kojimaWhat took you so long?

Rooster Teeth and Hanabee has confirmed their latest guest speaker in none other than Hideo Kojima, who will be coming back to Australia for the first time in many years to join Rooster Teeth’s own RTX Sydney expo in early 2017.

Hideo Kojima has been one of my biggest inspirations as a writer, and it has always been a dream of mine to get a photo with the man, and thank him for the influence he’s had on my career.

In his early days at Konami, Kojima was an inexperienced game developer, his ideas were constantly rejected by the top brass, and he was given jobs to essentially keep him busy. After almost leaving the company, he decided to stand firm and continue working hard at his craft.

He found success with small titles like Penguin Adventure on the MSX home computer in 1986, and moved on to the now highly regarded Metal Gear series, and eventually rose to the position of Vice President of ‘Konami Digital Entertainment’, before leaving the company in 2015 after almost 30 years.

His unique approach to video game promotion is like nothing we’ve seen in the industry before, like his character Joakim Mogren speaking with Geoff Keighley during the build up to what was eventually revealed to be Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

So, the story of Kojima isn’t just about success, it’s about pursuing your dreams and never giving up hope, even in the face of adversity and criticism. Kojima is now working at Sony on his newest title Death Stranding.

Could we be getting more details on the game at RTX? Let’s hope so, when Kind Funny Games on Greg Miller hosts Kojima at RTX Sydney next February 4-5, 2017 at the brand new Sydney International Convention Centre.

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