Metal Gear

Metal Gear

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Metal Gear is an action-adventure stealth video game franchise created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. The series paved way for stealth-adventure games and explores themes of warfare and philosophy. The series has sold 30 million copies worldwide and spawned various sequels and spinoffs.


The first Metal Gear game was released in Japan in 1987 for the MSX2 home computer, starring the series main protagonnist, Solid Snake. A heavily modified port of the game was made for NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and released in Japan, Europe, and North America. A sequel, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, was released in Japan in 1990 for MSX2.

The series boomed in popularity with the release of the third installment in the series, Metal Gear Solid, released in 1998 for PlayStation home console. Following that, numerous sequels, spinoffs, and remakes have been made.
In 2001, a sequel named Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was released for PlayStation 2, which introduced the new character, named Raiden. The third numbered installment in the series, called Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, was released in 2004 and set before the events of all previous games, and featuring a new protagonist Naked Snake.

The series main story was concluded in 2008 with the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, made for PlayStation 3 consoles. The most recent game, a spin-off named Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, starring Raiden, was released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and eventually ported to PC.

On March 27th 2013, Hideo Kojima announced Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain. The game will be set after Metal Gear Solid 3, and be starring Naked Snake. A prologue to Phantom Pain, named Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was released on March 18, 2014.

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Metal Gear Solid Enemy Alert

Metal Gear Solid Enemy Alert refers to the sound effect and exclamation mark prompted when a player is spotted by the enemy in the game Metal Gear Solid. Following the mainstream success of the series, the alert has been referenced in webcomics, cosplay outfits and YouTube poop videos.

Balloon Solid Snake

Balloon Solid Snake refers to a twisted balloon sculpture of Solid Snake from the franchise. It rose to notoriety in early 2013 after a picture of the effigy was shared on Konami’s Facebook page, where it drew attention for its poor resemblance to the protagonist character.

Nanomachines Son

“Nanomachines, Son” is an expression uttered by Senator Armstrong in a cinematic sequence from the 2013 action video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The phrase is typically employed as a non sequitur response to an unrelated question.

Rules of Nature Goes With Everything

Rules of Nature Goes With Everything is a meme derived from the song “Rules of Nature” in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. In the game, Rules of Nature plays during the boss battle between Raiden and Metal Gear RAY. The song is paired up with video clips from other media to coincide with the beginning of the song’s vocals.

Metal Gear Solid Game Over Parodies

Metal Gear Solid Game Over Parodies refer to screenshots created in the style of a “Game Over” screen from the Metal Gear franchise. Various derivatives featuring characters from a variety of different franchises have been made.

They Played Us Like A Damn Fiddle!

They Played Us Like A Damn Fiddle! is a quote from the 2014 action-adventure video game Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes said by the supporting character Kazuhira Miller to the protagonist, Big Boss. Because of the phrase’s cheesy-sounding nature, this quote was transformed into many image macros and video parodies.

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