Gamesuperchampion : Hideo Kojima's Worldwide Tech Tour Sparks Existential Beard Crisis

Earlier this week legendary video game designer to see the biggest and best video game developers in the world.

Kojima recently founded a new studio and is currently trying to familiarise himself with technology on the bleeding edge of game development.

To what end? We’re not exactly sure. It seems he’s on some sort of vision quest. It’s kind of like Easy Rider but with less drugs (probably) and more expensive cameras.

Thus far, Kojima and Cerny have met with and they visited to see the tech used for Naughty Dog’s . They also had dinner with Hollywood veteran Kyle Cooper.

The latest leg of his tour took him to , the studio behind the series. While there he discussed what type of Star Wars underwear he was wearing with studio founder Brian Fleming (and probably some other stuff too).

But it seems Kojima’s adventure is as much a journey of self-discovery as a tech scouting trip. Among all this, somewhat unexpectedly, he turned to his loyal fans on Twitter and asked if he should shave his beard.

This is a rare moment of uncertainty for Kojima, who until now has always portrayed himself as a confident visionary, ever with his finger on the pulse, tirelessly leading the charge in creating innovative, creative video games.

During his tenure at Konami, Kojima delivered numerous critically acclaimed Metal Gear games, rising through the ranks to eventually become the gaming legend he’s revered as today. Throughout this, he’s been clean shaven (see below for evidence).

Pictured: Kojima

But the tumultuous development of , during which he reportedly clashed with upper management, seemed to have sparked a shift in identity.

When he reappeared in, he looked to be a rougher, more rugged version of himself, complete with a barely contained grimace and the kind of beard a drug lord develops when trying to evade a manhunt.

Pictured: Punished Kojima

This journey seems to be having a profound impact on Kojima. At the risk of reading too deeply into his tweet this may be a sign that this trip is about more than just finding cool new technology to use in the creation of his new game. This may be a cleansing ritual undertaken to purge the old demons and begin anew.

Anyways, there’s still a few more days left on his tour and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on where he is and the state of his beard. Also I don’t know if you know this, but creator Swery has ridden an elephant and a tiger. What a guy.

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