Brandon Boyer

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GDC organizers have sent word that Metal Gear, Zone of Enders and Boktai creator Hideo Kojima will be giving GDC’s creative keynote this year, focusing on “conquering various development obstacles with creative game design, using the driving game design philosophies behind the Metal Gear series as reference.”

Interestingly, event director Meggan Scavio says that Kojima has been invited to keynote the conference for a number of years, but this is the first time he’s actually accepted. The announcement hints at, and I’m hoping that this will be the case via the allusion in the keynote’s title, “Solid Game Design: Making the ‘Impossible’ Possible,” that Kojima will focus on some of the fourth-wall breaking techniques he’s employed in his various games, from the original Metal Gear Solid‘s back-of-the-box and DualShock vibrating events, to the sunshine-catching solar panel in vampire-hunter Boktai‘s Game Boy cartridge.

Kojima will be joining a keynote lineup that already includes Nintendo president Satoru Iwata on “Discovering New Development Opportunities,” and ngmoco head Neil Young’s mobile games keynote on “Why the iPhone just changed everything.”

Offworld will be attending GDC this year, and will be covering all things GDC in coming weeks.

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