Kojima a Guinness World Record holder

Hideo Kojima, famous for the Metal Gear series, was in London this week to receive his Guinness World Record certificates. Yes, certificates, one apparently wasn’t enough. The records are for Metal Gear, the first videogame to fully utilize stealth as part of the gameplay and for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the biggest selling stealth game for the PlayStation 2.

Keith Pullin, Editor of the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008, had the honor of presenting the certificates to Mr. Kojima and said, “I would like to welcome Mr. Kojima to our family of gaming record breakers and we hope he breaks many more!”. Maybe Kojima’s next nomination will be for “having the oldest main character in a stealth game” or something.

Metal Gear wasn’t the first videogame to use stealth elements such as hiding and sneaking around; one example is Muse Software’s Castle Wolfenstein, which did this as early as 1981. The difference is that Metal Gear concentrated solely on these elements, thus creating the stealth-game sub genre.