Hideo Kojima on the pros and cons of being 'the Metal Gear guy'

"This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear guy,'" Hideo Kojima laments.

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"This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear guy,'" Hideo Kojima laments. The success of his Metal Gear series has propelled him into the spotlight as one of gaming's leading luminaries. However, Kojima's other franchises--Boktai and Zone of the Enders, for example--have failed to replicate that success.

"There's a lot more I can do."

Of course, there's benefits to working on such an iconic franchise. "The Fox Engine, for example, took a lot of time and money [to create]; we were only able to develop it because it was intended for the next Metal Gear," Kojima told EGM. And if Kojima gets his way, perhaps the visually impressive new engine could power non-Metal Gear games in the future.

The Metal Gear games also give Kojima a safe place to experiment with new gameplay ideas. Ground Zeroes, for example, represents a radical shift in Metal Gear's design. "In the next game, I'm introducing concepts intended for entirely new intellectual properties using the Metal Gear brand," he teased.

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    November 30, 2012 12:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Hideo Kojima on the pros and cons of being 'the Metal Gear guy'.

    "This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear guy,'" Hideo Kojima laments.

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      November 30, 2012 12:35 PM

      I suppose its better than being known as the guy with the Huge dick. I mean, this thing gets heavy.

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      November 30, 2012 1:26 PM

      I totally believe there's more he can do, but he keeps sticking to goddamn Metal Gear.

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        November 30, 2012 9:26 PM

        Something to do with death threats after stating he intended to no longer work on Metal Gear games after MGS4.

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          December 1, 2012 2:54 PM

          Yea having huge success can be a huge pain in the ass.... But yes Konami should allow him to experiment with different ideas.