Hideo Kojima Cleans Out Closet, Finds Metal Gear Treasures

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Hideo Kojima Cleans Out Closet, Finds Metal Gear Treasures

The Metal Gear series might be all about the cutscenes and complicated plots these days, but it started out as pencil sketches on graph paper.


Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima turned his Twitter feed into a time machine yesterday. While doing a spot of tidying up in his office, he happened upon the design documents from his earliest games, and posted photos for all to see.

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Among the artifacts he uncovered are the very first proposals for the original Metal Gear - before the series had acquired its "Solid" suffix - from 1986, when it had the subtitle, or possible the alternative title, of "Intruder." The document is marked as "Rejected," but who exactly rejected it isn't clear. There's also annotated, hand drawn maps from both Metal Gear 1 and 2, dialogue scripts, and the design documents for the Metal Gear logo. It's not just Metal Gear stuff he's uncovered though, as there are also notes and sketches from 1988's Snatcher, as well as a few magazines with pretty girls on the cover, which presumably are reference material for later games.

It's fascinating to see how games used to be designed, nearly a quarter of a century ago, especially when it's something as well-known as the Metal Gear series. It makes me wish I could read Japanese, so I could discover what all the little notes and comments say.

Source: Twitter [http://twitter.com/#!/Kojima_Hideo] via Andriasang [http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/01/20/kojima_shelf/]






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Scrythe

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I see it's now an unwritten rule that the duck image has to be posted every single time Hideo Kojima is mentioned.

Interesting find. I loved (and own) the first Metal Gear, both the NES cart and an emulated MSX version of it and Metal Gear 2. It's cool to see some tidbits on the early baby steps of what would amount to an overall amazing series.
 

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valhala89 said:
Are those his porn magazines? If they are... I Approve!
They might very well be his. Different cultures have different views on all kinds of things. The Japanese have a bit more understanding of things like that than Americans, at least as a whole.
 

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lol not quite sure thats necessarily required for him to share his old magazines XD or his ubiquitous sitting on a duck picture

Hideo you looney son of a gun you! XD
 

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This stuff seems pretty interesting, but at first glance I thought the headline said 'comes out of the closet'.
 

Mutant_Fox

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Awesomesauce! That's what this is :D
Would be even better awesomesauce if I could understand it xD
Metal Gear Solid is my favorite franchise ever and I love how it occasionally incorporates humor into what you'd expect to be a 100% dead serious game. Hideo Kojima is a genius in my opinion :3
 
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I think I remember talking about this in the 'making of' for MGS2.

Hmm, I remember something so insignificant from 10 years ago, yet I don't remember half of what I studied at university. Interesting.
 

Jumplion

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Kojima has his own figurine of him sitting on a duck that was lying in his desk for 30 years?

That lucky bastard.

OT: That's really cool, I hope they preserve it or something, it's a piece of gaming history after all.
 

BabyRaptor

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He should put that shit on Ebay. Ain't no telling how mush a die-hard fan would pay for it.
 

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BabyRaptor said:
He should put that shit on Ebay. Ain't no telling how mush a die-hard fan would pay for it.
Its a one of a kind item and i'm betting it would sell in the thousands knowing a lot of the fans, heck i would if i had that much money its like the only rare unique piece of gaming merchandise from the creator itself.
 

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*Scrolls along the photos to see two pictures of women, including one babe in a bikini, at the very end*

Damn! They were gonna have a hot bikini chick in the original 8-bit Metal Gear. I guess they cut that out at the last minute.
 

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Shadow-Phoenix said:
BabyRaptor said:
He should put that shit on Ebay. Ain't no telling how mush a die-hard fan would pay for it.
Its a one of a kind item and i'm betting it would sell in the thousands knowing a lot of the fans, heck i would if i had that much money its like the only rare unique piece of gaming merchandise from the creator itself.
Technically he wouldn't be the owner of the material, but Konami, right?

Also, I don't think Hideo is short of any money. I could be wrong.
 

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Terramax said:
Shadow-Phoenix said:
BabyRaptor said:
He should put that shit on Ebay. Ain't no telling how mush a die-hard fan would pay for it.
Its a one of a kind item and i'm betting it would sell in the thousands knowing a lot of the fans, heck i would if i had that much money its like the only rare unique piece of gaming merchandise from the creator itself.
Technically he wouldn't be the owner of the material, but Konami, right?

Also, I don't think Hideo is short of any money. I could be wrong.
True but my god would it fetch money for either one's pocket.
 

Shirokurou

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//as well as a few magazines with pretty girls on the cover, which presumably are reference material for later games.

That's our Kojima alright.
 

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Scrythe said:
I see it's now an unwritten rule that the duck image has to be posted every single time Hideo Kojima is mentioned.

Interesting find. I loved (and own) the first Metal Gear, both the NES cart and an emulated MSX version of it and Metal Gear 2. It's cool to see some tidbits on the early baby steps of what would amount to an overall amazing series.
Who says it's unwritten? We have our own internal guidelines, you know ;)

Good ol' Kojima. I always love seeing early-development stuff like this for classic games.