Hideo Kojima's living his best life, hanging out with all your faves, working on a cool video game called Death Stranding (opens in new tab), and getting free instant ramen wherever he goes. The prominent game developer often posts snippets from his life and all the interesting people he meets on Twitter, but it seems like he's really amped it up in the last week or so.
It's probably a coincidence that Kojima is having such a conspicuously great time while Konami releases Metal Gear Survive (opens in new tab), its first post-Kojima Metal Gear game, to a tepid response. As they say, living well is the best revenge - and apparently some of his old co-workers still haven't forgotten him (opens in new tab). But that's all behind Kojima now, and some of these meetings may give use even more reason to be excited for Death Stranding and its presumptive appearance as an E3 2018 game (opens in new tab).
pic.twitter.com/VoGNhMO4n7February 23, 2018
Just for a warm-up, here's Kojima chilling with Norman Reedus. These kinds of hangouts are actually pretty common since Reedus plays the main character of Death Stranding (and he says the concept is mindblowing, a bit like an episode of Black Mirror). Oh, and those are just herbal supplements (opens in new tab) they're holding, not weird little liquor bottles, because Kojima's the kind of person that herbal supplement companies send free products to. Influencing!
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
Last night, @emilyvgordon & I got to have dinner with @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN. We’ve been fans of his our entire life. A true thrill. pic.twitter.com/3LSnXQ3YSgFebruary 24, 2018
Here's where it starts branching out a bit. Kojima also just happened to grab dinner with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. You may have seen their autobiographical comedy drama The Big Sick , or spotted Nanjiani on HBO's Silicon Valley. Mutual admiration all around, I'm sure, but this might have been a business dinner too. Nanjiani is a big fan of video games and had minor voice roles in both Mass Effect: Andromeda (opens in new tab) and Middle-earth: Shadow of War (opens in new tab) in 2017. Kojima's games typically have an odd sense of humor underlining their action and melodrama, so perhaps there's room in Death Stranding for Nanjiani as well?
Jordan came to see me at site. pic.twitter.com/S6R1C3EDRPFebruary 23, 2018
We've seen Kojima chilling with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (director of Kong: Skull Island (opens in new tab)) in the past, since Vogt-Roberts is currently helming the long-in-development Metal Gear Solid movie. The cool bit here is that Vogt-Roberts actually got to watch Kojima directing a scene for Death Stranding, which means the magnificently bearded filmmaker now knows 1,000 percent more about what the hell that game actually is than the rest of the Earth's population.
Wait, Grimes too? Damn
With Grimes. pic.twitter.com/vWbNy7aa0MFebruary 23, 2018
This is where Kojima just starts showing off. Here he is hanging out with Grimes, a star of the indie electronic music scene (Oblivion (opens in new tab) is a hella catchy song if you like your music full of reverb and weirdness). Probably just chilling, not talking about potential collaborations, right? Yeah… probably.
Adventure time with @Ken1555 @Grimezsz @wwwbigbaldhead pic.twitter.com/VW9Zox0FBhFebruary 25, 2018
And here's a group photo of Kojima's buds hanging out with Kojima Productions producer Ken Imaizumi - note that Reedus is in his performance capture suit and face-dots. So that Grimes visit wasn't just for a quick handshake and album signing then? Alright, I'll say it: it'd be pretty cool if Kojima got Grimes on board to do some music for the game. Their respective weirdnesses could mesh well for a topsy turvy, James-Bond-style musical opening!
...and a ton of instant ramen
Another gift package arrived from Nisshin USA, thank you very much. pic.twitter.com/EQWOLoKvPSFebruary 22, 2018
Also, Kojima got a bunch of free Cup Noodles from Nissin, and you certainly can't argue with that. Looks like the care package came with a matching hoodie too.
Hideo Kojima today. 本日の小島監督。 pic.twitter.com/qoHnuNI6wjFebruary 22, 2018
I don't think this has anything to do with Death Stranding. Actually, they did put branded food (like Calorie Mate) into Metal Gear games, so I wouldn't rule out Norman Reedus restoring HP lost from a skeleton soldier attack with a steaming cup of noodles.
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