Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima recently came under fire for some comments he made stating that he was not satisfied with the graphics of Metal Gear Solid 4, the power of the PS3, and the game itself. Fanboys latched onto the comments on both sides of the "argument" and it spun out of control.
Guess what? That's not what Kojima meant. You see, he was merely trying to display modesty. Apparently, Americans don't understand being humble like the Japanese.
"I am Japanese, so I try to be modest. I'm an especially modest person. I don't wish to brag about it to say "I am the amazing Metal Gear guy" or to say "This is the best one", just like how Americans brag stuff like this... That's why I interview in Japanese, and Mr. Sai (translator) translates my side of the interviews very well in English. Westerners do not have a tradition of modesty. And so, the statements are translated correctly, but the original meaning is totally different."
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"Recently I've been thinking about not giving interviews. That's not my job. My job is making games... The next time I interview in America, I will just say "MGS4 is the best, the end." It's not cool for a Japanese to speak so blatantly, and I don't want to say that."
So the next time someone says that MGS4 can't possibly be good because the creator, himself, isn't happy with the game, you can just explain to them that Hideo is merely being modest like an upstanding Japanese gentleman.
The game will still rock, though. Check out Part 2 of my MGS discussion here. If you missed it, here's Solid Snake in Metal Gear Online.
For some weird metaphors that didn't quite make the translation, check out the full interview at: