Kojima: "Not many ideas come from the team"

Coming up with the ideas behind an AAA videogame is a team effort, right? Not at Kojima Productions; boss man Hideo Kojima thinks of almost everything. That's how good he is.

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Noctis Aftermath3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

What else can you expect? the man is a genius, he's in a league of his own, so why would he want to implement peoples ideas when most of their ideas are inferior to his own?

Sangria3218d ago

I don't think Kojima is that much arrogant, he probably accepts each others ideas as long as they are good, but the studio isn't called "Kojima Productions" for nothing, he is the head of that entity and he created K-Prod in order to be independent and realize what he wants.

Are the other people just executors or do they work differently, such as brainstormings, roundtables, etc...? I don't know. But we can assume if people keep working in K-Prod it's because they like it so they're not forced to shut up and work (cf the Rockstar controversy regarding their employees).

Pillage053218d ago

It sounds arrogant but I will just assume there was something lost in the translation, it happens a lot.

StanLee3218d ago

I think he means, "not many GOOD ideas" come from the team.

bacon133218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Well at least we know he is solely to blame for Raiden in MGS2. Thanks for letting me play as Solid Snake for 40 minutes. /s

The man is a genius and it is obvious that each Metal Gear game is his child so to speak. From what I read about the man, getting an idea implemented into one of his games is an incredibly hard task for the dev team member. I still think he is a robot that never smiles though.

Lightsaber3218d ago

The guy in just an arrogant ass that is taking credit for other peoples ideas. Funny thing is he hasnt made a good game in 15 years he living off a rep that he made 20 years ago.

Microsoft Xbox 3603218d ago

On his level, that's being humble. Kojima is the man.

Aquanox3218d ago

Wow! I didn't know his arrogant side until now.

No wonder why he's so close with Itagaki XD

doctorspakles3218d ago

Well not many ideas were any good in MGS4 so...Get a better team.

gaffyh3218d ago

Well tbh, that's his job, he is the game designer.

Sub4Dis3218d ago

yeah good...on the same scale that george lucas is "good."

...bye bubbles

Whitefox7893218d ago

Actually that's partially true about Raiden story goes a female fan of MGS 1 sent a letter to Kojima saying she didn't like playing as an old man, which is ironic with MGS 4 but either way so, Kojima kept the idea in mind when making a sequel to make a character that's new to the series and that would appeal more to women which it did. After that Raiden became more of a joke especially in MGS 3 with his similar like character Raikov. Then for MGS 4 Kojima wanted everyone to like Raiden so mission accomplished.

bacon133218d ago


Did not know that, thanks. Always appreciate some video game facts.

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mega BIG time3218d ago

i do hope that kojimas comments are sort of lost in translation and he's not really the egotistical douchebag that he's comes across as. With that being said i'm looking forward to the next title from kojima productions; i just hope ill get to play more than I get to watch this time.

hagla3217d ago

But how big is his head to be saying this? He isn't in a league of his own or there would be a massive gap between his games and other top titles. I don't like him after reading this...

commodore643217d ago

Sounds exceptionally narcissistic.
oh wait..

Surely he meant to say:
"Kojima: "Not many MOVIES come from the team"


no, still narcissistic.

evrfighter3217d ago

wow looks like even the most respected of dev's can let it get to their head lol

a fine example...

john carmac

pixelsword3217d ago (Edited 3217d ago )

...Who's footprints are these?



Best moments on my PS1, despite the fact it took me days before I got my first silent kill.

Then I remember playing Kill.Switch and thinking I could sneak past the soldiers because the person you played dressed like Snake.

ThanatosDMC3217d ago (Edited 3217d ago )

Lost in translation? Maybe someone misunderstood him? Just like the idea of humbleness, you know?

Anyway, click on the link and read how funny the comments are. You can tell which ones dont have PS3 and never played the game. "but it's too long a movie," "it's an on rails shooter," "there's no story," etc.

The on rails shooter was one of the funnier ones. Then someone brought up Uncharted 2 being overhyped but lack luster like MGS4?! One thing that annoyed me was that somebody thought DMC4 was a masterpiece. Sure it's his opinion but damn he needs to be slapped by DMC1 and DMC3.

Anyway, MGS3 still needs to be topped. Hunting for food was great.

AAACE53217d ago

Now if it was someone like Itagaki to say this, everyone would push hate at him! But Kojima says it, and everyone praises him!

I think the difference is, Itagaki looked too arrogant and confident, so it drew alot of hate. Kojima doesn't look like the type that would be arrogant or full of confidence (aka he's the typical nerd type), so people just kind of accept it!

...As long as good games keep coming, who cares!

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PirateThom3218d ago

Every Metal Gear game is Kojima's, he's the lead designer, director, writer. It's his game. I'm sure it's not that he doesn't listen to his staff (if he did, I'd say MGS4 would have had a lot of cutscene edits), it's more that they understand it's not their game, it's his.

BeaArthur3218d ago

I don't know if cut scene edits would have been such a bad idea. The cut scenes in MGS4 were way too long.

Shane Kim3218d ago

There is askip option. We die hard MGS fans like myself love them.

BeaArthur3218d ago

Well if I skipped them I would miss something. I'm not saying I wasn't interested in the story I'm just saying that it probably could have used some editing to either break up the cut scenes or make them shorter.

Eamon3218d ago

I completely agree with Shane Kim.

Although I have nothing wrong with the lengths of cutscenes I did have a problem with the fact that there isn't much gameplay. MGS3 felt like a longer game in my opinion.

Whitefox7893218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

MGS 3 did feel like a longer game but hey I got to say the cutscenes in MGS 4 are better then the 20 min codec call at the end of MGS 2 even trying to skip all that takes 5 mins.

Dark General3218d ago

I actually really missed the Codecs seeing as they added character depth and intrigue. Instead of everything being through cutscenes. Having Drebin calling in and telling you the B and B's story was cool but what about if you could chat with him about weapon's like signit? You probably could have learned some really interesting details.

sikbeta3217d ago

Ah...there we go again, teh cut scenes are too long....

Please, the Game is Amazing and the cut scenes are long cuz the Game has a Great Story, is not like the generic hero that save the world in 24hs story


pixelsword3217d ago

...I'm going through my fourth time playing it, and I haven't skipped a cutscene yet (at least on the fourth time, I can't remember what I did the second time).

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RealityCheck3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I've seen a few attempts of "design by consensus", where a product is designed by contributions from everyone and all decisions go to majority vote. In all cases it led to complete failures, mismatch products trying to please everyone and ending up disappointing all.

It takes someone with a clear unique vision to be in charge of a top level design so that all aspects contributed by the team matches and fits well with the overall design. So I think Kojima is doing the right thing.

duplissi3218d ago

well... thats pretty much how both uncharted games were made.

Redempteur3218d ago

actually if you watch the behind the scenes videos , everyone at naughty dog wanted to " make the game awesome"

so they did ..
i'm pretty sure they had a firm line to hold to while adding all the stuff they wanted to make the game awesome

BlackTar1873218d ago

Mgs2 = worst MG game ive played.


Oldsnake0073218d ago

Metal Gear Solid 3 : Subsistance > any game ever made

Eamon3218d ago

A lot of people hated MGS2 because you played as Raiden instead of Snake for majority of the game and people hated the man-in-tight-suit-that-shaped- his-crotch.

In my opinion, in terms of story, MGS2 was the best. I can't remember a game where the twists and turned shocked me so much nor a game that broke the fourth wall so much in one go.

FISSION MAILED <--- C'mon, I shat myself after seeing that.

Method3218d ago

007 has it

With nostalgia goggles off it goes MGS 3 >>>>>>> MGS 4 > MGS 2 > MGS 1

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BlackTar1873218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I can see alot of people like part 2 which is weird almost everyone i know except for the few friends that first MGS game was part 2 all say it was the worst. Mine go

although i was a huge metal gear fan on NES. anyways cool i thought the story in 2 was a little to much for the one game but to each his own.

but its all prefrence so i respect your guys opinion and raiden wasnt why i didnt like 2 i didnt like the bad guys except for vamp

dredgewalker3218d ago

MGS3 >MGS4 >MGS1 >MGS2.....i guess its different for metal gear fans but MGS3 was the best MGS experience i ever had.

Cold 20003218d ago

IMO MGS1 is under-appreciated, to me its obvious thats its the best MGS.

I cant understand how come more people dont see how completely out of this world MGS1 was. Way better than MGS2 and MGS3 thats for sure.

BlackTar1873218d ago

#4 had the most spine tingling moments when the music comes on etc when your fighting ocelot was just prob the best feeling ive had playing a game.

Whitefox7893218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

I need scissors 61!

Colonel: Raiden Turn off the game console!

Raiden: What did you say?

Colonel: You've been playing the game for awhile now haven't you? Don't you have anything better to do with your time?

Rosemary: You'll hurt your eyes playing so close to the screen.

I was actually tempted to turn off the PS2 when I heard that codec call

sikbeta3217d ago

MGS2 is almost Perfect, the only bad thing is Raiden

The PLOT of MGS2 is the Most Complex and Amazing than any other Game

ThanatosDMC3217d ago (Edited 3217d ago )

MGS3 > 4 = 1 >>>>> 2

Raiden ruined it for me. Ending too. Suddenly Snake pops out from nowhere and says something blah blah... i cant find the word for it.

MGS3 had the best boss fights except the ones in MGS4 Liquid vs Solid and also Liquid vs Solid in MGS1.

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