Kojima: I'm Jealous I Didn't Think of Breaking Bad

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Kojima: I'm Jealous I Didn't Think of Breaking Bad

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The Metal Gear Solid director said he would love to write a story with similar topics to the hit TV show, but it would be hard to get approval for it as a video game.

Apparently, the man behind Solid Snake wishes he had also thought of Walter White. In a lengthy interview with Game Informer that touched upon a wide variety of topics, Hideo Kojima said that he had recently started watching Breaking Bad, and while he's impressed with what he's seen he said he can't help but feel envious.

"I was very pissed off, because I wasn't the one to think of that story. That depressed me," he said. Kojima, who said he just got through the show's second season, said his feelings come in part from the fact that it would be very difficult to deal with the show's themes in his own medium. "The kind of topics they're handling in Breaking Bad, the way they express them and put them on screen, let's say I tried to create a game with similar topics and similar expressions, it would be hard to get approval in the company. The way these guys are putting the planning for this project and making it a commercial success - that's somewhere I feel very jealous as a creator."

Kojima also praised Alfonso Cuaron's recent movie Gravity, calling it a similar story that would be hard to get approved at his video game company. "Making something out of the ordinary, that you wouldn't think of or be able to do, and making that happen while making it a success. That's something that I can empathize with and I'm also very jealous of it as a creator," he told Game Informer.

The interview also touches upon story and gameplay information for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Kojima said that the map for The Phantom Pain will be roughly 200 times larger than that of Ground Zeroes, and include multiple bases and outlying areas. Ground Zeroes, meanwhile, is limited to a small island.

One story from the interview that could have used more elaboration was Kojima's brief mention of his friendship with director Guillermo Del Toro. How did the Metal Gear creator and Pacific Rim director most recently spend their time together? By singing anime songs together at a karaoke night. Kojima said he would love to work together with Del Toro on a project some day.

Source: Game Informer

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I'm not sure if I even wanna imagine Kojima's version of Breaking Bad...

Let's be honest: his stories are whack and illogical, and so are his characters. It would have been a great concept going to waste.

Chaosritter:
I'm not sure if I even wanna imagine Kojima's version of Breaking Bad...

Let's be honest: his stories are whack and illogical, and so are his characters. It would have been a great concept going to waste.

"Heisenberg, I can read your mind! I see you like Macross Plus and Malcom in the Middle! You play Fei Long in Street Fighter! La li lu le lo! Your drugs are laced with nanomachines, mixed with a psychoactive injection rendering your missing clone brother susceptible to a heart attack! Your drug money has helped fund the next war on terror: the Metal Gear Meths!"

Trishbot:
"Heisenberg, I can read your mind! I see you like Macross Plus and Malcom in the Middle! You play Fei Long in Street Fighter! La li lu le lo! Your drugs are laced with nanomachines, mixed with a psychoactive injection rendering your missing clone brother susceptible to a heart attack! Your drug money has helped fund the next war on terror: the Metal Gear Meths!"

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Could be the official script just as well...

Trishbot:

Chaosritter:
I'm not sure if I even wanna imagine Kojima's version of Breaking Bad...

Let's be honest: his stories are whack and illogical, and so are his characters. It would have been a great concept going to waste.

"Heisenberg, I can read your mind! I see you like Macross Plus and Malcom in the Middle! You play Fei Long in Street Fighter! La li lu le lo! Your drugs are laced with nanomachines, mixed with a psychoactive injection rendering your missing clone brother susceptible to a heart attack! Your drug money has helped fund the next war on terror: the Metal Gear Meths!"

Seeing as I don't watch television or the popular shows, I think I like your interpretation more than what I understand the original Breaking Bad to be.

I'm glad he didn't. Breaking Bad was actually well-told and Kojima would ruin....

Chaosritter:
I'm not sure if I even wanna imagine Kojima's version of Breaking Bad...

Let's be honest: his stories are whack and illogical, and so are his characters. It would have been a great concept going to waste.

Oh. Beat to the punch.

Yeah, because Breaking Bad really could have been a much better show if it had only been drowned in paramilitary doomsday schemes and homoerotic tension.

Trishbot:

"Heisenberg, I can read your mind! I see you like Macross Plus and Malcom in the Middle! You play Fei Long in Street Fighter! La li lu le lo! Your drugs are laced with nanomachines, mixed with a psychoactive injection rendering your missing clone brother susceptible to a heart attack! Your drug money has helped fund the next war on terror: the Metal Gear Meths!"

You nailed it.

He complains about it being difficult to get something approved at his company (I'm guessing he means Konami here) so why doesn't he just move elsewhere and rely on his name to get a radical new project off the ground? He wouldn't be the first big name in the industry to start afresh to try new stuff.

Id totally watch/play breaking bad as reimagined by hideo kojima, the amount of "wtf?" going on screen would be unreached.

I only ever played one metal gear game (part2) but lately ive been liking the guy more and more.

hes just in the second season? how cute, id like to hear his thoughts on the seasons 4 and 5, thats when shit starts going down

Talking about the types of story ideas can and can't work in his part of the games industry is valid.
But "I wish I made Breaking Bad" Yeah? Get in line.

Why doesn't Kojima just go make a movie or something already.
For a guy who makes story driven video games for a living he sure hates telling stories in games.

CriticalMiss:
He complains about it being difficult to get something approved at his company (I'm guessing he means Konami here) so why doesn't he just move elsewhere and rely on his name to get a radical new project off the ground? He wouldn't be the first big name in the industry to start afresh to try new stuff.

I know, if Konami is focused on more mainstream, family friendly games then he should look elsewhere. Everybody knows that Konami hates making dark, mature, story driven content. :P

Honestly, I think he's complaining for complainings sake. If he can't make something like Breaking Bad then that's his own fault. Besides, do we really need to see Hank running around in a thong and stockings (as part of his standard uniform, of course)? Do we need to see Walter Jr. become a Cyborg Ninja? Metal Gear has always been ridiculous, and Kojima is the worst person for this job.

Come to think of it, Jesse Pinkman is basically Walter White's Otacon.

Fox12:

CriticalMiss:
He complains about it being difficult to get something approved at his company (I'm guessing he means Konami here) so why doesn't he just move elsewhere and rely on his name to get a radical new project off the ground? He wouldn't be the first big name in the industry to start afresh to try new stuff.

I know, if Konami is focused on more mainstream, family friendly games then he should look elsewhere. Everybody knows that Konami hates making dark, mature, story driven content. :P

Honestly, I think he's complaining for complainings sake. If he can't make something like Breaking Bad then that's his own fault. Besides, do we really need to see Hank running around in a thong and stockings (as part of his standard uniform, of course)? Do we need to see Walter Jr. become a Cyborg Ninja? Metal Gear has always been ridiculous, and Kojima is the worst person for this job.

And Konami's totally kept that series at the same level of story quality and originality for the past decade... I mean, I don't even disagree with you, Kojima can probably get away with whatever the fuck he wants at this point, but your example is fucking terrible.

OT- I want Kojima to keep making silly games with occasional moments of pure genius mixed in. I have no doubt Kojima could make an incredible game about a meth dealer. I don't think he could make Breaking Bad though. Not really his style on the whole, far too subdued. His unending desire to work in some other medium really is misplaced though. The things he truly does best are things that only work in games. As much as people love to say that he should just go make a movie, I think that would be the worst idea ever.

And that bit about him singing anime songs with Del Toro is just the best thing ever.

I'm glad he didn't think of it first; Skylar would be in a bikini in every episode.

He's only on the second season, and he's praising the show? Envious? Man, the first two seasons are just terrible, falling asleep is a better way to describe them. It only really started picking up around season 3, and really only started being great at season 4. The first two are certainly necessary for the story and all, but man they should not be mentioned alongside the other seasons.

After Reading this article, I feel like a Photoshop of Walter White's Head on Old Snake's Body NEEDS to exist! Could anybody else see something like a nanomachines subplot in Hideo Kojima's Breaking Bad, where Walter takes the needle in his neck to suppress bad nanomachines giving him cancer, so he does the shot to keep himself alive a little longer while selling drugs?

I can't tell if I just wrote fanfiction or not, but I don't give a shit, I'd buy Hideo Kojima's Breaking Bad.

Now he's just being a whiny brat. I like MGS, it's a great series with an awesome story and it's been very successful. I find it near impossible to believe that the creator whom has made Konami that much money and success would not green light another series to milk money out of. He's just being bitchy that he didn't come up with it.

Captcha: High horse - indeed I will stay on it.

Revnak:

Fox12:

CriticalMiss:
He complains about it being difficult to get something approved at his company (I'm guessing he means Konami here) so why doesn't he just move elsewhere and rely on his name to get a radical new project off the ground? He wouldn't be the first big name in the industry to start afresh to try new stuff.

I know, if Konami is focused on more mainstream, family friendly games then he should look elsewhere. Everybody knows that Konami hates making dark, mature, story driven content. :P

Honestly, I think he's complaining for complainings sake. If he can't make something like Breaking Bad then that's his own fault. Besides, do we really need to see Hank running around in a thong and stockings (as part of his standard uniform, of course)? Do we need to see Walter Jr. become a Cyborg Ninja? Metal Gear has always been ridiculous, and Kojima is the worst person for this job.

And Konami's totally kept that series at the same level of story quality and originality for the past decade... I mean, I don't even disagree with you, Kojima can probably get away with whatever the fuck he wants at this point, but your example is fucking terrible.

Por Que? What does anything you just said have to do with Konamis willingness to make dark or edgy games? The Silent Hill games may not be as good as they were, but they never exactly stopped being dark. The idea that Konami is unwilling to make games centered around serious subject matter is fundamentally absurd, as they have historically been pretty open tp mature content, and still are today.

Fox12:

Revnak:

Fox12:

I know, if Konami is focused on more mainstream, family friendly games then he should look elsewhere. Everybody knows that Konami hates making dark, mature, story driven content. :P

Honestly, I think he's complaining for complainings sake. If he can't make something like Breaking Bad then that's his own fault. Besides, do we really need to see Hank running around in a thong and stockings (as part of his standard uniform, of course)? Do we need to see Walter Jr. become a Cyborg Ninja? Metal Gear has always been ridiculous, and Kojima is the worst person for this job.

And Konami's totally kept that series at the same level of story quality and originality for the past decade... I mean, I don't even disagree with you, Kojima can probably get away with whatever the fuck he wants at this point, but your example is fucking terrible.

Por Que? What does anything you just said have to do with Konamis willingness to make dark or edgy games? The Silent Hill games may not be as good as they were, but they never exactly stopped being dark. The idea that Konami is unwilling to make games centered around serious subject matter is fundamentally absurd, as they have historically been pretty open tp mature content, and still are today.

"Making something out of the ordinary, that you wouldn't think of or be able to do, and making that happen while making it a success. That's something that I can empathize with and I'm also very jealous of it as a creator,"

They are definitely not that out of the ordinary anymore. I don't think he was really talking about it being too dark, rather that it was too out of the ordinary, and that is what I was talking about, not their relative darkness. If that didn't come across I apologize.

"the map is 200 times larger than ground zero"

Either Phantom pain is really large or ground zero is really small.

Hideo Kojima lamenting not thinking of "Breaking Bad" first is as farcical as Quentin Tarantino (or Catherine Hardwicke, if you prefer) regretting not thinking of "The Godfather".

In this thread: People who want to rant over how they think Metal Gear is shit. Dunno what I was expected, but I was still disappointed.

"I am the one who knocks!"
"You are the one who knocks?!"

As much as I love the first 3, his continued lapses into insanity since 4 onwards have really put me off, so the thought of him writing Breaking Bad is both sickening and hilarious. I mean, we could get blue nanometh, or have Heisen Snake get an eye patch and eat an armadillo he finds in the desert while cooking with nothing but technobabble and a can-do attitude.
It'd be more of an absurd comedy than an actual drama piece.

Jesus H. Christ. Kojima is an insane person. Only an insane person would say something like this.

I really cannot imagine the amount of dafuq that would result from giving Kojima a TV series.

That guy wishes so hard that he was making pretty much anything but video games. It's kind of pathetic that he has so little interest in his own medium. Someone should really just give him a camera and tell him to go make a pretentious art film already. After all, Pacific Rim proved that we now have the technology to make a film about giant mechs. All he needs to do is add his unique brand of incoherently rambling monologues and he'd be in business.

(P.S. I have nothing against the game play of the Metal Gear franchise. It works as a game... as long as you can ignore the ridiculous writing.)

Why is everyone here interpreting Kojima's statement as him complaining or being whiny? A creator expressing his envy over somebody else's work has always been the highest form of compliment one could give.

And since I already know he's been watching BB because I've been following his twitter feed, this is old news to me. The only notable aspect of this article is the fact that he sings karaoke songs with Guillermo Del Toro. I'd pay a good amount of money to watch a taped version of that instead of Kojima's version of Breaking Bad.

CriticalMiss:
He complains about it being difficult to get something approved at his company (I'm guessing he means Konami here) so why doesn't he just move elsewhere and rely on his name to get a radical new project off the ground? He wouldn't be the first big name in the industry to start afresh to try new stuff.

I doubt any company could get a console game centered around real-world drug trade made in Japan. That stuff is seriously taboo over here. IIRC, one of the episodes of Cowboy Bebop was banned from airing in this country because the bad guy took a fictional drug. God knows how a game where the protagonist is an actual drug dealer would be dealt with.

That said, a Japanese take on Breaking Bad? So the cautionary morality tale of a pathetic spineless putz who is too cowardly to take responsibility for their choices in life, who is so desperate to feel powerful that they exploit and manipulate and prey upon every single person around them, all the while justifying it with a transparently false claim of doing it all for the good of the people they care about? Why not just do a biography of PM Abe?

Oh god, can you imagine what it would have been liie with him writing it?

"Colonel, this is Crysral Snake. I am the one who knocks."
"Snake, we told you in the mission breifing not to test the product. Just make the exchange and bring back the product."
"But Colonel, the colours..."

...Actually, go for it Kojima.

Yes because what is needed is Kojima Crazyness in a simple thing as Breaking Bad.
Seriously we need to add shady organisations that work in the shadow that are even if talked about unknowns. On what even if a statement is given that statement probably is wrong. In where .. I will stop here :!

No we don't need Kojima in Breaking Bad.

Well his stories are shit, no wonder he wishes he could come up with something people actually take seriously.

Kojima could learn a hell of a lot about writing a good story from the Break Bad writers.

And the Escapist gets more stupid and hatred spewing each day.

Kojima basically complimented Breaking Bad and half of these comments are just criticizing him.

"I am the one who knocks!"

*knocks*

"Huh? What was that noise?"

I love the MGS games, but Breaking Bad just wouldn't be the same if Kojima was at the reigns. It would be pretty hillarious to watch though.

XMark:
Come to think of it, Jesse Pinkman is basically Walter White's Otacon.

Well they both have the same amount of luck with women. :P

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