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1UP - Patriot Games: America Through the Lens of Metal Gear

The original Metal Gear debuted in Japan on the MSX2 console three days after the United States of America's Independence Day celebration -- July 7, 1987. A coincidence, no doubt, but a wholly fitting one given the important role that America plays in the series' overarching narrative. Both America the political entity and America the paragon of individual freedom figure as characters of sorts in the Metal Gear mythos. It's important to make the distinction between the two, because rolled together they'd become a tragically bipolar figure in desperate need of therapy, medication, and possibly institutionalization to curtail the danger it represents to itself and others.

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