Hideo Kojima officially out of Konami?

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Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has official left video games publisher Konami, The New Yorker reports, confirming rumors earlier this year that the talismanic designer would be moving on from the Japanese company.The run-up to October 21, 2015—the day Marty and Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Future Part II—has seen anyone and everyone even tangentially related to the film getting in on the fun of celebrating the actual day of time-travel.One of the most fascinating and often controversial stories from the gaming industry over the past year has concerned Hideo Kojima’s fallout with Konami. The expression used in gaming circles is ‘on rails’ — referring of course to the gameplay which can only progress like a railway — in a single direction, down a single path with a single outcome.

The game follows the quest for revenge of legendary hero Punished ‘Venom’ Snake, aka Boss, formerly Big Boss, formerly Naked Snake, real name John (jeez this guy has more monikers than ISIS). The game, which takes place in mid-nineteen-eighties Afghanistan and Zaire, made a hundred and seventy-nine million dollars on its launch day, in September—more than the two highest-grossing films of the year so far (“Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Jurassic World”) combined.

To help you through the game I have put together some tips to make you more dangerous than a pre-2005 foxhound (a little joke for all you animal welfare legislation enthusiasts out there). Hm. “Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigues builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time of when development is finished.” This story really just sums up Konami as a company and how awful they are when it comes to PR. Mobile games, on the other hand, have been a major source of profit for the Japanese firm, with titles such as Dragon Collection and Sengoku Collection helping it increase net profits by almost 80 percent between 2011 and 2012 without requiring tortuous development periods. Seeing as how the DeLorean Motor Company has been out of business for decades, the American automaker filled the video touting the Flux Capacitor as a limited-time feature option for its Focus and Fiesta models. His impending resignation had been rumored as early as March, but the fact of it remains startling—as much as if Shigeru Miyamoto, the originator of Donkey Kong and the Mario brothers, left Nintendo.

Konami has been unclear on its future plans, first indicating that it would continue to make MGS-style triple-A console games after the latest Metal Gear, before a report indicated in September that it was giving up on all development of its console titles apart from yearly sports series Pro Evolution Soccer. They’ve allowed a wave of resentment to build up towards their brand, a hashtag that says everything you could about the company and the feeling that they are on the way out, all because they wouldn’t release a statement.

A Konami community manager later argued that the report was incorrect and that comments have been taken out of context, but the departure of Julien Merceron — the director in charge of MGS V’s Fox Engine technology — in September backed up the rumor that Konami would be refocusing its resources away from console games. Although work on Phantom Pain is known to have been slower and more expensive than the company planned—a Nikkei report estimated the cost of development at more than eighty million dollars—Kojima’s instinct to hold off the game’s release until he was satisfied with its quality seems, by both critical and commercial standards, sound. According to reports, Kojima’s contract with Konami actually runs out in December, so we could actually just be looking at an extended break to help while away the time until he’s the most sought after free agent in video game production. Whatever the case may be, hopefully Kojima’s next move is something that allows him the creative freedom he needs and somewhere where he can make some hills go all quiet. That shift began in 2007, prior to the launch of the iPhone, when the Japanese company GREE began to experiment with a new model for its online games.

Therefore, the best way to approach enemy bases is to crawl along the ground and only crouch or run when strictly necessary, or when you get seriously impatient with the painfully slow crawl speed. Saying anything more will reveal some important plot points (the game is full of cinematic moments anyway) so it’s best that you experience it yourself — preferably on an eighth generation console or high-end PC to take advantage of the increased resolution and better textures — Hitesh Raj Bhagat One of the major downsides of working on a laptop all day is that it can leave you with a sore neck and can lead to back problems in the long run. A financial report from Mixi, the company behind Japan’s current top mobile game, Monster Strike, suggests that the company is expected to make around one and a half billion dollars per year from this single title in Japan alone.

According to Kotaku’s partial translation of the original Nikkei article, such employees have, in the past, been redeployed to the assembly line at Konami’s pachinko factory or ordered to work as security guards or janitors at the company’s fitness clubs. (Konami did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this and other claims.) Tak Fujii, a former senior producer at Konami, who left the company in 2014 because of ill health, sees no issue with this kind of radical reorganization. “I saw many colleagues unwillingly reassigned,” he said. “Most of them blamed everyone but themselves. All they had left were legendary stories of their products, which are no longer relevant for either the technology or the market.” Hayakawa, who became president of Konami in April, acknowledged in an interview with Nikkei in May that “mobile is where the future of gaming lies.” The company claims that it is not abandoning console games entirely; as the sales of Phantom Pain attest, big-budget projects can still be profitable.

It’s important therefore to mix things up and not rely too much on one piece of equipment, otherwise that silenced tranquilliser gun you love using will soon become as useful as a Greek chequebook. Unfortunately Snake suffers from the same deficiency as pretty much every gaming hero out there, an ability to climb about as well as Sir Edmund Hilary’s corpse. At least, until the company decides to close us down.” The decline of major console games has been mirrored in smaller, less well-known titles, too. “The Japanese games with which most players are familiar have always been the outliers,” David McCarthy, of the Tokyo-based developer Cybird, told me. “But there has always been a huge iceberg of titles beneath the surface that Western gamers rarely glimpse.… The growing cost of console development, allied to a shrinking domestic market, have made these games increasingly unviable without international success.” It’s likely that, after Kojima’s non-compete clause expires, in December, he will find a new studio and continue making lavishly produced games. Be particularly careful when walking up any kind of slope as Snake has a tendency to roll back down like Sisyphus’s boulder, leaving you horrendously exposed to both enemy gunfire and their cruel mockery.

It detects your location when you first run the app (you can even choose a different location manually) and creates a free anonymous account — there’s no need to sign up for an account if you just want to browse for information. Although Western fans may mourn the loss, McCarthy doesn’t share their despondency. “Honestly, I am not so sure that any threat to yet another shouting, shooting game full of American grunts saving democracy from the wiles of dark-skinned terrorists is any great loss to the art,” he said. These valuable resources will allow you to expand your base and increase your earning potential. ‘Why doesn’t Snake Fulton extract himself the same way?’ I hear you ask.

If you are roaming the jungles of Africa wear something green, if you are infiltrating a warehouse then wear a cardboard box and if you are a crack shot female sniper taking down Soviet commanders in Afghanistan then dress as a prostitute. Hopefully I have given you all the skills you will need to once again single-handedly take down a walking nuclear armed tank that is supposedly the ultimate weapon.

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