HIDEO KOJIMA READY TO DIE TO PROTECT THE METAL GEAR SERIES
October 12 2011
Tokyo, Japan – There have been few series of video games that have attracted as much controversy from fans as the Metal Gear titles. Sure, some games have attracted criticism from the media and parents, but no series has sharply divided gamers as the Metal Gear titles.
There are few people who are indifferent about the games; the people who love them, love them passionately and the people who hate them evoke the same level of passion. One thing, though, that all fans can agree on is that the Metal Gear games are weird and present a unique and singular view of the genre. All of that is due to the man behind the titles, Hideo Kojima, and his dedication to the games.
Kojima has had his fingerprints over every single title in the series and in so doing has made himself and the games legendary. Now the legend has laid out his plans to continue the series after his death without diminishing his influence on the titles, hoping that his legacy and influence over the titles will continue long after he passes on, even if he has to step in and do it himself.
“First of all, I just want to say that as long as there are fans who want Metal Gear Solid, as a producer, I will always want to still make them and I want the series to continue. So even after I die, I still would love to have the Metal Gear Solid series
continue,” Kojima said during a speech at USC last week. “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. 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.”
While Kojima did not explicitly state his plans to shepherd the game after his demise, insiders at his production studio claim he has made such plans and started conducting rituals to infuse his spirit into the building where the games are made.
“Even when he is not here you feel him over the building and over the work. He has made it very clear that he is here even when he is not and that will continue into death whenever that may come. People have tried to kill him in the past, but it has not yet worked, perhaps because he wasn’t ready to die,” said an insider at the studio. “Things have started to change recently though, and he now appears to be preparing for the eventual end and is doing a great deal to ensure that the Metal Gear series will continue just as he wants it to continue regardless of his mortality. And yes, Raiden will also continue.”
Raiden is a controversial character from the title ‘Metal Gear Solid 2’ which nearly got Kojima killed.
“He has begun conducting strange rituals throughout the facility, leaving bowls of blood which may or may not be his and strands of hair in people’s desks. He is often here late into the night and often his clothing from the previous day is here even when he has left. There are also often strange smudge marks on all the windows,” continued the insider. “He has also spoken a great deal of enemies coming to get him and spends a great deal of time inside cardboard boxes, sometimes for entire workdays. We expect that this is a part of his desire to remain somehow attached the studio long after his death but we are not sure how this will work, but then we often aren’t with Kojima-san, his ways can be very mysterious.”
Kojima has also apparently only been eating local plants and animals, the latter of which he kills and cooks himself.
Douglas Havermore, Games Correspondent