Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima


8/24/1963, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

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Best known as the mind behind the popular Metal Gear series of video games, Hideo Kojima is a solitary yet inventive man. A single child, his familly moved to Kobe when he was three, where both of his parents were workers. Kojima was a kagi-ko, a "key kid,"…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kojima is currently working on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the Playstation 3. MGS4 is one of the most anticipated game title releases for the new PS3 video game system.

    • Kojima was also behind the production of the video game and anime franchise Zone of the Enders.

    • Kojima's video games often contain very serious and sometimes dark elements; however, there is always an element of comedy included. Kojima credit's Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Donkey Kong, as the inspiration behind these inclusions.

    • In 2005, Kojima was one of only a few game designers excited about the news conserning the new "remote control" look of the controller for the upcoming Nintendo Revolution video game system.

    • The "solid" in Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series of games, refers to the 3-D aspect of the games. Earlier titles in the Metal Gear series were only in 2-D.

    • The first video game Kojima worked on was Penguin Adventure. He was the assistant director for the title.

    • Kojima frequently uses characters in his video games that are influenced from Hollywood movie characters. As an example: Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series of games is partially based on the character Snake Plisken from the film Escape from New York.

    • In Japanese Kojima is known as Kojima-kantoku. "Kantoku" means "director" in English. He is often asked the question of why he is called "director," since it is more often a term used to discribe a director of a movie in stead of video games. Kojima states that this is one of the most annoying questions he gets asked for he sees it as a sign of disrespect for him and other directors of video games.

    • Kojima is a fan of American comic book writer/artist Frank Miller (Sin City). His favorite work of Miller was Hard Boiled

    • The logo used for Kojima Productions logo is the same logo used by the FOX unit in the Metal Gear Solid 3 video game.

    • Is the creator of the Metal Gear series of video games.

  • Quotes

    • Kojima: I'm still a lonely guy. I feel solitude all the time, even when I'm with people. But then my son was born. I don't feel that absolute solitude any more.

    • Kojima: As a game creator I'm not 100% satisfied when looking back at the previous game that I released.

    • Kojima: The human body is supposed to be 70 percent water. I consider myself 70 percent film.

    • Kojima: People should depend on their own abilities to sense what's good and bad.

    • Kojima: Let me be very clear, Mr. Uwe Boll will not direct a Metal Gear Solid film.

  • One of the greatest video game developers out there.

    Hideo Kojima knows what makes a video game good and what makes them bad, and fortunately for him, his games, mainly the Metal Gear franchise, shows that he knows the two things.

    The Japanese native gain many attention when he released Metal Gear Solid on 1998, and through the great dialogue and gameplay, it's clear that he had earn some respect of his work, even though he worked on the game in the 80's. Still, by working on the franchise, he has created one of Konami's successful franchises, resulting in comics, spin-offs and a movie in production.

    With the upcoming MGS4 coming out next year for the PS3, Hideo Kojima will continue to impress many gamers with his unique style.moreless