Kazuhira Miller represents Metal Gear Solid V’s mixture of east and west

When visiting Paris last week, Kojima held several interviews with different media outlets, talking about the game’s darker mood, Japanese and western culture and how this applies to his game development.

Since MGSV: Ground Zeroes has a darker theme than before (revenge), Kojima decided to tone down the humor so it wouldn’t disturb the main narrative. However, the usual tone will return in The Phantom Pain. It’s not like you will be dying of laughter throughout the game, but there will be items that remind you that this is a Metal Gear Solid game.


Kojima also talked about the mixture of western and Japanese culture that is always evident in his work. He explains that his generation was steeped in western culture, with series and translated novels that came from abroad. What he likes about the Japanese culture is that it is one of service, which can also be felt in Japanese video games: they want to satisfy the player. When creating games, Kojima also asks himself this question: ‘What kind of service can I provide to the player so that he or she will be as satisfied as possible with my work?’

What he likes about the west is that you can create friendships more easily than in Japan, even if people have different backgrounds and Japanese are close to one another ethnologically. So for the multiplayer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima would like the LA studio to take this culture of exchange and apply it to video games. For this reason he asked all his LA teams to work from within their own culture, ‘a culture of parties, of exchange, and of communication.’

In MGSV, there is also a character of mixed race, who represents all these qualities: Kaz, who is half Japanese, half American.


Source: My TF1 News, via MGS.be, Yahoo

  • I love how Kaz rocks those Aviators lol

    • glitchbomb

      Whenever I see your icon it reminds me of the red on yellow Nerdist logo. Its so tiny on my tab that I can’t really figure out what it is.

      • Oh its nothing special, just my favourite mug with a Starfleet Command badge.

  • flying_fox

    There are a few audio tapes in PW which expand Kaz’s double nationality, they’re extremely interesting.

    • Yes, I was very impressed by how deep Kaz’ backstory is when I first played PW.

      • No Place For Hayter

        I also loved the MGS-PW CD Drama, it added a lot of character and back-story for Big Boss and Kaz and their relationship (Oh, and it was fricken hilarious).

    • Janeo

      Kaz is one of my favourites he has a really interesting backstory he has lots of personality I wonder if he will be different in TPP like he will he just be angry over the radio or will he just get angry in certain situations I just hope he isn’t that different overall

    • gerber

      I really like Kaz but I have never really listened to the tapes about him. I have to catch up! thanks

    • César H. Sandoval

      I almost cried at the tape that has Kaz tell you his whole family backstory with his sick mom and his soldier dad, the voice actor did a solid job, It really made me care for him as a character.

  • PrinceHeir

    Interesting perspective.

    I read online that in the 90s it started a wave of importation products of different media coming to Japan. Books, Movies you name. I wouldn’t be surprise if more and more Japanese people are getting more books from the world.

    Bad news that in Japan, Ground Zeroes is the worst numbered series(if you count it as one) with it’s debut sales


    Metal Gear Solid (Playstation) – 349,921

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – 469,683

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) – 493,827

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) – 480,695

    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) – 445,138

    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Under 221,729

    Though if Phantom Pain get’s released, Ground Zeroes sales might be combined since it is a two part series after all.

    • Batzi

      win-win for KONAMI no matter how much GZ sells.

      Btw, I don’t think that number includes digital copies. We have to wait for an official number from KONAMI.

      • PrinceHeir

        Digital isn’t big in Japan.

        Digital Games like Terraria, Darkstalkers Resurrection, Strider Hiryu have retail there, because they don’t see the value of digital(which is true) compared to retail.

        Would rather own the game in retail than digital any day.

        • glitchbomb

          I would prefer to have both. But yeah, physical is the way to go if you have room. Those little cases can really take up space after a while.

    • César H. Sandoval

      Good, This should be a learning experience. I don’t want them to sell the MGS prologue for separate ever again.

    • glitchbomb

      It shouldn’t really be compared with those other titles. Not on its own.

      • Janeo

        I agree with you you there this is part of mgs5 so it doesn’t really matter how much it sells on it’s own even it ends up selling bad TPP is going to sell much better

  • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

    as long as MGO doesnt turn into COD shit or have shitty perks im happy. the skill system in mgs4 was perfect. they should just improve upon that. and miller is an awesome character and radio CO. zero was my original fav but miller beats him lol.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I totally forgot that Kaz was half Japanese-fail 🙁 but nice to see how Kojima used Kaz to emphasize the themes that he’s trying to highlight in the game.

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