Stupid Konami. Stupid, stupid Konami. Oh, Konami, how stupid you are; how immensely idiotically stupid you are. You know what? You’re worse than SEGA. SEGA. SEGA, the notoriously stupid company, is now not as stupid as Konami. Komani are a games company with a rich history and generally had a good reputation among people in the gaming loop, being behind genius games like Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution Soccer, Castlevania, Silent Hill and classics such as Frogger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Arcade Game. So, yeah, they’ve made some pretty good games in their time, with their latest release, The Phantom Pain, being widely received as pretty much the perfect game; and Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 being hailed possibly the ‘best football game‘ they’ve played by IGN.

Apparently this game is pretty good.

Honestly, I haven’t played all that much Konami games, but every one I have played I have very much loved — whether it’s PES 2015 or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Arcade Game. So I haven’t much of an affection for them as a games company, but I have had respect for them; I’ve enjoyed playing the few of their games that I have played. But, now, any respect I have for them is completely diminished.

That is because of what they’ve done in the last year or two, with a few incidents sticking out as stupid decisions on their part. Really stupid decisions. Anyone heard of Hideo Kojima? Yeah, I’d guess you probably have. He’s the creator of Metal Gear Solid, one of the most praised game series of all time and quite possibly the fan favourite Konami game series and most crucial for their wide success – both commercial and critical. And, guess what. Kojima’s not working for them anymore: he left in a huff and wanted his name taken off Metal Gear Solid V. Now that was rubbish for Konami. But it’s their fault, because they let him leave.

He’s gone? Since when?

The next thing was the cancellation of Silent Hills. This was an extremely stupid move by Konami, because it was a very highly anticipated game and one mouth-watering prospect with a directory partnership of Kojima and Guillermo Del Torro; with it being cancelled fans were in uproar: and we all know fans being in uproar is not a good thing. Also, if you’re gonna release a demo for an upcoming game that is so awesomely good that everyone plays it out of curiosity because everyone else says it’s amazing… You can’t then cancel the game the demo was for; it’s an insult to the fans, and something like that can annoy fans so much that they’ll stop buying Konami products.

Sorry, you’re not needed anymore. Go back into the corner.

Now, you know that Kojima left – at least I hope you do. Someone else left as well. Koji Igarashi, co-creator of the Castlevania series. It seems Castlevania has gone with him, and, sure enough, Igarashi decided to start a Kickstarter campaign for a game suspiciously similar to Castlevania: Bloodstained; and, sure enough again, it reached its goal and more. This means, for Konami, that they’d lost a good game designer, an important, fan favourite game series and had an angry rival on their hands with Igarashi. But, I ask them this: why did they let him go?

You won’t be getting anymore of this!

However, the three stupid things I’ve told you that Konami have done are nothing compared to what I will tell you now. If you don’t know what it is, I have to say I’d be surprised. Konami, yes, Konami, have pulled out of console games — other than Pro Evolution Soccer. Yes, you read it right. Konami have pulled out of making console games other than PES. That means no more Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Silent Hill, Bloody Roar, Bomberman, Zone of the Enders or anything else they’ve done or could’ve done in the future had they not decided to stop making console games. Which means… Phone games! Hooray! Like, what? Frogger? That’s what the fans wanted, right? Right? No. Absolutely not. Konami have now done what game fans across the world have been hoping no games company resorts to, and at the same time destroyed all but one of their franchises and any connection, affection or respect fans had for them. All gone. Well done, Konami. You’ve had a good couple of years.

So, yeah. Savour every last minute you play of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, because it may be the last Konami game you ever play.

– Speedy.

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