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I have been going to the Tokyo Game Show since 2004. I believe this is the first year that Hideo Kojima is not appearing on stage.

Here is 2004.

[Photo: Game Impress Watch]

And 2005.

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[Photo: IT Media]

2006.

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[Photo: Sieca]

2007.

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[Photo: DogSV]

This is 2008.

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[Photo: 4Gamer]

And 2009.

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[Photo: 4Gamer]

2010.

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[Photo: 4Gamer]

2011.

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[Photo: Gamer]

2012.

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[Photo: Kobedenshi]

2013.

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[Photo via Jonathan Sewell]

Last year.

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[Photo: 7chord]

This year.

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[Photo: Konami]

This is not Hideo Kojima. It’s an announcer guy and Sentarou, a Japanese comedian who really loves Metal Gear. Neither of them made The Phantom Pain. And who wants to hear from the guy who created the game? Eh...

The odd thing—in a year of odd Konami things—is that Hideo Kojima was at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, but as a visitor.

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This reminds me of when Kojima recently wandered around Tokyo autographing things because there wasn’t a signing session set up for The Phantom Pain.

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Top photo: S_blacky

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