On June 20, the Russian state news agency Interfax reported that Deputy Defense Minister Andrei Kartapolov, speaking during a parliamentary roundtable, cited the popular video game series Metal Gear as an example of projects of the U.S. Intelligence services to manipulate the “public consciousness and especially young people” against the Russian government.
According to The Moscow Times, he added that such projects were “aimed at encouraging active protest activity and dissatisfaction with the country’s authorities among young people.”
In reality, the Metal Gear series is a product of Japan. The first game in the series was created in 1987 by video game designer Hideo Kojima, published by the Japanese company Konami, and intended for use with the Japanese MSX2 brand personal computer.
Metal Gear first garnered popularity in the U.S. via a port of the game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988. In 1998, the release of Metal Gear Solid for the PlayStation game console made Metal Gear a household name worldwide. All told, Metal Gear is one of the top selling video games of all time.