Hideo Kojima on why he gained’t be making any horror video games proper now, “I get scared very easily…so it ends up giving me bad dreams”

Hideo Kojima says that scaring simply helps when making horror video games, however that’s why he gained’t be doing one for some time.


At RTX Sydney, Hideo Kojima spoke with IGN and shared his views on horror video games, in addition to telling them why he wouldn’t be making one anytime quickly.

“I get scared very easily,” he defined. “Actually, this is true of Alfred Hitchcock as well as Steven Spielberg. Because they scare easily, because I scare easily, it’s actually easy for us to make something that is scary, because we understand what is scary.”

Although being an enormous ol’ fraidy cat has its downsides too apparently.

“But while in that process, we’re constantly imagining, like, terrifying situations so it ends up giving me bad dreams,” he continued. “That’s the reason why I don’t want to make a horror game.”

Sounds completely logical to me, however then I’m a wimp too, so I’m prone to be biased. Kojima goes on to share his perception on the best way to put the main willies up folks, saying that the best means is to “show them something that’s slightly out of the ordinary” to unnerve and confuse them.

“Also, the unknown. When there’s no information available for something, it’s more frightening.”

Maybe it’s for the very best that he’s giving horror video games a break for a short time. He’s not the one one which doesn’t need unhealthy goals.