In 2001, Hideo Kojima pissed off countless fans with a simple twist. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty did not star everyone’s favorite rugged action hero Solid Snake. Instead, players spent most of their time playing as Raiden, a whiny rookie who didn’t know his ass from his head. It was perfect and still is. Raiden is the hero gamers deserved and exactly what the series needed. 1998’s Metal Gear Solid is a formative game for the stealth genre, following professional commando Solid Snake as he foils a terrorist plot on a remote island in Alaska. Anticipation for the sequel was massive, with a bonus disc containing a small portion of the game helping to drive sales of Kojima’s robot combat game Zone of the Enders. Trailers featured pitched battles as Snake fought a fighter jet on the Brooklyn Bridge and snuck around various industrial locations. Advertisement Snake is the star of Metal Gear Solid 2’s first chapter. He infiltrates a tanker to document … [Read more...] about Raiden Was The Best Thing To Happen To
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Read anything interesting in the news lately? No, really. I’m still catching up, because for much of the past week, I was vacationing in lovely Cook Forest, Pennsylvania, during which my access to the internet was limited to whatever stretches of 4G could be obtained amid supply runs to town. This was indeed lovely—an excuse to regroup all of those neurons that have been battered into retreat by the news cycle in 2018 and also go kayaking—but I’m still wary I missed a brief war, everyone at the Gizmodo offices has secretly been replaced by pod people infiltrators, or something like that. Fortunately, we have an opportunity to get back on the same page with this week’s roundup of the best of Gizmodo, where we’ve got everything from Facebook vigilantes and ugly-ass gaming laptops to red tide and “mini-moons.” Let’s get caught up, shall we? Advertisement The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream To Catch a Predator-Style Ambushes of … [Read more...] about Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week
As part of our year-end coverage, we’re once again asking this annual question of our staff and readership: What’s the best non-2018 book you read this year? Clayton Purdom Except for the Beastie Boys Book, I didn’t read any books from 2018 in 2018, part of my lifelong inability to find contemporary fiction that I don’t immediately dislike. But I did spend a rapturous couple of weeks reading White Noise by Don DeLillo, which, published in 1985, is about as contemporary as I generally get, bookwise. In some ways, it feels like a product of its era, full of Reagan-era paranoia about consumerism, the failures of intellectualism, and television. I sort of knew all of this, from reputation, before I started it; what I did not know is that it’s also wildly, darkly hilarious, prefiguring the cosmic cuckoldry of A Serious Man and the droll despair of a Wes Anderson protagonist. It’s also really short, which is helpful if you read books at a snail’s … [Read more...] about What great non-2018 book did you read this year?
A Thanksgiving kitchen Gold Box, Anker workout headphones, TaoTronics ANC headphones, and Home Depot work boots lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Advertisement Today’s Best Tech Deals It’s time to invest in a pair of workout headphones that can keep up with you. Right now the Soundcore Spirit X Wireless Sports Earphones are down to just $25 if you clip the coupon on the page. Unlike comparable earphones, these can tackle whatever activity you throw at it. They’re sweat-proof, dust-proof and IP68 water-proof, and the included ear hooks ensure they stay in place while you work out. Advertisement They’ll also last an astonishing 18 hours, so you’re likely to tap out before they do. This is the most significant discount we’ve seen on these 2019 version. For some context, these earphones usually sell for around $40. So if you’re looking for a new … [Read more...] about Thursday’s Best Deals: Razer DeathAdder, Dickie’s Boots, iRobot Roombas, and More
Is there any video game gun more awe-inspiring than a flamethrower? Most shoot bullets, but the flamethrower? It blasts enemies with giant gouts of flame, searing them like a juicy steak. A good flamethrower will give you some of the best moments in video games, whether it’s a close save from an otherwise unassailable foe or the amusing side effects of burning a pot farm. This piece originally appeared 1/30/16. How Flamethrowers Work A flamethrower consists of three basic components: the fuel, the propellant, and the ignition. When the operator pulls the trigger, the propellant sends the fuel through the ignition, where the fuel ignites, turning into a long stream of flame. Advertisement There are two kinds of flamethrowers: napalm and gas. Military applications tend to use an ignitable jelly, such as napalm, which shoots further and lasts longer. Napalm is effective for clearing out structures like concrete bunkers, because it can bounce off walls and burns longer. … [Read more...] about The Best Video Game Flamethrowers