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Hideo Kojima’s touching farewell to Metal Gear

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Hideo Kojima Metal Gear Farewell

With Metal Gear Solid V finally out and in the hands of thousands of fans worldwide, it’s time to face the more depressing side of its release. Hideo Kojima is saying goodbye to the franchise that defined his career – making him a familiar face to gamers far and wide. It had to come sometime, but the famed designer’s last words on the subject just make it so damned hard to let go.

Although you wouldn’t say so in the first few minutes of this lengthy, final thank you to fans that he’s put together. Speaking to some of the other creative minds behind The Phantom Pain, Hideo’s last words feel a little self-indulgent. But it soon breaks, and you realise that all of these pieces, all of these elements combine into one singular thing. A game that is able to touch the lives of players in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine – just like Sean at the end of the video.

Passing a few months before he could visit his home personally, Kojima describes how a letter sent from the terminally ill fan late last year spurred him and his team on during a tough crunching period. It touched Kojima so deeply that he felt the need to personally thank Sean for the motivation, sending the Metal Gear fan gifts ahead of his late visit. Although Sean never got to meet him in person, you can see just how much it meant to his family – and how much it meant to Kojima himself.

And that to me just distills the beauty of videogames in general. They give us an out – a place to escape to if real life is sometimes a little to difficult to deal with. I get that connection on a very personal level, so seeing how Metal Gear Solid helped Sean through the toughest time a kid can possibly go through is heart-warming. A moment epitomised by Hideo Kojima acknowledging the fans that have allowed him to continue creating the games we crave so desperately to get lost in.

So no, thank you Kojima-san.

Last Updated: September 2, 2015


  1. RinceThis

    September 2, 2015 at 13:46

    Damn this is so much feels.


  2. Captain JJ Fantasticus

    September 2, 2015 at 13:46

    Has anyone here seen the Steam reviews for the new MGS? (refresh for screenshot)


  3. BurninZ

    September 2, 2015 at 13:47

    AH man, right in the feels! Awesome article Sandy!


  4. Hammersteyn

    September 2, 2015 at 13:52

    “The players are everything, without them, nothing I do would matter” If he starts a Kickstarter for a new Ferrari or a holiday in Vegas I’d donate gladly


  5. Jonah Cash

    September 2, 2015 at 13:55

    Why is water leaving my eyes…..


    • RinceThis

      September 2, 2015 at 13:56

      pollen season bro. Don’t worry, also affecting me right now.


    • Admiral Chief Returns

      September 2, 2015 at 13:58

      Onion ninjas


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 2, 2015 at 14:12

        Do they run rings around you?


        • Admiral Chief Returns

          September 2, 2015 at 14:28

          They do my bidding


    • Spathi

      September 2, 2015 at 13:59

      Watering your beard? I’m asking because that is what I’m doing!


  6. Hammersteyn

    September 2, 2015 at 13:56

    Can we preorder Kojimas next game somewhere?


  7. Francois Knoetze

    September 2, 2015 at 15:32

    The countless hours of my Metal Gear Solid play through in 1998 is some of my best memories. I have played almost every game ever made including Ghost Babel and the Metal Gear Ac!d. My favourite and most beloved series of all time. My collection is now complete with the limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5 set. now I am going to go hunting for the little bits and bobs I don’t have. Thank you Kojima for some of my best gaming memories.


  8. hairyknees

    September 2, 2015 at 16:24

    What a legend!


  9. Ryanza

    September 2, 2015 at 17:15

    Good time to remind people that cancer kills and that cannabis is proven to slow down cancer growth and in some cancers, cannabis stops cancer growth. Cannabis can also shrink the cancerous growth.
    Without any bad side-effects. Cannabis doesn’t harm at all.

    Support the legalization of cannabis. Cancer is a serious issue around the world. It’s time to get real and legalize cannabis. Cancer treatment outweighs any ill stupid shit notion that you might have about cannabis.


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