is a Japanese game designer best known for his incredibly blunt nature and his critically acclaimed action games, which tend to cram together ludicrous amounts of stylistic insanity and razor sharp action gameplay. Formerly of Clover Studios, a subdivision of Capcom
until it was shut down, he now works with other former Clover staff at Platinum Games
He is also well known for practising his English language skills on his Twitter account,
which is to say, that's where he trolls his fans mercilessly (and berates and blocks people for asking stupid or repetitive questions
Games directed by Kamiya:
He was also the Japanese voice actor for Godot in Gyakuten Saiban 3
Tropes that apply to Hideki Kamiya:
- Ascended Meme: Wonder Director, a character based on (and voiced by) Kamiya in The Wonderful 101 actually says "Ask your mom" as one of his quotes. Bayonetta also says it in Bayonetta 2.
- Astral Finale: Most of his games have Grand Finale set in space.
- Author Appeal:
- Space Harrier is one of his favorite games. Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101 had stages emulating the game.
- The first phase of the Mundus fight in the original Devil May Cry is also a rail shooter-esque stage.
- Badass Boast: People on Twitter will often ask him why he is so awesome. His response:
"Lions don't learn how to hunt."
- Berserk Button: Do not ask him repeated questions. Also, do not ask him about the Devil May Cry games other than the first one,note Bayonetta 2,note or Kill la Kill.note
- Brutal Honesty:
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
"Ah, excuse me tiny insects, but u don't have to tell me that u blocked me. Might be a great historical event for u but for me it's nothing."
- Catch Phrase:
- "Ask your mom."
- He has a fondness for "cute babes."
- He often responds to "When will we see..." questions with "Next week... in gaming magazines/Nintendo Direct."
- Since nearly all of Platinum's games are published and owned by an outside company, every time someone asks him to port one of his games to another console, he replies, "Ask [company name]." This also happens when people ask him to make a new Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, or Ōkami game, as those IPs are owned by Capcom. You'll know he's messing with them if they ask him to port a game exclusive to one console to a competing console.
- Several "...or else I'll block you" tweets are often prefixed with "As I've said 10000000000000000000 times...":
Repeat for idiots : AS I'VE TOLD YOU 10000000000000000000 TIMES I'M NOT A DIRECTOR OF BAYO2 SO ASK HASHIMOTO OR I'M GONNA FUCKIN' BLOCK YOU.
REPEAT: As I've told u 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times, have ur fucking conversation or argument elsewhere or I'll block u.
Repeat: As I've said 10000000000000000000 times, I never need any advice. I do what I wanna do. I am me. U are u. Advicing idiots-> Blocked.
- Depending on his mood, he'll at least be nice enough to ask for permission first. "May I block you?"
- "Enough of [x]", [x] being whatever video game/anime Twitter is trying to get him to watch. Usually mixed with "something" to show contempt toward whatever it was and annoy the fanboys.
- Challenge Gamer: Many of his favorite video games are Nintendo Hard arcade games, such as the original Gradius and Space Harrier. He's pretty damn good at them, too.
- Creator Cameo: He appears in The Wonderful 101 as Wonder Director.
- Doing It for the Art: This is all that needs to be said.
- Foreign Language Tirade: The last thing you'll see from his account if he decides to block you for being annoying or an asshole.
- Hype Backlash: Invoked. He's been permanently turned off of Kill la Kill due to hordes of gamers requesting that he make a game based on it. Apparently, the rest of Platinum Games' staff also feels the same way.
- Hypocritical Humor: He swears on Twitter, yet when people send him tweets with the word "fuck", he'll sometimes tell them, "Don't use F-word, it's rude."
- Insufferable Genius: He's a talented programmer for sure, but his short temper on his Twitter posts kind of makes him look like a dick.
- Insult Backfire:
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he may not be nice about how he phrases his opinions, he usually is justified in the positions he takes. Also, more often than not he only blocks and/or calls out people who provoke him first.
- Mathematician's Answer:
- Don't expect Kamiya to elaborate or be specific if you ask him something. This is understandable since he's most probably constantly busy with a project, and has more than enough tweets to respond to.
- When asked why his answers tend to be so short, his response was, "Can you say some long sentence in Japanese?"
- Old Shame: The original version of Resident Evil 2, often referred to as "Biohazard 1.5", which was his first assignment as director. He took a more passive role in accepting other team members' suggestions, turning the game into a mess that they had to completely do over from scratch. Kamiya stated that the experience taught him to take a more assertive role in making games and allowing his vision as a director to shine through.
- Overly Long Gag: Has been known to link to his other tweets if he gets questions he's been asked already. Often these linked tweets will contain more linked tweets, eventually culminating in an answer if you follow the link trail long enough.
- Promoted Fanboy: Kamiya is a noted lover of video games in general, especially '80s-era arcade and console games, and his philosophy is to design the type of games that he himself would like to play. In particular, getting to work for Sega (Bayonetta) and Nintendo (The Wonderful 101) was a dream come true for him.
- Recurring Boss: Another favorite of his. Includes every boss in Devil May Cry save Mundus, Orochi and Waka in Ōkami, Jeanne in Bayonetta, and Prince Vorkken in The Wonderful 101.
- Refuge in Audacity: His entire Twitter persona lives off this.
- Running Gag:
- When asked about information while he's under a non-disclosure agreement that prevents him from answering:
- Pretending he's never heard of the Sega Dreamcast on purpose, sometimes even acting as though he doesn't know what Sega itself is.note
"Dream... what? What... cast?"
- Unexpected Shmup Level: Yet another personal touch of his.