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On the internet, there's stuff saying "Hideo Kojima" isn't satisfied with the PS3. I'd like to talk about that today. I just got back from Paris and did 15 interviews and everyone asked me about it, did I say that. The meaning of what I said has totally been changed, made totally different. Today, I'd like to talk about that. Why did it turn into that? When I'm doing an interview, I answer in Japanese, and I can't control how the writer will interpret that into English... What I say is then translated in English, and the writer then changes that into their own words and writes that. So, right there, the meaning of what I say changes a lot.

I am Japanese, so I try to be modest. I'm an especially modest person. I dont wish to brag about it to say "I am the amazing Metal Gear guy" or to say "This is the best one", just like how Americans brag stuff like this... That's why i interview in Japanese, and Mr. Sai (translator) translates my side of the inteviews very well in English. Westerners do not have a tradition of modesty. And so, the statements are translated correctly, but the original meaning is totally different. And those statements are on a totally different website and the meaning totally changes. Regarding my recent comment about my disappointment with MGS4, the comments derived from the article "MGS4, Inside The Biggest PS3 Game" to the post "Hideo Disappointed with MGS4." It's become totally different. This was in English, and here's where it gets strange. Japanese readers then translated that in Japanese and put it on their websites, writing things like "Oh, the PS3 is dead." Then that spread through the internet and now people are writing things like "Hideo Kojima Is Making MGS4 on the PS3." This is no good... It's funny how others think "Did Hideo really say that?" then ask me, and my answer is obviously "No" but then... I guess I am responsible for all of the articles...

Now I'm going to say what I really wanted to say, and this is what I told those 15 reporters:

Let's say this developer is making hardware, in this case a game, and that hardware is at the level of a car. And when looking at the specs, the developer claims the car is able to fly. Now there is no stopping when you say, "This is a car that can fly." When you claim that it can fly, the speculation grows from "oh so it can FLY?!!!" And the developer would set his goals higher. The specualtion is that if the car flies, then it should reach a MACH speed...but it doesnt stop there...it'd go beyond the specualtion of then "it should go into space!" with all the excitement around, and the developer would go deeply into making the car going into space... however, he'll come up to the public and say the car reaches the MACH speed, but it fails to go into the space. But he shouldn't give up, because for a car to even reach a mach speed and go into air is revolutionary. I wished to convey my thoughts like that, but I guess it didn't work very well.

Recently I've been thinking about not giving interviews. That's not my job. My job is making games... The next time I interview in America, I will just say "MGS4 is the best, the end." It's not cool for a Japanese to speak so blatantly, and I don't want to say that. But if I don't, things like this [above] can happen... If you look at MGS4, I think you'll understand... MGS4 isn't exactly my property, so I don't have a total control over it and sometimes I get confused with it. Some may be disappointed the way I say things, but I do release the game with confidence. In fact that what I have been doing, not just this PS3 game, but my previous PS2 titles. I always reached for the higher goal and I try to go for it... Things like this often happen with Japanese newspapers. Where they take only the choice quotes. They don't change what you say, but the meaning's different, and the meaning changes. I'm always careful while giving interviews. Even in my company, im learning a lot about media training, but I wanted to do more than just that and here i am with the interview, but if things like above keep happening, I won't do anymore interviews. I don't get paid for these interviews at all. [jokingly] I won't do them anymore! I've decided! I'll stop doing my podcast! Like that.

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Keep in mind this is a brief translation from somebody on the Official Playstation Boards and edited by Kotaku. The actual podcast on his blog was much longer but it basically expands on the above from what I listened to.

Edited by Rakukojin - 5/11/08 at 9:47pm
    
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The specualtion is that if the car flies, then it should reach a MACH speed...but it doesnt stop there...it'd go beyond the specualtion of then "it should go into space!" with all the excitement around, and the developer would go deeply into making the car going into space... however, he'll come up to the public and say the car reaches the MACH speed, but it fails to go into the space. But he shouldn't give up, because for a car to even reach a mach speed and go into air is revolutionary. I wished to convey my thoughts like that, but I guess it didn't work very well.
So it started with "the PS3 has next gen graphics" (the car can fly), escalated to "the PS3 has graphics as good as the 360"(the car can reach mach), and finally ended up with "the PS3 has better graphics than the 360" (the car can go into space)...

Still doesn't answer the question of where MGS4 sits.. My guess is(to use Mr. Kojima's analogy) is that the car can reach the velocity required to clear the earth's orbit, but only as its diving nose first uncontrollably into the ground... which probably confused you as much as it confused me...
    
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I like pie, but cake is better.
    
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Nice, he starts with bragging about japanese modesty and how westerners have none. How modest.
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So because we don't speak Japanese and have to interperate his translations we are not modest? LOL
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I think he's right about the Japanese being more modest as a culture than the Western cultures. This may not be true for people around here who want to stand apart from pop culture, but pop culture in general is the opposite of modest. And pop culture dominates in the west. Of course there are exceptions.
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To be honest, I stopped reading halfway through because I got sick of him just sprouting BS. Anyone have a spark notes of what he said--perhaps without his 'modesty' and abysmal metaphors?
    
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Its no wonder he was misinterrupted, his modesty gets in the way of explaining things
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I think he's right about the Japanese being more modest as a culture than the Western cultures. This may not be true for people around here who want to stand apart from pop culture, but pop culture in general is the opposite of modest. And pop culture dominates in the west. Of course there are exceptions.
You've never seen a Japanese game show have you?
    
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I've seen some of those silly ones maybe a couple of times on youtube, but never really captured my attention for very long. I saw the one where the team has to fit through the oncoming cut-out or be knocked down and disqualified. But I don't follow the game show reference to what was mentioned in the article.
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