Awesome screen-capture of the interview was taken by NeoGaf member Sn4ke_911TWITTER FACEBOOK
Something this hilarious doesn’t always happen but when it does, it’s good to look at it and have a laugh. A few NeoGaffers believe that Joakim Mogren, the head of the gaming studio Moby Dick (using this term very loosely), is a CG character designed to show of the new Fox Engine being worked on at Kojima Productions. Mogren was recently interviewed by Geoff Keighley on GTTV. The studio, Moby Dick, is working on The Phantom Pain which was revealed late last year during the VGAs.
The theory was originated from the /v/ message board but found it’s way on NeoGaf where the real fun began;
So, /v/ posted a theory.
Joakim is 100% CGI in that interview. This is an elaborate tech demo for the Fox Engine.
– It explains why the two are never in the same frame together
– It explains the bandages
– It explains why the game being on the Fox Engine was the big reveal.
If you look at his cheek during the interview, the shading seems suspicious. And the closer you look at it, I have a hard time believing he is actually there.
Now, Mushroom25 has an interesting theory behind the interview, it does seem logical and there is thought put behind it. Whoever I would like to take the time to make a rebuttal against his claims. It’s going to be speculation against speculation so take everything here with a grain of salt but I will be making genuine and plausible points…1“It explains why the two are never in the same frame together”
A lot of signs point to Moby Dick being a ghost studio, as in, it only exists in name. The game Phantom Pain was revealed during the VGAs which Geoff Keighly organizes and produces. Keighley and Kojima probably have a strong working relationship as he was also invited and was seen during the VGAs. However, Kojima had no game to reveal, and the VGAs are very US centric. He doesn’t really need to be there unless there was something of personal interest to him. A lot of signs point to The Phantom Pain being a Kojima developed product, it might even be a part of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
Now going back to why they were never seen together, it’s possible that the interview might have been pre-recorded and often times formal interviews actually tend to look this way. The more outlandish possibility I have is that Keighly is actively working with Kojima to fool fans and help out with viral marketing for The Phantom Pain/Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. We know Moby Dick isn’ a real studio, as speculated by Kotaku and many other gaming websites. In fact the official Moby Dick website isn’t working at the time of writing…I wonder why that is.2“It explains the bandages”
The bandages on the man’s face could be there for a few reasons. The first, more obvious reasoning is that it makes Joakim look like a character in The Phantom Pain. Here is a picture of Joakim and the unknown character from The Phantom Pain trailer that we were greeted to at the VGA award ceremony.
My second reason is that revealing his face could reveal the whole façade too early. This is the internet, and people on the internet can very easily find somebody based of how they look or a family member or friend of “Joakim” could come out and reveal his real name. The bandages help keep his identity a secret. This is something Kojima is banking on for the time being.3“It explains why the game being on the Fox Engine was the big reveal.”
The game being created on the Fox Engine was a big reveal because it’s a new engine that has already garnered some hype. It also points more signs to this game being developed over at Kojima Productions not Moby Dick. Which doesn’t actually exist I might add.
The general consensus at NeoGaf is currently leaning towards “Joakim Mogren” being real but there are still a number of people who believe him to be computer generated. My personal opinion points to Joakim being real because that is plain as day. Some people are looking too much into this and actively trying to convince himself that he is some how CG.
Here is a golden comment from Bollocks;
“LOL, so a bunch of nerds who never leave their basement, try to tell us that that person is CG.
How would they know.
That person is clearly not CG.”
And on that bombshell, I am going to end my take on this hilarious speculation with a tidbit of my own educated guess on the matter.