In our modern world, we are often too consumed by the thought of tomorrow. In with the new and out with the old screams our contemporary mantra. Evolution is, after all, a path to greatness, leaving the past to a eagerly forgotten history. This ferocious attitude is perhaps in no greater a presence than in the video games community, where old treasures are consistently thrown to the bowels of time. Today’s gaming generation is detached from the medium’s history, in a far more alarming rate than that of movie goers and other consumers of media. Young people still expose themselves to the likes of Citizen Kane and The Old Man and The Sea. Few young gamers are willing to do the same for our rich history, enriched by titles like Metal Gear Solid.
As I perhaps made clear in previous Retrospective posts, I’m no nostalgic elitist. My gaming perspective is built upon the last three generations only, and with the exception of the first two PlayStation consoles. But unlike the hordes of gamers pointing their envious, outspoken noses to the future inspired by the ultimately meaningless promise of better graphics and quicker distribution platforms (graphics alone DON’T make for good games, people), I find regular journeys to the past both inspirational and downright pleasurable. It’s an unexpected joy, and Metal Gear Solid for that little grey box is perhaps the best nostalgic-blind retro experience I’ve had. Continuing on from last week, here’s all the reasons in the world why the game that blew a generation away is still amazing and relevant today.