Catherine Woolley


Hideo Kojima - MGS4 Signing in HMV Oxford Street, another unforgettable event for this year

With the launch of Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots just around the corner, Hideo Kojima being the amazing person that he is planned his MGS4 world tour. Starting off with London, so my sister and I had to go.

We headed off to back home in Essex Sunday evening, and headed out to the train station at about 4:30am, we finally made it to the HMV on Oxford street at about 20 past 6 maybe, would have been quicker but the train was slower than usual. We then prepared to wait, after having picked up the Metro earlier I flicked through it and noticed a little advert about the event, and also how it mentioned Yumi Kikuchi going, we weren't too sure of what else she had been in, so I ventured off to McDonalds to grab some breakfast and to use their free wifi.

its quite a big advert

We were about number 62 and 63 in the queue although that went up when a guy a few people in front let his friends push in just before we were about to go in.

All 61 people in front of us

And however many were behind us at the time, it had grown huge in the build up to 9am

After eating the food and feeling ill time somehow managed to pass until about 9am, where we then started to move, after a bit of waiting and nudging forwards every so often we got to the tills and pre-ordered the game & bought the sleeve.

We then decided to queue up again, so we joined the end of a small line, once the last of the 300 people filled in (and the rest were turned away) there was then a mad rush to start a new line, where previously I was near the front everyone decided to squidge up together and push me to the back. Thankfully the nice HMV security guard said we could pop in where he was standing as he knew we had been there before others in the second queue.

We ended up sitting down for most of the wait, lots of numb bums

After another few hours of waiting we finally started to file in at about 11:20, then after much standing and leaning around Kojima, Shinkawa and Yumi came out, everyone of course cheered, and then there was more waiting and standing.

I was quite bored of waiting

We were quite close to the front so we went through within a matter of minutes.

I was panicking over if I should try and get my Metal Gear lovely nes copy signed, or the sleeve, but I thought I'd respect the wishes of the HMV staff and maybe the Konami PR people and get the sleeve signed. I was going to show my Metal Gear to Kojima but I got too shy.

It started at Shinkawa, who was so cute and smiley, and he looks so adorable in my picture :)

look at him concentrate how cute

Then it went onto Kojima who was just as cute and smiley, Charlotte managed to get a nice picture, and he was looking at me instead of the camera as I was giggling away :).

my awesome smiley kojima I apologise for the watermark but I dont want this being used on ebay for people selling their sleeves

Then it went onto Yumi who is super cute, and I can't believe I missed her amazing nails, I should have said something :)

yumi was a surprise as she wasnt originally going

After we got down Charlotte was approached by Kojima's tour guys with a large camera wanting to ask her why she came and if she said anything to Kojima san, and then after that she was asked a few questions from an English guy as well.

After that rush we hung about and then went around London a bit, only to get myself an awesome top

im faster than lightning

Which came in an amazing bag

detective conan

We also went to Game Focus, where I got a Japanese copy of Kartia

And Forbidden Planet

its cute and scarily soft

Which is a laynard for me to use at conventions now :)

I also finally picked up Zelda on the DS as I've just been waiting too long to play it, and it was getting to me, once I finish Tingle I'll give Zelda a go.

All in all it was an amazing day, and I only hope that he comes to the UK once again, so I can maybe show him my Metal Gear and get it signed :)