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Hideo Kojima Talks Nuclear Disarmament

Metal Gear mastermind Tweets his reaction to the recent US-Russia pact and how it relates to Peace Walker and other Metal Gear games.

Miller (left) proposes forming the Militaires Sans Frontieres (MSF) group in the recent Peace Walker trailer

If you're like me, the first thing you wondered when Obama and Medvedev signed the recent nuclear arms reduction pact was, "What does Hideo Kojima think about this?"

The Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker completion ceremony all out of the way, Kojima has been taking up this hot issue at his Twitter.

Wrote Kojima yesterday, "A new nuclear arms treaty was formed between US President Obama and Russian President Medvedev. The Prague signing was a new start. But I'm worried about whether they'll be able to actually implement it before it lapses. In Peace Walker, which is set around 36 years back, we handle the old start, but realizing a 'world without nuclear weapons' is difficult."

Peace Walker's dealings with nuclear themes can be seen in the game's recent "Tactical Espionage Operations" trailer. In Peace Walker, the Miller character and main character Big Boss create a guerilla group called Militaires Sans Frontieres (MSF). This is the group of soldiers you manage in the game's Mother Base mode. Towards the end of the trailer, Miller makes some comments suggesting that the group is about to go nuclear, making it the world's seventh nuclear power.

Peace Walker won't be the first Metal Gear game to take up the nuclear arms issue. In subsequent posts, Kojima mentioned some other Metal Gear games and their relations to the topic of nuclear weapons.

Tweeted Kojima, "Even if you come to an agreement to reduce nuclear arms, the difficult part is what comes next. Dismantling nuclear missiles and warheads takes a large budget. Also, safe storage and maintenance of nuclear missiles takes up a lot of money as well. In Russia following the fall of the Soviet Union, sloppy management of nuclear weapons became a problem. MGS1 had that as one of its themes."

He continued, "MGS1 was the story of terrorists assaulting a US nuclear disarmament facility. This plot was actually supposed to have been used in Metal Gear 2, but in terms of the era, it did not yet have a realistic feeling, so we changed to a biomass story."

In other Metal Gear-related Hideo Kojima Twitter news, here's a good way to get a retweet from Kojima:

Twiterer yoshimitsu_k had some free time, so he draw Big Boss on his desk and Tweeted the image @ Kojima. Kojima's response was, in English, "COOL!".

Kojima is not encouraging vandalism, of course. Yoshimitsu_k also said that he erased the image after having taken the picture.

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