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Opinion: Being A Konami Fan Isn't Easy These Days

GI:"The video game industry is a difficult place to make a living. Even the most popular and seemingly foolproof series can fall on their faces, all too often resulting in layoffs and studio closures. In this make-or-break climate, mid-tier publishers are especially endangered, requiring exponentially larger budgets than indie teams to fund and promote their games, while rarely landing the indomitable hits that goliath publishers like Activision and EA enjoy. As the fine line between financial success and failure continues to erode, I can't help but think that a company like Konami needs all the help it can get. Unfortunately, today's announcement of the cancelation of Silent Hills reads like a classic page from the Konami playbook, which at this point I can only assume is entitled The Art Of Letting Down Your Biggest Fans."

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MrSwankSinatra1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

Being a fan of almost any Japanese gaming company in general isn't easy. A lot of them continually just make bad decisions over and over again. Main culprits being SEGA, Capcom, Konami, Nintendo and Square Enix. To lesser extents Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei.

magiciandude1176d ago

I can easily say the same for about every major western company as well. EA, Activision, Ubisoft, etc.

bouzebbal1176d ago

i have been in this situation with SquareEnix for some years now.. everything coming from them is disappointment.
I cannot say anything about Konami before we hear what truly happened.. They must be living some hard times right now and i hope they go back to being that major videogame producer they have always been.
I still have hope of a next gen Suikoden.

antikbaka1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

at least we still have faith in Nippon Ichi Software

PlayableGamez1176d ago

It sure isn't. Neither is being a Square Enix fan or Capcom.

kingdomtriggers1176d ago

I genuinely think square Enix might be on the up and up these days. Time will tell, but out of all the Japanese publishers they seem to be the only ones getting their heads out of their asses or at least trying.

Pillsbury11176d ago

Just gimme kojimas last project with konami and I'm good.

Dabigsiebowski1176d ago (Edited 1176d ago )

It's funny. We all know japanese devs have for sure fell flat this past gen, but outside of the P.T/SH,Kojima debacle right now I'm actually way more excited now for JRPGS and other genre japanese developed games. Most of them are coming back home to the PS4 as far as exclusives go which is an obvious sign of the PS2 era strategy and so far it's paying off.

Very excited for japanese games in the days months years ahead as they are looking a lot better. The American devs are riddled with greed first, dev issues second.

Most games in the golden era of the classics like NES SNES Genesis PS1 and so on were mainly japenese devs and a lot of them are still talked about today which you don't commonly here as much for the American games for their time, even tho there a plenty as well with great respects.

Japanese is on the uprise despite this whole Konami debacle. If they can look the other way from scrappy American business models (looking at you Capcom), they will thrive again just like during the golden age.

In my book for now it goes:
1. Japanese Made
2. European Made
3. American Made

I think it's simple, QUIT WITH THE QUICK CASH INS AND YOU WILL SELL MORE (except military shooters because of the lack of thought half the time you play them)

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