A man in a film once said that 'Life is like a box of chocolates'. Hideo Kojima might not be a man in a film, but he also has a rather wistful comparison to make with his Metal Gear Solid franchise. When asked what the series means to him, Kojima responded, "It's like the Olympics."
Why on Earth would that be, Kojima-san? Please, explain. "A big event held every three or four years. You devote your life to the major goal of a fight on the world stage. You think of nothing beyond that. The latter half becomes difficult, and you think that you'll retire after this. But after release, you think about the next tournament."
This explanation might well be the reason why, after almost every successful Metal Gear Solid
release, he states that he will retire the series - only to come straight back on board with the next game. Oh, Kojima. Don't ever stop shinin'.