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)