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London, UK - Tuesday 2nd October
Loading Bar creates 2100 shot glass tribute in honour of Metal Gear 25th Anniversary
We are not sure how the team at ‘Loading Bar’, one of England’s only licensed gaming venues, find the time to actually PLAY games, but we are almost certain it involves some sort of time machine.
Having recently created ‘The world’s most disgusting cocktails’ (stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/the-worlds-most-disgusting-cocktails) and considering the small team is currently running an online crowdsourcing campaign to open a second venue in London ( www.indiegogo.com/loading ), you could forgive them if they fancied a bit of a break.
However, there are always games to be played and more importantly for the bar, games to be celebrated in drink format, hence; the metal gear solid 25th anniversary shot set.
Consisting of thousands of shots, this fan tribute to metal gear solid was not a quick project.
Commissioning freelance design mercenary and MGS fan Joseph Payne to create a to scale dot image (he still only see's in circles), the team spent 12 hours recreating the design on a warehouse floor using just over 2100 shot glasses and covered a 2m squared area.
The framed A3 print was then presented to Hideo Kojima after his Bafta talk on Friday 28th who responded by stating "I'll put it in my office"
Loading's own Big Boss James Dance said:
"Once we found Konami's codec code and got through to them to discuss the idea of a drink, it was the logical step after my 'octocamo' invisible/tap water cocktail idea was deemed a failure"
"Whenever Hideo Kojima visits countries I'm sure he gets showered with gifts relevant to the culture so we thought we'd do our bit for upholding the stereotype of England being a nation of drinkers and create this liquid tribute to Snake"
Despite the amount of work the ‘never again’ project entailed, the team are always open to new ideas and commissions, so if you are interested in a similar sculpture, get in touch.
If you want to recreate the image yourself you can find the original artwork on http://twenty3thirty2.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/25-shades-of-snake/ and for around £350 in materials you to could have a snake portrait the size of a Metal Gear to impress/disturb your nearest and dearest.
Loading opened in March 2010 is one of the only gaming bars in the UK, supported by Capcom, THQ, Turtle Beach, Ubisoft, EA & Mad Catz offering customers the chance to drink, relax and play. As well the bar the company host support a range of gaming events and create cocktails for a number of games publishers and publications.
The team are currently raising funds via Indiegogo to open a second venue in London. http://www.indiegogo.com/loading
For Further Enquiries/Interviews
Contact James Dance on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07834282606