After pulling the plug on Silent Hills and the Metal Gear franchise, Konami is at it again, blocking Kojima from the game awards, where Metal Gear Solid V won best action/adventure game and best soundtrack awards.
Problems with Konami being one of the worst places you could work at have been around for a couple of months, ever since some rumors that game developers or artists weren’t being fired, but moved to janitor positions within the company, so that they would quit themselves. Add to this the announcement that from now one, the company behind Castlevania, Silent hill and Metal Gear would focus only on Pachinko machines and mobile gaming took the gaming market by storm.
Concerning the company problems with the creator of the Metal Gear universe and basically the guy behind it all, Hideo Kojima, they were subjects of debate for the past year. Things like removing Hideo’s name from the box art of Metal Gear Solid V, releasing statements claiming that Kojima was only on vacation, even if he said that the company basically let him go, and other such news related occurrences have made the company more and more hated by the entire community.
It would have been relatively fine if at least the game didn’t have to suffer from this dispute, but it unfortunately did. Metal Gear Solid V’s ending was abrupt and through data mining, people have discovered that an entire full chapter of the game was hidden underneath all of the data. This chapter would have closed the story in a much better way than the game actually did in its release version.
Even though the award for best action/adventure game was received by the voice actor of Snake, Kiefer Sutherland, instead of Hideo, the whole public booed the company, increasing the stigma which it branded on itself even more.
Kojima was basically barred from leaving Tokyo in order to attend The Game Awards by Konami’s lawyers who claimed that he is still under a working contract. Even the creator of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, has said that this is extremely unfortunate for both the public who was awaiting the creator to accept this well-deserved award and Kojima himself, who has time and time again shown his love for the fans of the Metal Gear series.
It is safe to say that due to the fact that Konami is at it again, blocking Kojima from The Game Awards 2015, the company has once more shown us how low they can set the bar. They can have a very profitable mobile and slot machine market, but this will not change the fact that almost every gamer out there despises them immensely. We might see a resurgence of the Jim Sterling hashtag regarding Konami in the coming days and weeks after this event unfolded.