By Peter Brown
There are many relevant video game series that began in the 1980s, but very few have retained their cachet as well as Metal Gear has. After 27 years, it seems as though interest in the legendary stealth series continues to grow, and though dozens of hands touch each game, including notable Metal Gear vets Yuji Korekado and Ken-ichiro Imaizumi, it’s director Hideo Kojima and art director Yoji Shinkawa who are widely regarded as the head chefs in the kitchen. Without Hideo Kojima, who convinced Konami to support a stealth game during the golden age of hard-hitting, arcade-style action, Metal Gear wouldn’t exist. Without Yoji Shinkawa coming on board for 1998’s Metal Gear Solid, the series wouldn’t enjoy the same impactful visual style that it’s known for today.
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