Old Snake Says Don't Litter, Smoking is Bad For You

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During the 9-minute or so loading screen of Metal Gear Solid IV, gamers are treated to a close up view of old Snake sucking through cigarette after cigarette as game tips, warnings and public service announcements pop-up on the screen. They're certainly not worth sticking around to watch, but if you do you'll get two bits of wonderful hypocrisy. The first couple of times Snake taps his cigarette ash onto the unseen ground an message shows up telling you not to litter and to use an ashtray for your ash and butts. Then after about five minutes of him smoking you get a message about the harms cigarettes.

[Smoking Warning]

Cugarette smoke has detrimental effects to you and those around you, particularly infants, children, and the elderly.

Have consideration for others when choosing to smoke.

Oh, and cancer, there's that too.

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@Jazhuis: Dont worry, Im got Legendary speed typos all over Kotaku. It's my legacy. for the kids. To stay in school and write slowly.

@excel_excel: I am serious indeed, and people where all over the place speaking their opiniions without even sotpign to consider "why" Konami didn't want people to know about the extra installs. Still... it makes sense to me now (and yes, even the reinstaling bit about reloading save games that are in a different *spoiler censored*). I believe it is not possible for someone to say "The game will then have to install a new *spoiler censored*." Now, if this was due to some sort of technological limitation on PS# hardware, I have no clue. But at least I now undertstand fully their need to have them in the game.