Kojima Reflects on 2016 and Starting New Studio — "Everything Was From Zero"

As 2016 comes to a close, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has reflected on the year that was.

Writing on Twitter, Kojima thanked fans for their support in the year that his new studio got off the ground. “Everything was from zero except your warmest support,” he said on the social media site.

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Year 2016 for me was the prep year for the new journey. Everything was from zero start except your warmest support. pic.twitter.com/ubWH1FlBMC

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 31, 2016

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I could done only because there’s a hope. Thank you. Have a good new year for everyone who dreams, who supports the dream to come true. pic.twitter.com/QYkr9vFbTG

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 31, 2016

After two decades at Konami, Kojima left the publisher in 2015 to start a new studio, Kojima Productions. It’s an independent studio, but it’s working with Sony on a new PlayStation 4 game called Death Stranding. It looks very weird and very cool, and we’re excited to learn more about it.

In other news, Kojima’s friend, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, recently spoke out for at least a second time to say, “F**k Konami.” He was working with Kojima on Silent Hills, and is apparently involved in some manner with Death Stranding.

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IGN UK Podcast #364: Big Fat 2017 Preview

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Happy New Year!

So you made it through 2016. Your stomach should now be so full of turkey that you are pinned to the sofa, with nothing but your TV and the feeling you should be buying cut-price oak furniture somewhere.

What better time to listen to our preview podcast for 2017, where Alex, Rory and Alysia look forward to the best games, TV shows and films coming in the next 12 months.

In other news, thank you so much for listening to the podcast this year – the whole UK team super appreciates all your support! From all of us, happy holidays, and have a great New Year!

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Why Matthew McConaughey Turned Down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for The Dark Tower

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“I’d feel like an amendment.”

Matthew McConaughey has come forward to explain why he turned down a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the opportunity to star as the Man in Black in Sony’s upcoming film adaptation of The Dark Tower.

In an interview with Playboy (via io9) the actor said he’d “feel like an amendment” if he joined James Gunn’s forthcoming sequel. “I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.'”

Why Matthew McConaughey Turned Down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for The Dark Tower

Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black in The Dark Tower.

McConaughey would have starred as the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, though there’s no word on exactly which character he would have played.

The actor then went on to praise The Dark Tower’s “well written” script, which won’t be a straight adaptation of the source material, as well as director Nikolaj Arcel. “I like the director and his take on it, and I can be the creator, the author of the Man in Black—a.k.a. the Devil—in my version of this Stephen King novel,” he said.

McConaughey also spoke to his role as the Man in Black, saying, “I enjoyed approaching my character as if I were the Devil having a good time, getting turned on by exposing human hypocrisies wherever he finds them.”

He noted that while it’s “a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternate universe,” it’s also “very much grounded,” highlighting the fact that the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) wields a pistol rather than a fictional weapon like a lightsaber.

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The actor reaffirmed the first movie, which began filming back in April, is done. That said, the release date for The Dark Tower was recently moved from February to July 28, 2017, so that more time can be spent on completing the film’s visual effects.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

9 Skyrim Secrets You Probably Didn’t Find

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Sneaky secrets.

Skyrim is a game so massive that you can explore the tundras for days and still not see everything. Even if you’ve slain every dragon, joined every guild, and completed every quest, the game is just full of secrets that might just slip you by. Here are 9 Skyrim Secrets you might not know about.

The Notched Pickaxe – Minecraft Easter Egg

Arguably the most classic of Skyrim secrets, it still deserves a mention for those who haven’t found it. Travel to Skyrim’s highest mountain peak, the Throat of the World, and climb to the top of the summit. Here you’ll find a very special Notched Pickaxe embedded in some malachite ore. This is a callback to the incredibly popular Minecraft, created by none other than Markus “Notch” Persson.

Infinite Arrow Trick

This little secret is a must for any archer thief. Find an NPC who often practices his archery against a target dummy, and pickpocket his arrows, replacing them with one arrow of high quality. The NPC will then shoot multiple arrows of that type at the target, letting you gather multiple arrows from the dummy.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

When questing across the land of Skyrim, it’s easy to forgot to stop and read some books now and then. Why not take a comfy break and have an adventure in a book! The book Kolb and the Dragon: A book for Nord Boys, is actually a choose your own adventure styled book. Just pick a path at the end of each page and try to get a good ending, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. No cheating!

The Headless Horseman

One of the more spooky secrets in Skyrim, you can find a Headless Horseman roaming the wilds on his spectral steed. He can be hard to locate, but if you manage to find and follow him to his final destination, you’ll find yourself at Hamvir’s Rest, where along with a number of undead enemies, you can find a coffin with a helmeted skull. Too Spooky For Me.

The Chill: Winterhold’s Jail

The Chill represents one of Skyrim’s more sneakier secrets. It’s location is often missed, as its found almost off the north edge of the map, past the College of Winterhold. This cave is actually a jail for Winterhold, and being mages and all, they went and made a Frost Atronach as a guard. You can actually get sent here by getting arrested by a Winterhold guard, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Even if you escape, you’ll have to contend with three more Frost Atronachs waiting outside.

Hidden Peaks of Solstheim

These next few secrets can only be found with Skyrim’s final DLC expansion: Dragonborn. The DLC island of Solstheim has much to hide, like the 4 hidden peaks that represent some of the highest points of the island. You won’t even see this location icons on your display until you are nearly at the top of the peaks, and they require a bit of platforming to summit. If you reach the top, you’ll be able to fast travel back at any time for some amazing views.

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Ride an Invincible Dragon

The Dragonborn DLC featured the ability to ride dragons, but what good is a dragon that’s just going to either die or turn on you? If you travel back to the Throat of the World after learning the new shout, you can summon your personal dragon to the ground from where he flies around the peak, and ride him wherever you please through fast traveling. Best of all, he’s an important NPC that can’t be killed, and he won’t turn on you like other tamed dragons.

The Ebony Knight

If you’ve never heard of the Ebony Warrior, don’t worry. You have to get to level 80 in Skyrim until this guy will show up on your doorstep, asking for one simple request: A duel to the death. This guy isn’t a pushover either: Entirely clad in enchanted ebony armor, he’s got everything from the best weapons to dragon shouts of his own! He’s easily one of the toughest enemies you’ll fight in the game, so don’t feel bad if you want to bring a friend…or a dragon.

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The Spider Imbuing Chamber

The Dragonborn DLC also features a little known crafting area known as the Spider Imbuing Chamber. Once you’ve cleared White Ridge Barrow on the island of Solstheim, you’ll find a large crafting device that inputs gems and albino spider pods, and outputs throwable exploding spiders. You heard me. You can customize the effect of the spider with different gems, and stock up on spiders to truly become: Spiderborn.

And that’s 9 Secrets you might have missed in Skyrim, For many more Skyrim Cheats and Secrets, head over to our immense Wiki Guide. I hope you learned something new today! If you know of any secrets you think nobody else knows about, let us know in the comments, and please add them to the Wiki!.

Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

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You can buy it with one payment or monthly installments.

Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima’s new development studio, recently showed off a new half-scale replica of its mascot Ludens — and it will only cost interested buyers $1999 USD.

The figure, a collaboration between Kojima Productions and Sideshow Collectibles, stands just over five feet tall. Limited to a run of 150 produced statues, each statue will be signed by Kojima himself and will come with LEDs in the helmet that can light up.

Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

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Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

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Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

Source: Sideshow Collectibles

Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

Source: Sideshow Collectibles

Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

Source: Sideshow Collectibles

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Ludens is currently available for pre-order on Sideshow’s website and is expected to arrive to customers between January and March 2018. The statue costs $1999.99, and can be purchased at a flat rate or via monthly payments of $225.

Kojima Productions is currently working on the new studio’s first title Death Stranding. While not much is known about the game, Kojima has gone on record to say it will be for people that “enjoy playing today’s AAA titles such as The Division and Uncharted.”

A recent trailer for Death Stranding was shown off earlier this month at The Game Awards starring famous film auteur Guillermo Del Toro and actor Mads Mikkelsen.

Blake Hester is a KY-based writer. Follow him on Twitter @metallicaisrad.