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Maybe it was all about how the Japanese make video games or something that is the best I can come up with. Going to bust out the wiki...

Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也, Nomura Tetsuya?) (born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game director and character designer working for Square Enix (formerly Square). He has been rated by the website Next Generation as the 7th most important and anticipated video game developer of 2007.[2]

Hideo Kojima (小島 秀夫, Kojima Hideo?, born August 24, 1963) is a Japanese video game designer originally employed at Konami. Formerly the vice president of Konami Computer Entertainment Japan[1], he is currently the head of Kojima Productions. He is the creator and director of a number of successful games, including the Metal Gear series, Snatcher, and Policenauts. He has also produced both the Zone of the Enders and Boktai series. Kojima is consistently named by fans and industry experts alike as being one of the most influential and innovative video game directors and writers of all time, as well as being on many all time director top ten lists. Newsweek named Hideo Kojima as one of the top ten people of 2002.[2][3] In 2008, Next-Gen placed him #7 in their list of "Hot 100 Developer 2008."[4] Recently, he was awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award handed to a game designer at the 2008 MTV Game Awards. [5]