[Community Showcase] I've fallen again... And hard!
After recently replaying MGS3, I take some time to detail how I love the game and how my past and present are eerily similar with the title.
It seems I’ve done it again. I’ve fallen hard for my old friend. Snake just has a way with words and his blue eyes are so enchanting. Yes, I’m talking about Metal Gear.
This past weekend, I beat “Metal Gear Solid 3” again. Long considered my favorite of the series, I was eager to jump back in when I purchased the HD Collection last month. Finishing off my plate of titles from 2011, I immediately threw the disc into my PS3 when I had a clean slate.
That’s not the only thing I’m falling for. No, just like all those years ago, I believe I’m coming down with a case of love sickness. My recent efforts to expand my rapport at work have led me to develop a lust for one of my co-workers.
If any of you still haven’t played MGS3, then I apologize for any spoilers. Considering the game is now close to 8 years old, though, I don’t believe I’ll be including any tags. Your only warning rests here.
My first time with the game was in 2004, when I was a Junior in a brand new high school. I had trouble making friends and since I was depressed beyond reason, I actually couldn’t muster up the will to even play the title. I was content with having it and Metroid Prime 2 become bookends.
When the New Year rolled around, I began talking with my now best friend, Jim. I mentioned that I had gotten MGS3 for Christmas and his eyes lightened up. He was in love with the series and demanded I play the game.
Well, I somehow got myself to suffer through the awful camera and I became entranced. Nothing was stopping me from fully loving this title, even some of the hammy dialog. I experienced all the highs and lows that Snake did. I cried multiple times throughout the plot.
When it was all said and done, I went back to Jim and professed my love of the game. We quickly became close friends and haven’t faltered that badly in the years since. Well, it couldn’t have been too troublesome as Jim is almost as close as family to me.
During my journey, though, there was a girl I had admired at school. While it wasn’t on the same level that I would eventually have for the girl the following year, I was fairly smitten with her. Sadly, I only admired her from a far.
Every chance I went to speak with her, I would freeze up. I didn’t possess the courage to simply talk to her. I would talk to my friends about how I thought she was beautiful and I would fantasize about her during class. It was simply a voyeuristic lust.
Now, my current situation isn’t anything like this. I’ve actually spoken to my fellow co-worker, so that’s already a step ahead of my 16-year-old self. Still, the types of conversations I’ve had with my co-worker aren’t exactly what you’d call romantic.
She will sometimes mutter to one of our superiors about how she wishes she had a boyfriend or could spend her time with someone. Even today, she made some crack about being alone with a box of chocolates. I never really know exactly what to say to these quips.
When she’s busy with customers, I sometimes catch myself staring at her. I’m taken back by how alluring and magnificent she is. When she talks, I fall on her every word, though not enough to reveal my hidden interest. I try my best to brighten her day, even if my advice is often too truthful.
This makes me think back to the character of Eva from MGS3. While she doesn’t come into play until around halfway through the game, she is quickly established as a love interest for Snake. The funny thing is, though, that Eva has no true interest in Snake.
My attraction back in 2004 felt like his, but is now perfectly summed up by my current desire. Snake knows how to get Eva's attention, but it's not exactly for the reasons he would like. Eva will carefully listen to Snake, but only because she's a damn triple agent looking for any details.
At one point, she even removes most of her clothing to tempt Snake. Well, forgive me for taking Snake's side, but a man can only be pushed so far. Thankfully, my co-worker hasn't revealed any part of herself to me (or maybe that's bad...).
Diving back into the jungles of this game couldn’t have happened at a better point in my life. My maturation has let me see the game in a new light, but the ties to my past within my present are keeping me fully engaged.
I’m not sure if my chances are any better currently, but I do know that lust is taking over me. Just like Snake, I’m craving the attention of someone who probably won’t discern the same emotions.
For the hell of it, I’m going to re-re-beat the game. And, for once, I may finally talk to a girl about my feelings. Maybe she’ll be able to see through my rough exterior...
While I can’t say for certain that my feelings for her are strong, I can claim certainty about my love of MGS3. I will always love this game, regardless of where my life takes me.
I will always love this face paint, too!
Yes, then, they won't think you're planning world domination!
I can try that, but I'm not really sure. She doesn't strike me as a Starbucks kind of gal.
Well, damn. I didin't realize it was that powerful. Um...I guess I can give you some napkins or something.
Totally agree getting a cup of coffee is a really smart thing to do.
Yo you better not be complaining about Snake's mustache.
He only becomes more manlier because of it.
Thanks for sharing bud. Kinda going through something similar with a girl too. All I know to tell you is just ask her if she'd like to get coffee or if you know there is something she likes to do see if she'd go with you. Dinner and movies are so clitche and to be honest that's high school stuff. Best date I ever had was going to Wal-Mart and goofing around, no joke.
Not gonna lie, I just shed a few manly tears. Not afraid to admit that!
Thanks. I always try my best to reveal myself to the community. I want everyone to know exactly what I think and have no shadow of doubt to my intentions.
I did play and finish MGS4 before I even had a PS3. I played it at my friend's house and wasted pretty much the entire day finishing it. EVA and Big Boss were detailed fairly nicely, but it wasn't as in-depth as this game.
A good read. I admire you for you openness and honesty in this post. Incidentally, have you played MGS4? It gives a bit more detail on EVA and Big Boss' relationship...
Yeah, it is pretty strange why they didn't just include MGS1. I wouldn't have cared if it was SD or not, but I do still own my Gamecube copy.
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.
If anything, Jim is like Snake. I'd probably be Ocelot.
Yeah, I know, but throughout the game, she isn't really interested in being his lover. Actually, even though she spares his life, she still leaves the man.
So you're saying the reason all of my past expenditures with love have failed are because I've never slept with anyone? I guess that makes sense...
you can tell girls how you feel you just have to sleep with them first.
Also, does that mean jim is ocelot?
fine story but [nerd glasses] EVA actually ends up loving (or at least admiring) snake, and is genuinely sorry and regretful for deceiving him. It's why she leaves a tape explaining everything about her to him. [/nerd glasses]
Oh...I forgot about that. Sorry bro. :(
but if only on psn kinda sucks for xbox users that the first game isn't there and portable ops I wish for that too
That's pretty deep, man. It was a great read!