New blog post(!): The Aftermath of MGS2

Jesus. This is the first written content since, like, one jillion years ago. This was also the first Critical Close-up since January, which means that this video was a whopping 5 months in the making. Sure, I wasn’t writing and editing it for the entire 5 months, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the biggest, messiest video project embarked on thus far.

I also managed to put it together in the scant few bits of free time that skipped between the cracks of my two jobs and weekly webshow. It’s the closest thing to a magnum opus yet– a totally new style of writing, delivery and presentation that I hope goes over well, with a layer of polish and production values that the other videos just don’t have. But I still wish I could’ve given it more time.

This blog post is here to announce that we’re gonna break for next week and take some free time for once. All things considered, it’ll actually feel like the first full weekend I’ve had in months. I didn’t even take a break after GDC. Fun fact: I was actually doing the first round of readings for the MGS2 project while on those trains.

This project absolutely wore me out, so one Bunnyhopless week will give me time to rest and also give this video some much-needed time in the spotlight. I’m eager to hear what everyone thought of it!



George W.


  1. Luciano says:

    That video was one of the best game analysis I have ever seen, both in content and in presentation.
    Thanks for the hard-work, you are incredibly underrated and deserve much more attention from the gaming journalism ‘scene’

  2. Jonathan says:

    I really loved watching it. I was actually thinking just recently about Egoraptor’s “Sequelitis” series and how it would be nice for him to do an episode on MGS2. But then again, Egoraptor would never have done a look at the game this well-thought out. I think part of the problem causing the more recent lack of reception with the game is because they don’t know the context; I was 11 when MGS2 was released but I still lived through the history of its hype because i was following it both in trailer and OPM form. And even after being confused as hell at the end, I still loved the game. I think without living through that hype it’s hard to really form a good opinion of the game because you don’t see the effects the bait and switch had on people. The video pretty much hits the nail on the head, and I hope younger fans of the series will check this out and stop calling the game the black sheep of the series.

    Actually what’s rather interesting to me is how the biases of many news sources will call it convoluted and denounce it’s terrible nature, such as GT did in its retrospective as well as in the HD collection review. And yet when the game came out there were rather few unfavorable reviews. Hell, it’s still #4 on metacritic on the list of top PS2 games. Anyway, great video! It’s great to see a documentary of one of the most misunderstood games in history.

  3. Guilherme Matos says:

    Dude, your video is amazing! I watched it like 3 or 4 times already and still makes me reflect on the very nature of MGS2 (and all of the video game industry by default) after the end. It’s always nice to see people who know how to think putting up great quality content on the internet. Congratulate yourself, you surely earned it.

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