June 13, 2024

I just lately determined to play an outstanding previous sport referred to as Metallic Gear Stable through the just lately launched Metallic Gear Stable Grasp Assortment, hoping to point out my pals the scene the place I might see a person’s naked ass after he will get his lights knocked out and his garments stolen. However censorship has struck once more as I got here to search out this important a part of my childhood robbed from me through a pair of digital boxer shorts.

Disgrace, Konami. Disgrace.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the sport, or this scene, enable me to elucidate. Shortly after protagonist Stable Snake makes an attempt to free an NPC from a cell, the prisoner subsequent to him (Meryl) breaks out, incapacitates a guard named Johnny and steals his garments. He’s left bare on the ground along with his ass pointed towards the ceiling, a pixely impact displayed over his bare ass. Or such was the case in my North American copy of the sport within the late ‘90s.

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After a tense shootout with some guards, you can really defy censorship in a daring act of freedom by crawling as much as Johnny’s ass, taking out your binoculars, and zooming previous the censorship bar, revealing crack and all in superb 1998 graphical constancy.

However within the 2023 reissued variations discovered within the Grasp Assortment, Konami has caved to fashionable, Western calls for for modesty and censored this scene by clothes Johnny in a pair of boxers that, irrespective of how onerous I attempt, or nevertheless many angles I attempt to have a look at, for nevertheless many hours I stare at this digital ass, I can’t zoom previous.

Screenshot: Konami / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

This isn’t nearly expression both. This censorship cuts into the very lore of Metallic Gear Stable, which I maintain sacred and may lecture you about for hours at a time. For 25 years I’ve questioned why Meryl stole Johnny’s underwear along with his uniform. Or did Johnny select to not put on underwear in any respect an odd selection particularly contemplating his very unpredictable bowel actions.

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Konami added little else to this assortment. No correct body charge or decision choices above 1080p, no clear approach to repair the horrendous display screen tearing on PC. No mouse and keyboard help. Only a port of some previous copies of the sport slapped along with a low-effort menu system that requires a number of executables on PC to launch, and offers me frequent audio issues when I attempt to stream.

Snake looks down on Meryl exercising in her underwear.

Screenshot: Konami / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

And don’t inform me that I needs to be pleased with the content material simply because I can nonetheless climb out and in of the ladder a number of occasions within the cell to unlock a scene with Meryl doing situps in her underwear, or that I can comply with her rapidly into the toilet to talk along with her in her underwear, or that Sniper Wolf nonetheless has her shirt open all the best way all the way down to her navel.

If Konami and others have its approach, I’ll quickly be with none bare online game characters. How can we stand for such a factor?

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