No, kiddies, we promise it didn't begin with Metal Gear Solid on the PlayStation.
The Metal Gear series is now celebrating its 25th anniversary and in a lifetime sales update, Kojima Productions has revealed that all told, the titles in this remarkable franchise have combined to sell 31.1 million copies worldwide (as of December 31, 2011).
The announcement came when the team addressed the opening of the Smithsonian Art of Video Games Exhibition, which kicked off on Sunday. Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty will be part of the exhibit, and the man himself, Hideo Kojima, is in Washington DC to participate in a public discussion concerning his games. For a bit of history, the first Metal Gear hit the MSX2 (Google it, if you must) way back in 1987. Since that time, as you well know, the series has gone to to be one of the most respected in the industry.
And yeah, it had better be part of that Smithsonian display.