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Kojima Graces Guiness World Records

Those who know and love this industry recognize Hideo Kojima as an established icon. Some may even call him a genius. And now, the rest of the world will know his name, as he has been officially inducted into the Guinness World Records.

According to Game Focus, Kojima was in London this week to pick up his Guinness certificates, for records that will be listed in the Guinness World Record: Gamer's Edition 2008. Not surprisingly, his popular brainchild, Metal Gear Solid, is responsible for this honor. He now holds two records; one for making the "first video game to fully utilize stealth as part of the gameplay" (Metal Gear Solid for the PlayStation), and the second for having the biggest selling stealth game on the PS2, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Obviously, some may argue that MGS wasn't the first to use stealth as a gameplay element, but this record is clear that it's the first game to have it as the primary element.

Said Keith Pullin, Editor of the Guinness World Records: Gamers Edition 2008 book: "I would like to welcome Mr. Kojima to our family of gaming record breakers and we hope he breaks many more!" Kojima is the second game designer to get into the big book; the first was strategy guru Sid Meier.

6/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 11:23:30 AM
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Congratulations Hideo Kojima.
"Some may even call him a genius"? I'm shocked that anyone might think of him as anything less that a genius.

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Fabi
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 11:33:01 AM
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Good for him.

Some see him as a guy who is afraid of criticism. Saying that he hides behind the weirdness of his games. By releasing something like MGS4 that has huuuuuge cut-scenes - that no other game would be able to get away with - and having weird characters, and extremely complex stories.

So pretty much any argument against the game, can be answered by saying, "You just don't get it, he's a genius."

Myself, I think he's a genius.

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Kiengo
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 11:52:33 AM
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People wouldn't complain about a complex storyline in a book or a movie; Kojima does that with his games. I'm glad he got in the recordbook!

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Dustinwp
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 1:47:02 PM
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Can't think of anyone who deserves it more.

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Fabi
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 3:00:17 PM
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@Kiengo - Yeah they would. Plus the difference here is that a lot of people want "gameplay" in games. They don't wanna sit around watching cut-scenes.

I personally love them. Especially when they are as awesome as the ones in MGS4.

But that is why MGS4 has received 10s and 8s. It's either you LOVE IT, or dislike some parts, but ya can't deny that there is nothing out there like it.

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Odd Child
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 3:18:22 PM
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I bet in that picture hes thinking about how much more he could have done with MGS4. LOL

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ZubraZap
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 3:44:48 PM
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I think he is a genius not so much a "record breaker" though.

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bamf
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 5:24:09 PM
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Its good he gets recognized for his work but how are they record breakers? How is it possible for someone else to break those records? That what the Guinness book of records is about isn't it?

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 5:45:11 PM
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@ bamf: well, the record for best selling stealth game can be broken, by MGS4! lol But yeah, the first to an all out stealth game cant be broken.

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LCF
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 6:50:53 PM
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With Guinness,one or group of ppl set a record that no one has done before.Then Its place so one can try and break that record.I think with Guinness looking more and more into video games the more you are going to see records set.Congo-rats to you
Hideo Kojima...Outstanding work!

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