Hideo Kojima Has Blessings of Original "Snake" Creator

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Hideo Kojima Has Blessings of Original "Snake" Creator

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Before he created Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima sought - and received - the approval of John Carpenter to base his hero on Carpenter's original badass Snake from Escape From New York.

Gamers know Solid Snake. Gamers love Solid Snake. Solid Snake is a total badass, despite some questionable hair choices in MGS2 and his newfound senior citizen status in MGS4. But Snake is by no means the first grizzled badass to bear that serpentine moniker: The character was clearly modeled on Snake Plissken, the hard-boiled main character from Escape From New York (as well as its unfortunate sequel, Escape From LA).

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has never tried to hide the inspiration for Solid Snake, even giving the hero the alias "Iroquois Plissken" in MGS2. But according to Escape director (and original Snake creator) John Carpenter, Kojima actually wrote to him asking permission to pay homage to one Snake with another before making Metal Gear Solid.

"[Hideo Kojima] has written me and asked me for my blessing on the game and I wrote him back [to say] how about it?" Carpenter told CVG. "He's a very nice man."

Yeah, but can Kurt Russell use nanomachines, John? I didn't think so.

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thats interesting .... news to me.

SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE

Hm. Not surprising.

I actually wondered while playing MGS for the first time if John Carpenter may have noticed the similarities to Snake Pliskin and Solid Snake.

I always had a susipction about the connection but now I know.

Even though he technically didn't "have" to ask permission, it was a pretty cool move of Kojima to do so, and even cooler for Carpenter to say yes...

I actually never knew that! And its pretty cook Hideo actually asked for permission!

Nice little fact to know

I knew this before!

Huzzah for nerd trivia!

Decent of him to ask considering he lifted the character and basic plot for half the games from that movie. (the other half was Rambo)

Logic 0:
I always had a susipction about the connection but now I know.

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Never was a MGS solid fan I was too busy being poor to buy any of them.

When my sister first saw me playing a Metal Gear Solid game, she took one look at Snake and said, "I'm about to kick your ass outta the world!"
It was epic.

Huh, for some reason I always thought the relationship was the other way around.

I like Solid Snake, but I like Snake plisskin as well. But which is better?

There's only one way to find out!

Kojima should've done the same thing with MGS2, by asking our permission for putting Raiden in.

Ahh, escape from new york. the sequel was very unfortunate, indeed. but the first one was great. i knew they used escape from new york as inspiration, was pretty obvious lol, but it's nice to know it's true.

I always wondered why John Carpenter didn't sue Kojima. Now I know.

TheGreenManalishi:
I like Solid Snake, but I like Snake plisskin as well. But which is better?

Trust me, Solid Snake is better.

Deofuta:
Huh, for some reason I always thought the relationship was the other way around.

*grits teeth until they crack*

Lono Shrugged:

Deofuta:
Huh, for some reason I always thought the relationship was the other way around.

*grits teeth until they crack*

Oh Shi- *Ducks behind Desk*

Seriously though, I used to subscribe to an old gaming magazine called Tips and Tricks (aimed for younger audiences), and one of the letters was about the likeness between the two. And I SWEAR the response was that Plissken was based off of MGS.

It was easy to see a connection, by the time Snake went around using the Alias "Plisken" it was pretty much in giant neon lights.

All the same very classy move by Kojima to ask permission first.

And now we know, a MGS movie must star Kurt Russell.
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John Funk:

Yeah, but can Kurt Russell use nanomachines, John? I didn't think so.

Kurt Russell doesn't need no fancy nanomachines, he can shut down the world with a tv remote:

Ive never really been much of a fan of metal gear or hideo kojima but I gotta say, thats class

My cousin told me this a while ago >.> I never was sure whether or not to believe him, I'm glad he was right :D

I've seen 'Escape From New York' and 'Escape From LA'. I actually liked both, just 'cause Plisken was so bad ass xD

Still one of my fav video game characters ever \o/ Woo!

TheGreenManalishi:
I like Solid Snake, but I like Snake plisskin as well. But which is better?

There's only one way to find out!

FIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!! :D

Deofuta:

Lono Shrugged:

Deofuta:
Huh, for some reason I always thought the relationship was the other way around.

*grits teeth until they crack*

Oh Shi- *Ducks behind Desk*

Seriously though, I used to subscribe to an old gaming magazine called Tips and Tricks (aimed for younger audiences), and one of the letters was about the likeness between the two. And I SWEAR the response was that Plissken was based off of MGS.

I'm only kidding. I can understand the confusion, not everyone was fortunate to grow up with movies like that and Big Trouble in Little China

I have both the Escape from movies.
Love them, the first one is the best though.

But you know, Snake was called Snake before Metal Gear Solid.
So basically, he made MG1, MG2, asked for permission while making MGS.
Why do people seem to magically "forget" Metal Gear & Metal Gear 2? <_<

Worgen:
Ive never really been much of a fan of metal gear or hideo kojima but I gotta say, thats class

Hideo Koijma is made of win and class.

Now did Kojima ask Michael Biehn if it was cool to make the picture of Snake on the cover of the original MG look exactly like him? Hehehe

Kojima may be a bit crazy, but that does say something for his character. Cool move.

tellmeimaninja:
I knew this before!

Huzzah for nerd trivia!

So did I, I suppose we both get +1 nerd points now.

The timing of this news is ironic for me. Because I spent all week playing MGS Peace Walker and I'm going to see Escape From New York at my indie theater this thursday.

ineedscissors:

TheGreenManalishi:
I like Solid Snake, but I like Snake plisskin as well. But which is better?

Trust me, Solid Snake is better.

You don't get it.

sky14kemea:
FIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!! :D

This guy does.

TheGreenManalishi:

ineedscissors:

TheGreenManalishi:
I like Solid Snake, but I like Snake plisskin as well. But which is better?

Trust me, Solid Snake is better.

You don't get it.

sky14kemea:
FIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!! :D

This guy does.

Glad I could help? xD

A fight would be awesome though... >_>

Well, it was damn right obvious. Especially after mgs2.

Zeithri:
I have both the Escape from movies.
Love them, the first one is the best though.

But you know, Snake was called Snake before Metal Gear Solid.
So basically, he made MG1, MG2, asked for permission while making MGS.
Why do people seem to magically "forget" Metal Gear & Metal Gear 2? <_<

Because he didn't look/sound like Plissken in MG1/2?

In MG1/2, he was modeled after Michael Biehn aka the good guy in The Terminator. And Big Boss was modeled after Sean Connery.

Hideo Kojima was always pretty uncreative and had to borrow a lot of ideas and characters. I'm not saying he's a bad game designer, just not really all that creative. Just play Snatcher. Awesome game, but a total Blade Runner ripoff / homage.

I heard about that from Gametrailer's Retrospective of the series.

http://www.gametrailers.com/retrospective/?rdir=1#MetalGear

Pretty interesting though.

sky14kemea:

TheGreenManalishi:

ineedscissors:

TheGreenManalishi:
I like Solid Snake, but I like Snake plisskin as well. But which is better?

Trust me, Solid Snake is better.

You don't get it.

sky14kemea:
FIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!! :D

This guy does.

Glad I could help? xD

A fight would be awesome though... >_>

Harry Hill's TV Burp references? On the Escapist? WIN!
And a fight would be awesome, but only if Harry Hill was there cheering on one of them XD

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