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" My parents were born in the 1930s, and they experienced the air raids on Tokyo. "
" Looking back, I am thankful that I didn't go into the film industry. "
" There are many museums dedicated to technology, artistic endeavors, music, and that sort of thing. From that perspective, I think games really do have a place as a kind of collaborative art or a synthesis of all these various aspects into a whole, and that, in itself, can be perceived as art. "
" In any game, you have an enemy coming at yourself that you have to shoot. If you go back to 'Space Invaders,' they shoot at you when they come at you, so how are you going to protect yourself? You're going to shoot, and that is a typical videogame. "
" Every time I make a new game, I put all of my effort completely into that game. It's like putting all your effort into a new child that's being born. Once the project is done, I can step back and look at it objectively, which is when I can see a lot of flaws. That's when I start to make a new game that tries to fix some of those flaws. "
" Even when people abroad see me, I'm often asked about a 'Zone of the Enders' sequel. "
" I have always had a fascination about what's inside a human being. "
" One of my first dreams when I was a child was becoming a painter. "
" The painter has total control over what they're showing to the viewer. "
" I believe that even today we can only tell a simple story without really interfering with gameplay. But in the future, I think it will almost be a requirement of all storytellers when they create games, how they can tell a more complex story without conflicting with the gameplay. "
" Games shouldn't only be fun. They should teach or spark an interest in other things. "
" You have to be very careful when you're working on a sequel, because it has to be a continuation of what you did before. "
" I don't really want to be a celebrity. "
" I want to continue making things. "
" As far as how I create games, I'm just reflecting what I feel, the things I have in my mind. I put those out there. Some of the things that I'm going through, the things that surround me, might be reflected there. But for me, it's a natural process. I just reflect what I feel into the game. "
" Stories in which the player doesn't inhabit the main character are difficult for games to handle. "
" When I was small, I was always thinking about different worlds in my head. "
" There are so many books and movies I like; I never mention specific ones. "
" I won't make games with senseless violence. There has to be a reason for it, such as war. "
" If 'Castlevania' wasn't created next to me, and Capcom didn't release 'Ghouls n' Goblins,' then maybe there wouldn't be any 'Metal Gear,' and I would have created a horror action game, because I really like that genre. "
" As a creator, I always want to betray fans' expectations. "
" When I was a child, there really weren't very many video games, but I do have memories of 'Pong.' Maybe it was 'Pong.' It was a home system in Japan, so maybe it wasn't the real 'Pong.' It was just sort of a Japanese game that was similar to 'Pong.' "
" Personally, I'm not too fond of remakes. "
" At Disneyland, you never go 'backstage' - even when you're in the bathroom. "
" What I'm really trying to do is create unique characters. "
" My goal is to make a player think, 'I want to reenter this world of lies tomorrow.' "
" Genetic engineering is a result of science advancement, so I don't think that in itself is bad. If used wisely, genetics can be beneficial, but they can be abused, too. "
" There are so many games where you fight aliens or zombies, and they have very high-fidelity graphics, but they don't ask the question of why the events are happening. "
" My parents were huge fans of westerns, European cinema, and horror in particular. They wouldn't just show me kids' films. "
" My biggest failure is 'Metal Gear.' It's my biggest failure and my biggest success. "
" I always say, 'This will be my last 'Metal Gear.' "