Sounds like an ambitious project, but not an impossible one. Hideo Kojima’s 1987 one-man sneaking title Metal Gear is much smaller game than the ones that followed. A revamped fan-version makes sense.
The MSX might be gone, but its fans still live on. And a group of them in South Korea decided to launch their own MSX machine. This is it.
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake was released way back in 1990. Yet, the game was set in the late 1990s, when a major oil crisis impacted the world economy. Okay, that's fiction. But one element of the game's plot—namely a fuel producing algae that's an alternative energy source—is not.
This is a commercial for Hitachi's H2 model of the MSX, Microsoft's unsung hero of Japan's gaming past. The soothing tones, the brilliant whites, the computer-generated animal...this is the future, people. The distant, star-gazing future! Where video games are so advanced they're sold not on discs, or downloaded…
It's perhaps not as famous as other hatchet jobs on the English language perpetrated by Japanese developers in the 1980s, but it's one of my favourites nonetheless.
There's a really interesting piece up on HG101 in which Iraqi gamer Salwan Asaad, now living in Egypt, recounts his experiences growing up in the 1980s with the region's fledgling scene.
You expect, and will find, old games for the Famicom where you play as a soldier. Or a pilot. Or an athlete.
The original Metal Gear may have been most famous on the Nintendo Entertainment System, but that's not the platform it was designed for.
Microsoft and video games are a bit of a running joke in Japan these days. After a decade of trying (and failing) with the Xbox, the company just can't seem to win the Japanese public over.
In 1987, game designer Hideo Kojima turned out Metal Gear. That game, however, originally had a big "rejected" rubber stamp on it.
Microsoft has been successful the world over with its operating systems. Even in Japan, Windows is the most common OS. However, the computer giant hasn't seen those same results there with gaming. That hasn't always been the case.