Man born without hand gets real-life Metal Gear Solid bionic arm

A British man has got himself the ultimate Metal Gear cosplay: a working cybernetic arm that looks just like the one Venom Snake had.

Go back a couple of decades and the idea of bionic arms where one of those tropes of science fiction that seemed like they’d never come true, but while jetpacks and flying cars will probably never become mainstream the science of cybernetic limbs already is.

British man, and keen gamer, Daniel Melville was born without a right hand and has been an ambassador for artificial limb makers Open Bionics for a while now, first sporting an arm based on Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

But now Open Bionics, which is also based in the UK, has teamed up with Konami to create an officially licensed arm based on Venom ‘Punished’ Snake from 2015’s Metal Gear Solid 5.

The design clips onto Open Bionics’ existing ‘Hero Arm’, which they describe as the world’s most affordable multi-grip bionic arm.

‘This is unbelievable. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted from a bionic arm. I’m an avid gamer and love Metal Gear Solid so much and to actually have Snake’s arm in real life is just insane’, reckons Melville.

Open Bionics’ arms can be use for adults and children as young as eight, using 3D printing and scanning to create unique models for every person.

Further customisation is possible via magnetic clip-on covers, with the Metal Gear Solid ones now available for anyone to buy.

In the game Snake loses his arm in an explosion and the new one has a detachable missile and other gadgets built-in, although that’s not the case for Melville’s.

Presumably it’s all just because Melville is a fan, but this is one of the first times that Konami has mentioned Metal Gear since the launch of the unsuccessful Metal Gear Survive.

Since then the future of the franchise has been in doubt, after series creator Hideo Kojima was hounded out of the company and formed his own studio.

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