Kojima explains why he could never stop making games

During his conversation with Mark Cerny at the Develop: Brighton Awards, Kojima talked about his career, the past and the future, and why he is excited for the things to come.

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Kojima originally wanted to get into movies, but did not succeed in that. However, he thought he could use games to tell his stories as well. 30 years ago games were still very limited, but as technology progressed more and more became possible. Because of this, you can tell the same stories with games as you can with movies. “I’m very happy that I chose this road, because everything I wanted to do in movies, I’m able to do it nowadays in games. So yeah, I’m very very satisfied by this choice.”

Initially, for Kojima the Metal Gear series was finished when he completed the two 2D Metal Gear games for MSX. But with the release of the PlayStation, the 3D capabilities really opened up the gameplay possibilities, so Kojima felt this allowed him to make what he originally intended to do. “You can say in a way that thanks to PlayStation, Metal Gear Solid existed at all. The technology that PlayStation had was what made Metal Gear Solid possible.”

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So to what extent have technological advancements shaped his games? “There are certainly aspects like that, where technology has changed a little bit of what I do, but when I think of a game in my head, it has so many elements. You smell things, things have their own temperature, it’s quite a vast reality that I am imagining.” The fact that technology is always improving and evolving allows Kojima to put more and more of what he comes up with into his games. “Things keep advancing and I’m able to do more things closer to what I imagined, and that’s why I could never stop making games.”

And now, despite being in the industry for 30 years, Kojima is confident that working with Mark Cerny and using the latest technology he will be able to make something truly special. “So far when I’m making games there’s ultimately a point where I have to give up on something, where I need to compromise something in order to get things done, and usually so far that had been something on game design where I had to compromise something. But this time, working with you [Mark Cerny], I know that […] using different technologies we will get around that. So I’m very confident that working together we will be able to make something that no one has ever seen, something completely new, and that should be my best work so far, I’m very confident of that, working together.”

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To see the entire conversation between Mark Cerny and Hideo Kojima, follow the link in the source section below.

Update: Here’s a short recap of the subjects talked about during the conversation at Develop: Brighton.

Source: Develop Brighton – Hideo Kojima ‘Legends on the Future’ Talk

  • Tong Ninja

    Very interesting that Kojima actually wanted to stop the Metal Gear series at Metal Gear 1 & 2. Well thank you to Playstation that made MGS1 possible! 😀 Without MGS1 we wouldn’t have the rest of the MGS games haha.

    Death Stranding will be his best work so far?
    Hmm, we will see when the game releases. 🙂

    • Full Options

      Yeah, as he said himself, all was really bound to hardware improvements.
      MG2 was literally awesome, but I always preferred the first MG over it. It was clear that MSX2’s 2D 8-bit made the concept struggle obliging them to use very optimized sprites in order to make the thing fit. We are talking about 128-256 Kb roms for ideas (levels, music, etc..) getting bigger the way we know ;D. If you check the development schedule, you’ll also notice that almost 6 years were spent without any single Metal Gear development (1990->mid-1995) !

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Konami CEO:We’re gonna erase you from history
    Kojima:Whatever makes you sleep at night
    Never retire Kojima
    We’re sorry for ruining your family life -_-
    Kojima is love
    Kojima is life
    KOJIMA IS ENERGY

    • Full Options

      Thanks for the Rogue one warning.

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        Je t’enpris

        • Full Options

          Ca va toi ? Oui, c’était compliqué de stopper le camion, il a forcé le barrage, et il y avait trop de monde sur la prom à cause du feu d’artifice du 14 juillet. Hier à midi j’avais confirmation que personne de mon entourage n’était là-bas, on a eu du pot.
          Moi qui croyait qu’on avait évité le pire avec l’euro… Ben non, c’est enfoirés ont tranquillement attendu la fin…

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Et oui
            Pour étre honnéte , je penses que c’était trés inattendu
            J’étais surpris
            Pareille pour l’attentat a Istanbul(Maintenant il y a un coup d’etat)
            Desolé d’avoir effacé mon commentaire sur Rogue One

          • Full Options

            A priori, ils ont stoppé les putchistes en Turquie, mais ils disent que c’est quand même le chaos en Turquie.
            Et t’en fais pas pour ton commentaire. C’est plutôt l’autre c.. qui m’a gonflé hier, j’ai failli “faire un exemple” pour reprendre ses expressions, mais ca m’emmerde parce qu’il a l’air proche/protégé de certains de nos potes ici. Je n’ai pas apprécié son ton pour te parler.

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Merci beaucoup Kaveh
            C’est(ta gentillesse) trés appréciée

          • Full Options

            De rien Jatin, et tu n’es pas un farceur. Sauf avec les connards comme je te disais et là, il a clairement commencé avec un comment vraiment pas cool pour Boss qui se déchire le cul au quotidien pour nous informer. ;D J’ai tout vu.

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            J’ai essayé de me faire pardonner et de clarifier son information mais le fdp et son ton agrresif essaye de me provoquer
            Je crois qu’il était dans le “tu sais quoi”

          • Full Options

            Oublies ca et si il y a une prochaine fois, laisse le se mettre dans la merde tout seul. Tu as vu ce que je lui ai répondu diplomatiquement, j’attend toujours sa réponse.. 😀

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Haha

    • Full Options

      Tu vois, c’est fait / ca commence …
      http://disq.us/p/1a3f1xp

  • Venom_Sina

    Way off-topic,but really cool:
    “Nintendo is releasing a miniature NES with 30 built-in games”

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/14/12187296/nintendo-nes-classic-edition-announced-price-games

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      NES classic

  • Full Options

    MG was only compatible with MSX2 (:D) because the cartridges had the 8-polyphonics voice chips on them. I can tell because I bought my MSX2 for Metal Gear in first place !! xDxD
    Although he also worked on the sequel of Antarctic Adventure which was Penguin Adventure, and this one was released for MSX, so was running on MSX2 as well.

  • XIFF-5

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUz-rSjcrIQ&feature=youtu.be WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????
    ARE YOU SERIOUS?! -.-

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      What a load of Bullshit

    • korruption

      PachinKonami strikes again!

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Off Topic:Just read about the attacks in Nice
    What’s worse is that this type of shit happens everyday in different parts of the world and not only the Middle East
    *inserts stupid hashtag*
    Let’s contribute to peace

    • Venom_Sina

      Yeah.The world transformed into a terrible place.They even attacked my country too,but they weren’t successful until now.
      Peace is an illusion…

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        Yeah
        Just like the butterfly
        A beautiful mirage

  • Full Options

    Exact mais si il reviens et qu’il déconne… Si il poste des trucs cool, aucun problême mais on dirait qu’il ne sait cracher que du venin, l’abruti… 😀

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Le pauvre nul ne sait même pas qu’on parle de lui
      J’aimerais remplacer son profile picture avec “J’aimes des bites”

      • Full Options

        C’est ce qu’il a dit après m’avoir vidé qui m’as rendu dingue. Ca “fera un exemple”, pour quel genre de crotte de pigeon il se prend de décider de faire un exemple avec les autres ? Aucune éducation sérieux.

        • Leguywhodrownedquiet

          Et oui le p’tit con
          A cause de sa protection de merde , il se pense d’étre un putain de roi
          Bon,j’aimerais arreter de parler de ce nul 😉

          • Full Options

            Ca marche, et on efface nos comment sinon, les autres vont s’inquiéter pour rien, marcha ? ;D

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Kkk

          • Full Options

            Si tu veux qu’on les laisse, cela ne me dérange pas non plus, mais je pense que ca sert à rien, à part que les autres se méfient. Tu me diras..

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Éface les

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