Kojima talks about the inspiration behind the voice of Metal Gear Solid V’s iDroid

On Twitter, Kojima talked about the inspiration behind Metal Gear Solid V’s talking device, the iDroid.

Donna-san’s iDROID computer voice in MGSV wasn’t inspired from HAL9000 in 2001 A Space Odyssey but the female computer voice in Dark Star. But since none at the shooting studio knew Dark Star, I explained to be like mother computer in Alien, created by the same guy, Dan O’bannon.

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As you probably all know, the voice is provided by Donna Burke, who also did several songs for the game, including the Sins of the Father song that can be heard in the E3 2013 trailer. Dark Star is a science fiction movie from the 70s, and references to 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick can be found throughout the series (Hal Emmerich is named after HAL and David (Snake) named after the movie’s protagonist), and Peace Walker has several references to the film as well.

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter (1,2)

  • J_muse72

    Does anyone else know that the singing AI pod on Peace Walker is Hatsune Miku?

    • No Place For Hayter

      Seriously? lol, something you’d think would be noticeable, lol.

      • J_muse72

        Yeah,just another reason I love the MGS series and Kojima!

      • J_muse72

        There is also a song in the walkman that has her singing in it too but I forgot the name!

    • Gray Lion

      Was the voice from ZEKE also Hatsune Miku? Fun fact: I tried to make ZEKE say “Kiss my ass!” whenever he used a particular attack but the damn thing kept saying “Kiss my uhhh!”.

      • stocchinet .

        Zeke can talk?

        • Gray Lion

          Yeah, it can. You had to connect your psp to the internet and you could basically enter sentences for each attack and they would be somehow converted to vocaloid. ZEKE then would utter that sentence as he used the attack attributed to it. Did you play PW in psp or in ps3? I only have the psp edition, I dunno if it is the same with the ps3 edition…

          • nope, it isn’t available on the ps3 version :c when i played the game (which i did for the first time on ps3) i got very curious about the humming of AI pods because i instantly recognized it and thought it was vocaloid software so i searched on the net and found out about the feature you say, and then realized it isn’t on the ps3 version which is a shame :c

            probably because of licensing though

          • Gray Lion

            Really? ._. That´s really awful, it was a pretty cool feature :s

          • stocchinet .

            Ps3, that’s why i never heard of it…

        • Gray Lion
      • J_muse72

        I am not sure about ZEKE, I have never heard it talk before lol I will have to look into that!

        • Gray Lion

          You really should! Nothing is more satisfying than having ZEKE yell out sentences in outer ops! XD

  • Alan Campos

    Dark Star is directed by John Carpenter, the man behind Escape From New York, aka: the main inspiration for Snake/Big Boss.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Yeah this, lol. Also can’t talk about Dark Star without talking about the awesome beach ball space creature >.<

      Welcome 🙂 always handy to have those about whom know these things 🙂

      • Alan Campos

        I love Carpenter 🙂

  • Braden Gunn

    I love how much films influence Kojima, wonder if he’ll have snuck in a last minute Mad Max reference seeing how much he seems to love the new film.

  • Snake Plissken

    • J_muse72

      Solidus,left eye patch lol

        • Bigbossmsf1974

          Aye STARGAZER!?, keep a eye out for the new fifty shades of grey, it’s going to be freaking awesome.

          • That’s a new one haha

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Yeah I know right, who knew Kojima sensei had so many connection.

          • glitchbomb

            Aahaha. You got me.

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica
  • Bigbossmsf1974

    Hideo Kojima sensei you never cease to amaze me, keep up the good work sensei, I’m so proud of you.

  • Haha awesome dude

  • BurntFM

    I wonder what Kojima must feel when he makes movie references and everyone’s like “huh? what are yo talking about? we’ve never seen that movie”

    By the way. Demo is LIVE

    http://nerdreactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Kojima.jpg

  • glitchbomb

    This is a bit off topic but screw it, I’m excited!
    Check it out! My first ever MGS shirt came in the mail today. I was rushing from the mailroom to get home and open it and I swear to god somehow I fell up the stairs and bashed my shin.
    Anyways, SHIRT!
    I love it so far. Looked big for a medium but it was just right once i got it on. Quality material and the image on the back looks almost a patch or embroidered. Only thing im not immediately happy with is for some reason the neck it pretty tight. Kind if odd.

  • J_muse72

    Hey everyone… then new gameplay footage is up on Youtube now!!!

    • glitchbomb

      Yes!!

    • Mauricio Acosta

      Bahhhhhh ogmhftdhnytfb!!

    • PrinceHeir

      Bandanna is back!!!!

      • Mauricio Acosta

        I just flipping lost it when I saw that Bandana!!!! Ohhh Kojima what are you doing to me!!!!!

      • J_muse72

        I was speechless when I saw it!

    • kuaikukia

      That Rocket punch really makes my day.

      • Mauricio Acosta

        That’s probably the Nikkita stand in now. That was pretty epic!

        • Jak

          yeah, you can hear him say “Nikita” as he talks about it

      • No Place For Hayter

        ROCKET PEACE!

      • J_muse72

        ROCKETO PUUUUNCH!!

    • No Place For Hayter

      I was just going to bed, lol, time to stay up another 30 minutes >.<

    • akumetsu

      that amaziing !!!
      Imagine all the possibilities , all the combinations everything big and deep it is

    • No Place For Hayter

      Battle Dress! HELL YES, that’s what i thought that suit was, glad to see it back, can’t wait to use it!

    • MichaelPayneV

      The English version of Tomorrow better be Narrated by Kiefer “DAMN IT” Sutherland!

      • Venom_Sina

        They’re gonna release the English ver. tomorrow?Oh,man.I didn’t know that.Thanks for the info.

        • MichaelPayneV

          No confirmation, i just assumed.

    • Gray Lion

      Thank you, J_muse72! 😀 Will watch right now!

  • PrinceHeir

    Was hoping you can customize the Android voice, but that would require rerecording the lines for different characters.

    Still awesome stuff!

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica

    Now after September First. We can finally Rest in peace =)

    • Jake Barnes

      Is this image real?

      • SNKtheStampede

        that’s from the new gameplay, yes

    • MichaelPayneV

      YESSS!

    • SNKtheStampede

      at first, when i saw sneaking suit + bandana + not so long beard + from behind, I thought of young snake face camo from MGS4… nostalgic

    • Hanna

      Hell yeah, nostalgic! More hype trains ’cause of bandana.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      i think in the bandage glitch snake was supposed to wear the bandana.

    • MeLand127

      NOOO, the wrinkles of the bandana is gone… The Badassary become lesser -___-
      http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/f/f1/YoungSnakeFaceBan.png

      • MichaelPayneV

        But more realistic, know that from personal experience, when i wear one of these it stays on my head like in MGSV!

  • MichaelPayneV

    Looks like in this Demo Quiet is in love with Big Boss, judging by the way he looks at him wile browsing the Idroid.
    PS: This animation better not be just in the Japanese version, just to cute to pass on!

    • MichaelPayneV

      Not trying to be a perv here, but the way Quiet looks at you here, is like she wants the D…D-Walker i mean! ;))))

      • Venom_Sina

        She’s laying on the seat of the CHOPPA!!!Look at her feet!!!Oh,man.She’s gonna seduce BigBoss!!!

        • MichaelPayneV

          “Look at her feet” Ooooo K. Tarantino, nice talking to you!

          PS: Quentin fans will get the joke.

    • “Oh, my Saladin!!”

      Hahaha.

    • MeLand127

      She’s so CUTE! ^_^

  • MichaelPayneV

    Little Off-Topic: Saw Terminator Genisys a couple days ago, and i’ll have to say, as a Long Time Terminator Fan i liked it, not loved it, but liked it, it was a great Movie, is not the Piece of Garbage Media made me think it is.

    Now the biggest complain people have with it, is the convoluted Story, but you know who did not just just didn’t find the Story Convoluted, but understood the whole Story, THIS GUY, (Me) and you know why, because of Metal Gear, thanks to this Franchise, and the way its story was always told, trained my mind to understand any Convoluted Story, Video Games and Movies, my mind got so used to Kojima’s Convoluted Storytelling, that i had all the fun i was supposed to have from this Movie.

    TL;DR: If you like Hideo’s storytelling, you will have no problem understanding Genisys, and you will have a lot of fun, don’t let the miss cast of Jay Courtney and Jason Clarke get in the way of the excitement, Go see this Movie, especially if you are an Arnold Fan like me (His Best T-800 Performance so far) and/or love complicated stories that require a lot of thinking and concentration to understand them.

    Now, if they decide to make a Sequel to this, then they better get the Expert, the God of Convoluted Story telling to Write it and Direct it, of course i’m talking about Hideo, he left Konami, probably the Gaming industry, so why not, why not try for real to make a better Terminator than Cameron’s first 2 Movies, if there is someone that could do that, is HIDEO!

    Snake, out!

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      didnt watch it but i thought emilia clarke was the miscast.dont know about it but ill be watching fury road jurassic world and maybe tomorrow land!!!!!

      • MichaelPayneV

        Emilia is actually not the miss cast, she was great, the miss cast were Jay Courtney and Jason Clarke!

    • I agree. Because of growing up playing the Metal Gear series. I have no problem understanding complicated stories, shows etc. especially with sequels and such.

  • I said nothing, lol.
    Late as usual. 😛

    I can’t remove the link. :O

  • Hanna

    All four snake’s on a plane. Could be interesting flight.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Update: The Best way to describe Genisys Story is MGS2, more Question than answers!

  • MichaelPayneV

    “Big Boss would not have a ponytail, is Gray Fox)

    Now Big Boss has the bandanna, you’ll hear Python Selkan say that is Solid Snake from the future!

    https://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2241/2007/original.jpg

  • MichaelPayneV
  • MichaelPayneV
  • Gatsu

    Dark Star is a great movie and love Carpenter’s movies :). Kojima sure got awesome taste <3.

  • Alberto Sánchez

    Another reference to 2001 is found in Peace Walker when The Boss sings a song before get deactivated, just like the computer HAL does when the main character in the film shuts it down.

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