Once again the agenda-laden media is attempting to portray Death Stranding as representational of their political ideology. Stemming from an ADD nightmare manifested into reality from BBC exclusive interview, numerous outlets — stretching beyond even the gaming scene — have taken to publishing bylines celebrating Kojima’s inspiration and how the game has a decidedly anti-Trump bias.
In the same vain as the last time these outlets attempted to do the same thing, they are once again misrepresenting what was said. Actually that statement might be overly generous considering the initial BBC interview outright misquoted what Kojima said. Never reality detract from a good narrative it seems.
Running for 15 minutes the vast majority of the “”interview”” is utter nonsense attempting to encapsulate the comedic stylings that have become popular with news channels like Layman Gamer, but really just come across as a massive waste of time for 11 minutes ’till the actual Death Stranding coverage begins. Users’ reward for sitting through 11 minutes of a CIA torture track is a recap of the game with the atypical “I still don’t’ understand it,” alongside two quotes that appear to have been selected to portray the game as political as possible.
“President Trump right now is building a Wall. Then, you have Brexit, where the UK is trying to leave. There are lots of wars, and people thinking only about themselves in the world. In Death Stranding, we’re using bridges to represent connection. There are options to use them or break them. It’s about making people think about the meaning of connection.
Caring for each other is what people really like and what makes them feel good, because we’ve always been like that in the past. I want people to remember and feel it in my game.”
The greatest flaw that emerges in outlets running this coverage is that is not only not what Kojima said, but users can find the actual interview video on the BBC’s website.
Gamers can sit back and listen to Kojima himself explain the themes he is looking to explore with his latest game. There is a political bent to it, but rather than contemporary examination it is a an ideological exploration of the human condition.
Kojima says early in the video…
“I’m Very prone to loneliness. I think there are similar people around the world, especially gamers. Even though they’re having fun with other outside when they’re alone playing video games in their living room. They don’t feel like they fight into society. So when those people play this game they realize people like them exist all over the world. Knowing that even though I’m lonely there are other people like me. Make you feel at ease. That’s what I want people to feel when they play this game.”
“There are only positive ‘likes’. There are no negative interactions, so you can’t convey any negative emotions.”
Kojima later describes how players will be able to interact positively with NPCs they find through the game’s world. “The attacks and violence seen online these days are out of control, so I designed this for people to take a step back and by connecting, relearn how to be kind to others.”
In the same statement he continues revealing how anti-Trump he is, “I don’t think anyone in the world is opposed to that.” From there the quotes from the “Interview” appear slightly different, demonstrating the BBC sound intentionally misrepresented Kojima’s sentiments, saying…
“Trump is building a wall, and the UK is leaving the EU. In this game we use bridges to connect thing, but destroying those bridges can instantly turn them into walls. So Bridges and walls are almost synonymous. That’s one of the things I’d like the players to think about in the game.”
He concluded with the obvious metaphorical reference towards the social divides society faces and what it can ultimately do toward our society.
Though the vapid, soy mouthed journalists in attendance in the BBC documentary can’t comprehend otherwise, he is not directly referring to walls and bridges. He’s referring to the principle of every man being created equal, and artificial divides that we self perpetuate when we as adults should come together and fix society rather than condemn it to oblivion for our own sake.
You can argue this is naïve or idealistic, and in truth it is both.
Remember, though, Kojima comes from a country that has cultural and racial hegemony. A nation where they view violence as bad and sexuality as perfectly normal because that’s how we all got here. Were Japan to experience the Death Stranding and fall into division it wouldn’t be hard to bring everyone back together and largely he believes America to be the same way. His fault does not lie in politics, but in thinking too highly of certain American people.
At the end of the day, though, it might not be a bad image to attempt to live up to, but certainly his game is not anti-Trump nor anti-Brexit.