Screengrab from the first episode of HideoTube, two men seated behind a desk for a talk show-format video.

A chance to get to know Kojima outside business headlines and industry drama.

You’ve likely most often heard about Hideo Kojima as the auteur behind Metal Gear and a focal point in recent tumult at game publisher Konami. He’s also, by all reports, a really likable guy—and now you can get to know him yourself.

The Kojima Productions YouTube channel posted the first episode of HideoTube on Thursday, in which Kojima and Kenji Yano of the Kadokawa Shoten publishing company discuss their favorite movies of 2015.

Kojima has said his work is very influenced by cinema, but he’s not a film critic. Yano’s company is historically more involved with book and manga publishing than with film. The first episode of HideoTube is pretty much two guys talking about movies. The authoritativeness of their “best of” list is not the point.

Opportunities to see game developers just being themselves outside the watchful eye of PR reps are pretty rare, so this could be an exciting opportunity for fans.

The episode is in Japanese with English subtitles. Make sure to subscribe if you want to see more HideoTube.

Screengrab via Kojima Productions/YouTube

Dennis Scimeca

Dennis Scimeca

Dennis Scimeca was the Daily Dot's gaming reporter until 2016. He loves first-person shooters, role-playing games, and massively multiplayer online games. His work has appeared in Salon, NPR, Ars Technica, Kotaku, Polygon, Gamasutra, GamesBeat, Paste, and Mic.