Metal Gear Solid 2 Foreshadowed NSA Surveillance of Civilians
Kojima takes the stage, weaving connections between NSA surveillance and the plotline of ‘Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.’ The game’s focus on Raiden’s narrative intertwines most closely with real-world events, particularly the link between the Sons of Liberty storyline and the recent revelation of NSA civilian surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden. While the storyline does stretch the boundaries, venturing into concepts like genome mapping and cloning, it strikingly mirrors contemporary circumstances. The game’s outset delves into the Patriot Act, mirroring a post-9/11 America where heightened surveillance encroaches on civilian privacy. Likewise, the Selection of Societal Sanity program eerily parallels the NSA’s PRISM system, enabling comprehensive monitoring and surveillance of individuals’ actions.