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MGS4 Simply Not A Criticism Of Blu-Ray

Update: We are aware that Phase1Phaser's article is satirical in nature, but we simply referenced it to make a legitimate point: developers aren't suddenly going to start running out of space with Blu-Ray just because MGS4 is so flippin' huge. Just wanted to clarify.

Original Story:

By now, everyone has heard that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is going to take up the vast majority of the 50GB of data available on a Blu-Ray disc. Obviously, this sparked a lot of debate, especially amongst those not yet sold on the format. The common refrain has been, "well, if a game this early on in the generation can barely fit on it, what good is it? We'll still need multiple discs at some point!"

Not so fast. MGS4 is a very unique title, and Hideo Kojima has said in the past it has nothing to do with Blu-Ray's limitation, but more to do with the sheer scope of his vision. Essentially, MGS4 is just a very large game and it's "theoretically impossible to create a game as ambitious as Metal Gear Solid 4." (source- Phase1Phaser) The team was forced to make a few cuts here and there, simply because the sheer size of MGS4 is mind-boggling, although some tech enthusiasts still believe Konami simply needed to compress the audio to free up some space. But just to repeat- not every game is going to take up the majority of a Blu-Ray disc; in fact, you may never see another title push those limits the way Kojima's production will, especially if MGS4 really is the last installment in this legendary franchise.

So before everyone starts running around like Chicken Little with their "the sky is falling!" nonsense, calm down for a second and realize that MGS4 isn't your run-of-the-mill game, and Kojima isn't your run-of-the-mill developer. Most - if not all - titles in the future will fit just fine on one Blu-Ray disc, and most designers have said as much in the past. It's just that, essentially, MGS4 is...freakin' huge.

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

3/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Saturday, March 08, 2008 @ 11:19:49 AM

Im sure when they get closer to pushing the PS3;the 200 gig Blu-ray disc will be available.We as gamers should be happy that they put that much content for us to enjoy.Now to get everyone else to do

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Saturday, March 08, 2008 @ 12:42:54 PM

xbox owners are just jelous because they dont have blu-ray, it's very sad... OH WELL!

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Saturday, March 08, 2008 @ 8:25:06 PM

"His vision was so big, it was almost "theoretically impossible."

Talk about marketing advertisement for the game <____<

Eitherway glad they added so much content

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Sunday, March 09, 2008 @ 10:35:55 AM

Yea it does sound an awful lot like advertisement for the game but something else that must be considered is that this is the last project he is going to lead and metal gear has been his life so i can kinda see where that statement makes sense. im sure with this being the last game he leads he wants it to be memorable and special to him thus his vision is to vast with modern technology anyways.

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Monday, March 10, 2008 @ 10:23:24 AM

I hope that the Microsoft/Sony talks about a possible Blu ray add on for the 360 will not push through.

If for the future game Devs will require a bigger space for their games that means it will be the end for the 360 unless they will go up higher like triple layer or quad layer or if the Blu Ray add on will be on the 360 ( hope not ).

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Monday, March 10, 2008 @ 12:59:00 PM

Even if a blu ray addon came out for the 360, games wouldn't be able to utilize it because it isn't built in. Not everyone would own one and if games required it many people would get pissed off very quickly. A blu ray addon would be rather expensive and they would have been better off just buying a PS3 in the first place.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @ 12:33:59 PM

Can't argue with the logic of this game being extraordinarily large. Hideo Kojima is a god in this industry and this being the last installment (in it's current form at least) of his master-piece i'd guess he's poured everything into it.
Once in a human generation a genius is born. We may have to wait several generations in gaming terms to see something like this appear again.
Be proud, in MGS4 we are witnessing a piece of history.

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