Gambling! It’s not just a way of life, it’s a f***ing adventure! Into bankruptcy, not knowing when to quit when you’re ahead and instant buyers remorse. Believe me guys, I’ve been there, and I’ve stupidly fallen for the lure of loud noises and bright lights every single freakin’ time I visited a casino. So what’s gambling got to do with gaming? Plenty, when you realise that Konami is busy celebrating a massive win for a gamble of their own.
Last week media outlets from all corners of seemingly just the northern hemisphere (I'm still sulking) made their way to Konami HQ to get their hands all over The Phantom Pain. Their impressions are still embargoed until next month, but that didn't stop some over eager journalists to tweet out their thoughts every few seconds. Tweets which revealed a surprisingly hefty amount of new information about the game.
Last month, Konami officially cancelled the most anticipated survival horror game of this current generation. Silent Hills, originally shown off via a creepy-as-all-hell playable teaser, was meant to be made as a collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima. Konami’s done its best since to remove P.T from consoles, and people’s memories – to little avail. People are pretty damned bummed that the game’s been cancelled. None more so than Del Toro himself.
To say Konami is acting strange at the moment is a bit of an understatement. First of all they kicked Hideo Kojima out of the company, then cancelled Silent Hill. They then decided to pull the PT demo from the PSN store and even remove the ability for people who had already installed the game to re-download it.
Mailboxes drip like lampposts in the twisted birth canal of the coliseum, dim-jobs mask the temper tantrum oh say can you see ‘e? Stuffed cabbage is the darling of the laundromat, the mouse with the overbite explained how the rabbit was inside the thee-eyed monkey with his toaster-oven life! Oh the times they’ are a changin’!
Back when I was growing up, and the dinosaurs were roaming the earth, there was a huge fight between Pro Evolution Soccer and EA’s FIFA series to see which was the better football simulator.
Konami has become a bit of a joke lately. The drama with Kojima, the fall out around Silent Hills P.T., and even their refusal to make the games players keep begging for (read: I just want them to make Suikoden, please), it's all enough for us to bet that they are in a downward spiral towards bankruptcy. However, that's a losing bet at this point.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? Well maybe it’s time to add Konami to that list, because nobody and I mean nobody messes with the special K for reasons which cannot be properly verified outside of conjecture and hearsay! Whatever has gone down between legendary developer Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, may never be revealed. And that publisher isn’t keen on allowing any of his concept work to ever see the light of day. Which includes Silent Hills, a game which has unfortunately been canned, along with its Norman Reedus simulator and playable teaser, PT.
So the big news that broke last week is that Kojima has left Konami and it has been officially announced that Silent Hill is as dead as Darryn's love life.
I want to say I called it way back when Konami and Hideo Kojima started rubbing each other up the wrong way, but it feels far too cruel to revel in such sadness. Following numerous rumors and hints from major figures connected to the project, Konami has officially killed all hope of Silent Hills - coupled with a whirlwind of controversy.
It’s incredible that after the storm Konami kicked up a few weeks ago, we still have no idea what happening to Hideo Kojima after the release of Metal Gear Solid V. The famed designer is set to work on Silent Hills, a sequel that has brought in the mind of filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. But Kojima might have already had his involvement from the project signalled already, with a change to the game’s official website.
I'm still reeling from the whole hornet's nest the internet kicked up over the apparent departure of Hideo Kojima from Konami late yesterday. We're still trying to figure out if the famed Metal Gear creator is employed at the publishing house , and Konami isn't exactly giving straight answers to easy questions.
Metal Gear Solid creator, game design visionary and eternal trickster Hideo Kojima looks like he's on his way out of Konami for good. Only a few weeks ago Kojima stated (again) that Metal Gear Solid V would be his final in the series, but I doubt anyone expected it to mean a complete abandonment of the publisher that's housed him and Kojima Productions for so many years. Turns out, there's far more to the story than that.
It’s a date, baby. With Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain committed to a release date, and with yours truly having clearly forgotten about the dreaded Metal Gear Solid 2 days of waiting, it looks like the next chapter in Snake’s life is just about ready to go. Of course, the game will be available in more than just the standard Vanilla Snake edition. Although I’m guessing that the special Collector’s Edition might cost an arm and a leg.
They say he came from parts unknown, dragging hell behind him and a fistful of coins that could sway the hearts of any Greek corner cafe owner. He was a man with no name, a pilgrim that whistled Dixie and tamed any arcade cabinet that crossed his path. But the stranger met his match one day, when he ran afoul of Sunset Riders…