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A tear shed over the MGS theme tune’s death


Having ‘larged-up’ my weekend via a series of Home conversations and ganders at the new trailers for God Of War III and Uncharted 2, you’d almost think that my time off was worthwhile. But alas, the two-day period was marked by a sad tragedy – one reported on by Gamasutra (via EGM). Yup, Konami is no longer using the MGS theme tune as a reaction to the legal threats posed by one Georgy Sviridov, the composer of a melody that bears a suspicious resemblance to Tappy’s original Metal Gear Solid track.

As a result, Guns Of The Patriots left out the composition (though Harry Gregson-Williams created a track that bore some similarities for the closing credits) and it looks like future Metal Gear games will follow its lead. Also, it’s worth noting that the Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl only featured MGS music that didn’t contain any trace of the theme.

I’m quite saddened by this decision. While I think there’s reason to make accusations of plagiarism, having heard the original track, it’s unfortunate that such an identifiable piece of music will likely be left out of future Metal Gear games. It was used most prominently in trailers for the first game and the opening credits to Sons Of Liberty, but it also made a surprise appearance at the end of Snake Eater’s credits – along with a little guitar action that made it 300 per cent cooler.

Anyway, it’s one of the few pieces of game music that I have on my iPod (yup, I do that), and I’m sad to see it go. That’s all.

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  • Gary

    Ha! It’s on my ipod too.