MGS4 Signing San Francisco, I got me a signed copy take that Kokanaden!

This day I shall forever burn into my mind. I wish you were there RIUVA…but I guess that Island Paradise was worth it, yes?

So it was a glorious day for me on June 14, 2008 the day I shook hands with the God of Metal Gear, Lord Hideo Kojima. The minders would not let us tarry for pictures so I got some pretty crappy ones, hopefully the rest of my comrades got better ones. Nevertheless I got what was most important, my very own signed copy of MGS4. In addition the first layer of air on my freshly opened copy included air from the same room as Lord Kojima. I can now die a happy man. I was most fortunate to be a San Francisco native and even more fortunate that Lord Kojima would agree to visit so small a place instead of just stopping at New York City, and Los Angles.

Meryl and Snake (Larger Version)

The rest of their group.

Earlier in the day… (This was my start point by the way)

I got up later than I wanted so I rushed out as soon as I could, I was disheartened at first when my buddies were late as well. So I ended up as the first one on scene at 1130. They got there around 1200, thankfully there weren’t that many people at the time behind me so the guy behind me didn’t mind. Around 1400 they announced that we were not going to be guaranteed to get a signature, no one got out of line though since in my area there were roughly 200 people in front of us. Strangely enough I saw more DS units being used that PSPs. The guy in front of me wanted to get his copy of SSBB signed too, I wonder how well that went over with the Sony crew… Another guy wanted to get an issue of Playboy signed, if he did get it I am sure the tale will soon be circulating. I am glad we persevered and by 1700 we got our entry wrist bands for the signing. The cut off came about 45 minutes later.

The Hero behind me. That is hard core man fucking HARD CORE…(Larger Version)

The only picture I got with Lord Kojima looking up, stupid handlers…nothing against Mr. Imaizumi. (Larger Version)

Thanks for looking up Mr. Imaizumi!

The scuttle butt (rumor) was that the cosplayers that they found were granted an audience with Lord Kojima, but I am not sure. They did however get out of line rather early, so I assume that they got something for their excellent cosplay. The 1UP/EGM guys were there two interviewing some people, mostly cosplayers and the man behind us. The guy behind us was a long time and hard core fan of Lord Kojima who came all the way from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a hero amongst the gaming faithful. Not only did he get a copy signed he got his manual for Snatcher signed too, in addition Lord Kojima responded to the question of a Snatcher sequel with a shrug and a “maybe.”

Damn you friend of the guy with the box! As you can tell they shoved us out as soon as we got our stuff signed. Damn you Sony employee DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!! Not that Ms. Kikuchi’s profile was in any way bad, but still…

Guy Hero who was behind, me you sir are a lucky lucky man. (Larger Version)

Today’s Loot, yeah I know I got the SHnY CDs rather late but I don’t give two shits, for I have a signed copy of MGS4. Thank God that the 13th was pay day.

I am glad they decided to speed things up by having a bunch of MGS4 sleeves on hand for Lord Kojima, Mr. Kenichiro Imaizuri, and Ms. Yumi Kikuchi to sign in order to speed things up, since it allowed even more people to get an autograph and walk away happy. It would have been better if a speech was also in the cards but as the last stop before they went back to Japan, it was understandable that they were a bit exhausted after all their other stops. I got sun burn, but it was worth it. Next time though I will bring sunscreen and some food before camping out during the day. After the event we went off to Japantown to get some ramen. Now off to play!

I am so fucking happy I could cry… (Larger Version)

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18 Comments

  1. Reki
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    T_T

  2. Amanda
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Hey I was the Meryl cosplayer that day. The reason why the cosplayers left the line was that we just wanted to see him and have us see the costumes we put together since they weren’t guaranteed signatures so far back in the line so we figured we’d hang out by the windows and wave to them to at least get their attention(that and as you know since you were in front of us, they cut the line off in front of us). Yes we were granted access to meet Mr. Kojima and crew thanks to Ryan Payton who read our sign that we had a gift for Mr. Kojima(I made him a Solid Snake plush doll that I wanted to give to him). I had my MGS1 artbook signed, although in retrospect, I kinda wish I had just gotten the MGS4 sleeve signed since the reason I brought the artbook was because I had assumed Mr. Shinkawa was going to be there and was hoping for him to sign it as well. The whole trip was worth it when I gave Mr. Kojima his gift and he smiled and shook my hand. In a way it was a bit bittersweet since I had grown attached to his gift but I’m happy that he’ll enjoy it.

    Glad that you got your copy signed and that you got to meet him. I felt really bad for a lot of people who legitimately waited in line since from what I was hearing from the people way up in the line that cutting the line was rampant(not the “hey my friends saved me a spot with them” type but the “hey i’m gonna weasel my way in with you up here cause I don’t want to wait in a long line” type). Despite the outcome I was expecting(pretty much I thought there was gonna be a snowballs chance in hell that I was gonna be able to meet him since I heard the line started pretty early and I wasn’t able to get there til later)it was a very fun-filled and exciting day spent with great people and glad everyone got a kick out of my costume.

  3. Posted June 15, 2008 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    San Francisco small? Or maybe I have not seen enough of America.

  4. TP
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    @this picture:

    Somebody needs to do a Kyon-Solid Snake crossover!

    In other news,
    FORK YOU, Crusader! FOKR YOU!

  5. Posted June 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    @Amanda
    Glad that You guys got something great for your efforts. I honestly wasn’t expecting to get anything signed after they made that announcement and as time dragged on I think a lot of people just became disheartened. I stayed in line just because I was expecting some sort of event after the signing. Just to get closer to the man was at that point worth it for my and my friends. I think they tried to keep things moving as fast as they could, but eventually time ran out. The sight of the line at 1100 was already daunting, but it was the will to hold on and believe that kept a lot of people in line since the first cut off was a bit ways away. Not sure if cutting was rampant as they busted out more security folks and employees to monitor the lines and watch the gaps. Once you got past the second door the cops were there.

    Judging by the military gear you guys got did you guys use Blackhawk Tactical or did you copy some of their designs? I noticed that your protective vest had pockets where a ballistic plate would be inserted.

    @The Sojourner
    It’s smaller than NYC and we get no where near the umber of big events like LA. So it is small in relative terms.

    @TP
    What was that? I couldn’t hear you over MGS4 right now. :P

  6. Posted June 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    There is no possible way for me to convey my envious disgust towards your signed copy of MGS4. So Crusader, did you rike it?

  7. 13sugars
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    @TP ~ “In other news,
    FORK YOU, Crusader! FOKR YOU!”

    I laughed so hard… I swear to gawd, milk came out of my nostrills….

  8. Posted June 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    @Shin
    Oh I am loving it. Sort of glad there was no Macross this week not to finish the game, I am so out of practice… I can die happy now. :P

    @13sugars
    Have fun cleaning up the mess… ;)

  9. D4yt1me_L4NT3RN
    Posted June 16, 2008 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Dude there are some massive story surprises in this game… Kojima was dead serious about tying everything together! In particular, mgs3, which looked like it may have been left out because it took place before snake was born, has a lot to do with the plot! I fear I might still like snake eater better as a game though.

  10. D.J
    Posted June 16, 2008 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    LUCKY!

    I want to play the game, but the PS3 is the one console we don’t own LOL!

  11. Posted June 16, 2008 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    You sir, have incredibly clean linens.

  12. Posted June 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    @D4yt1me_L4NTR3N
    I am going as fast as I can….

    @D.J
    Heck that is waht family is for, my younger brother went off to LA and I got his PS3 all to myself… :)

    @Riex
    Thanks, I try. ;)

  13. Amanda
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Oh the plate carrier I wore was a diamondback fast attack plate carrier. All the other gear I don’t remember what it was called, I just got it from some airsoft ebay store. I don’t know what Old Snake was in past that the top he had was some motorcycle armor. I just know that he was having issues with his vest that day.

  14. Posted June 17, 2008 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Lucky bastard.

    Of course me moving to the U.S was how my brother got his hands on a PS2…

  15. Amuro1X
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Crusader, I am happy for you. It’s unfortunate that us back water states would never have a chance in hell of garnering the attention of Kojima, but I am content to revel in the masterpiece that is this game.

  16. Posted June 17, 2008 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    @Amanda
    So it was just a SAPI plate carrier, I was wondering why there was no place for he kevlar, guess that answers my questions. I saw that guy too, maybe he came on his motorcycle.

    @D.J
    I was indeed lucky, I have never been so happy to be an SF native

    @Amuro1X
    That’s good to hear, I am trying to get back into practice. I just know that LA and NYC are prime places for touring, so I know the feeling when one’s own residence gets ignored for the bigger metropolises. Enjoy the game. :)

  17. Amanda
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Oh there is a place to put plates in, its on the inside of the vest. That’s why you couldn’t see it.

  18. Posted July 1, 2008 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey, nice cosplay. ;)

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