Hideo Kojima nearly got sued for ripping off Escape from New York

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Except he didn’t because he actually didn’t really rip off anything. If you’ve watched Escape from New York recently (or just fondly remember it), it’s hard not to look at Metal Gear Solid’s Snake/Big Boss and not see the on-the-nose resemblance. The eye patch with the long flowing mullet, all brought together by a gruff voice that just oozes badass. And the fact that Escape from new York’s lead is also called…well…Snake.

It’s no secret that Kojima designed his own lead with strong references to Snake Plissken. He loves the film so much that an alias Solid Snake went by in Metal gear Solid II was actually and even more blatant reference, with the character going by the name “Iroquois Plissken” for most of the game. At a time the IP owners of Escape from New York, CanalPlus, actually wanted to take the game designer to court over it. Until John Carpenter himself told them not to.

“[CanalPlus] wanted to also go after the video game Metal Gear Solid, which is kind of a rip-off of Escape From New York, too, but I told them not to do that. I know the director of those games, and he’s a nice guy, or at least he’s nice to me.”

Carpenter’s admiration for Kojima aside (although it is quite hilarious to think that’s why he wasn’t sued), Metal Gear Solid really doesn’t bear much else in common with the film. It isn’t about an agent sent into a massive prison to rescue the President’s daughter (although Resident Evil 4 almost fits that mold). Aside from the neat throwback in Snake himself, there’s nothing else that the two have in common, which would’ve probably made the case weak to begin with.

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Hideo Kojima previously explained why he chose Snake as a name, but it’s confusing and weird and not at all as endearing as just admitting it was a throwback to a piece of film he really liked. Although now I can’t really see anyone else but Snake Plissken taking down Metal Gears.

Last Updated: October 28, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja
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  • oVg

    and that is why every gamer over 35 LOVE Hideo Kojimas 80s vibe. His first game was released in 1987. 28 years ago, he was 25.

    P.S. Those 1980 tunes on the walkman in MGSV MAKE IT GOTY!!!! alone.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I thought it was all just a case of Missnaken identity?

    • oVg

      Also explains why Plisskin was shit at shooting and Big Boss is not. You need your left eye to aim with rifles.

    • Oh dear…

      • oVg

        He is just warming up.

  • oVg

    BRING BACK THE 80S Also, the outcry over Quiets attire just proves how long ago the 80s were 🙁

    • oVg

      It was normal. KIDS

      • Hammersteyn

        Kung Fury XD

        • oVg

          ACTION!!!

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        KUNG FURY IS LIFE

    • (Umar) Must be Cipher

      I never understood that scene. That’s from the trailer, we clearly see venom riding the bike…yet, in The The Man Who Sold the World mission…It’s BB that drives away on the bike.

      • oVg

        They could not give away the twist. I believed I was playing as a clone, I never expected the twist.

        • (Umar) Must be Cipher

          Fair enough. Would’ve been a massive giveaway.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Again with Quiet’s outfit. You know it’s fucking bullshit. Times CHANGE. Did you know women can vote? ;P

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        I actually saw my wife outside the house when I got home yesterday, granted, she was taking out the trash, but still, crazy.

        • Hammersteyn

          Discipline is required.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Sal maar weer die snotsambok moet uithaal

          • Hammersteyn

            hahahaha sies

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            As dit nie vir sies was nie, het ek ‘n boring lewe gehad
            xD

        • oVg

          I wonder what she is hiding? 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Well, since we had bacon for dinner (I know, awesome right?), my guess it is the parts of the pig we don’t eat

          • oVg

            WINNER!!! If I was never allowed to eat bacon I would blow myself up.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            HAHA, oh you

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Sounds like an experiment waiting to be attempted.

          • oVg

            OK, That and If I was not allowed to inebriate the cerebral cortex.

      • oVg

        Not when the franchise is based on RETRO aesthetics. That is why I love MGSV even more after playing the sequel (the first game from 1987) that came free with Snake Eater. The mechanics of the gameplay has never changed over the last 28 years. Its just got lovely graphics.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          No. Not buying your BS today. 😛

          • oVg

            You feminazi, get back on your white stallion.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            BUTT STALLION!

          • oVg

            UNIHORN

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            He-Man sitting at the back like a little bitch. Retro! 80’s FTW!

          • oVg

            lol, well its was during a time when people just had no idea what a homosexual was. George Micheal had no idea 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Everyone knew. You’re forgetting Elton John.

          • You are anti-mannanist!

          • oVg

            Win. Borderlands 2 was also very retro. It will never age.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            That’s racist

          • oVg

            LOL I never thought of that 😛 I suppose being an 80s kid allows me not to give a shit 😛

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I have an unhealthy obsession with 80s movies.
            I’ve rewatched more 80s movies this year than new releases.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Send me the list on Skype, I need to watch some more!

          • oVg

            So, not the new Robocop then?

            RUNS

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • oVg

            White knight rider?… no?

            I need more coffee

          • HAHAHAHA!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Reply “NO” to opt out.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I didn’t opt in. ;P

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    They wish.
    Nothing can touch Snake Pielskin.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Sies

    • oVg

      He was so fucking bad ass in the film Soldier. It was also the first film that I watched where I child gets shot in the head. The 80s gave no fucks.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Soldier was released in 1998. I have the DVD. STFU about 80’s retro kak now. 😛

        • oVg

          I knew you were still reading 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Where else am I going to get this entertainment? 😉

          • oVg

            From the EFF leader Julius Caesar.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Bwahahaha Julius

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        I watched Tango and Cash the other weekend again. Also a great movie.

  • Yeha, the film is actiually entertaining *RUNS

    • oVg

      Big trouble in little china for Saturday. Make it so, Number 1.

  • WitWolfy

    Kojima should get sued for the trailer that is MGS 2, and lying right to our faces about MGS V… Just my 5c

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