From the eye patch to his name itself, Metal Gear's "Snake" has a lot in common with that other Snake: Snake Plissken, star of 1981 film Escape From New York. But what does that film's creator, John Carpenter, think?

He's cool with the homage, telling CVG that Kojima even sent him a letter asking for his "blessing".

"[Hideo Kojima] has written me and asked me for my blessing on the game and I wrote him back [to say] how about it?", the director of movies like The Thing told the gaming website. "He's a very nice man."

Carpenter is currently lending a helping hand on FEAR 3, but since FEAR causes me to break out into wild fits of indifference, I'd instead like to close this post out with Carpenter's greatest work: the fight scene from They Live.

Hideo Kojima gets thumbs up from John Carpenter [CVG]