Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Metal Gear game and fans are flooding social media with positive vibes and tributes to Hideo Kojima's influential stealth action series.
Over the years, Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear franchise solidified itself as one of video gaming's most well regarded video game dynasties. Metal Gear evolved over the years and paved the way for an era of cinematic video games. And while Kojima is no longer working on the Metal Gear series, his fans haven't let the anniversary pass by without showering the series some serious love.
Two hashtags on Twitter, #MG30th and #メタルギア30周年 (Metal Gear 30th Anniversary in Japanese) are filled with fans showing off how much the franchise means to them by celebrating the game that started it all.
Even industry folks are celebrating the 30th anniversary for Metal Gear.
Likewise, the r/MetalGearSolid subreddit is also alight with fans offering various tributes to their favorite series. From fan art to musical tributes, the creative output is flooding out. One fan named FLPro is even remaking the first Metal Gear in Unity.
The big celebratory Reddit thread is also pinned to the top of the page, although most of the comments are centered around how the Metal Gear franchise is being bled out by Konami.
There hasn't been much from the Meta Gear franchise after the highly pubicized break-up between Hideo Kojima and Konami. Now the only Metal Gear projects are pachinko machines or Metal Gear Survive, a game that can claim the Fox Engine and being "meh" as achievements.
Still, don't let that deter you from celebrating the legacy of Metal Gear, a game that had ambitions of achieving narrative excellence through the combine language of video games and film. Happy birthday Metal Gear, you crazy diamond.