Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Hideo Kojima, the creator and director of the Metal Gear series, continued the Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker World Tour this weekend at the Gamestop location in Universal Studios Citywalk . To promote the new game, Kojima signed autographs for the lucky first 300 fans from 11 AM to 1 PM. I arrived at the Gamestop at 3 AM, and what began as a chilly, quiet morning eventually became a loud, crowded frenzy full of cheering fans, cosplayers, and sweaty gamers standing around in the summer heat.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

I arrived at 3:00am, which started off as a quiet, chilly morning.


Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

By 11:00am, the line became so crowded that some unlucky fans had to be turned away. Wristbands were given out to the first 300 in line, ensuring their chance of getting an autograph.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Some fans, such as this detail-oriented Snake cosplayer, arrived by less than conventional means.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Here's a closer image of our detailed-oriented Snake cosplayer. According to him, almost every part of his costume is an accurate recreation of Snake as he appears in Peace Walker, from the small writing on his elbow pads to the soles of his boots. Fans don't get any more hardcore than this guy!

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

The cosplayers continued to arrive, including those dressed as Amanda, Cécile and quadruplet of Snakes.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Cosplayer "dust-da" dressed as young Ocelot, "FantasyNinja" dressed as The Boss, "precious" dressed as a Sweet Snake Figumates version of Raiden and "Vernedead" as the freaking hilarious "product placement" version of Snake. Such nice people, they were! This picture was taken before the guns, swords, and Doritos were taken away by security.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Boss fight! Don't worry, the autograph signing was fairly peaceful. It's the Peace Walker World Tour, after all. Here, cosplayers are reenacting a moment from Metal Gear Solid 3. 

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

"Precious" showing off her "Sweet Snake Figumates" female version of Raiden costume. Did she get a lot of attention? You bet she did.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

As soon as Hideo Kojima arrived, the crowd went absolutely nuts. Like a rock star, he walked right by the crowd as everyone chanted his name. He even pulled out his camera and recorded his fans showing their appreciation for him. Can you spot him in the picture? (Hint: he's the one holding the camera)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Here's the man himself, signing any one item per fan. The staff and security were very efficient, we were in and out of the building in about a minute.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

I got him to sign my cover for the original Metal Gear Solid for the PSX. He seemed surprised that there was another autograph already on the cover when I handed it to him (Snake voice actor David Hayter autographed it in 2008). After the signing, I thanked him and shook his hand.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

A very focused Kojima after signing about 50 autographs. Now he's got another 471 more to go (he was able to sign 521 autographs)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

The spoils: Kojima's autograph of the top-left, accompanied by David Hayter's autograph (from 2008) on the bottom right.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker World Tour at Universal Citywalk

Funny, even Big Boss himself had to wait in line like the rest of us.

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