Okay, being serious here: Are big time video games these days just…boring?
Like, all this stuff people are acting so perplexed by were stuff we’ve already seen in countless major releases (Duke Nukem, Borderlands, almost every single game Kojima has ever directed, ect). Are video games being released by the big names these days just this dry and lifeless that a peeing mechanic confuses people?
I mean it’s quirky, but there is clear justification for it being there at just a brief glance of game footage (a lot of sci-fi, like Dune, makes major plot points of people having to store urine in suits to get nourishment in hostile environments, and Death Stranding’s setting has a world ruined by acid rain, for example). Even the pee being used to make stuff grow is extremely blunt metaphor for how Kojima and team see the importance of creative expression (go look up his extremely egotistical studio mission statement about the extinction of humanity and the need for creatives to create).
Like, this is film school 101 symbolism stuff (I remember someone on twitter even pointing out the baby inside Norman Reedus of the Invisible Penis with the Funky Fetus was pretty blunt symbolism for his inner child and hope).
I’ve been in my own weird indie and quirky director bubble (trying to explain SUDA 51’s The 25th Ward would really confuse you all, do not even get me started on trying to explain who the bad guy is), so I’ve been pretty sated for odd, offbeat stuff. Seeing the same reaction to this game over and over both amuses me and concerns me.
Like, what are most major releases like these days that a Kojima game now baffles people? I honestly don’t remember people being this confused by him, even when MGS5 news was leaking out. Sure, people thought some stuff was weird (the sheep story is magical), but the sheer befuddlement I see every time new info is given out is not something I’m used to seeing from the guy’s work (much unlike SUDA 51 before he took a directing break).