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Hideo Kojima

Birthday: 8/24/1963
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Blood Type: Aa
Personality: 3rd Generation family man
Nickname: "Ojama"
Favorite game: Zabika

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Hideo Kojima was born August 24th, 1963 in Setagaya, Toyko, later moving to Kobe and growing up there. His love of Americana gave him his major two interests of writing and creating film, which are the causes of why he is so well known today.

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(1993). 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 sequal 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 widly recognised 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), Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty(2001), and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater(2004), two of the most anticipated games in gaming history, the world looks set to see more of Hideo's dreams come to life.

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-Hideo Kojima Games List-

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Snatcher

Heavily plot oriented, in a style sometimes called digital manga, you play the part of Gillian Seed, a JUNKER. Attention to detail and character relationships are great, as well as the story line and music. It is an excellent cyber punk adventure featuring elements from Terminator and Blade Runner.

1988 Snatcher (PC-8801 mk II)
1988 Snatcher (MSX2)
1990 SD-Snatcher (MSX2)
1992 Snatcher Pilot Disk (PC-Engine 8/7/1992)
1992 Snatcher CD-ROMantic (PC-Engine 10/23/1992)
1994 Snatcher (Sega CD 12/1994)
1994 Snatcher (Mega CD/Europe 12/1994)
1996 Snatcher (Playstation 2/16/1996)
1996 Snatcher (Sega Saturn 3/29/1996)

Metal Gear

This series has excelled since the beginning and is Kojima's best know work worldwide. It focuses mainly on stealth, great game play (action) and storytelling, combined with stealth. On this series, Kojima has expressed several deep themes, specially on the Solid versions.

Metal Gear

1987 Metal Gear (MSX/JP)
1987 Metal Gear (MSX/Europe)
1988 Metal Gear (NES)

Metal Gear 2

1990 Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (MSX/JP)

Metal Gear Solid

1998 Metal Gear Solid Demo (Playstation)
1998 Metal Gear Solid Premium Package (Playstation/JP 9/3/1998)
1998 Metal Gear Solid (Playstation 10/21/1998)
1999 Metal Gear Solid Limited Edition Premium Package (Playstation/EU 1999)
1999 Metal Gear Solid Integral (Playstation/JP 6/24/1999)
1999 Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (Playstation 10/13/1999)
2000 Metal Gear Solid Integral (PC 9/22/2000)
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel
2000 Metal Gear Solid (Originaly Ghost Babel) (GameBoy Color 5/3/2000)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty/Substance
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty demo (PS2 3/28/2001)
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2 11/14/2001)
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Premium Package (PS2/JP 11/29/2001)
2002 The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2 9/24/2002)
2002 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2/JP 12/19/2002)
2002 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Ultimate Sorter (White Version)
2002 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Xbox 11/05/2002)
2003 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2 05/03/2003)
2003 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PC 03/28/2003)
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
2004 Metal Gear Solid: the Twin Snakes Producer (NGC 03/11/2004)
2004 Metal Gear Solid: the Twin Snakes Premium Package Producer (NGC/JP 03/11/2004)

Policenauts

This game was created after Snatcher. It is graphically beautiful, and has great music too. The main characters are based on those of Lethal Weapon, and it is set on the future. Meryl made her first appearance on this game, and it was also the first time Shinkawa and Tappy collaborated with Kojima. Unfortunately, all the versions are only in Japanese.

1994 Policenauts (PC-9821)
1995 Policenauts Pilot Disk (3DO 04/21/1995)
1995 Policenauts (3DO 09/29/1995)
1996 Policenauts (Playstation 01/19/1996)
1996 Policenauts Private Collection (PSX 02/09/1996)
1996 Policenauts Limited Edition (Sega Saturn 09/13/1996)
2003 Policenauts (PSOne Books Edition) (Playstation 08/07/2003)

Z.O.E.

Zone of the Enders is an excellent mecha title. Kojima was just the producer, but the mecha design is by Yoji Shinkawa. The action, music, detail and graphics are the best of its kind, thanks to Directors Norikai Okamura and Shuyo Murata. But the main feature of this game is its control, simply the best.

2001 Zone Of The Enders Premium Package (Contains IDOLO), Producer (PS2/JP 03/01/2001)
2001 Zone Of The Enders Producer (PS2 03/28/2001)
2003 Anubis: Zone of the Enders Demo Disc (PS2/JP)
2003 Anubis: Zone of the Enders Premium Box LE, Producer (PS2/JP 02/13/2003)
2003 Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner, Producer (PS2 03/11/2003)
2004 Anubis Special Edition (PS2/JP 14/01/2004)

Boktai (The Sun is in your hand/Bokura no Taiyo)

An innovative concept in portable games, that takes advantage of the said portability by incorporating a solar cell that maps the amount of natural light available to the player to the quantity available in game. You play the role of a Vampire Hunter that uses a Sun Gun and other weapons. Highly recommended if you are looking for a fresh game that makes you go outdoors.

2003 Boktai (Bokura no Taiyo) with Coffin (GBA/JP 18/07/2003)
2003 Boktai (GBA 16/09/2003)

Tokimemo Drama Series

This couple of games belong to the dating sim genre. You play the part of a guy in a school, where you meet girls and have to date them.

1997 Nijiiro no Seisyun (The Rainbow Youth) Producer, planner and drama director (Playstation 7/10/1997 "Best" version 11/25/1999)
1998 Irodori no Lovesong (The Colorful Love Song) Producer and planner (Playstation 3/26/1998)

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Information borrowed from Junker HQ

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Special Thanks to flower_flavor for the introductory profile information.

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