A Win for Kojima
In recent years video games are proving time and time again that they are an inherent art form. Yesterday Kojima Productions announced in a tweet that company head, Hideo Kojima, was receiving the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts. The award is from the Agency of Cultural Affairs Japan. Additionally, this is the first instance of a member of the video game industry receiving the award since 2010.
— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) March 10, 2022
The tweet from Kojima Productions goes into more detail about the award. Specifically, it outlines the eleven industries normally receiving the award. Everything from film and music to literature and fine arts sees these awards routinely. Additionally the media arts category, for which Kojima has won the award, is the most recent category being introduced in 2008.
The game receiving the award is none other than Death Stranding: The Director’s Cut. Coming out last year Death Stranding was, according to the tweet, receiving acclaim from the selection committee. The reception of the award will Kojima the second member of the video game industry to ever win the award. Kojima himself has been working in the industry since the late 80’s and has made classic games such as the widely popular Metal Gear series.
Congratulations are in order to Hideo Kojima and the team behind Death Stranding. Furthermore, Death Stranding: The Director’s Cut is coming to PC on March 30th, 2022.