The common refrain is that Hideo Kojima needs an editor. The famed designer, creator of the action-adventure stealth series Metal Gear, is renowned for his keen instincts as a game developer, and his tone-deaf approach to story. His games play like Michael Bay directing a Charlie Kaufman script: one is never sure what’s a knowing wink to the camera and what’s unironic bombast (Exhibit A: his next game will be called Revengeance, a title that would feel at home in a Blockbuster “3 DVDs for $5” bin)
With the re-release of his seminal Metal Gear Solid 2, perhaps you might want to give a look at the original design document for the game. The document itself is a mission statement to guide the project, even naming features which never made it into the full project like guards with a sense of smell.
While a lot of it is marketing talk — there’s an entire uncomfortable section labled “Aquiring female players (only a sub-target)” — there’s a wonderfully weird section about the themes the game is trying to embody. These include “the digitalization of everyday life”, “can one tell the truth even while inside a virtual reality?” (which somehow relates to the blurring of fact and fiction, and the movie L.A. Confidential), and, my personal favourite, “ironies aimed at the digital society and gaming culture.”
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- Filipe Salgado