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Hideo Kojima  

Japanese Video Game Designer, Screenwriter, Director, and Producer; Kojima Productions

Hideo Kojima is a Japanese video game designer, screenwriter, director, and producer. He is the director of Kojima Productions, which he originally founded in 2005, and a former vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment. He is often regarded as an "auteur" video game director.

He is the creator, director and writer of a number of widely praised video games, including the Metal Gear series of stealth games, and the adventure games Snatcher and Policenauts, and he also directed or produced games in other series, including Zone of the Enders, Boktai, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

During the mid 1980's, his interests pushed him to pursue looking for a career in film making, but a chance discovery of Nintendo's Entertainment System gave him an interest in videogames. Searching for a job at one of the many games companies in Japan, he ended up being hired by Konami Entertainment and shunted to work on the MSX home computer department. While this may have been a blow for the willing game planner, he took the opportunity to create a handful of games for the MSX such as Metal Gear (1987) and Snatcher (1988). During the early 1990's Kojima worked on various games which have become instant classics such as various other versions of Snatcher, and Policenauts for the PC, 3D0, Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, along with some various other work with two Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series games in 1997 and 1998. However he had some plans for another sequel to Metal Gear which he had been quietly working away on with a few others since working on Policenauts. First shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Metal Gear Solid (1998) looked to being a major hit with many people. With each subsequent showing of the game due for release on PlayStation during 1998 caused more interest. To date Metal Gear Solid has sold over 5.5 Million copies and Kojima is widely recognized as a videogaming god, more so than the few who ever saw his previous work. Kojima himself is a very humble man, never letting his work effect his public attitude. He works long hours to strive for his goals, and always takes the time to talk to the press, sign autographs, or stay for an entire gaming show. He is always interested in the views his fans have of his work, and believes in anyone being able to create their dreams. With Zone of the Enders (2001) and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001), one of the most anticipated games ever, the world looks set to see more of Hideo's dreams come to life.

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