Kojima: Japanese games industry is in a “losing” battle

By Johnny Cullen
9 July 2010 17:21 GMT


Hideo Kojima has said that thanks to the recent boom of the western games industry, Japan’s is currently in a “losing” battle.

The Metal Gear creator shared his thoughts after watching a TV documentary on foreign exchange students who were passionate and highly motivated about Japanese manga.

“The Game industry is very similar,” he said. “The West is very motivated. The younger generation of Japan is losing.

“The designers and to-be-designers in the West have the focus, ambition, and ability to make their dream become true. So it is not the Japanese technology or culture that is losing, we are lacking the motivation.

“Lately I have come to conclusion that, with highly motivated foreigners… it doesn’t matter where they are from, working with highly motivated individuals is the only way to move forward. I am tired of taking care of people who do not have the passion.”

You can read the whole thing through here on his English Twitter account.

Kojima is currently acting as an executive producer on Metal Gear Solid: Rising for PS3 and 360, while preparing a new title for HD consoles which may either be Metal Gear Solid 5, Zone of the Enders 3 or a new IP.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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