Kojima feels Japanese creators need to look outside Japan for inspiration

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 9 June 2012 19:00 GMT

Hideo Kojima believes the biggest problem with Japanese developers is that everything is catered to the Japanese market whether its novels, films or games.

Speaking to CVG at E3, Kojima said its his intent when developing titles to draw inspiration from mediums not just in Japan but in the west as well.

“One thing about Japan, and this isn’t just games, is that things made in Japan are very much targeted at Japan, whether it’s games, movies or novels,” he said. “The curse in Japan is that a lot of media is made in Japan just for Japan – you go to the cinema and it’s all Japanese movies.

“My generation is now being exposed to a wide range of influences, that’s why what I want to make is a little bit more in tune with what people in the West will like. I really like all the things that are being made in the West.

“When I come to shows like E3 and see the announcements and go to Comic-Con, I love all of the presentations, so really I’ve been thinking maybe I was born in the wrong country.”

Kojima is currently working on a title which contains real world issues he wants to address.

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