Gene, cohost of Pixelated Audio, contacted The VGMbassy in late 2018 with the desire to visit the Metal Gear Solid series of games on the podcast. Ed, having very little experience with Hideo Kojima’s masterworks, was anxious about doing a show featuring something he knew so little about, but also excited to finally make some sense of the games’ complex characters and storylines. What ensued was not only an entertaining look at the world of MGS and a collection of incredible pieces of music, but a tribute to Gene’s dear friend Jared who passed away shortly after the show was recorded. Jared introduced Gene to the Metal Gear series, and you’ll hear several stories about the two friends bonding over Snake’s adventures. The VGMbassy offers sincere condolences to Gene, Jared’s family, and his friends, and we hope this show helps his memory live on.
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1 – “Jungle Theme” from Metal Gear (FC, 1987) Composed by Iku Mizutani and Kazuki Muraoka
2 – “Wavelet” from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (MSX2, 1990) Composed by Yuko Kurahashi
3 – “Tears: Conversation Demo (Gray Fox)” from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (MSX2, 1990) Composed by Yuko Kurahashi, Masahiro Ikariko, Mutsuhiko Izumi, Kazuhiko Uehara, Tomoya Tomita, Yuji Takenouchi, and Tsuyoshi Sekito
4 – “Warhead Storage” from Metal Gear Solid (PS1, 1998) Composed by David Downes, Gigi Meroni, Hiroyuki Togo, Jeon Myung Lee, Kazuki Muraoka, Rika Muranaka, Takanari Ishiyama, and Tappy Iwase
5 – “Duel” from Metal Gear Solid (PS1, 1998) Composed by David Downes, Gigi Meroni, Hiroyuki Togo, Jeon Myung Lee, Kazuki Muraoka, Rika Muranaka, Takanari Ishiyama, and Tappy Iwase
6 – “Main Theme” from Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2, 2001) Composed by Tappi Iwase and arranged by Harry Gregson-Williams
7 – “Twilight Sniping” from Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2, 2001) Composed by Norihiko Hibino
8 – “Healing Radio – Sea Breeze” from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2, 2004) Composed by “Sergei Mantis” (Harry Gregson-Williams)
9 – “Troops in Gathering” from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2, 2004) Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
10 – “Endless Pain” from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3, 2008) Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
11 – “Heaven’s Divide” from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, 2010) Composed by Akihiro Honda
12 – “Bloodstained Anthem” from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, XB1, PC, 2014) Composed by Ludvig Forssell, Justin Burnett, Donna Burke, Stefanie Joosten, Daniel James, and Harry Gregson-Williams
13 – “Deployment Theme” from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, 2010) Composed by Akihiro Honda, Kazuma Jinnouchi, Nobuko Toda, Shuichi Kobori, and Seiro Hirose