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Kojima Clarifies MGS4, PS3 Comments

It wasn't long ago when the Internet was a-buzz with what Hideo Kojima had to say about his latest brainchild, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. According to the reports, he had said he wasn't completely satisfied with the final result; the graphics didn't even come close to his ultimate vision, and it seems he had expected more from the PlayStation 3. However, depending on how these comments were viewed, most agreed it was just Hideo being Hideo: the biggest perfectionist and one of the most ambitious developers in the industry.

But now, Kojima has had a chance to clarify those comments, and you're going to want to read the entire breakdown over at Kotaku. It's quite long, but we'll summarize: in short, he said his comments were taken very much out of context. Here's a snippet for a better understanding (we think)-

"Let's say this developer is making hardware, in this case a game, and that hardware is at the level of a car. And when looking at the specs, the developer claims the car is able to fly. Now there is no stopping when you say, "This is a car that can fly." When you claim that it can fly, the speculation grows from "oh so it can FLY?!!!" And the developer would set his goals higher. The specualtion is that if the car flies, then it should reach a MACH speed...but it doesnt stop there...it'd go beyond the specualtion of then "it should go into space!" with all the excitement around, and the developer would go deeply into making the car going into space... however, he'll come up to the public and say the car reaches the MACH speed, but it fails to go into the space. But he shouldn't give up, because for a car to even reach a mach speed and go into air is revolutionary. I wished to convey my thoughts like that, but I guess it didn't work very well."

Well, it's still a little muddled there, Hideo. But we do get what you're saying, and we think we got this before. And here's one final quote from him that shows a distinct difference between the American and Japanese gaming press; at least, from Kojima's standpoint.

"Recently I've been thinking about not giving interviews. That's not my job. My job is making games... The next time I interview in America, I will just say "MGS4 is the best, the end." It's not cool for a Japanese to speak so blatantly, and I don't want to say that. But if I don't, things like this can happen..."

You can read the rest of it by hitting the afore-listed link, but you get the idea. The bottom line is that Kojima didn't really like how his comments were interpreted, and we have read the EDGE article and the ensuing articles on the Internet very carefully. While Kotaku had kind of a knee-jerk reaction and wondered why Kojima is suddenly "making excuses for the PlayStation 3," we do agree with the miscommunication and misunderstanding part. Nothing we see here is Kojima playing the part of a Sony employee, so we advise you not to blow that out of proportion, either. Maybe Kotaku is just a bit peeved that Kojima's clarification flies very much in the face of their interpretation of that article...

But either way, it doesn't really matter, does it? We're all expecting great things from MGS4; let's not allow this to boil down into another adolescent console war.

5/11/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Jove
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 11:34:23 PM
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bloggin is something that requires little preparation whatsoever so these so called journalist will spin it and make it look like whatevr they want to begining with the title. so i agree. ive seen it a lot.

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Tatsujin
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 11:34:32 PM
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Wow Ben, This isnt late enough for you? haha

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 11:51:11 PM

Nah, I always put up some news really late for the next day. We have a lot of readers that check the site early (when at work, for example), and it's good to have a few updates for that crowd. :)

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Tatsujin
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 11:52:50 PM

Makes sense, well im going to bed now :P, Ill be looking for them good ol' news tommorow = ='

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PSN _HAITIAN_JB
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 11:48:01 PM
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Maybe Kojima still in the learning process of the ps3 and hopefully one day he'll find the away to make the car reaches out of space on MGS5..But so far he's the only dev. that reaches that far on the PS3 hardware, i wish others do just like him

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Tatsujin
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 11:54:20 PM

I doubt it, he probably forced an entire Sony team to work with him, I can actually see him doing that too O.O'

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 1:44:42 AM
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A car that could go at Mach speed? I want one. A game as good as even the most conservative estimations think MSG4 will be? I definitely want that.
Mr Kojima, even if people expect a car to go to space, they'll still me more than please traveling to work at Mach speed.

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Tatsujin
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 4:14:24 PM

Honestly Poet, I would... I don't know how Kojima wouldnt be happy to travel at Mach speed.. Geez... And you'd think Kojima would need some time off huh? haha

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chinchillables
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 8:49:17 PM
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Mach Speed... that's funny.


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aaronisbla
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 8:02:19 AM
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I guess i should have figured Kotaku's response would have a slight Fox News spin to it, and although Kojima confused the hell out of me with that analogy, i can see what he meant.

But like quite a few people already, i don't think he needed to respond to it in the first place, i think most of us knew what he meant. Kotaku's Ashcraft seemed a bit overly defensive

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Jdogtoocool
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 9:19:07 PM
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The game better be good or all of the members of Gametrailers.com are going to be pretty pissed and they're not going to get a good review from me...

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