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(1998 Video Game)

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The production team came up with the principal designs of the game's areas by building miniatures out of Lego.
During the battle with Psycho Mantis if you go into First Person mode, you'll actually see the game through his eyes.
Most of the American voice actors used aliases because they were not sure if the project was Union-sponsored or not.
If you reach the last stall of the women's bathroom in less than five seconds after Meryl runs into the bathroom, she won't be wearing any pants in the next scene.
Solid Snake is based on John Carpenter's character of Snake Plissken from Escape From New York, who was originally portrayed by Kurt Russell. This is often referenced and more evident in the later games. In MGS2, when found by Raiden, Snake calls himself Iroquois Plisken. In MGS4, Snake wears an eye patch over his left eye like Snake Plissken. The voice over style is also along the same lines.
The PlayStation version of this game has sold 6.6 million copies worldwide.
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The first names of Otacon and Solid Snake are Hal and Dave (David), the same names of the computer and the principal character in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The chief of Foxhound's medical staff is Dr. Naomi Hunter, this was also the name of one of the scientists in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The submarine that Snake is launched from is the Discovery - the name of the ship in 2001. Dave was also the first name of Meryl's partner in Policenauts (1994), which was one of Kojima's previous games. The character of Meryl Silverburgh appeared in both games, although neither game are actually related by plot.
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The Japanese version included a hidden message from Kojima during the Psycho Mantis battle that could only be unlocked with a memory card containing Snatcher and Policenauts save data.
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When you first discover Meryl in the Prison cell, there are four different positions she can be in. All involve her doing some sort of exercise
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Hal Emmerich was originally conceived by Kojima to be a fat man who eats a lot of chocolate. It was character designer Yoji Shinkawa's idea to make him thin.
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Yoji Shinkawa originally envisioned Meryl as a preteen girl similar to Natalie Portman's character, Matilda, in Léon: The Professional (1994). However, when Shinkawa read script and realized that Meryl wielded a Desert Eagle pistol, he couldn't imagine a young girl holding such a large gun and redesigned her as an adult.
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According to character designer Yoji Shinkawa, Mei Ling was modeled after the image of actress Shinobu Nakayama.
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You can manipulate the colors of the Title Screen by moving the direction arrows and fooling around with the analog sticks
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Meryl shares her name with a character from Kojima's earlier game Policenauts.
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43 hidden "ghosts" of people who worked on the game can be found by taking pictures at specific locations. Some examples are: Hideo Kojima, Yoji Shinkawa, Tomokazu Fukushima, Motoyuki Yoshioka, Scott Dolph, So Toyota, Yoshikazu Matsuhana and Kazunobu Uehara.
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According to an interview with Hideo Kojima, Solid Snake was designed after Christopher Walken's face with Jean-Claudde Van-Damme's physique.
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When Meryl attacks the guard near the beginning of the game and takes his clothing off, in the Japanese version you can see the guard knocked-out in his underwear, while in the American version his 'butt' is blurred.
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The character of Hal Emmerich was named after Roland Emmerich, one of Hideo Kojima's favorite directors.
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Solid Snake's story in chronological order is Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Liquid's story in chronological order is Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Ocelot's story in chronological order is Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Big Boss' story in chronological order is Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain, Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
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Revolver Ocelot is based on Lee Van Cleef who plays the police commander in Escape from New York. Which also stars Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin, the inspiration for the character of Solid Snake.
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The opening tune that plays before the main menu appears is originally from Policenauts' main menu. Policenauts was another of Hideo Kojima's games for the Playstation. Meryl Silverburgh even makes an appearance in the game itself, along with several Metal Gear references.
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It is uncovered that the Cyborg Ninja's true identity was that of Gray Fox a.k.a. Frank Jaeger. Gray Fox was Naomi Hunter's older brother and though it's stated that Naomi stole the identity of the real Doctor Naomi Hunter, it may very well be her name as Jaegar is German for "Hunter."
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the game, it is uncovered that Snake is actually the "inferior" clone of Big Boss; contrary to Liquid's claims. Despite this, Snake was able to defeat his genetically superior brother on multiple occasions. This scenario where a genetically inferior individual surpasses his superior brother was also present in the 1997 film "Gattaca."

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