Hideo Kojima gave me a handshake!

22 11 2008

It’s true! I mean it! Hideo Kojima and I shook hands! *shiver*

So, I have finally gotten the images my friend TehShien took for me during the signing I stood in a line in cold, snowy Stockholm, waiting two hours for and I can finally make this post, even though it now was several hours it happened. Anyway, so I got to Webhallen and stood in line at about 11:30 AM and it was then quite long, but not at all as long as I had expected. After waiting for almost an hour in line it started moving, little by little. Just before that my friend (mentioned above) came with his slow camera, as he described it himself, and took this picture of maybe half the line – it doesn’t cover it all.

I'm the one to left. More than that you will probably never see of me.

I'm the one on the far left. Don't you just love my hair?

As said before, a while after my friend showed up and took the picture above the line started moving (forward, thank god) and we just had to wait about an hour more! During that hour, though, we both made several new friends (people in a line like this tend to get quite social with the ones around them – that goes for me as well) and also met an old friend of mine that I had so far only known through MSN, or Windows Live, and Hissatsu.se – teh interwebz, you know.
When we finally got to enter the warmth of Webhallen after the two or three hours wait outside in the cold we got in line, and guess who we met there? Of course, it was …

Who is Hideo Kojima's personal bodyguard? But of course, it's Snake himself!

Who else than Snake himself is most fit to be Hideo Kojima's personal bodyguard?

When we got close to the desk where Hideo Kojima was sitting, signing copies of Metal Gear Solid 4 and other games of the Metal Gear series that fans brought with them for signing, I realized you had to purchase the game before getting into the line. Great. That’s just great! I had to leave the line when it was supposed to be my turn and I got away from there without a signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 or even a hello from Hideo Kojima whom I was standing right next to at the moment. I figured then it was no big deal, I just had to buy a copy of the game and walk up to him again. Was I right? No, for once in my life I was completely wrong. The stupid bodyguard (not Snake, one of the others) wouldn’t let me get my game signed. That’s even better than great! But then, after trying to explain what had happened, the guy that had seen me when he let a bunch of us to get our copies signed said, “oh, I recognize you,” and let me in. Yes! Luck was smiling at me today – not anymore – like it did that time I was four years old and won a trip to Legoland in Denmark (although, I’m not sure I would consider that “luck” if it happened me today)! I carefully opened the game package when I was back in line and carefully pulled out the cover paper (you know what I mean, right? The thing with the game title and everything on!) and let Kojima-san sign it for me. AND THEN WE SHOOK HANDS!! When they let me out of the line again I had my signed copy of the game and I had shook hands with Hideo Kojima! I was shaking. I tried to say thank you in Japanese when I got the autograph, but I just couldn’t. TehShien did, but he only managed to stutter it. BUT HE GOT AN “ARIGATO” BACK, THE BASTARD! (I’m playfully overreacting, just so you know. *hides bloody knife*). Here is a picture or two of the autograph I got and then I’ll just add some videos, if we caught any good ones. Hopefully I caught Kojima-san on picture, but I’m not certain I did …

Here's the autograph, folks!

Here's the autograph, folks!

And here's a bright close-up!

And here's a bright close-up!

The video is bad and the sound is annoyingly loud (it’s not like you hear anything interesting), but at least you get to see Hideo Kojima several times, signing Metal Gear games. If you wonder what someone says about half way into the video, it’s my friend (the one who took the pictures and recorded this video) who says, “it has bad graphic quality, this thing,” in Swedish.





Welcome to the New Xbox Experience

22 11 2008

HELL YEAH!

I recently got home from meeting Hideo Kojima and getting his autograph at Webhallen in Stockholm and guess what’s going on with my Xbox 360? (Of course you do, you’ve all read the title. Right?) I booted my wonderful Xbox 360 console and an update is available. I download it and WOO-HOOOO!! The New Xbox Experience is here, and with it a completely new, fresh dashboard! I haven’t checked it more than what was announced at E3 earlier this year and my Xbox 360 (actually it is my TV screen) currently shows the text “Welcome to the New Xbox Experience!” As soon as I have posted this I will check it out and I will probably spend hours just exploring all the new features as well as creating my own avatar (you know, that new Xbox Mii thing). Now I can’t wait anymore, so I’ll just add some tags and press ‘publish’ and later I will be back with my post about how the earlier mentioned event was and also include some pictures of Hideo Kojima (if I got any good, it was my friend who took the pictures and I still haven’t got them) and my new signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 for the Playstation 3 that I do not own yet. Christmas gift, maybe? Gee, I kinda wished my parents were reading this blog …





Hideo Kojima to Sweden on Saturday

20 11 2008

All I can really say is, “OMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFG!!!!!111oneone1” and that isn’t even enough. Hideo Kojima, the GENIUS behind the Metal Gear series and one of the biggest names in the gaming world is coming to Sweden on Saturday (November 22) to, for two hours, sign copies of Metal Gear Solid 4 at Webhallen on Sveavägen, Stockholm that, for this one day only, will go for only 399 SEK (approx. $50 USD) – and remember, this comes with an autograph by Hideo Kojima himself! Unfortunately it’s only for the PS3, but hey – it still comes with an autograph from the HIDEO KOJIMA!!! You know.

Metal Gear Solid 4 gameplay

Metal Gear Solid 4 game-play

Source: Webhallen.com via Hissatsu.se





Limited Edition Naruto box

31 10 2008

I just got home from late shopping (although, the time is only about half past six here, right now … maybe not so late after all) after having had dinner with my brother and his girlfriend (they had just come to Stockholm for a day to get visas – they’re going to China without me!) and, as usual, I got home with lots of new manga and stuff. Today, the biggest item on my shopping list was the Naruto Limited Edition box containing volumes one through twenty-seven, a double-sided poster (folded and therefore ruined) that I haven’t really checked out yet and probably won’t use (because, as mentioned earlier, it is folded and therefore ruined) and a special Naruto booklet; whatever is in it I don’t know because I haven’t checked that out either. More than the Naruto box I got volumes two through six of D.Gray-man, volume nine of Katekyou Hitman REBORN! (or simply Reborn!) and volumes one of the following series: MÄR, Nora, B Ichi and Elemental Gelade. Seeing as I already had maybe twenty volumes of different series to read, after adding thirty-seven new volumes, again of different series, I probably won’t be able to say, “I’ve got nothing fun to do,” for quite a while. Unless I spend all night reading it all – but I don’t think even I could pull that off; at least not while still interested.

I’d give you some pictures if I had some; however, I do still not own a working camera. And no, I am not a narutard – just a regular old (although, not old) otaku.

EDIT: There also was a Limited Edition box like the Naruto one for Bleach and Death Note; however, I am currently collecting all the Death Note volumes a few at a time and I’m almost half way to getting them all and the Bleach volumes offered in the Limited Edition box I had just bought when I noticed the box that, besides containing a few extra Limited Edition items, cost almost 1000 SEK less than what I had just payed, purchasing all the volumes only a few at a time at several occasions. That’s the reason, actually, that I got the Naruto box for almost 1500 SEK, saving even more than 1000 SEK (actually making up for buying the Bleach volumes at different times) – and that’s my absolute proof that I am, in fact, not a narutard.