He mentioned this more than a few times during our phonecall. He also seemed very interested in how much Metal Gear Solid V might be worth. At one point, suddenly asked me: “By the way, do you know how much this game is going to cost? And how many copies will it sell?” When I estimated that it’ll sell maybe 4 million units at 60 euros a pop, he started laughing.

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“Wow!!! Sixty Euros? Multiplied by 4 or 5 MILLION? That would cover the whole operation for Valery and then some! We’re talking about an insane amount of money!”

Towards the end of the call we talked a lot about his HEAVEN project. Dr. Canavero really is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever talked to. He couldn’t wait to explain things to me – things that I’m far too medically uneducated to understand. I definitely got the impression that he’s rather enjoying this sudden burst of popularity. I asked him if he thought the whole situation had already affected his image or had any repercussions.

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“It’s just surprising that despite having been around the world, speaking at more than 300 medical conferences about what could be the biggest medical achievement in history, I feel like now I’m at the peak of my popularity thanks to a video game...a video game I wasn’t even involved in to begin with.”


Gabriele Galliani is an Italian journalist who writes for Official PlayStation Magazine, Byte Size Impressions, and more. Find him on Twitter.

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