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Hideo Kojima has had his ups and downs recently: he announced one of the most anticipated horror games, then it got scrapped by the powers that be. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won best Action/Adventure Game at the Game Awards, but Kojima was not allowed to attend. The latter came after he ended his working relationship with Konami, leaving him to recreate his development firm away from their reach. Even after all of this, the creative genius behind the Metal Gear Solid series will be honored at this year’s D.I.C.E. Awards as he is made a member of the coveted Hall of Fame.
This is not Kojima’s first rodeo when it comes to winning awards. Not only have his games won time and time again due to his blood, sweat, and tears being poured out in development, but he has won a few for just being himself. In 2002, he was named one of Newsweek’s Top Ten People, in 2008 he received MTV’s first Lifetime Achievement Award for a game designer and he was ranked number 7 on Next-Gen’s “Hot 100 Developers 2008” list. The awards just kept coming in 2009 as he was named number 6 on IGN’s top game creators of all time list, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Conference.
On top of these other accolades, Kojima will be the next honoree to receive this prestigious award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS). With the induction he joins the ranks of gaming industry legends such as Gabe Newell, Sid Meier, Shigeru Miyamoto, and many more.
There are few active creative minds that deserve to join the Hall of Fame. Kojima is likely close to the top if not the top contender on that list. Clearly the AIAS agrees seeing as they are giving him this opportunity to be inducted.
Kojima has been working his magic for years in his firm working alongside Konami in the past. And it already looks as though he will continue his amazing work with the not so recent announcement that he has already partnered up with Sony for a PlayStation exclusive title to be named later.
The announcement came from the AIAS:
“The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences is thrilled to induct Hideo Kojima, world-renowned game creator and auteur, as the 21st member to its Hall of Fame. Kojima is recognized for the best-selling Metal Gear series, widely considered the father of the stealth game genre, and credited with innovating story-telling and cinematic presentation in video games at large.“
He will receive the award during the 19th Annual DICE Awards Ceremony on February 18 in Las Vegas. The presenter for this will be none other than the director of the now eliminated Silent Hills project: Guillermo del Toro.
It’s great to see such a great mind be honored in this way, especially following the rough year that Kojima endured in 2015. The icing on the cake is the opportunity for del Toro to present the award. The two worked closely on the highly anticipated Silent Hills game which was preview-able through the P.T. that was previously on the PlayStation Store.
The project was more than just another horror game; to quote Kojima himself: “Originally, we were thinking of making a game that would make you pee your pants,” he later stated that instead, “we are aiming for a game that will make you shit your pants.” This would not be surprising at all if it did in fact make that goal, it was created by one of the best video game creators and directed by an amazing writer. Hopefully the two can work together again in the future to make good on that promise.
Hopefully the lawyers with Konami do not try to get in Kojima’s way again. Once was bad enough but with the weight of this win, it would hurt too much not to be able to receive it himself and be with his peers.
A hearty congratulations goes out to Mr. Kojima as he will be presented with such an amazing honor.