necessary to reduce the number of objects. However, shooting soldiers popping up one by one took away from the game's dynamism. To remedy this, Kojima proposed to remodel the gameplay. Instead of shooting enemies, he proposed avoiding them. 3)


The name Snake, Kojima borrowed from the main character in the movie Escape from New York - Snake Plissken. This is one of Kojima's favorite movies. References to Snake's name can be found in Metal Gear Solid 2, where one of the characters introduces himself as Iroquois Pliskin. 4)


According to Kojima, the word Solid had three meanings. First, it was the name of a character. Second, the word was meant to symbolize a solid (three-dimensional) object, as the developers believed their game was three-dimensional in some sense. Third, it was meant to be a slight poke in the nose at Konami's competitors Square, the creators of Final Fantasy. Since Square means square and Solid means solid (a 3D object), it was supposed to somehow prove that their company was better than the competition. Honestly, I don't see how it proves anything, maybe the specificity of the Japanese language is such that this “joke” sounds better. 5)

metal_gear_solid.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/29 03:55 by aga