Kojima talks himself out of the running for 'most modest man ever' award

Poor Hideo Kojima. He does his best to encourage other people to achieve great things, but they always disappoint him and he ends up having to step in and do it himself. At least that's what he said at a recent talk at the University of Southern California. We appreciate the saying 'if you want something done properly, do it yourself' holds some sway, but you're not supposed to actually admit it!

"I have tried in the past," he said. "I've tried to hand Metal Gear off to other people within the studio and I've tried to raise people up so they have the ability to take over. And I think since Metal Gear Solid 3, I've tried this and actually did hand it off and have other people come up with the story and come up with the game design. 

"But for some reason it just never really works out. And, you know, I end up having to step in again to take charge and kind of fix things here and there and just get sucked back in unfortunately."

Above: How we imagine the scene looks at Kojima Productions when the intervention happens

Way to knock the guy you 'raised up' right back down again. However, there is one man who he's happy to share the creative process with - Yoji Shinkawa, who works on character, environment and mechanical designs in the MGS series. Kojima added: "I am basically a very individual type of person - I approach games like an indie movie. Previously you saw the Snatcher design docs up on the screen - I actually wrote all those and did all the scripting and everything myself as well. Inside I still have that feeling, I want to do everything myself. But at the same time it's not really possible to do that these days. 

"But when I work with Shinkawa-san, it's a little bit different. I don't feel limitations. In fact, there's a sort of synergy that happens there. And I find that by exposing myself to his ideas and his sensibilities, we're able to come up with some really cool and unique things. Really, Shinkawa-san is the only person I've had that feeling, had that experience with, and I just love working with him."

Finally, Kojima also said he wants the Metal Gear Solid series to continue after his eventual death. No doubt his spirit will haunt the director of that game too. Presumably demanding longer cut-scenes.

10 Oct, 2011

Source: Gametrailers




  • soranamineforever - October 10, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Well, its not as thought any BAD results have come out of him taking over the projects. Long cutscenes, after all, a series staple. For better or worse... worse. I've timed it. 9 hours of cutscene vs. 4 hours AT MOST game time in MGS4. That's... I don't even know how to follow up a sentence saying my video game has a more than 2:1 cutscene to game ratio.
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - October 10, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Oh Jesus, that picture, I f(_)cking love "I'm Alan Partridge", you my hero Towlie
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 10, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    If Kojima dies, another Kojima might pop up and say, " That was the body...of a clone..."
  • Rhymenocerous - October 10, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Funny thing is, "Monkey Tennis" is probably a perfectly sound idea in japanese games.
  • - October 10, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Hideo makes rappers look humble. But at least he has the talent to back up his swelled head. Unlike rappers.
  • pinoklin - October 10, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    No doubt his spirit will haunt the director of that game too. Presumably demanding longer cut-scenes. lmfaoooo damn the library silence thatprevents me from bursting in laughter
  • jackthemenace - October 10, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    You guys totally need to. And, as much as I'm sure it'll start a flame war, I'd even go so far as to say that MGS2's my favourite
  • jackthemenace - October 10, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    If Yoji Shinkawa dies, I'm more than happy to take his place as Kojima's bitch.
  • EmperorRadish - October 10, 2011 6:27 a.m.

    Yoji. Yoji. Yoji. Yoji. YOJI! YOJI! YOJI! Nah, he can't hear me. YOJI!
  • bass88 - October 10, 2011 6 a.m.

    Well, "if you want something done properly, do it yourself."
  • psycho ninja 4 - October 10, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    I'm probably gonna get crucified for writing this but I've actually never played a Metal Gear game before...
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 10, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    me neither, im looking forward to when the HD remakes come to xbox and rising too!
  • Mezolitik - October 10, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I played MGS2 and loved the hell out of it. Then I bought Snake Eater, and found it incredibly difficult to play. The 'grab' button was the same as the 'punch' button, IIRC, so I spent most of the game sneaking up on people, accidentally punching them in the back of the head, and running away. I spent like, half the game being chased by soldiers.
  • - October 10, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    There's nothing wrong with you for never playing one. But there would be something seriously wrong with you if you played one and didn't like it.
  • Mooshon - October 10, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    I know how he feels though. I'm a bit great too.
  • EvidentDead - October 10, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    Too many Metal Gear Games. I absolutely love a game that makes me feel sad when I finish it, because it's done. Story's over. Metal Gear USED to give me this feeling, but it kinda feels... stretched out now. After MGS4, I cant possibly imagine what crazy plot line they can come up with that would grab people like MGS1-4. I wish it was time to take a break from the series. A long one. Funny about Kojima though. That "Do it yourself, if you want to do it right" attitude is... something else. Great read.
  • Elven_Star - October 10, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    How come I've never heard of this Shinkawa guy? Kinda sad.
  • KidKatana - October 10, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    Genius Photoshoppery sir. I commend you.

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