Friday, 25 June 2010

Hideo Kojima LIVES!!

Last week, I took a chance on something I wasn't sure would work out the way I had hoped. I am happy to say that it did!

For those who don't know, I am a big fan of Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid videogame franchise, and various other great games like Zone of the Enders and Snatcher. He's been around a long time, and is currently one of the most recognised faces of the videogame industry. As one of my few heroes in reality, I would love to meet him in person.

Unfortunately, my cowardly ways have persuaded me against doing so in the past. Heck, I'm terrified of meeting any of the people I am a fan of for fear of totally humiliating myself in their presence! (aren't we all?)

I had already missed a chance to meet Kojima-San when he was in London to do signings for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots because I had a job at the time. (maybe an excuse?) I was frustrated that I had possibly missed my only chance to meet the legend in person.

Then just last Thursday, I saw a ad in the Metro newspaper that said Kojima-San was coming back to London to do signings for the latest Metal Gear game on the PSP, Peace Walker!

I don't have many real life heroes, but I consider Hideo Kojima to be one of them. He almost single-handedly defined the Stealth combat genre within videogames, spawning any number of imitators. His games also have more depth and intrigue in their stories than any other games out there. The Metal Gear series has a Timeline and Character geneology that could easily rival Star Trek and Star Wars!

Cue Nerd-gasm! The first thought that entered my head was "This may be the ONLY chance to see Hideo Kojima in person!", but then the next thought was "Why bother?".

Let me explain a little something about myself. A lot of times when I have wanted to do something where the outcome was uncertain, a little voice in my head would say things like"why bother", "It's too much hassle", or "Something could go wrong". It's because of this stupid voice that I have not been motivated to do a lot of things in my life. It is the voice of fear. Fear of the unknown. Most people can ignore this voice, but I have to deal with this voice every time I wake up in the morning and when I go to bed at night.

This voice almost convinced me not to go to see Hideo Kojima, but as many people say, sometimes you've just got to ignore that voice!

Before you ask, no I didn't get a copy of the game signed by Kojima-san. The voice beat me on that part, but I was happy to settle with just seeing him in person (I'm weird like that). At the very least, I have some video footage I captured as proof that I did it.

Maybe next time I'll build up enough courage to go up and meet him face to face! (I am such a noob!)