Hideo Kojima on what makes Hideo Kojima tick

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    Hideo Kojima on what makes Hideo Kojima tick

    Like genes are passed on through a connection between one person and another, memes are passed on through a connection between a person and a book or a film.

    The world is filled with countless books, movies, and songs—so many that one person cannot possibly hope to experience them all. Consequently, I place tremendous significance upon the media I encounter within the limits of my lifetime.

    Such encounters are acts of happenstance; they can seem like a product of fate. I have no idea what will connect with me, or where, or what kind of connection will form. And so, rather than wait in a passive haze, I desire to act with purpose and to cherish the encounters that result from my choices. I feel the same way about meeting people.

    That is why I go to a bookstore every day. I keep going so that I may create new encounters.

    Every day, I come across all kinds of books, each offering their own unique connection: some catch my curiosity, some make their appeals to me, and some I simply pass by. Through the process of observing and recognising those connections, I become better at finding encounters that are meaningful to me, and I further hone my sensibilities.

    Not everything is a “winner,” and that is true for books, movies, music, or any other man made creative endeavour. In fact, nine in ten are “misses.” But among that other ten percent are incredible works of art. As someone who makes his living by creating, I’m always thinking that I want to continue producing works that make it into that ten percent.

    This gives me all the more reason to train and refine my ability to sense out the one-in-ten “winners.” That’s not to suggest I’m doing anything special through this process. I go to a bookstore. I buy a book when I feel a connection with it, and I read it. If I’ve chosen a “miss,” that is no reason to become discouraged. That is also part of the learning process that will guide me toward another “winner.” Time spent reading such a book is not wasted, but rather leads me to my next encounter.

    Tucked inside nearly every book on my shelves is the receipt from when I purchased that book; I keep them so that I won’t forget that time. Printed with the store’s name and the time and date of purchase, the receipts rekindle memories of not only the contents of that book, but of the time I spent with it, from before I left for the bookstore, to the story’s lingering presence after the last page was read; and of the places around me, like the bookstore, or where I read the book.

    Whatever kind of book it was – even if it was a boring one – the memory of the time we shared together is mine alone, and it forms a story uniquely mine.

    Then, I go out to a bookstore again in search of my next encounter, and that 1-in-10 “winner.”

    If I visit the same bookstore every day, my route through the store will eventually settle into a routine. While browsing the store from a fixed route is more efficient, it diminishes the appeal and meaningfulness of going to the bookstore. Once my route becomes established, I stop seeing what lies beyond it. Going to a new, or less familiar bookstore will disrupt my ossified patterns of thought, and though I feel lost, the experience can be fascinating. Even if the store carries the same books, those books may show a different side of themselves in a shop of a different scale, environment, or arrangement.

    Published at Sat, 16 Oct 2021 05:00:00 +0000

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