Geoff Keighley Gives Emotional Speech For Hideo Kojima, Puts Konami On Blast

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A year ago, Hideo Kojima was supposed to receive a trophy at The Game Awards for Metal Gear Solid V. Due to bullshit from Konami, Kojima couldn’t attend the event. Tonight, things have been set right.

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“Last year, I thought I lost everything,” Kojima said, accepting the award. “But I didn’t.”

The whole thing was very emotional. “We had to be back on the same stage as last year, to give one man a moment he was robbed of,” Keighley said.

“We all have tough times to go through, but the true test of one’s character comes in how we react to those moments we don’t control,” Keighley said.

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“I think what happened to Hideo Kojima last year was a tragedy, but he never complained. He just sat in an isolated room for months, looked inside himself and focused on his art. He hoped that his love of entertaining us would carry him through the darkest days of his career. And we thank him, for all that he went through.”

Keighley claimed that, for a long time, Kojima refused to accept the award because he didn’t want “blood on [his] hands.”

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DISCUSSION

“What happened to Hideo last year was a tragedy.”

Popular developer who would have been picked up by any other publisher or development company in an instant was unable to fly to an award show to receive an award that signified how popular he was.

Tragedy.