Hideo Kojima: The making of a video game auteur

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by David Richards

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Hideo Kojima is one of the few world-famous game designers. He’s an auteur whose singular creations — the Metal Gear Solid series and, most recently, Death Stranding — have become huge blockbusters.

Games are generally credited to development studios, so it is rare for a creator to become a public figure. Kojima has a team to make his games, but the difference is that he directs all aspects of production, everything from story to game mechanics to art design. The result is a unique world that reflects Kojima’s interests and eccentricities.

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