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Metal Gear Survival (First Thoughts)

Greetings NPCs!

It’s your buddy, Doug Funnie, giving you a first look by the NPC Collective about the recently announced Metal Gear title, Metal Gear Survival. This new title has been taking the internet by storm and is causing some hoopla among the Metal Gear Fans, and I have a pretty good inkling on why. In order to do that, let’s go back a bit on the history.

The original Metal Gear title was created by Hideo Kojima and released in 1987. Originally was supposed to be an action game, but because of the technology at the time it became a “sneaking” game because too many sprites on the screen at one time would cause the system to crash. Thus, creating the first espionage tactical action game. This has been the running theme throughout the series, excluding “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” which was a spin-off game for one of the main characters of the series, Also created by Hideo Kojima.

Up until the most recent release of a Metal Gear Solid title, there has been speculation that Kojima was fired by Konami, the developer of the Metal Gear Solid titles. Though, an official statement was released by Konami that Kojima quit, no official statement from Kojima was ever released. This event has caused Metal Gear Solid 5 to be incomplete as well as cancel the highly anticipated “Silent Hill” release. While Kojima continues to move forward with the “Silent Hill” project under the Sony umbrella and new title “Death Stranding”, Konami continues the development of Metal Gear titles without Kojima, bringing the new “Metal Gear: Survival.”

(as of today the trailer stands at 18k thumbs ups to 81k thumbs downs).

The trailer starts with the exact cutscene from “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes” where the base is getting destroyed, then begins to follow a random character. From here, a rip in the space time continuum occurs and sucks this random character and most of the rubble of the destroyed base with it. As the trailer continues, you’ll find that the character goes on to fight zombie-like characters with apparent superhuman strength. Very similar to Resident Evil 5, where the zombie-like characters are infected by a parasite, but in this case, it seems to be a pink crystal or artifact. Around the 1:10 mark, You’ll see a structure in a distance which to me seems to be the base and the AI pod of the AI weapons in “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker”. You’ll see other characters in the trailer fighting with you, which I assume these folks have been in this alternative dimension this whole time.

Details of the game provided by Konami reads, “it’s to be a four-player online co-op endeavour that takes place in an alternate timeline following the events of Ground Zeroes” Konami continues to say, ”Obviously Metal Gear is well-known for its stealth, that is, primarily, what makes Metal Gear. There is stealth in it, I know when you’re watching the trailer it’s all very action-packed and it doesn’t really elicit that feeling, but there will be stealth and one of the really interesting things that we will be exploring and playing with is how stealth and co-op can actually co-exist.”

As a Huge Metal Gear Fan, I am very skeptic about this title and, of course, questions. There was no doubt in my mind that Konami would continue the “Metal Gear” series but did not foresee the direction they took. To me, this title feels like a Metal Gear/ Resident Evil 4/5/6 mash-up, like it is modeling the title similar to RE but uses Metal Gear references to pull the fan base in. If you ever played, Resident Evil newer titles, no stealth is needed. It’s primarily run-and-gun, which gives you no room for stealth at all, especially given that your enemies are parasitic super-human.

So, how is it possible to have a 4-player co-op game but “stealthy?” Not to say this idea is not possible, but, if anyone were to pull this game off in a manner that would benefit the developers as well as the players/fans of the franchise, would be Hideo Kojima. Keep in mind that the release of Metal Gear Solid 5 was incomplete and caused the gaming community to search deep into the game to find the untold Chapter 3, that ultimately did not make it into the game, has left the fan base with a bad taste in their mouth and will need more than a “Spin-off” to put Konami back into their good graces.

NPC Collective member, Richie Branson, summed up the sentiment here.

At first glance at the trailer, that’s what it feels like. Personally, I’m hopeful for this title even though its very rough around the edges. I suppose we will see more details on the game in the near future. Until then, we will keep you posted with more NPCC thoughts and releases here.

Stay Tuned, Much Love.




NPCC @ Classic Game Fest – Mega Ran / 1-UP new videos and more!

This is going to be a slightly shorter post but I did want to let everyone know how awesome Classic Game Fest (CGF) 2016 was!

So if you hadn’t noticed from our flood of insta-book posts (clever huh >.>) the NPC Collective had quite an eventful weekend at Classic Game Fest which is one of the most fun and energetic retro gaming festivals we get to go to. Fun fact is members of the NPCC have been performing at Classic Game Fest going back to the year we officially became the NPCC! If you enjoy classic gaming and artists who specialize in the nostalgic feels… then you’ve probably found your next stop. CGF expanded this year to the larger space of the Palmer Events Center in Austin with even more gaming tournaments, free play arcade machines and awesome vendors! I even delayed our departure on Friday night so I could watch the Super Smash Brothers tournament :3

Other things that keep me coming back?

  1. They keep accepting my submission (hah)
  2. David is just plain awesome (if you don’t know David, go meet him at once)
  3. It has the size of a large fest, but the environment of a friendly get together
  4. I’ve met some amazing people who I get to see every year because of this event

While we spent most of our time manning the booths during festival hours, I did get to do quite a few fun things on and off stage including:

Rocking out with 1-UP Force

Hang with my homies and King DeDeDe and Misty

Misty King dededee


And obviously what we referenced in the title of the article…


One of the perks of actually remembering your camera is you can take some photos and shoot videos! Mega Ran was able to capture some footage for his Pokemon Go song and I was also able to knock out some footage for my 8 Bit Hero song! In case you’re wondering why the background looks similar in them… IT’S BECAUSE IT IS THE SAME PLACE!!! *Evil Laugh*

Embedded below! Go like, comment and share!! <3

Mega Ran : Go Save The World

1-UP (AKA Creative Mind Frame) – 8 Bit Hero

Anyway, as I promised I’ll keep this one short winded but if you check out this Facebook Album you can find some photos from the event! Doug Funnie, TekForce, Amarmis, Descendents Of Erdrick and tons more!

Also don’t forget to get all of the quickest updates from the NPC Collective Facebook Page!

Here’s to a great CGF and here’s to hopefully returning next year!!


The NPC Q&A : Doug Funnie

I met Doug Funnie almost two years ago when I went to go check him and Mega Ran out at a performance in Dallas at the Double Wide Bar downtown. A random encounter ended up turning into a frequent collaborative effort between two Dallas musicians long after so check out one of Fort Worth’s extremely talented hip hop artists… our own Doug Funnie!

Doug Funnie


1. What are you nerding out on currently? 

I recently obtained a PS4, so I’m learning the next gen consoles and broadcasting my gameplay which is really fun to me. I’ve never had a mic for online interactions before so it’s a treat to trash talk to someone that can actually hear me.

2. What are your most recent games played? 

Metal gear Solid 5 Ground Zeros, I am a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid series so playing another installment for it is always a treat.

Infamous: Second son.

3. What music is on your playlist? 

I found that most of my playlist nowadays are friends of mine in the nerdcore world. Like Richie Branson, Professor Shyguy, D & D Sluggers, Megaran and a lot of others. I like to support my people trying to live the dream.

4. What do you do in your downtime? 

I am trying to write my new album in my free time and building a set for a live performances, I recently upgrade my performance with a visual with it. It been working good so far but there is still room for improvement.

5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about? 

I recently put a KickBall team together for a tournament for the Big Brothers and Big Sister Foundation, which was a blast but since we were a team of nerds, we lost, but it didn’t matter, we had fun. Also, I did a speed run of Super Mario 2 for Childs Play Charity in Austin Texas and complete it under 15 min, that one I had to practice a lot for.

6. What are you trying to learn to do right now? 

Build scenery like what I use to do for High School plays. And learn how to create videos for the performances.

7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of this website and collective? 

“Always be strong, be who you are.”

8. Favorites: 

a) Movie? Back to the Future Trilogy

b) Food? Sushi. Pretty much any Asian Cuisine

c) Website? Dougfunniemusic.com

9. What’s upcoming for you? 

A plethora of Albums and mix tape releases I been working on since last year, I just haven’t had time to complete and release it. Including the all original album set to release in September. In May  I went on tour with Danger Boyco, Dj RoboRob, and Press B, which was very exciting.

10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today. 

My grandfather was a big influence to me as a kid. He was a bare Knuckle boxer in Panama but was a big nerd. He would have boxes and boxes of VHS Tapes I would go over to his place and we would watch “Back to the Future”, Heathcliff cartoons and Charlie Brown. I miss that guy. “Always be strong, be who you are.”

NPC Xavier Woods has joined your party!

As we continue piecing together the website and members, things have been taking off and having a greater reach than we could have imagined already!

WWE Superstar Xavier Woods now has his bio listed on the NPC Members Page and we released the first video for the NPC Collective (Nerdy People of Color Collective : Chapter 1)

Featuring a few of the current members including:

This does not emcompass the NPC in it’s entirety, but we will continue to add to the site… Including music and art releases, updating news and making more videos to show you why it’s awesome to be an NPC!!