Metal Gear Solid: Hideo Kojima’s cult work book now on Kickstarter

Third Editions Books, a French company publishing video game books is currently running a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of bringing translated versions to an international audience. According to the creators, these books aren’t guides or novels, but ‘a journalistic approach on everything the game or saga can offer. Going from the Lore, to analysis, to the making of music, to links with actual myths, etc.’ The goal has already been met for the three original books (Zelda, Final Fantasy and Dark Souls), but now a stretch goal has been added in the form of a Metal Gear Solid themed book.

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The book: Metal Gear Solid: Hideo Kojima’s cult work
The Metal Gear Saga is one of the most iconic in the video game history. It’s been 25 years now that Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece is keeping us in suspens, thanks to it’s complex and deep scenario. As one of the pioneer of the stealth games, Metal Gear is it’s author shadow and present a varied content, a rich universe, some of the most memorable characters in video games, as well as a thorough attention to details. In this book you’ll find a complete panorama of the cult saga from Hideo Kojima, exploring all it’s facets: genesis of every iteration and trivia from the development, study of the scenario and analysis of the gameplay mechanics and themes.

If the stretch goal of 120.000 euro is met, this book will become one of the available rewards. You can get an ebook version for €10 or a physical copy for €27 (excluding shipping). The Kickstarter will run for about 3 more days. More information can be found on the project’s Kickstarter page.

Update: the stretch goal has been met.

Source: Kickstarter

  • Mr.Pony

    That cover looks cool as hell!

  • Gatsu

    I need this in my life 😀 and yeah, it has such a great cover!

  • Jav

    Using that arm for a book about metal gear is a shame.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Maybe its metaphorical, the arm is tattered.

      But even then, I agree with you, lol.

    • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

      So using an arm used in an amazing game and the last true metal gear game we might have is a shame?
      You’re the real shame here

      • No Place For Hayter

        ???? That’s not very nice.

        So using a not really important mechanical arm from the most recent MGS game for a book about the series and its details is ok? How about something that is better tied to the whole series? how about something that is distinctly MGS? How about Shinkawa? how about something from a more important and less controversial MGS game?

        For a book about the whole series and its details a cover like this doesn’t bode well.

        And yes using a simple none representative cover for a MGS book is a total shame, it sucks and would be awesome if they used a better cover image. Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it is a great cover.

        And guess what? You and your opinion aren’t a shame for thinking otherwise :p

        • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

          “Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it’s a great cover”
          Yeah but it’s pretty much metaphorical
          Think about it

          • No Place For Hayter

            The only way it could be metapohrical is about the END of the name, the END of Kojima’s MGS.

            But that makes no sense for a book about the WHOLE MGS saga and its details, the book isn’t about the end it is about the whole thing.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Oh and Mgsv is far more important than PW or mgs4 imo
            It is better tied
            All mgs games are controversial
            Covers showing all of the characters have become boring
            Mgsv is soooo underrated IMO
            And I was angry why he didn’t even bother to explain himself

          • No Place For Hayter

            Well far more important is subjective, lol. And I still don’t see how one bionic arm from one MGS is nicely tied to the whole series?

            Only MGS2 and MGSV have been controversial, the rest went over just fine.

            AND OH GOD, a cover showing all the characters would have been terrible, that is not what I was suggesting. I want something more representative of consistent themes and idea of all the games, not one from one game.

            And IMO MGSV is overrated, lol.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            So the bionic arm of a character that was the major villain in the first two games and whose character is important in the whole saga doesn’t tie it nicely
            Nice joke

          • No Place For Hayter

            ………Dude, it wasn’t the bionic arm of the main villian of the first two games.

            1) It was retconed in with MGSV, wasn’t there before.
            2) Venom is only MG1, MG2 is Big Boss, no Venom.
            3) I wouldn’t call “Venom” important to the whole saga, he fills a small role in Big Boss’s life, now “Big Boss” in the important one.
            4) It’s a fucking arm dude, lol, with no real important other than the single game themes of Phantom, It’s not like its the Boss’s Patriot here.

            You seem oddly dead set on deciding this is a great cover, may I ask why? I mean, I’m sure you can see there would be much better options to represent the series despite how much you like this cover, right?

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            1) Where was it retconned? The villain of the first two MG games is still BB
            2)Plz go read what you have written coz it’s just so….. Damnnnn I just can’t say anything. You guys are stubborn on this point
            3)The character? No. He is only a piece of puzzle. But he’s also the representation of Naked Snake’s final pathway to hell. DUDE BETRAYED HIS CONRADES . Kaz was fine until he got a bit stupid. But medic lost his life. He may have loved John but he lost 9 years of his life in a way.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Also may I know what is a villian?
            I love learning new words everyday :D?

          • No Place For Hayter

            villian – A misspelled word by someone whom is either tired, not spell checking, or half blind cause they didn’t see the LARGE RED UNDERLINE SCREAMING “FIX ME!”. Lol.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            4) the arm is representative of an extremely important game
            3) who the hell is venom?
            I only know big boss
            Have you even played mission 46?

          • No Place For Hayter

            ………………………………..Are you serious?
            …..No like seriously?
            …..Wait, you are serious?
            You are serious! Fucking me, No seriously fuck me.

            If you are gonna take the angle of Venom IS Big Boss, I’m not even gonna bother, fun little fact for you Venom is physically and actually a completely different guy, wow, mind blown. Can you feel the snark?

            On the topic of V being important, sure it can be important, but is it a good way to represent the whole saga?

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            And how the fuck is something universally hated on every gaming site overrated.
            It’s mgs4 the mr overrated here

          • No Place For Hayter

            Is my comment making everyone mad? Did I find a secret recipe? lol, no seriously, what gives?

            About it being overrated, I only hang around places like MGI (aka HERE) which is full of people whom love the series, so what I see is absolute love for the game, lol. And even if I were to include the whole of gaming websites it goes like this “Story sucked ass, but gameplay rocked” and that is overrated IMO as well, the gameplay was underutilized, uncreative, repetitive, and unexplored, leaving a hollow boring experience. So while the story might be universally hated the gameplay is universally loved, and I find that overrated, again just my opinion, just throwing it out ass it appeared complete opposite of yours, and so I considered it funny, thought I would share, I didn’t make a point of discussion, sorry, >.< No hard feelings dude.

            And I don't understand your last sentence about MGS4, usually I can read through mistakes, but this one has me stumped, lol.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            The open word is empty? Sure
            Underutilised? By fans
            Uncreative and bawwwriiinnnggg?
            Well the boring part could’ve been eliminated by a more linear structure or an open world full of activities but the un creative part is pure clown material

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            *It’s mgs 4 the more overrated everywhere
            Gameplay is ok and AI is pretty good and graphics are good too but….
            WTF IS THAT STORY FULL OF FAN SERVUCE TO MAKE US FORGET IT SUCKED
            Peace

          • No Place For Hayter

            Dude, couldn’t agree more.
            Peace.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Fan Servuce
            A word used by a desperate “tired” teenage grammar nazi hipster to describe a word no normal person knows about

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Tbh my comment applies both to mgsv and 4 but 4’s story had some hard hitting moments atleast
            Unlike mgsv
            *cough* Quiet’s death *cough*
            And Eli was not even needed apart from the psycho mantis storyline
            Anybody wanna join my psycho mantis cult XDDDDDD

          • MinimalistGeek

            Oh please don’t claim something that you clearly have no idea of. Every MGS title since MGS2 has been controversial, and were only accepted after some time, and yes that includes MGS3 which was also bashed heavily when it came out.

            Anyone who wasn’t there on the internet back in the day shouldn’t even say anything about that topic.

          • No Place For Hayter

            ??? Did I do something to make you mad? You and me seem to hold different meanings of controversial. And FYI I was on the internet “Back then”, lol, I have no idea what kind of stick you have up your ass, but it best be removed before you become even more of an asshole, like seriously dude, that’s one hell of a comment you got there, full of rude things AND assumptions, geez.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            DUDE FIRST OF ALL , HE’S RIGHT ABOUT THE CONTROVERSIAL LART!!!
            Secondly the mgs3 part is the most stupid thing I have seen.
            That last part is pretty true.

          • No Place For Hayter

            MGS1 – Not controversial, no reason to give way to extreme or differed opinions, everyone agreed it was mind blowing.

            MGS2 – Very controversial due to the marketing lie of player as Snake and you ended up playing as Raiden, as well as the facts of the heavy story and deconstruction of players of the original game.

            MGS3 – Not controversial, the only thing that got major notice was the terrible camera which was fixed in subsistence, did not have any heated or strong content, and had no huge points of content between people.

            MGS4 – Controversial, simply from the such extreme and diverse opinions on the game as well as the nature of the game itself meaningfully being developed etc etc.

            MGSPW – Not controversial, like the first MGS nothing controversial here.

            MGSGS – Controversial simply due to its demo status being lauded as an actual full game when even Kojima simply said it was sort of a prologue.

            MGSV – Controversial, as it stands ins similar contested opinion grounds of MGS4, as well as having a similar main character fake out as MGS2, and the development of the game and the treatment of KP.

            Sooooo, 4/6 does not mean EVERY single MGS after 1 was controversial, controversial isn’t a vague word here, this isn’t that hard. And yeah MGS has had some very controversial things, but not every single game after the first was. I mean saying only V and 2 were, was simply off the top of my head, didn’t know we were getting super hard on facts and technicals here, so this post is the specificity I supposedly was supposed to do first time I said anything, lol.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Whoops I just confused revolutionary with controversial
            Fuck Me

          • Full Options

            “what kind of stick…” xD
            It is certainly not a rope in all cases. xD

          • No Place For Hayter

            Hahaha……… Now I’m thinking about DS again, NOOOOOOO!

          • MinimalistGeek

            > I was on the internet “Back then”

            Lol sure you were.

          • No Place For Hayter

            No need to prove anything, age don’t matter no how.

            I mean if I were to be an ass myself I would think you were young too, but I don’t judge peoples ages on how old they act, cause if I did I would get most people on the internet wrong.

            And I guess that whole thing about the stick was a no go? Fair enough, you don’t have to live by my suggestions.

          • MinimalistGeek

            I love how i didn’t even mention anything about age, just that lots of people weren’t actually there to witness the new MGS game reaction from people on internet back when internet was still fairly new. Hmmm it’s almost like you have no idea of what i am talking about.

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Word

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            Plz chill man before someone starts to say shit about you
            You better edit that comment
            If you can’t then try groovy music from the 90s

          • MinimalistGeek

            MGSV is indeed underrated. I would say that just like MGS2, the game is far far ahead of it’s time both in terms of gameplay, design and Kojima’s finally mastering the balance between story, and gameplay and not relying on tons and tons of cutscenes filled with exposition.

    • Antonio Neto

      not the best option, but i still love that arm.

  • No Place For Hayter

    Very cool stuff, I’m interested in a few of there books. But for MGS, I’m more interested in Mr.Wolfe’s book, whenever he’s done that, lol.

  • Salad Snack

    any ideas how much it might cost?

    • If Venom Snake were to sell this….he’d demand a hell lot of fuel

    • €10 for an ebook version, €27 for a physical book (without shipping). And you can also pay more for additional bonuses.

  • Full Options

    Thanks, no much news these days.. I suppose we are more or less doomed until TGA , 1st December.. Can’t wait ! thegameawards.com did not changed a single byte since last year… And still old Koji-Pro logo beneath Boss’s pic.. 😛
    Please Geoff gimme this update !

    https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/49824621/the-game-awards-trophy-weta_1920.0.0.jpg

    • I guarantee that you won’t see Death Stranding at TGA2016.
      You will see it at Playstation Experience that should be a bit later.

      • Full Options

        We’ll check.. The last ceremony was simbollically sad. I expect this one to repair all this. Even if no DS, at least we’ll have Boss receiving his award for being the most awesome game designer ever. That will just be fair for me. I guess we will have more info, although you are right to always lower down our hypes. Thanks for that ! ;D

        • Yes he’ll most likely at least attend, even if he has nothing concrete to show.

          • Full Options

            I more than expect Geoff to give him the statue this time. I am sure he’ll have things to show as well (my take). I hope we’ll also have interesting meat in between. ;D

          • Alex

            He might give him the Legend award they gave to Sierra at the first show. Then at PSX we get the DS engine trailer.

          • Full Options

            They could also ask Kiefer + Mark Hamill to give him his last year award..
            Right, PSX and we may also have substantial info at GDC 2017 (27 Feb – 3 March), Hideo likes this conf.

          • Alex

            I don’t think they will bring up last year’s award, especially if they give him something special like the Legend thing. But who knows.

          • Full Options

            You are right, in all cases, Kojima is not a Konami employee anymore so can not receive any award related to Metal Gear.
            I thought it would be a strong move, for the “symbol”, after all, he won the Best Action / Adventure Game award 2015…
            Even if it won’t be the exact same prize, the spirit of it will strongly be there.

            However, until DS is out, all the awards he received (famitsu, develop, etc…) or may receive will reward his efforts on MGS.
            It is only a pathetic legal paradox that oblige every institution to give him a special award, since they can not bound it to his game. That’s amazing how the system / industry can ridiculously loose its common sense. Yet another teaching about the poor values of those ceremonies, despite sometimes, hardly rewarding the ones that truly deserve it.

      • MrVux007

        I died at around 7:20.

    • https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/780189808609996800?s=09

      “Coming to L.A.” – He’s surely going to be at the game awards 😉

  • FMercenary

    Not sure if this was posted before or I missed something and this is redundant.

  • Congratulations. Stretch Goal for MGS high-end book has been met. We are the nation.

    • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

      We are the champions
      *inserts Queen’s song(Brian May the badass astrophysicist and guitarist ftw) *

    • There’s talk of a CE version as well. Hopefully we’ll be able to upgrade if they do.

      • So far they can’t do KS version of it which is sad.
        Later they think about it. They should do it and I will buy it. They also say about the discount for the backers which should be without a question.

        http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/metalgear/images/8/89/Solidus_mgs2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090220082051

        Solidus: I’m getting this book and I will surpass BIG BOSS HIMSELF! AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

        • Does it mean that if you backed you will be able to change your order to the CE (and pay a little extra)? Or that you have to buy another book and get a discount?

          • They will do KS version in the future and you need to pay for it, but for the backers it will be with a discount.

            This one for 20 Eur is a standard version that can’t be upgraded. So you will get your standard edition only for now.

          • Hm so in that case you’ll end up with two books. Well, we’ll see.

        • Full Options

          Raiden : “All you want is power, at any cost.”
          Iroquois : “Shut the f.ck up you nuts, he just want a book this time !?”
          xD

  • Geoff Keighley just confirmed on periscope that Kojima will be (wants to?) attend TGA

  • Full Options

    I am starting to show bad symptoms without my monthly medecine… xD Any hints about what Tube 6 will be about ? TGS ? Sony conf / HDR ? Would be also cool to have some shots of his scans, Koji-studio, Yoji concept arts in some background here and there or some stuff on their monitors ?
    Bah, I am dreamin again, but a man can dream ! ;D

    • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

      Anyone can dream
      Whether be it my stomach or my d…k or that ant which is eating my fo….
      Wait what?

    • MrVux007

      Ill be honest with you,when i read the name Tube 6 ,all i could think about that its some badly named porn site….hahahah
      I think it will be mostly about TGS and maybe about PS4 Pro.
      The rest is will be showed on twitter as usual.

      • Full Options

        Well, I was meaning the porn site of course ! Which site do you think I had in mind ?? xDxD
        More seriously and from now on, I will call it da “KOJI-TUBE”, tadaaa !
        I hope we’ll have a maximum of info ! ;D

        • MrVux007

          Well you werent far off really…there is an actuall porn site called Tube 8 hahah

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            xD
            Just 2 more episodes to go

          • Full Options

            THX for warning me in all cases, we avoided the worst, I would have said “Tube 8” 2 episodes later. xD
            And Thx as well for the hint, I may visit this site… I mean just to double check how high the danger was… I mean for evaluation purpose… Purely technical… Check the streaming capacity, resolutions of the vids, stuff like that. (>_>) xD

          • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

            As long as it’s not illegal , disgusting, morally void , forced on the stars, the link is not posted here and that I don’t forget my lube stock it’s ok
            EDIT: I said lube stock not live stock damnit
            I know Apple autocorrect that condoms were made out of livestock but you’re making me posting shit instead of carrying out my plan of creating a psycho mantis worshipping cult in this website to freak out my bullies

    • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

      I just ruined my couch with all of this salivating
      Thanks 😀

      • Full Options

        You are welcome, I just hope we will have at least one of those key items.

  • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

    I just randomly found this on the net and got PTSD after having a pretty shitty day today
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/681794-metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain/72000036?page=3
    Okay PTSD is just too strong
    Nostalgia?

  • Guys, prepare yourself. It is coming and it will be huge.
    Anaheim conv. center 3-4 December. Death Stranding awesomeness.

    https://youtu.be/ksOfMqceRMM

    • You think Death Stranding will be there? Not The Game Awards?

      • I honestly don’t see a single reason why DS should be at Game Awards. TGA is about awards and maybe small teasers or game announcements from 3rd party publishers. Kojima will be there ofc, but I don’t see him doing much honestly.

        PS Experience is about Playstation, developers and fans. Kojima will show it’s first game under an engine and will explain something too to the Playstation audience. It’s the best place to show and tell about the game. Game Awards is not that good for that, maybe he can show us a small teaser for TGA and we will see full trailer at PS Experience but that’s all.

        Last year btw, PS and KojiPro partnership should have been as the last surprise video for PS Experience but was not there because of Konami:

      • LeGuy(CertifiedPoS)

        The 4chan leak which has been right so far said they would have an engine teaser at PSX

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