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Hideo Kojima Talks MGS, Storytelling Innovation, Future Projects

Known as the creator of one of the most beloved franchises in the video game history, he's also a renowned perfectionist and someone who isn't afraid of a new challenge. In fact, if he doesn't get one, his head might explode.

Hideo Kojima is a master of his chosen entertainment venue, and everyone was heartbroken when he said the latest Metal Gear Solid project would be his last. ...well, maybe not "heartbroken" because Kojima has been saying that since MGS2, but nevertheless, he does want to move on to new projects outside the MGS realm. Even so, as he told Kikizo in a recent interview, he just can't seem to drop the series that made him a legend in the game development world.

"I say frankly, on a private level, that I always intend to stay true to these statements; I do always say what I actually feel at that time, after each Metal Gear, when I say I am going to move on to the next project. But it's like when Hayao Miyazaki says he is not going to do more, and then always ends up doing it. I think I am kind of in a similar situation; I have ideas other than Metal Gear, and I want to go on to make other new games, but for political, business or technology reasons, there is always a time when I have to return. But I have to say, my feeling hasn't changed; I would like to pass on the Metal Gear series to younger staff members, and then go on to produce the title, and not be so attached to it."

It's quite clear by now that Kojima has really pushed the industry forward in one particular aspect beyond the technical: storytelling. In this way, he has taken the MGS games to an entirely new level rarely - if ever - approached by any other video games, with the possible exception of certain RPGs. But he's not entirely happy with being forced to use cut-scenes to tell his story, as he did in MGS4, and Kojima may take another innovative step in this area in the future:

"Storytelling is very difficult. But adding the flavor helps to relay the storytelling, meaning in a cutscene, with a set camera and effects, you can make the users feel sorrow, or make them happy or laugh — this is an easy approach, which we have been doing. That is one point, the second point is that if I make multiple storylines and allow the users to select which story, this might really sacrifice the deep emotion the user might feel; when there's a concrete storyline, and you kind of go along that rail, you feel the destiny of the story, which at the end, makes you feel more moved. But when you make it interactive — if you want multiple stories where you go one way or another — will that make the player more moved when he or she finishes the game? These two points are really the key which I am thinking about, and if this works, I think I could probably introduce a more interactive storytelling method."

For more on Kojima and his thoughts, check out the full interview. We know we want him back for MGS5, but regardless of what he does next, the fans will be paying close attention...

8/25/2008 Ben Dutka

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Wolfmaster
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 11:15:41 AM
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anything that Kojima puts out, would be worth playing, If its another MGS or something completely different.

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fatchad420
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 12:39:36 PM
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Kojima is a badass.

That is all.

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javon_27
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 1:05:04 PM
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I want zone of enders

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 2:02:32 PM
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The new heroine: Sunny!

I can't see anyone else being the heir to the throne.

Sunny would be perfect in my opinion. Time for some sexiness in MGS, 24/7.

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Enigma757
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 2:42:16 PM

Dude, Sunny is a kid. WTF? I can see if you mean when shes older, but not now.

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www
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 4:13:34 PM
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Hideo Kojima, please can u start directing movies,cause honestly i have never really enjoyed your gameplays.To me mgs has always felt like playin an old 90's game,snake's movement feels so old-school,i only enjoy the cut-scenes and story line.Also,the bosses of mgs 3:snake eater(fear,fury,end,pain,sorrow) are better than mgs4 bosses,i just don't feel good killin ladies!

Honestly, i always buy mgs because of the storyline n i would like to see mgs movies not games.Mgs fanboys please don't bombad me,this is just MY OPINION!

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 4:27:09 PM

Well a game which inspires clones *cough* Splinter Cell *cough* as well as having an original stealth action genre tag is more than enough to speak for its great gameplay.

Mind you it's your typical Rambo war game gameplay like COD4 or whatnot. BUT that doesn't make it any less awesome. It's tactical stealth action and has always been.

But that's your loss really

Remember it is human nature to hate anything that's different from the norm. That's the sad thing. Thankfully there are a lot out there who understand MGS's core mechanics.

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MetalHead09
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 7:29:50 PM
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Ghana i totally have to disagree with pretty much everything you said in your coment. im not trying to pick a fight or anything, i just wanted to point that out. Kojima is a total bad ass and i would love to see him put all his attention into a game thats totally different from metal gear. just ponder and think of all the things he could do if it wasnt metal gear....its pretty much impossible to imagine what he will do next if he is able to.

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www
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 8:51:41 AM

He-he-hey!hold on I didn't say Kojima isn't great.I love Kojima for his incredible and second-to-none storylines n anythan he puts out will be an instant classic,all am sayin is, he should tweak his gameplays a lil bit.

I just don't like those loud alarms anytime snake is seen,dat scares the crap outta me,also snake's animation movement has him too bent down when runnin n the idea of keepin a drum can,thousands of weapons all in his pocket n buyin from Drebin anytime doesn't make it real.
Yes,u might argue with me dat gta protagonist keep rocket launchers in their pockets,dat's fake too,n then dat's where games like Uncharted prove you don't need so many gadgets/weapons to complete a game,now this just my point.
Now nobody should attack me, i LUV MGS these r just my negs bout the game.I certainly would like to see another from Kojima with a better gameplay,trust me he could do sumn greater than mgs.

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AceTatsujin
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 7:57:50 PM
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ZONE OF THE ENDERS!!! >_< Remake the 2nd Runner or give us a 3rd series!!

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cegmp
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:15:49 PM

I say agree with this statement as well. Would really love to see what he could do using today's technology on the ZOE franchise!

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BigT_1980
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 9:08:01 PM
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I would like to see another Zone of the Enders game. It is really sad that the games were overlooked by so many people. I bought the first game from a friend for $15 dollars. The only reason he bought it was for the demo of MGS2. If Kojima brings out a new Zone of the Enders game I just hope it gets marketed properly.

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orangpelupa
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 9:16:31 PM
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i played MGS1 because the story and the "creative" gameplay.
i played MGS2 because the story and the graphic and the "creative" gameplay.
i played MGS3 because the story, and the "creative" gameplay.

hide in box, throw FHM, give expired food to the enemies,
lock enemy in bathroom.

enemy die because too old.

MGS series always been fun and a gameplay full of fresh joke :D



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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 10:17:38 PM
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For some reason, I'm just not a big fan of ZoE. I played Second Runner on a recommendation but while it was super-fast and quite entertaining, it just didn't capture my interest all that well. I say, just give us MGS5. ;)

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AntDC
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 11:34:40 PM
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Hideo Kojima you are brilliant. I'll buy anything your names on that you produce Kojima. Can't say I've played ZoE though.

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The_Chimeran
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 11:41:48 PM
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Haven't played ZoE but have played MGS3, MGS4, and used the database to fill me in on anything i missed and didn't get. If all perfectionists end up being like Hideo Kojima, then well it will be a good world no matter what comes out. Personally i'm looking for a new project.

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 11:29:22 AM
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Well considering how awesome his stories have been...he should make movies as well!

I'm with Ben tho...give me more SNAKE!

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Doomsquirrel
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 6:14:58 PM

there is gonna be a MGS movie

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Doomsquirrel
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 6:14:25 PM
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Everytime i see a pic(except this one) of Hideo he has his "I'm Better Than You" look on his face, and he is! seriously who else could make something so (insert EgoRaptor* pun here)?


*Go to Newgrounds.com and search "Metal Gear Awesome" to get the EgoRaptor comment.

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Klint
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 6:57:19 PM
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That dude's got a big noggin :0

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