Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
, has hit out at games journalists who have mistranslated him in a recent comment on the PlayStation forums
Hideo Kojima was quoted massively in the press recently as saying he was dissatisfied with the PlayStation 3
as a platform, but that may have been a cultural misinterpretation it seems.
"I am Japanese, so I try to be modest. I'm an especially modest person. I don't wish to brag about it and say, 'I am the amazing Metal Gear guy', or say, 'This is the best one', just like how Americans brag [about] stuff like this,
" said Kojima.
"Westerners do not have a tradition of modesty, so the statements are translated correctly but the original meaning is totally different.
Kojima said that although he had been quoted as lamenting the restrictions of the PlayStation 3 cell processor, what he had actually mean to say was wholly different - check out his exact words below.
"Let's say this developer is making a new kind of car. He claims it can fly. And when you claim it can fly then the expectation grows so the developer sites his goals higher. The expectation is that if the car can fly then it should reach MACH speed. But it doesn't stop there; it soon gets to 'it should go into space',
" said Kojima.
"However, the developer will end up going to the public and saying that the car reaches MACH speed but it fails to go into space. But he shouldn't give up, because for a car to even reach MACH speed and fly is revolutionary. I wished to transfer my thoughts like this, but it didn't work out very well.
Kojima has said he may not do any more interviews with the English-speaking press as a result of this misinterpretation. Think it's an over-reaction? Let us know in the forums