NANOMACHINES, SON! (DIGC335 DA)

The digital artifact is a video analysis of the parallels the Metal Gear series has with real life. The whole theme stems from the question “Does Science Fiction inspire reality or is it the other way around?”. After doing some research myself, the answer is both. Science fiction can inspire new ideas to be replicated in real life. While on the other hand, ideas based on real life ideas can be put to practice within the universe of Science Fiction.

The original idea was to go with the limits of our technology while using Metal Gear Rising as the basis for this theme. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t go very far. This was due to not being able to make a solid enough video on the topic. There were some ideas to go with it, but ultimately it wouldn’t have been a meaty video.

Originally the video would focus on Metal Gear Rising while referencing other Metal Gear games however, as the project progressed this changed. This was due to the change in direction. The main question could be answered more easily if it took from all parts of the Metal Gear franchise as it has more examples to pick from.

The medium that was used for this Digital Artifact was of course, video. This was to use both the audio and visuals to create an engaging product. A simple podcast would require the person to do something else while listening and a report seems too bland. Video allows for more freedom when it comes to writing. While a report requires a formal tone, video can use comedy while giving facts. So it can contain useful information while at the same time being entertaining.

With that said however, video editing is a timely process. It requires a lot of time especially when animating images for a simple gag. Of course, a joke is not there to just use up time, the joke is used to lead into and/or relate to a factual point. Another issue that comes from the video medium is the upload time. Roughly a 8-9 minute HD video would take 3 hours to upload using my internet at home. On top of this, balancing audio levels takes much longer to do right. Sadly, due to mic quality the voice quality in the video suffered.

All in all, the final product came out well. The entire aim of the project was to inform people that Science Fiction isn’t necessarily that far off from our own reality.

Music used:

  1. Off to Osaka – Kevin Macleod
  2. Boss 2 – Final Fantasy IX OST
  3. It has to be this way – Metal Gear Rising OST
  4. Rules of Nature (Kazoo/Guitar) remix

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