Kojima Interview: Still Striving for his Original Vision

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-Greg Livingston

“If the question is whether or not I’m happy with where [video games are], the answer is no,” Hideo Kojima said in an interview with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) this past Friday night. The interview covered a wide breadth of topics, from his favorite films to the state of the game industry to the direction Metal Gear is taking.

He went on to say, “For example, if you’re going to create a piece of art the first image is in your head. And that original image popped into my head 25 years ago. For 25 years I’ve been trying to recreate that image in the form of a game.”

Hideo Kojima also mentioned that he hopes that video games can one day be “truly immersive,” including control over smell and temperature. Kojima is known for making an effort to interact with players in new ways; you might recall his plan to make Snatcher disks smell like blood.

Kojima said that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is part of his ongoing efforts to give players more choice.

Additionally, his favorite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey.