None other than MGS-producer Hideo Kojima himself has been complaining about the mainstream media’s fixation on social gaming at the expense of the next generation, calling it “dangerous” and hinting about the real reason he has to put SNS features in the latest MGS titles…


Kojima made the comments whilst discussing the different versions of Metal Gear Solid V, probably in response to NHK reports which managed to completely ignore the PS4 in favour of “otome” visual novels and the ubiquitous and not quite burst smartphone social gaming bubble:

The next-gen consoles have really come along, haven’t they?

Well, we originally developed MGSV for the current gen, and as a result the graphics weren’t that good and that’s why we went ahead with the FOX ENGINE.

That’s one of the reasons games from other companies developed solely with next-gen in mind may have such impressive graphics.

Basically, the present gen version has 30FPS but the next gen has 60FPS, high quality textures and more light sources. They may look similar, but the next gen is much prettier.

On the other hand, in terms of the game both generations are all but identical. With multi-device support and other new features there is more mission depth possible on the new generation though.

So I think the next gen version is better, but looking around TGS I’m left wondering about this.

The mainstream media has only covered the otome games and smartphone apps here – it feels pretty dangerous.

Well, the mainstream media may have that bias.

I think the gaming press understands, but what I want to do is connected to all this.

This is why Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker was made. MGSV will connect to SNS and tablets too. We’ll use whatever comes after as sales gimmicks too.

What they should of course have been talking about is the amazing MGSV gameplay which was on display, no doubt:

Or the next gen bikini action he managed to slip in with “more erotic” characters:

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    Comment by Kudeh
    12:13 24/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "social" gaming is as stupid an idea as "social masturbation" or "social drinking whisky and crying".

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Social gaming is simply just a means to get you to stay online while your parents care less about the whole "not going outside to play" thing. Meanwhile the reason you haven't gone outside to play is because your neighbors suck, and that's also the reason why social gaming will never appeal to everyone, not everyone wants to deal with the "social" thing since they mainly play games because they just got home from dealing with annoying people so they want an escape.
    Hell, games like WoW don't even work for that, you are a champion level 90 and you still have to give your guild leader a nice blowjob to get anywhere. An escape? No. Social gaming is a cop-out for people who are too lame to make friends in person, or just want to be dicks and grief people. That about sums it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is social masturbation and is it any different from using your hand.

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    Comment by Dia
    00:10 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought it was that circle you see in boys' schools.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's fapping while casually having a conversation with someone face-to-face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 24/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Seems like a weird way to spell "Tuesday" to me.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Gaming is not limited to standing in front of an LCD screen by yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 24/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    finally, someone with common sense..

    why in the flipping fuck would i want to let the world know how my epixels r doing...or my IRL pixels for that matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It doesn't matter whether or not you want other people to know what your epixels or IRLpixels are doing, what matters is who wants to know what you're doing online **coughcoughNSAcoughadvertiserscough**

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I read they are traying to pass a law that makes a list of everyone in the U.S. that has bought and played a violent video game, so I doubt they need social games to help with that now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The list included pretty much every one. Also they are NOT gonna limit themselves with the Holy American People. Expects a NSA scandal next year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats ok i hardly buy game in person i buy over the web and get shipped and i never use my name thats why there is disposable credit cards and if i do buy in person its to pick up my pre-order which is under my friends pro account at GS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you just stupid or insane?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you´re complaining about social gaming and approve what he says, but are the first dense fucktards who buy the ps4

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 24/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wish "social" everything would just die out already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i wish the same. fuck failbook and who use it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Then you'd be the only one left.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They thumb you down? LOL

    People are so butt hurt to the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    nope, the fact that there are many thumbs down means there are many who did like to eradicate the useless "social" thing

    13:07 24/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Social gaming is over rated besides it's stupid as hell to put all your eggs in one basket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Social" gaming is in my oppinion to sit down at a table and play cards or something. You know - with social interaction. There are hardly less social games then Farmville - all you do is stare at the screen waiting for something to then click it all the while pretending to be "social" by chatting with other weirdos that don't play decent games or go outside.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Farmvile and the lot are social in the sense that they exist on a social platform, not that they encourage social interaction.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    14:17 28/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Read that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Social games managed to fool people who do not want to be called gamers, to play games.

    It may have to do with the fact that in society the "gamer" may considered a "geek", "unsocial" or that he has "lack of contact with reality"

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    or "devil worshiper"

    or "bites others"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    if you look closely on her boob she has a star shape mole like asakura mikuru!

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    Comment by Falos
    12:00 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    I still like you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You've just created the perfect yandere. Beautiful, clumsy, crazy and shy.
    ...Wait, she will definitely accidentally fall on her own knife and die.
    ...Wait, that was right, the perfect yandere is dead yandere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    social gaming is dumb as shit.
    gamers don't want it.
    we like sitting all alone in our room while playing an awesome game.
    that social shit is just casual shit for casual people who are not gamers at all, but facebook/twitter attention seeking whores.
    fuck them and fuck the industry for catering to those cunts.

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    Comment by Dia
    00:10 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What's with the 360p videos from Japan on youtube.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese are so used to watch videos on their tiny cell phones (not smartphones) that most of the online videos in Japan are in low resolution. I guess it's hard for them to change the habit.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:17 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's with all the English voice overs on Japanese guys speaking Japanese on Youtube?

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    06:16 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    People can't read.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mainstream media's reporting obsession with social gaming is not dangerous...but I think it surely is a sign of how the media can all chase after the same story & miss the other stories that are also relevent. Over & over again we hear about the demise of the more advanced bigger budget games that require dedicated equipment with power to play them on (console/PC)...these will alwatys have amarket just like summer blockbuster movies will alwyas have a market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't know Kojima was a GTA fan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Social Gaming's main problem is that it's stuck in the whole Farmville/Cow Clicker design paradigm. If someone made a game that was truly social and truly a game and could be monitized well enough to be profitable it would be truly awesome.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:15 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Social + Game = Antisocial

    Just look at Pen and Paper RPGs.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    02:07 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Anti-social behaviour is behaviour that lacks consideration for others and may cause damage to the society, whether intentionally or through negligence."

    If Wikipedia is right about that than it means what I think it means. Just think about people playing WoW. And I mean dedicatingly playing WoW.

    Playing games all day = Asocial
    Social + Game = Antisocial

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're thinking of the word "asocial". Antisocial means something completely different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Antisocial." I do not think it means what you think it means.

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    00:14 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Or the next gen bikini action he managed to slip in with 'more erotic' characters"

    That girl looks like some butter-faced white skank what with the torn nylons. Gals like that line the streets turning tricks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Based Kojima.

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    Comment by nope
    08:40 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought that was the whole plot of MGS2...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Basically, the present gen version has 30FPS but the next gen has 60FPS, high quality textures and more light sources. They may look similar, but the next gen is much prettier."

    He just described how PC has been for the past decade or so.

    Not saying PC is better to start arguments or anything, I'd just prefer if all technology was up to date. In other words, it'd be nice if consoles were equally as powerful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 28/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just wished our PCs were like ILN render farm powerful... :< but then think of the bills...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure he's playing GTA 5 right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking Battlelog killed BF3 for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 25/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow. A bikini over pantyhose. That's room for yeast infection. I know because I was told by my GP not to do it after I had some problems down there. Dx

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    GIVE ME PC VERSION PLZ. Game needs good AA desparately!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    MGS games are AAA games or even SSS.
    Aside from that I think it was confirmed that MGS5 will be multi for X1, PS4 and PC!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 24/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is talking about Anti-Aliasing.

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