MUSINGS: The Day Konami Dies

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain - Venom Snake | The Day Konami Dies

Guys, we as a gaming community need to have a serious discussion about what to do about Konami.

We’ve all seen what has happened the past few years. Their output has gone from a steady output of games to only 2 or 3 on major consoles and a handful of arcade games. They’ve pretty much pushed out all the talented developers that built the company into what it was. Based on information revealed earlier this week, reported stories of producers like Koji Igarashi being forced into janitorial work aren’t that far fetched anymore. They’re more interested in creating Pachinko machines with their franchise brands plastered on them than actually creating video games. And with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain representing the final game developed by the company — and I say that knowing that Kojima Productions is now completely independent — we need to make serious decisions.

I’ve read some of the reactions to the news regarding Konami’s practices. Everyone obviously was upset and voiced disapproval. But what was interesting was the debate on whether to purchase The Phantom Pain. Those not wanting to purchase — or at least not purchase new — have had enough of Konami’s actions. Those that want to buy new say that they want to show support for Kojima Productions.

From where I stand, we as a gaming community need to boycott Phantom Pain.

Hideo Kojima | The Day Konami Dies

Buying it doesn’t show support for Kojima. He’s not seeing any profits from the game. That all goes to Konami. You really want to show support for him? Send him a supportive tweet or Facebook post the day the game releases. Tell him that you’ll support his future projects, whatever they may be. But you can’t for this one.

And frankly, whether or not you buy the game, it will not matter to Konami. They’ve already made their decision to drop developing console games, even if they aren’t AAA titles.

True story, this is the second time I’ve written this article in the past couple months. The first one didn’t come out due to some timing issues, but in it was an idea that we should go and buy other Konami games new instead of Phantom Pain when it releases on September 1st. And then, we’d sit back and watch the board at Konami dance as they tried to explain away the random jump in sales for games that were many years old while Phantom Pain sales were lower than expected. But, just like those guys wanting to buy the game to support Kojima, it was a foolish idea.

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure | The Day Konami Dies

And you know what else is a foolish idea? Those that bring up the pipe dream of Konami selling assets to other companies. Konami, while it doesn’t know how to be a gaming company anymore, does know how to make money. And when it comes to selling assets versus licensing assets, one way makes money once while the other can have money made multiple times. Guess which one Konami is doing. As a matter of fact, they’re already doing it with Hudson Soft’s Momotaro Densetsu, licensing it to Nintendo.

And if that game comes over, we’ll have to have this discussion again. But whether we have it now or later, we need to understand one clear, cold hard fact:

This is it for Konami.

Zone of the Enders | The Day Konami Dies

There will be no more games developed by them. You will not be getting a new Metal Gear game on the scale of the last three (Guns of the Patriots, Rising, and Phantom Pain). You will not be getting that Zone of the Enders game you’ve been asking for. Silent Hills isn’t coming back, and who knows what you’ll be getting from the franchise — other than that Pachislo thing. Bomberman will not be freed by a sale to any company. Castlevania will not be coming any time soon — in name. It just won’t happen.

With the company focusing on gambling, creating new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, and anything that just isn’t video games, we can agree that there is nothing left to follow. Much like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, Konami as we know it will go away with the release of Phantom Pain.

And so, as the company we loved for so longer passes away, I cordially invite you to the funeral of “The Video Game Company known as Konami” on September 1st, the day The Phantom Pain releases.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain | The Day Konami Dies

Snake, holding the ashes of a once great developer.

I know it will be difficult for some to move on. It always is when someone or something you love goes away. But we need to do this. We need to say goodbye to the company we grew up loving and, unfortunately, watched as it died a slow death in the casino.

So go out there and tell your friends. Tell them not to buy Phantom Pain — and if they’ve already pre-ordered, tell them to get a refund. And more importantly, tell them that we need to come together as a community on September 1st to mourn the passing of a dear friend.

Do it for the Konami you knew; the Konami that was; the Konami that is no more.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.




  • JDobbs

    I hope all my friends read this article and take your advice seriously. Konami, the game company, is dead. In some ways, they are doing what Nintendo did eons ago when they switched from being a toy company to creating video game hardware and software. The difference is Nintendo wasn’t getting all the bad publicity and promoting bad business practices. Konami itself will live on with its Pachiko and gambling division. Go to a casino sometime and I guarantee there will be at least a few slot machines made by Konami. After all the bad news, I knew I was no longer going to buy any new Konami game or The Phantom Pain as I cannot support them after all the bad news over the past several months.

  • CHRIS KEE

    I’m afraid not buying MGS Phantom Pain isn’t going to achieve much, in fact it will only serve to validate their decision to not support consoles even further. Even if Phantom Pain didn’t sell well, sure it would piss them off but their profits are already soaring in their mobile market. http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/konami-profits-soar-despite-internal-strife-34237..

    So I think I will go ahead and do the opposite and buy Phantom Pain.

  • Mauricio Salazar

    Phantom pain will be the last game I will ever buy from Konami. I hope the game is sucesfull so they see they funked up by firing Kojima and Iga. I beleive we all need to but the game to show them.

  • Boycotting Phantom Pain wouldn’t really do anything at this point. So telling people to boycott it is just as stupid an idea as telling people to buy it in order to support Kojima and convince Konami to bring him back.

    Konami is dead.

    They are already planning to segway right into pachinko machines and mobile only. Phantom Pain failing and being a financial bomb wouldn’t change anything or send any message to them (although it would prove their decision to cut Kojima loose right as he would’ve just wasted all their cash on a game that bombed).

    So if there was any message to be made from the decision to buy or not buy the game, I will say that choosing not to buy would have less of an impact. At least if Phantom Pain is a financial success it would show that Kojima was right and they were wrong. That Kojima did actually know what he was doing while working their, and had a good understanding of the video game industry. That he wasn’t just wasting their time and money.

    I can think of no stupider idea then to boycott this game. Konami is already on it’s way out and they don’t really care either way. If you want the game buy it. If you don’t want the game then don’t buy it. Leave it at that.

  • Mike G

    I’m sure Kojima gets some royalties and bonuses from the game sales. Unless Konami have really done a number on him. But yeah, a better strategy would be to get everybody to buy this game so that it is so successful, that Konami have no choice but to hire Kojima to make another game.

  • Jason Mounce

    MGS5 simply is the last game I buy from Konami.

    You could pessimistically have a viewpoint that “All your money doesn’t go to Kojima and staff, just Konami basically, so you’re not funding Kojimas’ wallet for their hard work.

    However, the alternate stance that remains true is: Kojima and staff are pouring what is left of their hearts, blood, sweat and energy into making this final game – The best that they can do for the series – to Boycott the game, is to boycott and trample ALL THAT THEY’VE SLAVED OVER for these past few years. To invalidate their hard work and the bullshit they had to put up with by NOT enjoying their game that THEY ARE MAKING is criminal.

    You have to play with a Double-edged sword, buy it and Konami still likely goes the Mobile and F2P and Transaction route – give them some money. Or, deny the game, deny Kojima, deny their hard work due to spite and emotional transgressions towards Konami for their idiocy and lose out on experiencing an amazing game that MGS5 likely is going to be – and reinforce Konamis’ perception that Pachinkos, gambling and mobile are the future.

    At the end of the day though, MGS5 will more than likely easily sell 5-8+ million copies. The ‘Boycott’ logic will be reinforced ‘AFTER’ MGS5 sales, not during. If their profits and sales hurt – because many stopped buying Konami-stuff after MGS5 – then it reinforces that they must’ve lost a huge amount of consumers ‘After’ MGS5. Then we’ll then see what they do from there.

  • Mike Henrique

    youre joking right? yes, fuck konami, but im a fan of MGS series since the first, so i will buy this game, because kojima put everything he knows there, to make the best game possible for us to play, its not for money, but for “art” , but its the last game im gonna buy from konami, but saying “dont Buy” is bullshit, ive been waiting more than 4 years to PLAY this game, why should i not buy this game?

  • chizwoz

    My desire to play MGS5 overwhelms my principles of punishing bad companies, sorry!

  • forweg

    Jesus Christ, MGS isn’t the only Konami-developed series. I’m WAY more upset by Suikoden and Silent Hill being buried forever than I am Metal Gear Solid.

  • Zachary Alvarado

    If Konami as a video game company is dead anyway, why should we not buy MGS5 again?

  • David William Easterling

    It would be better to buy Phantom Pain new because Hideo developed it and it would show our support for content developed by him. This way if they do attempt to make another Metal Gear game without the help of Hideo then we can “boycott” that and the message that we send will be that much more powerful: “We want more content from Hideo not just another game with the title ‘Metal Gear’ slapped on it”.
    The point we should try to make to them should be “Our money goes where Hideo goes” – much like we did with Koji Igarashi’s recent success with “Bloodstained”.