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Hideo Kojima: 'I am grateful to Konami'

Birdseye

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Oct 27, 2017
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“It was three years and nine months ago that I struck out on my own,” Kojima told Famitsu. “At that time, I was 53 years old. That’s an age in which you’d retire, right? My family members were also against the idea [of me setting up a new studio]. I was a 53-year-old middle-aged guy, I didn’t have any money or much of anything else, and it was just me saying I was going to make this open-world game.”

According to Kojima, there were doubters that anyone thought the game would be good. “The reason for that is that there hasn’t been a single world-famous game designer who has had success after striking out on their own.”

“Even when I went to the bank, I couldn’t borrow money,” he continued. “They said, ‘We know you’re renowned, but you don’t have any actual results.’ This is the kind of country Japan is.”

“But then, there was a banker at the biggest bank [in Japan] who was a huge fan of mine, and I got the financing.”

To give confidence to the families of the staff he was hiring, Kojima wanted to set up the studio in a nice building. That way, he said, it would look like the company was going to be successful, and husbands and wives of his employees would be less inclined to worry. But usually, whenever he’d find a good building, he’d eventually be asked, “What is Kojima Productions?”

In Japan, Kojima isn’t as famous as someone like Hayao Miyazaki, so it seems like many landlords were unfamiliar with the studio’s previous iteration and his work. But out of those desirable locations, he once again lucked out in finding a fan and was able to move into the studio’s current location.

“The reason why I’m who I am now is because of the thirty years I had at Konami,” Kojima told Famitsu. “I am grateful to Konami, and I cannot deny that connection.”

Thank Konami if old
 

AegonSnake

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Oct 25, 2017
5,752
Why is he going aroung looking for financing if he signed the deal with Sony? What did sony do exactly lol
 

Ubik

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Nov 13, 2018
622
Canada
At quick glance I thought the thread title was: Hideo Kojima: "I am grateful to Kojima"

I was like, yeah, that's about right.
 

Seb

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Oct 25, 2017
226
Toulouse
I'm a big fan, but I swear everytime he speaks it feels self indulgent and arrogant as fuck. Is it lost in translation again? You can not be humble in Japanese?
 

daxy

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Oct 25, 2017
8,059
I'm a big fan, but I swear everytime he speaks it feels self indulgent and arrogant as fuck. Is it lost in translation again? You can not be humble in Japanese?
My reading from this interview left me thinking that he's relatively humble about his status, despite being relatively well-known in the sphere of videogames.
 

Cactuar

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Nov 30, 2018
2,438
According to Kojima, there were doubters that anyone thought the game would be good.
And I wasn't one of them, Lord Kojima. I knew. I knew.

I'm a big fan, but I swear everytime he speaks it feels self indulgent and arrogant as fuck. Is it lost in translation again? You can not be humble in Japanese?
Sounds to me like the problem is within yourself, not Kojima.
 
Oct 27, 2017
5,163
Why is he going aroung looking for financing if he signed the deal with Sony? What did sony do exactly lol
I'm wondering the same thing. Of the quotes mentioned in the OP, I don't see Sony's name. If he found financing from a Japanese bank and was given an office by another fan, what is Sony's involvement?

Never mind, someone mentioned above.
 

Kilgore

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Feb 5, 2018
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"That’s an age in which you’d retire, right?"

Retirement age in Spain is 68, and I won't be able to retire till 70 (or later) lmao.
 

Stygr

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Oct 26, 2017
6,941
Well, they funded Kojima games for over 30 years, of course he is grateful lol
 

Hydrus

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Oct 27, 2017
4,029
Kojima : “I am grateful to Konami."
Era: " God he's arrogant as fuck!!"

I still dont' get the hate this man gets on here.
 

Seb

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Oct 25, 2017
226
Toulouse
My reading from this interview left me thinking that he's relatively humble about his status, despite being relatively well-known in the sphere of videogames.
I can sort of see this angle, but I also see an awful lot of "I did this alone and nobody helped". As someone said, maybe I'm reading this from my cultural background of course. Maybe I'm misreading.
I also have a hard time believing he had no money and no support. The day he was out of Konami, Andrew House rushed to post this famous youtube video that was obviously a blank check.
 

K Samedi

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Oct 27, 2017
2,428
Sony is publishing this right? Its nice that Kojima stayed independent but the risks that come with it are enormous. The guy must have worked his ass off to get this game up and running with a personal bank loan. I hope for the best but I think the game will sell plenty of copies.
 

Boke18

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Oct 25, 2017
7,646
Someone please tell me what's self indulgent and arrogant about this story? Please.
 
May 17, 2018
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“Even when I went to the bank, I couldn’t borrow money,” he continued. “They said, ‘We know you’re renowned, but you don’t have any actual results.’ This is the kind of country Japan is.
Imagine being Hideo Kojima and not having any money. What the hell is up with Japan?
 

Mass_Pincup

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
3,980
I'm a big fan, but I swear everytime he speaks it feels self indulgent and arrogant as fuck. Is it lost in translation again? You can not be humble in Japanese?
He's saying that he's basically a nobody in Japan contrary to popular belief, that he wouldn't be who he was today without Konami but somehow he's arrogant?
 

Dust

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Oct 25, 2017
7,405
Do we know how expensive Death Stranding is with all those actors? I wonder who will entertain his endevours after Sony.
 

LiK

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Oct 25, 2017
20,679
Imagine being Hideo Kojima and not having any money. What the hell is up with Japan?
Even most of the long time Nintendo legends earn a regular salary from what I remember reading a few years. They really don't get paid much making video games in Japan. The money goes to the companies and execs.
 

Betty

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm a big fan, but I swear everytime he speaks it feels self indulgent and arrogant as fuck. Is it lost in translation again? You can not be humble in Japanese?
Did you forget to add the /s?

Konami treated him and his team like shit, they don't deserve his gratitude but he's humble enough to admit how much he owes to them anyway.
 

Loudninja

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Oct 27, 2017
10,813
Do some of you think game devs are rich or something? I mean what the hell.

Starting a game company and hiring staff you think that costs a little?