Suda Goichi is interesting chap, mainly because he somehow manages to draw inspiration from a variety of different media, before integrating it into some of the most interesting video game designs around. His current inspirations? The Smiths (almost predictably quirky) and Dead Space 2 (strangely mainstream)!
"Well, when I played Dead Space 2 for example, I was kind of surprised," claimed Suda. "I thought, 'How could they do this?' I thought there were so many creators who are very adventurous. I think creators who take risks, create really edgy games – they get a lot of respect for that from the players."
When asked who he looked up to outside the video games industry, he turned to the world of music.
"I think someone who is revolutionary and innovative," he began, "someone you can look up to and follow their path - in the music industry, it would maybe be The Smiths, the band."
Good taste old bean. Good taste.
It's another top interview from Suda, and I totally recommend following the link to read the rest of it.