Metal Gear Solid 4 creator Hideo Kojima, who promoted the game with a rock star launch party here in the United States, has today criticized the game industry for over hyping video games and hurting sales.
The complaint arrived via a job posting at the Kojima Productions web site, were Kojima lamented that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation." (translated at Kotaku)
Meanwhile, it's interesting to note that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has yet to reach 1 million units sold in Japan. Add to that the fact that almost half the unsold copies hit the Japanese bargain bins less than a month after release, and Kojima's "rant" against gaming takes on a whole new light.