Hideo Kojima Explains Quiet, Blames Backlash on Cultural Differences, Details Metal Gear Solid V’s Themes (UPDATED)

on September 7, 2013 2:23 PM

In the past few days many, especially between the press (but even a few vocal developers), have criticized Hideo Kojima for his portrayal of Metal Gear Solid V‘s mute sniper Quiet, that some considered oversexualized and sexist due to her skimpy manner of dress.

Despite the backlash, the legendary developer doesn’t seem to be overly concerned and has no intention to go down without a fight as he just mentioned on Twitter, giving an interesting explanation on the design philosophy behind the character and on the themes supporting Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

I find very interesting how Kojoma-san turns the tables on the critics and tells us “This is exactly what I’m talking about.” One thing is for sure: no matter what you think of Quiet and of her peculiar fashion sense, it’s quite refreshing to see a developer that isn’t intimidated by backlash and criticism, and keeps marching straight on the path he marked for himself and his game.

Personally, my curiosity is piqued, and I can’t wait to play the game to learn the reasons behind Quiet’s exposure. Knowing Kojima-san’s games, it’ll be interesting.

Update: the post has been edited to replace the tweets in Japanese and my translation of them with Kojima-san’s own tweets containing his own English translation. The contents are the same, but of course Kojima-san’s own wording is more relevant. You can find the original tweets in Japanese here and here.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.