Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima to be a hall of famer
Those of us who have spent the majority of our lives on a steady diet of video games will no doubt be familiar with the Metal Gear series. Since the first game, Metal Gear, was released back in 1987 all the way to the latest game, Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain, the saga has been critically lauded.
Innovative storytelling and stunning gameplay make the series a brilliant gaming experience - indeed, it is often considered one of the best video game series of all time. With such a following, it's no wonder that Hideo Kojima, often considered the father of stealth games, is being inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) hall of fame.
Born in 1963 in Tokyo, Kojima's gaming career began in 1986 as a designer for Konami. He got his big break when he was given the chance to develop the first Metal Gear game, working his way around the game's cumbersome combat system by making the focus of the game stealth. The first game's success spawned several sequels which built the franchise's cult following and the rest, as they say, is history!
Today, the beloved Metal Gear series is one of the best-selling video game sagas of all time, with Metal Gear Solid V having sold over 3 million units since its release in September last year.
Kojima's induction ceremony will be held on February 18 at the Mandalay Convention Centre in Las Vegas. The Hall of Fame award will be presented by none other than the video-game-loving filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro. The AIAS is one of the gaming industry's highest accolades (think of it as the Oscars for video games) and we're sure that we at Playtime Entertainment speak for all of us when we say that we wish Mr Kojima the biggest congratulations!
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