Hideo Kojima, the maker of Metal Gear and current lead on Death Stranding, gets scared “very easily.” Those are his words, by the way. This from the guy that was working on Silent Hills.
In an interview with IGN at RTX Sydney, Kojima explained that he’s backing away from making horror games. They give him nightmares. He scares easily, but he also thinks this is what makes him good for making scary video games.
Here’s the quote in question:
“I get scared very easily… Actually, this is true of Alfred Hitchcock as well as Steven Spielberg. Because they scare easily, because I scare easily, it’s actually easy for us to make something that is scary, because we understand what is scary.
But while in that process, we’re constantly imagining, like, terrifying situations so it ends up giving me bad dreams. That’s the reason why I don’t want to make a horror game.”
It’s okay, Kojima. Same here.
I mean, I’m not making video games, but I have a hard time playing the scary ones. I actually wrote about that in confessional form here for TechnoBuffalo not too long ago. Scary games can weigh heavy on some people. I have a hard time playing the super scary ones, despite the fact that I love a good horror flick.
There’s just something about the interactive nature of the medium that makes it so much more intense to me.
Will Kojima make horror games in the future? The P.T. demo from way back says he should, even if he’s scared.