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Kojima: I Haven't Shown The World What I Might Be Capable Of

You know, Hideo, if you're going to be known for something, you could do a lot worse than Metal Gear Solid.

In a recent EGM interview, the MGS guru said he believes he has a lot more to offer, and doesn't want to be known only as the "Metal Gear creator."

"I'll admit that I hope my future endeavors are thought of as 'works by Hideo Kojima' rather than 'from the creator of Metal Gear. I haven't really shown the world what else I might be capable of yet. This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear guy.' There's a lot more I can do."

Of course, it's not that Kojima isn't proud of MGS and he intends to use the franchise as a gateway to new projects, saying- "I'm introducing concepts intended for entirely new intellectual properties using the Metal Gear brand." We'd definitely be interested in seeing what this guy could create outside the realm of MGS, although we never want the esteemed series to disappear entirely. And it probably won't.

Tags: hideo kojima, metal gear solid, mgs, mgs games, metal gear solid ground zeroes

11/30/2012 9:50:10 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

556pineapple
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 11:31:47 PM
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It seems he says this every once in a while, but is always involved in a new Metal Gear project. As my avatar may suggest, I'm a big Metal Gear fan, but I'd be ok with the series taking a rest if it means getting to see a new IP from him. It's been a while since we've heard anything about project Ogre; I'm actually more excited and curious about that than I am Ground Zeroes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 11:32:56 PM
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I know exactly how he feels.

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Geobaldi
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 1:18:16 AM
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He's getting close to 50 years old. I hate to say it, but if he wants to be known for other things, he better hurry up and start.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 1:29:59 AM

I fail to see how creativity dies with age. Why can't Kojima have 30 more years of amazing contributions?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 1:43:36 AM

because his last one took 50 years?

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Beamboom
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 4:25:16 AM

Oh well, Geobaldi does have a point here. Typically creativity and innovation does die with age, while a new generation takes over and push the envelope further.

If we look at the career of a successful artist within any entertainment business, we typically find his/her most innovative and creative moments during the first half of the career, while the latter half floats on the merits from the first. That is *almost* a rule without exception.

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Hannah CVH
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 4:32:48 AM

It's not that creativity dies with age, but people die with age.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 10:53:53 AM

Beamboom: Creativity does not die with age. Just because the public has moved on and is now recognizing other things doesn't mean the creativity and innovation in a person has died. The masses don't dictate one's talent and vision.

Your entire post is about commercialism, not art.

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 9:31:47 PM

agreed.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 10:02:34 PM

Not much younger and it's the average age for a debut film for a director. I really disagree with this. Kojima has plenty of time left.

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Beamboom
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 2:22:54 AM

... But creativity *does* die with age?!
I'm not talking about commercialism here. Give me some examples of artists who's done their most creative work, or even *as* creative work, in their late days?

Take David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Prince... Gigantic names, fantastic entertainers, but at what era did they do their most creative and innovative stuff?
Not to say they can't still be great entertainers to the very end, but are there really anyone who question if the most creative stuff happened when they were young?

The older an artist gets, the more he typically starts to repeat himself. I mean... Come on? We see that *everywhere*!

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jonny_wonny
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 12:14:40 PM

What you have just shown is that creativity *can* die with the passage of time. But listing 4 artists doesn't constitute proof that it *always* dies with the passage of time. Esepcially considering the fact that there could be many factors which dictate the decline of a performance artist. Elvis Presley, for example. The primary reason for his downfall was his producers. They pushed him in a direction that would yield them the most profit in the shortest amount of time. That's what destroyed his career, not old age. People's creative potential does change with time, yes, but as does everything. And there isn't any fundamental law of nature which prevents this change from being positive.

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Beamboom
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 2:03:48 PM

Nothing is absolute, Jonny. Never a rule without exception. In this case though, as I said initially, it's *almost* without exception. Maybe not in theory, but in practise.

Not that I totally disagree with the essence of your post there Jonny, but just for fun: Can you list four well known artists who are good examples of the opposite?

Cause I can easily more to my list above: Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Jean Michel Jarre. They all pushed boundaries with their music at an early stage, only to later drift into repetition and a creative wasteland.


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SmokeyPSD
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 10:12:33 PM

No, Stanley Kubrick. Boom

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Rogueagent01
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 4:56:40 AM

I am sorry Beam but you are so wrong on this. Comparing Kojima to a band is completely ridiculous. It would be better to compare him with something like writers, scientists, the medical community, inventors, musical writers. Any of them would be a better comparison and unfortunately for you those are areas where age is a good thing. The majority of medical breakthroughs are by older doctors, inventors create till the day they die along with writers of both literature and music, scientists are also known for making their breakthroughs at an older age. Kojima is a creator and because of this he has till the day he dies or he gives up mentally. The mentality of an individual is the most important factor in which you can lose creativity as you age. The only thing someone older needs to remember is that if you want all around success then you need to kepp up with the times and Kojima seems to have no problem with doing that.

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Jed
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 2:42:54 AM
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This makes me excited.

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___________
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 2:56:05 AM
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he needs to grow some balls and stand up for himself!
he constantly says no this will be my last MGS game, than before you know it hes on stage announcing a new one.
how many times has he said i wanted to kill off snake in x game?
hes too protective of it, he needs to learn to say my team can look after themselves, MGS can look after itself, its time i went and did something I want to to, and wanted to for a long time!
he talks, but does nothing about it!

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Hannah CVH
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 4:33:17 AM

I agree completely.

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Ishkur
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 6:00:14 AM
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Well, he did say he wanted to kill Snake in MGS 2. And 4. I'm thinking he's being stopped by people around him, another case of publishers getting what they want perhaps?

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daus26
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 8:59:25 AM
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I don't think he's alone in this. There are some head developers I know that would like to try other things besides their main franchise. You can only blame it on the popularity and publishers wanting to sell from it. These guys would have to branch out and expand, probably like how Naughty Dog has. If they hadn't, they would be stuck making Uncharted for YEARS.

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Amnesiac
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 11:12:15 AM
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Whats wrong with being known for a legacy?
Metal Gear for those who have experienced it is unlike most video games and this is going back to the days of NES.
That is high accolades, because no matter how successful and lucrative your vision got, you never compromised your core principles.
Hardly any successfull person could ever admit to that.
I understand not wanting to be pigeonhold into one thing but Hideo thats like John Williams deciding he's done with movie scores and wants to write commercial jingles.
Not everyone casts a stone in water to leave a big enough splash to be remembered by \most of us will simply fade into obscurity.
Metal Gear lives and breathes with you for once be proud of it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 1:28:19 PM
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I think if he want's to be known for aught else he should tell us something about Ogre for once.

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Rogueagent01
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 8:28:42 PM
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I've always reserved calling him a genius as I have been waiting to see if he can make lightning strike twice. Is the MGS series a work of genius, well, yes in my opinion. The day he makes another IP that is regarded in the same light as the MGS series is the day "I" officially refer to him as a genius. I do hope it is sooner rather then later though.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 10:04:29 PM
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I really want him to as well. It's disappointing Rising failed to pass on the mantel effectively.

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DeathOfChaos
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 12:27:11 PM
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I'd love to see what else he could create, actually. Metal Gear Solid is a definitive series that made some awesome impacts on the industry, but I'd love to see what other kinds of impacts he may make in the future.

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Douchebaguette
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 1:17:21 PM
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I can understand his point, and it'll be extremely impressive if he can deliver. I think he'll try to re-epitomize his career by creating a new legendary status saga; this is something that few designers have lived to achieve.

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LowKey
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 11:09:07 AM
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Well then I guess you shouldn't have made such an amazing story as MGS, 'cause guess what budz? You're stuck with that label. No matter what new, amazing, fantastic story and game you come up with you will always be the MGS guy. So deal with it. It's not a bad thing.

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