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Kojima keynoting 2009 GDC

Metal Gear Solid guru to deliver address titled "Solid Game Design: Making the 'Impossible' Possible" at next month's developer confab.


Two weeks after they announced that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata would be among the event's keynote presenters, the organizers of the 2009 Game Developers Conference have revealed another high-wattage presenter from Japan. Hideo Kojima, the reclusive and often-elusive creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, has been booked to present at the event, which takes place from March 23-27 at San Francisco's sprawling Moscone Center.

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According to GDC organizers Think Services (formerly CMP Media), Kojima's presentation will be titled "Solid Game Design: Making the 'Impossible' Possible." The designer will deliver it from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST on Thursday, March 26, 2009, in the massive Esplanade Room of the Moscone Center's South Hall.

No further details about Kojima's speech were made available, but presumably it will draw on his nearly 23-year career. Having started work at Konami in 1986, he helped craft the Metal Gear series for the MSX system before attaining worldwide notoriety for the 1998 smash Metal Gear Solid for the original PlayStation. Since then, Kojima has overseen development of every game in the critically lauded series, including Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Besides Kojima and Iwata, the GDC 2009 speaker lineup will feature BioWare's Gordon Walton, Microsoft Game Studios' David Wu, former EALA head Neil Young, and serial speaker Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios (Fable II). Past presenters include God of War creator David Jaffe, futurist Ray Kurzweil, and Wii and Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

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