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Chris Leigh
31 May, 2005

Kojima discusses doubts over PS3

PS3 News | Metal Gear Solid creator on why consoles are like dinners.
Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, has spoken out in an online interview on the next generation consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Speaking to Boomtown.net, Kojima-san seemed particularly keen to talk about how diverse each of the three consoles are.

And despite his involvement in Metal Gear Solid 4, a game destined exclusively for the PlayStation 3, he had some cautionary words for Sony, warning that they may be expecting too much from those developing PS3 software. 'For PS3, Sony is aiming for a very high level,' argues Kojima. 'I’m not sure if everyone can live up to that high standard that Sony is expecting. So if everyone is expected to meet that high level, I am not sure that every creator, every publisher will be able to meet these high expectations.'

Xbox 360 is 'a little bit more down to earth, more realistic.' This, argues Kojima, means that 'people maybe can join easily to start creating on the 360.' Meanwhile, Nintendo's Revolution seems to have impressed him. 'There are still a lot of secrets [to come from Revolution] and I don’t know everything but from what I heard like you could connect your portables or you could play old games, I get the impression that the developers could create games on less budget or create titles that are not super high expensive in cost.'

Musing on this somewhat further, Kojima then embarked on a rather bizarre analogy about how consoles are a bit like dinners.

'Xbox 360 will still be a special dinner so you might go there two or three times a month on the weekend or something. Revolution is the kind of great dinner that you have everyday at your home. What I want to emphasize is that all three are dinners meaning that they have a salad, they have a soup and maybe have a dessert but they are a little differently, maybe other dinners have two salads or two appetizers or maybe extra coffee on top of that. The point is that they are all individualistic dinners. So if they are all dinners, like a steak dinner, the choice is up to the users and the game designers at the same time.'

Enjoying this train of thought and clearly not afraid of stretching his analogy to breaking point, Kojima continues, 'If the game creators and the users want to have a great steak for their anniversary, they go maybe to PS3. But if they want great dinner, great steak with their family, a little bit more casual during the weekends, they might select Xbox 360. Or why not have a great steak at your house everyday, they might choose Revolution. So my impression of the battle between the consoles is, it’s not about what kind of dinner it is. It’s more about how much the dinner will be. Will it be worth the cost of being served? Or where can I have this dinner - number of restaurants, is it near my house or do I have to take a cab or train or bus? I think the battle amongst the next-gen platforms lies in that area.'

Well, that's sorted that out then. Read the full interview here - PALGN is off to get something to eat.

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6 Comments
8 years ago
Classic icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
8 years ago
Scary thing is, I think I understand what he means icon_razz.gif
8 years ago
Kojima-san is crazy icon_lol.gif
I do get his point, though I'm not sure whether to take it as a good thing or a bad thing. Nintendo doesn't want all the very biggest-budgeted software to go running away to platforms like PS3, they want a share too. However, it's a good thing that Kojima-san sees the Revolution as more approachable and developer-friendly than the PS3. icon_smile.gif

(Excellently written article, by the way. icon_biggrin.gif)
8 years ago
So PS3 is only for people rich eneough to eat out all the time?
8 years ago
I get what he's saying, and I like the way he says it.
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At this stage, from what we know, I think I'd be leaning towards agreeing with this train of thought on the topic, but that's just me.
8 years ago
it's an odd analogy, can be taken a couple of ways...

if its the meal people go out for once a year, why wouldn't you go for it as your main console, since it's so special?

or as David says: it's too expensive for most to afford (paraphrased)

though i think it's probably referring to the development process being parallel to the cooking procedure, rather than the eating of said meals...

PS3 is great when done, but involves a lot of fiddle-faddling that you don't want to do too often...
X360 is a great meal that leaves a lot of washing up
NRev is a treat that comes in disposable containers...

or something O_o
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