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Hideo Kojima Fears For The Future Of Gaming

Felix Kemp
First person shooter, FPS games, Hideo Kojima, Konami, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Hideo Kojima Fears For The Future Of Gaming

"Gamers Are Happy With What They Have"

Hideo Kojima, the legendary Konami director behind the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Snatcher, is worried about the future of the videogame industry, in particular our obsession with first-person shooters and Japan's waning influence. Speaking to The Official Playstation Magazine, Kojima revealed that, with "only ten really big games that can get gamers' attention", the rest of the market is at threat, especially Japan, which he fears cannot "compete on that level".

"It's much more competitive now," Kojima explained. "If you look at triple-A titles on a worldwide scale there's maybe only ten really big games that can get gamers' attention, and I'm not sure how Japan can compete on that level." Kojima recently rescued Metal Gear Solid spin-off, Rising - now Revengeance - from termination, shifting it from in-house at Konami to former Capcom devs, Platinum Games.

According to Kojima, the issue stems from "consume demand". We're all "happy with what we have", apparently, and with first-person shooters "selling like crazy", the demand for much else is low. Kojima's disappointment with this is obvious; and who can blame him? He has a history of driving forward the medium, so to see it at such a creative standstill must be depressing.

People are satisfied with making minor upgrades and tweaking things here and there - as long as that's the landscape, it will keep on happening. I don't see a problem necessarily, but at the same time it is nice to see new things come

Kojima suggests that, with big-budget risks a rarity nowadays, developers should look to releasing their ambitious titles online first. Testing the waters, so to speak, to prepare their audience and convince publishers to invest. "Making something that's completely new - where the gameplay, the characters, the world, everything is completely from scratch - that's very hard to realise in this day and age," he admitted. [OPM]

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BadMutha5  Jan. 4, 2012 at 21:08

I don't think all gamers are that bother about first person shooters, especially when there are games like Gears, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted and Batman coming onto the scene. I for one am well bored of the fps genre. I'm probably the only one, but fair play. I just think there are far better games campaigns to be getting into.

I love the metal gear series, but I think it's time to move onto something fresh for Kojima. Look forward to Mass Effect 3... And a whole host of new and innovative titles. I'll fear if another Kane and Lynch turns up on the scene!


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