Close Up: A Hideo Kojima Book: From Mother Base with Love

At the beginning of last year, Tarak Chami, a Belgian Metal Gear and Kojima fan, embarked on a mission. His goal was to create a self published book consisting of anecdotes, testimonies and creations from Metal Gear fans, and people who’ve worked with Kojima over the years. This book, titled A Hideo Kojima Book: From Mother Base with Love, was to be presented to Kojima himself at the Tokyo Game Show later that year.

An ambitious project, but nonetheless, Tarak accomplished everything he set out to do. He brought many people on board, including fans, communities, voice actors and artists, and flew to Tokyo in September to hand over the finished work.

Tarak Chami meeting up with Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa, September 2016

Aside from the physical copy for Kojima, the book received a very limited print run of 100 copies, to be distributed among those who contributed to the project. Metal Gear Informer was among those contributors, and thus we received one of the books.

First of all the whole book looks really professionally made. The print quality is great, the layout is excellent and the whole thing just feels right. The book was designed by Tsuchinoko, a graphic artist from France, who also created the cover.

On the first page is a kind message handwritten by Tarak, and the number of this particular copy.

The book has 224 pages, and contains 7 ‘chapters’, including an editorial by Tarak, a foreword by French gaming journalist Julien Chièze and a word of thanks to all the people who’ve been a part of this project.

As stated before, only 100 printed copies were made, with each one individually numbered and with a personal message by the creator.

Editorial

An introduction to the project by Tarak aimed at Hideo Kojima himself. He explains his motivations behind the book and its contents.

Foreword

A foreword by French gaming journalist Julien Chièze about his experiences covering the Metal Gear series and other Kojima projects over the years.

Artworks

Pages with fan arts and a short profile of the creators, in which they describe what Kojima’s works meant to them.

Cosplay

Pages with cosplayers from all over the world, from Tokyo to Italy.

Communities

Pages dedicated to Metal Gear online communities and websites, including our own.

Guests

Lastly, a list of individuals who are also relevant to this project, including people who came into contact with him one way or another through their profession. Singer and voice actress Donna Burke, ex Kojima Productions LA graphic designer Omer Younas, director Ryuhei Kitamura, and many more all took the time to write a short text for this book.

Thanks

A conclusion in which Tarak thanks everyone who helped the project become a reality.

Every line of text was translated to Japanese, so Kojima will have no problem reading it – if he ever has the time for it.

Leafing through the pages and seeing all the awesome artworks, cosplays and other creations is a joy in itself. But perhaps the coolest thing about this book is that it reminds us of the power of a creation with worldwide appeal. It shows us that people from vastly different places, different backgrounds and different ethnicities can come together as a community, connected solely through the love for these games. Thank you for your work, Tarak, and for letting us be a part of it!

  • Here’s a read-through of the entire book by YongYea:

    Be sure to check out 1:47 🙂

    • Full Options

      Mmmh, very nice, fair, cool tribute to MGI and your cool efforts !! ;D
      Really appreciable MGI description by Yong..
      Btw, thx again for this new close up !

  • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

    Hail MGI
    Hail our god nyxus
    Amen!

  • Lex Radu
    • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

      The world’s star man is now shining as brightly he ever could but we will still miss him.
      RIP

    • Jav

      You stop having birthdays when you die.

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        Stop being cynical

      • Full Options

        It was a nice tribute nevertheless.

      • Lex Radu

        No, Birth it’s about…Birth, even if you are dead, you were still born when you were born, that cannot be taken from you!

    • SNKtheStampede

      He’ll keep coming guys.

  • On another note, here’s our top 5 games of 2016:

    http://www.videogameshelf.com/?p=4410

    Curious about what your favorite games of last year were.

    • Mr.Pony

      Darkest Dungeon and Dishonored 2 for me. Also The Long Dark as a promising game for 2017.

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2KojiBoi

      Well, the only new releases I picked up last year were Uncharted 4, WWE 2k17 and FFXV. Not a big list 😛 but I’d rate them:

      3) WWE 2k17

      2) FFXV

      1) Uncharted 4

    • 1) Overwatch
      Nyx, please play it. Not playing that game is a mistake in your life. Period. At least try it.
      2) Uncharted 4 (Naughty Dog)
      3) Dark souls III (From software)
      4) Hitman Episodes
      5) Inside

      • Even if you’re not big into multiplayer games?

        • Yes. That is the whole point of it. There are specific classes for people who don’t enjoy competition in MP games. There are arcade modes where you can have some stupid fun with people who don’t understand anything about MP games.

          The only question you should ask yourself if you like FPS games or not. If you enjoy FPS games then it’s a no-brainer. Overwatch is the experience for everyone.

          It is Blizzard. Their motto is very simple: Easy to play hard to master

          P.S. Just pick up Mercy and heal the fuck out of your team. 😀
          https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/7a/c6/ba/7ac6ba8b4bdd40c4987587d1a5453af4.jpg

          • Sounds good, thanks for the tip!

          • I’ve played hundreds of hours on Overwatch. If you ever get it message me!

    • Gatsu

      Nice list ^_^!
      For me maybe is…
      The Witcher 3
      Last Guardian
      Final Fantasy XV
      Dark Souls 3
      Uncharted 4

      • You mean the expansion to The Witcher?

        • Gatsu

          Yes I meant Blood and Wine if it counts :). But I also completely finished TW3 main story last year. Imo BaW was so amazing and better/bigger than many other full games.

    • Alex

      You run other websites too? I didn’t know that.

      • Only that one, and it’s usually just a few posts a month.

    • PrinceHeir

      Uncharted 4
      Deus Ex MD
      Dark Souls III
      The Last Guardian
      Final Fantasy XV

      This year, I’m expecting Yakuza 0 and Kiwami to wow me for sure!!!

  • darkknight612

    too bad tarak chami is a complete dishonest scumbag who rips people off. most of the people who contributed to this project did not get what they were promised. the guy has a very shady history amongst those who know him.

    it’s a cool book featuring work from talented people. but the inclusion tarak’s photo and signature inside the book just destroys it’s value.

    • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

      Before he gets banned I want to know.more.about this guy

      • darkknight612

        he sells people mg stuff, lies about shipping it, gives it to his friends instead. basically holds or “borrows” peoples money. lies about shipping to wrong addresses, makes up sob stories about being sick and his wife leaving him to garner pity and get people to buy his stuff or contribute money. most of the people who contributed towards this book did not even get a copy. he tried to over charge them for shipping the book or make excuses like it got lost in the mail or whatever. he ripped me and my friends off as well. sold us stuff, then closed his facebook account and opened a new one under a different name. never replied to messages. the guy has no ethics whatsoever.

        • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

          What proof do you have?
          Seems legit tho
          And I’m not sarcastic

          • darkknight612

            he sold me a rare game via fb messages then stopped responding and when i called him out on the mg collectors group, he deleted his fb account and opened a new one with different last name. i have other friends who he made promises to and lied about shipping their items when he didn’t ship until months later and only half the stuff he promised to send. as far as proof of him ripping off the people who contributed towards his book, it was all on his own facebook page where people commented calling him out but he deleted his old fb account so you won’t see it now.

        • Full Options

          These are pretty severe accusations… When were you supposed to receive your copy ? Maybe if MGI received their’s these days, yours is one its way ?

          • darkknight612

            i wasn’t talking about a copy of this book. he sold me a rare game via fb messages then stopped responding and when i called him out on the mg collectors group, he deleted his fb account and opened a new one with different last name. i have other friends who he made promises to and lied about shipping their items when he didn’t ship until months later and only half the stuff he promised to send. as far as proof of him ripping off the people who contributed towards his book, it was all on his own facebook page where people commented calling him out but he deleted his old fb account so you won’t see it now.

          • Full Options

            Wow, sorry to read that. :/ Dunno the guy but all this looks sick…

          • Our experiences have been good, as you can see we received the book and so did other people on Twitter (Yong, Robert Peeler). Can’t speak for those other guys though, so yeah…

          • Full Options

            Yeah, he seems to have dispatched all you guys copies for the new year (?!)… At least the book looks cool.. Pretty nice to see all the MG fan-scene mentioned like that.

          • Yeah received the book somewhere mid December.

          • Tarak CHAMI

            Hello dear Batman, You’re a super hero right ?

            No I tell this because your name is not Bruce Wayne but “Minhaz Ahmed”. You talk about shit against me because I told you that I’ll sold you a game, after this you paid me, but I resend you back your money because I sold the game to a real friend who want it more than you !

            Oh yes there is a link of the refund here : http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/314238Sanstitre.png

            After this I sold all my collection to one guy who post one big picture and big comment on a collector group (and once again there is proff that I never screw someone with it)

            I’ll ask to this guy before everything about him but the guy’s name is Anthony he live in USA and he can post here when I’ll text him and all your shit will go back to your mouth !

            Here is the list of the 100 book that I paid and printed with my own money :

            http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/579383591.png

            And here is a picture of the details of my command to the printer :

            http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/5144835422.png

            Ho and yes for sure I asked money to people for the book.. I asked 15 to 60€ for the shipping cost of the book because I asked to EVERYBODY if they prefer a pdf or a physical copies of the book and THEY ALMOST ALL (only 2 said no) that they are TOTALLY OK to pay the shipping cost.

            I sent more than 60 books x MINIMUM 15€ it will be almost 1000€ ! Shipping for US, Asia, Australia, was between 37 and 68€ for ONE book.

            Yes I sold 5 books between 40 and 60€ because it was the only way to send the book of Low Roar, Ryuhei Kitamura or other celebrities that I didnt wanted to ask money !

            I pretended to be sick ? Ok let me call my doctor and ask about the blood analysis. I’ll send you here the result of it and you will shut your fucking mouse up once again !

            I pretended that my girlfriend left me ? Ok I’ll send you the first picture of her and the other guy when they will upload it !

            I can also post here a picture of the adress situation, the car that I gave her or maybe a picture of my dick if you want to know everything about me ?

            But PLEASE can you give me the name of the people that I screw ? Because I dont know them ! I never took one euro to someone and dont send him his package.. Please give me name like I give you proof !

            You fucking retarded.. You talk about shit ONLY because I don’t sold you a fucking video game !

            NOW PLEASE GO FUCK YOURSELF and stop talk about shit to my name, thanks !

          • Full Options

            Dear Tarak, I think you replied to the wrong person. Do you want me to copy-paste your due reply to him ?

          • Tarak CHAMI

            I tried to reply to this fucking idiot who talk shit about me and my story. Sorry to answer it with your @ it wasnt what I wanted 😉 I’m pretty sure he will read after all !

          • Full Options

            All right, no pb ! ;D You did great on this book !

          • darkknight612

            he didn’t do shit on this book. all the work is done by other people including the design of the book. he just put his photo and name in it to get all the credit. too bad he built a shady history behind him and made enemies like me to come back and haunt him lmao.

            the guy is just a complete idiot. he can’t do anything right or deal with any human being without fucking up in some sort of way and it’s so unnecessary the shit he does. all he had to do was message me to tell me that he changed his mind and i would’ve understood, but no, the idiot goes and deleted his fb and does all this unnecessary shady shit which don’t make any sense. and he has the audacity to call other people idiots haha.

          • Full Options

            Je n’avais pas calculé que tu étais Belge !! Ca roule ?? ;D
            (from Nice / FR)

          • darkknight612

            hey fuckhead, why don’t you tell us what you did after refunding me? did you message me to tell me why? did ya provide an explanation? maybe an apology? nah. you message me tellin me a sob story about how your wife is leaving you because you’re a piece of shit and no female who has her head screwed straight would ever fuck with a rat lookin bastard like you, and then without any explanation you refund me, delete your fb account, open up a new one to hide behind like the rat you are. hahaha. i’m not even even mad that you changed your mind to sell me the game as i already have two copies of it, but atleast have the fucking decency to message your buyer and let them know what’s going on instead of pullin a shady move like deleting your facebook you two faced piece of shit. and did you even read what you typed before you posted it? so you sell stuff to people and then cancel at will to please your “real” friends without informing your buyers after softening them up with sob stories? lmao what an unethical piece of shit. and as far as who else you ripped off besides those 2 people, remember the person you were supposed to ship some posters to? how you apologized to him and told him you’d send him a copy of your book and you’d ship “right away”, then he gets his package two months later and guess what? no book! would you like me to post screenshots to show all this? tarak chumpy! lmao you’re a fucking joke. and yea you’re damn right i’m batman. i’m the caped crusader who’s going to make sure there’s no place on the internet where you get credited for this book with people knowing the true story of what a two faced lyin scumbag piece of shit you are mother fucker!

            please read the other comment below or above posted by Ran_Fujimya for further proof of what a shady two faced mother fucker tarak chumpy is!

          • Tarak CHAMI

            Ok so I’d right 🙂 You are angry only for the game 🙂
            You told it.. I refund, I don’t answer, I promise things..
            But no steal, no screw, no sales 😉 thanks and Goodbye Bruce Minhaz !

          • darkknight612

            but you are a lying piece of shit tho. and yes you do screw people over. tarak chumpy!

          • darkknight612

            hey fuckhead, why don’t you tell us what you did after refunding me? did you message me to tell me why? did ya provide an explanation? maybe an apology? nah. you message me tellin me a sob story about how your wife is leaving you because you’re a piece of shit and no female who has her head screwed straight would ever fuck with a rat lookin bastard like you, and then without any explanation you refund me, delete your fb account, open up a new one to hide behind like the rat you are. hahaha. i’m not even mad that you changed your mind to sell me the game as i already have two copies of it, but atleast have the fucking decency to message your buyer and let them know what’s going on instead of pullin a shady move like deleting your facebook you two faced piece of shit. and did you even read what you typed before you posted it? so you sell stuff to people and then cancel at will to please your “real” friends without informing your buyers after softening them up with sob stories to convince them to buy in the first place? you just admitted you turn your back on buyers/people after making commitments! lmao what an unethical piece of shit. no wonder your girl left you!

            and as far as who else you ripped off besides those 2 people, remember the person you were supposed to ship some posters to? how you apologized to him for fucking him over like you did me and told him you’d send him a copy of your book and you’d ship “right away”, then he gets his package two months later and guess what? no book! would you like me to post screenshots of messages to show all this? tarak chumpy! lmao you’re a fucking joke. and yea you’re damn right i’m batman. i’m the caped crusader who’s going to make sure there’s no place on the internet where you get credited for this book without people knowing the true story of what a two faced lyin scumbag piece of shit you are, mother fucker!

            everyone else: please read the other comment below or above posted by Ran_Fujimya for further proof of what a shady two faced mother fucker tarak chumpy is!

          • I warned you. Your holy crusade is over.

            BAN. Good-bye.

          • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

            That son of a bitch
            WHAT A LOAD OF BULLSHIT

          • darkknight612

            also, red the other comment below ran_fujimiya posted. this book was never meant to be for sale, but he tried to sell it anyways. there were only supposed to be 100 copies to give to people who contributed and free pdf for everyone else, but instead of giving the book to those he owed, he tried to sell copies for profit. he probably printed more than 100 copies as well. the guy is shady and unethical. it’s sad chumps like him get to meet kojima and get autographs. and to make it worse, sites like this and youtube are tributing his “work”.

    • darkknight612

      haha i love how a mod deleted my comment proving tarak’s shadyness but didn’t delete tarak’s comment.

    • Gatsu

      We dont need to read this stuff here and where is your proof anyway. If you wanna complain, do it elsewhere.

      • darkknight612

        proof of what? you wanna read my private messages? read the other comment posted by ran_fujimya, i’m not the only one.

        • Gatsu

          Yea show me the messages.

          No offense but there’s no reason for me to believe what you or Ran say. Just words against another person. Anyway, this shit better stop here now.

  • Ran_Fujimiya

    Ah, that guy who sold some copies to people, even if he wasn’t allowed to!
    My best friend (who had nothing to do with the book) asked him for a copy and he was willing to sell her one for 50 euro. She talked him to 40 euro and got the book from him to gamescom.

    When he made a ‘who wants one’ post on twitter, i told him i would like to have a copy too but sadly don’t have the money. He texted me private and demanded from me to delete my post because he wasn’t allowed to sell those books. He then deleted his ‘who wants one’ post too.

    Sadly he deleted the Twitter chat. I would have liked to proof my words. That guy is an idiot.

    • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

      Bloody thief!
      Atleast this site isn’t endorsing him

      • darkknight612

        i told you he was shady.

  • Gatsu

    Omg that book is so amazing … So much awesomeness. Thanks for sharing all this stuff Nyx <3 !

  • Alex
  • Ok. That is enough.
    If you will continue this, you will be “banned”. If you want to discuss some of your issues about your copy, they should be discussed on twitter/facebook, whatever. Not here.

    • Eugene

      I have bought a bunch of stuff from Tarak over the last couple of years. All of it I have received. I bought pal versions of 2, 3, and 4, mgs online, the twin snakes, mgs 2 PC, the shareholders versions of 2 and 3. The book and the vinyl 7 inch for V. I paid 75 euros a piece for the shareholders copies and 100 euros for all the pal stuff. He even threw the vinyl in for free. Tarak is a good person and doesn’t deserve this treatment. He was always professional with me. I paid for my stuff and received it in about 10 days. He was always friendly and up front with me.

    • Gatsu

      Thanks Golgari :). We dont need this bs here.

  • BurntFM

    This is crazy. It’s impressive how this all came together.

  • FoxTamerMGO

    Thanks for the close ups NYXUS <3
    ——-
    off-topic: Anyone have seen PythonSelkan latest video about MGSV's ENDING?!!! daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn it changed my whole opinion about MGSV's ending being predictable and stupid. 0___0 This is PythonSelkan's most spot on theory

    Both ISHMAEL and Venom Snake are copies of the real Big Boss!

    • Gatsu

      Wow O_O… I need to watch the vid later today after work :D. Its.been a while since my last Python vid. Thanks for sharing Fox ^_^!

      • FoxTamerMGO

        <3 np gatsu

    • Yeah saw the new video because it was a bit shorter than usual (usually they are pretty long, sometimes even several hours). It was interesting until they began about Gray Fox again. 😛 Still, their videos are always well made.

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  • PrinceHeir

    Will read this later. I hope they have some interviews on both the VA acting side 🙂

    So I guess this is it for MGS huh? I really hope there’s more for the franchise future, but with the way Konami is acting, It’s a bleak future that’s for sure.

    • PrinceHeir

      Also Otsuka Akio(JPN voice of Snake) remarries!!!

      I’m so happy for him. With the passing of his father 2 years ago, I’m glad he was able to find his happiness. Was surprise he was actually married in the first place.

      http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/01/07/macho-voice-actor-akio-otsuka-remarries

      *Note

      No that is not his wife. Just a cosplayer from the TGS event. Don’t know why CR used this pic but here’s a bigger version lol.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByAUQu2CQAAQTNO.jpg

    • We’ll see. There’s Survive first and we’ll have to wait and see what happens afterwards. Also this July will be the series’ 30th anniversary.

      • PrinceHeir

        I miss the site! All the discussion leading up to TPP, What chico’s role is, all those BS theories, how long and how the game will tie to the MSX etc

        Man, time sure flies by ^^

        A collection would be nice. If they haven’t decided to make a new game, at least a collection for modern consoles and PC would be sufficient for the anniversary.

        At least FF Anniversary this year will be amazing though.

        • Gatsu

          I miss it too Prince-chan ^_^! This site always get way more busy when we see gameplay or more trailers etc, but that is going to take a while.

          It’s hard to discuss DS the same way, when we dont know much about it yet.

          Yeah time flies pretty fast :O…

  • Alex

    Is the PDF version somewhere? Also, some of the picture links repeat other pictures.

  • Venom_Sina

    Nice Book, man.

  • Ian Reay

    is this book avaliable too purchase?

    • SholidOnline

      It says “100 copies”. Only to it’s supporters.

  • Kol Leqejza

    so essentially this is a book from the fans, about the fans & for the fans? not interessted.

    • No it was for Kojima.

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