There are only a few people in the video game industry that are automatically attached to a single gaming franchise or company, like Gabe Newell is to Valve and Shigeru Miyamoto is to Nintendo. Hideo Kojima is also one of them, forever attached to the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Newell and Miyamoto, different their business methods may be, share one thing in common: both are inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. And now, Kojima is also set to join their exclusive ranks.
It was announced by AIAS president Martin Rae, citing Kojima’s big hand in creating how a game’s story should be told, which is exemplified in almost all of his Metal Gear Solid games. Kojima is set to personally receive the award on February 18 at the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas.
Hall of Fame inductees in whatever industry are generally presented the award or recognition through another person, sort of like introducing the person on stage. And Kojima will be presented the award not by a family member, not by Solid Snake, and certainly not by a Konami executive, but by acclaimed Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro himself. Kojima and del Toro were previously acquainted when both were working on Silent Hills, which was eventually scraped.
There are currently 20 people in the prestigious Hall of Fame, which includes Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and Blizzard Entertainment co-founder Michael Morhaime, making Hideo Kojima just the 21st member.
Kojima previously worked at gaming giant Konami for two decades, primarily on the Metal Gear Solid franchise, before leaving just last month due to a rumored falling out with Konami executives.
Hideo Kojima defined a genre
The Metal Gear Solid is best known for its lengthy cut-scenes as a form of advancing the story, accompanied by top-notch voice acting. Although the form has its own share of detractors, especially since said cut-scenes cannot be skipped, it is generally well-received.
With mostly the attention going to the narrative, people sometimes forget that Hideo Kojima also brought in a new way to approaching shooter games, which is to focus on avoiding the enemies as much as possible instead of engaging them like in popular shooter games today.
With his vast contributions to the gaming industry, Kojima is always a shoo-in to any gaming Hall of Fame.