The Kojima Standard: 5 Attributes to Good Entertainment

~ Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Hideo Kojima. Needless to say, this pic goes hard.
Another world exists that I must experience. A genus of people exists who I must meet. I must inhale the air they breathe — share their world at all costs.” ~ Hideo Kojima
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The Creative Gene (2021) book blurb: The ferociously talented Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding, shares his perspective on the stories and movies that influenced his work! ~ Ever since he was a child, Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima was a voracious consumer of movies, music, and books. They ignited his passion for stories and storytelling, and the results can be seen in his groundbreaking, iconic video games. Now the head of independent studio Kojima Productions, Kojima’s enthusiasm for entertainment media has never waned. This collection of essays explores some of the inspirations behind one of the titans of the video game industry, and offers an exclusive insight into one of the brightest minds in pop culture.

#1 — Time Killer

Few stimuli, physical and mental, are as powerful as those which make us forget time.

I googled “time killer” and this was one of the top results. Need to watch it now. Hong Kong cinema undefeated. ~ Fulltime Killer (2001)

#2 — Gift Power to Survive Tomorrow

Here is where Kojima starts to get poetic with his musings on his standard for entertainment, open to some interpretation.

#3 — Teach Unknown Worlds and Flourish Life

The best part of fantasies crafted from the page is that they can take us anywhere. And not just in *this* world.

#4 — Push Dilemmas and Change Way of Life

I’ve interpreted this point by Kojima to mean *thought-provoking.*

  • The Lion King (1994) taught me about pride and politics and companionship and betrayal + lion battles and fun songs
  • Jurassic Park (1993) was a cautionary tale on unchecked ambition and the hubris of Man in thinking he can control nature + cool dinosaurs and a new mom and dad, in Doctors Sattler (Dern) and Grant (Neill)
  • Toy Story (1995) showed me how all my toys were living beings with hopes and dreams, could feel pain, and that I had overwhelming power over them. Thus, I should always be nice to them.
  • The Matrix (1999) revealed that it’s not so fun to be alone online, or in a fight + Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss are hot.
  • V for Vendetta (2005) confirmed to my heart the truth that a government should fear its people. Revolution against tyranny is necessary. Fighting for what you believe in makes you as invincible as an idea.

#5 — MEME Spread

Ah yes, memes. The DNA of the soul.

~ Keanu and Kojima. Another pic that goes hard.
~ My personal favorite Kojima quote, through Solid Snake.



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