Hideo Kojima announced during this May's Konami E3 press conference that this year, 2006, marks his twentieth anniversary in the games industry. Since his start at Konami in 1986, Kojima has produced and directed some of the games industry's most influential titles. His first game, Metal Gear, is considered the first stealth-action videogame and birthed a genre that's since spawned many of the industry's most popular titles and impacted other genres with stealth influences. Kojima's later titles, both in the Metal Gear series and out, have also established benchmarks of production excellence, merging videogame fantasy with Hollywood-quality presentation, an achievement many games have imitated though few (if any) have matched.
In his twenty years of gaming, Hideo Kojima has established a rather inspirational legacy. Both in his games and in personal interviews, Kojima has waxed philosophical and set in place influences that will likely last past his lifetime. These influences and inspirations, and the games that ignite them, are this philosopher's legacy.