Otacon and Otakon

GameSpot says:

Kojima Productions offers PC desktop accessory to Japanese purchasers of Metal Gear Acid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.

Kojima Productions is offering a free bonus to purchasers of Metal Gear Acid 2 or Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence in the form of an appropriately themed PC desktop accessory. The accessory is called “OtaClock,” and as the name suggests, it’s a clock that features series character Otakon. The clock was originally developed for use by Kojima’s development team, but it’s now being released to the public as well. Keen Metal Gear Solid fans might recognize the OtaClock from its brief appearance in the last few seconds of Metal Gear Solid 4’s trailer. To download the OtaClock, gamers will need to visit a special Web site address that can be found in Japanese copies of Metal Gear Acid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.

Since I have mentioned Otakon a couple of times recently, I guess I’ll mention the link between the Metal Gear Solid character, Otacon, and the anime convention, Otakon.

Way back when the first MGS game was released, Otakon Staff found out that this character in the game was called ‘Otacon’. Since Otakorp, Inc. had the rights to this name, and because ‘Otacon’ was similar enough to ‘Otakon’ the non-profit had to give permission to Konami to use this name in the game. As I remember Otakon Staff were really quite excited that the character had a similar name to the con, so they were only too happy to give Konami the permission to use the name. When you complete a Metal Gear Solid game in which Otacon appears, you will see Otakorp, Inc. mentioned in the credits.

Oh, and the character’s name is spelled with a ‘k’ instead of a ‘c’ in the Japanese version of the Metal Gear Solid games, apparently. So, in Japan, ‘Otacon’ is ‘Otakon’.

Also, the way ‘Otacon’ (the character’s name) is pronounced in the game is not the same way that Otakon (the name of the anime convetntion) is pronounced. Otacon = AH-tuh-kon, Otakon = OH-tuh-kon.

[Wikipedia entry for Otakon, the anime convention — Scroll all the way down to see the explanation about the name]

[Wikipedia information for Otacon, the videogame character]