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Metal Gear Creator Reveals How Snake Got His Name

Posted on Thursday, March 6 @ 16:00:34 PST by Alex_Osborn


Hideo Kojima, the famed creator of theMetal Gear Solidfranchise, has finally come forward to explain how the legendary Solid Snake got his name.

The Metal Gearmastermind explained in a series of posts onTwitter:
The reason I used Snake as a code name in Metal Gear is that a snake was the most appropriate symbol of a living being that hides his presence, and sneaks without making any noise. The reason why I didn’t use any specific snake names like cobra, anaconda or viper was because the protagonist is the player.

The reason I use Solid was to give opposite impression of soft image.

With regard to Snake's cloned foes, Liquid and Solidus, Kojima elaborated:
Like for of all endings of the any series, the appearance of strongest enemy was a must inMetal Gear Solid. It’s the Snake who can surpass the Snake. Thus I brought about a ‘clone.' Solid vs. Liquid. That wasMetal Gear Solid.

As I developed a sequel, a third Snake was needed. Since both Solid and Liquid express an actual natural state. Obviously the next would be 'Gas' but Gas Snake would be like a human made of gas, and that’s not a nice name. So I borrowed from the physics terms ‘solidus/liquidus’. Solidus is not a real state but indicates the border between liquid and solid.


And there you have it. Mystery solved. I guess it makes sense... sort of.
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