Kojima Should Leave The Gaming Industry
Before you lose your sh**, read.
I'm not saying Hideo Kojima should ditch video games and never return. Nor am I saying he isn't a visionary and a masterful creative mind. What I'm saying is that it might help his career - and gaming in general - if he applied his talents elsewhere for a while.
In a lot of ways, I think even our best developers might feel stuck. Creative minds like to expand and blossom; they like to try new things and conquer new mediums. A successful author might try his hand at a stage play, for instance, while an accomplished musician might take a shot at painting. Creative people are like that, very often. Thing is, I think game designers might be typecast, so-to-speak, in that other creative minds believe game designers can only do one thing.
Wouldn't it be a feather in our industry's cap if one of our great minds produced a wonderful movie, or something like that? What if he lit up Broadway with something really special? What if he produced a great slew of short stories? Who knows what he's capable of; I don't know the man so I can't tell you what his dreams are, but I do know he's talked about leaving games behind for many years. I think he has a great many aspirations and honestly, I see no problem with him pursuing them.
I actually hope those dreams take him away from gaming for a while. I want him to prove that our great designers aren't only good for making video games. I want everyone to realize that the talent we have in this industry can and perhaps should translate to other artistic mediums. I'd very much like to see Kojima try something completely different. Shouldn't we give him a chance to do that? Won't gaming benefit from his advancement, even if he's not making games? I think so.
4/1/2015 9:46:50 PM Ben Dutka