Revengeance is a Stupid Word, But It's Also One the Klan Used

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It's a name Square Enix would be proud of, but before you go thinking some Japanese guy made it up by combining "Revenge" and "Vengeance" and nobody had the sense to tell him it was a stupid name, know that it's a word that's been used before.

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Metal band Soulfly, for example, has a track called Revengeance appearing on its upcoming album, due in March 2012. Another, more historical example that IGN points out is that of a famous trial against the Ku Klux Klan, known as Supreme Court case Brandenburg v. Ohio.

While a previous case had found a member of the racist organisation guilty of "advocating...unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing industrial or political reform" during a speech, the Supreme Court apparently overturned that conviction when it took a look at how stupid the accused's testimony actually was.

"We're not a revengent organization, but if our President, our Congress, our Supreme Court, continues to suppress the white, Caucasian race, it's possible that there might have to be some revengeance taken."

There you have it. The next time someone says how stupid the name Revengeance, Metal Gear fans can at least point out that it's not flying the stupid flag alone.

Metal Gear's "Revengeance" Appears in 60s Court Case [IGN]

DISCUSSION

Paradoxme
Paradox me

The reaction to Rising in general has completely blown my mind. I just don't understand gamers anymore.

People act like it's the end of the world, that a damn spin-off is going to undo 25 years worth of gaming excellence. That it can't exist in the same universe because a few things are different. It's stupid, even more so than the game's stupid subtitle.

What does it take to please people, a different name? What would that accomplish? Rising is a solid looking action game that was conceived as a part of the Metal Gear universe, with the blessing of Kojima himself. It has legitimate connections to the series despite going in a slightly different direction, is in the hands of a developer that can do the gameplay justice and has Kojima Productions overseeing the project.

Last generation this game (graphics aside) would have been big. Now it's too over the top, too Japanese. It's sad.