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10 Billion? Theres no way that game cost 10 billion to make, Destiny is the worlds most expensive game at $140 million. Are you sure you don't men Yen?
Yeah certainly not 10 billion dollars, the entirety of the UFC was sold for like 4. I'm not even sure how that number got into my brain. It was like 100 million or something like that.
 

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Hmm, it doesn't seem all that bad compared to many other companies you can work for. Some of those points were a bit silly, like renaming Kojima's team for example. That seems pretty simple and not a big deal at all. Unless you're Kojima, a known egomaniac, because his name was officially taken off of the title of the development team. Also, staff that aren't PR/sales/etc not having a direct company email isn't crazy or abnormal. A lot of companies don't give their employees ANY email, much less a randomized one. A lot of the issues or complaints on that list a pretty benign.

Honestly, I think it has to do with two things - Konami wanted to go moble/slot machines and step away from console/AAA gaming, and Kojima is an egomanic who couldn't handle Konami not bending the knee, and the two together equals Kojima being let go and his studio shut down. I mean let's be real here, if you go over to PSN right now and find Death Stranding in the "featured" section, it says in giant typing even larger than the title of the game itself "A KOJIMA GAME". The guy has an ego the size of the sun and I think that's a big part of the reason he got the boot. It wasn't an issue when Konami was giving him everything, but the moment they took his name off of the team name and was being firm on a budget (apparently Kojima went WAY over budget for MGSV, upwards of 10 billion dollars to make that game), and rightfully so Konami was pissed.

I think when I read that kotaku story back around 2015, the original published version was different.

Game developers reassigned to work at fitness clubs I think originally this part was about konami employees who didn't have projects to work on being reassigned to janitorial duties: cleaning toilets & bathrooms, etc.

Cameras in hallways. I think the original version was they had cameras everywhere and were watching every move employees made.

Emails being changed. The issue here was emails being randomised and changed every month iirc. This made communication needlessly difficult and complicated within the organizations own internal structure iirc. It would be like usernames on this forum being randomised and changed every month, with people constantly asking "who are you again"?

The title says: Report: Konami Is Treating Its Staff Like Prisoners.

When the story was originally published, I think the rest of the article did a much better job supporting the title.

Don't care enough to bother digging through web archives.
 

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That's good. I've heard positive and negatives, I'm just not sure if I want to throw down $50 on the game yet.



I don't know the Kojima/Konami situation, only that the guy was fired or let go or whatever. All I really know is that he was making pretty great games for a long, long time...and then leaves Konami and now we have what looks like a real shit ass game, at least from what's been shown. It makes me wonder if the real talent was in the team at Konami, rather than Kojima himself.

I played the new Moderen Warfare beta, and it's, well, Call of Duty. You run, you shoot, you kill. Or, you run, you shoot, then you die from behind. Same old stuff. But it was fun for what it was.

Playing through Dark Souls 3 again. Maybe the 30th time. Souls games are meditation for me. I just zone out and listen to music or podcasts and go through them. I can beat DS3 in about 5-6 hours, no glitches no exploits not speedrunning, just getting the weapon I want to build around and going from point A to point B until the end. These games are actually pretty short if you know how to play them and where to go.
Do you mean the team that was under Kojima? Didn't most of them go along with Kojima after he left Konami?

Speaking of Konami, I heard they are trying to get back into AAA gaming since Japan passed a law on curbing gambling addictions.

The rules, aimed at curbing gambling addiction, are part of a policy barter that helped legalize casinos in 2016 despite widespread opposition. Japan passed regulations on casino developments last week, including those on gambling addiction.
The new anti-addiction rules call for pachinko machines to reduce payouts. That means players win and lose money more slowly - and will perhaps find the game less exciting and addictive.
Pachinko halls are required to comply in the next three years. Owners like Suzuki worry not only about the cost of replacing machines, but that regulars will find the new games too dull.
Gotta love that instant Karma:laugh: Anyways, it will be interesting to see if Konami can make a comeback like Capcom did. Right now, I think the only thing they have going for them is PES and Yu-Gi-Oh.
 

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I played and finished Catherine: Full Body. I was planning on playing Catherine after I finished Greedfall but after a few hours of gameplay I couldn't stop. Its kind of funny that happened considering I never finished the original version. As far as I can tell this game was not much different from the original. The only thing that was really different was the inclusion of Rin. Basically, Rin is your typical anime waifu. Rin is in love with Vincent for no apparent reason, is positive all the time, likes to collect cute toys, and likes to play the piano to make people happy. Also, Rin appears in the safe hub between stages playing the piano. Apparently, if the row you are on is in danger of collapsing her music will help slow it down while you come up with a solution. I liked Rin's music but after a while it was starting to get on my nerves (I got stuck a lot). Catherine is a fun puzzle game and I am happy that I beat after all these years.
 

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I'm sort of playing with the idea of getting Code Vein. I like the anime style look of the game and the character customization looks great. Not only that it looks like the story is going to be pretty good as well. However, I just found out that this is going to be a "Souls" type game. When it comes to games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls I pretty much suck. I just find myself getting too cautious when playing mainly because I get killed a lot. That's the tagline for Dark Souls I know but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. So I'm not sure if I want to get this title or not. Its co-op so it might be a little more bearable. Is anybody else getting this game?
 

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I'm sort of playing with the idea of getting Code Vein. I like the anime style look of the game and the character customization looks great. Not only that it looks like the story is going to be pretty good as well. However, I just found out that this is going to be a "Souls" type game. When it comes to games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls I pretty much suck. I just find myself getting too cautious when playing mainly because I get killed a lot. That's the tagline for Dark Souls I know but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. So I'm not sure if I want to get this title or not. Its co-op so it might be a little more bearable. Is anybody else getting this game?
As a guy who has played and beat every Souls title, as well as other From games like Bloodborne and Sekiro, I can tell you that after playing the demo of Code Vein I am not getting it at launch. The systems feel awkward to me and it feels like there's going to be very limited build options, plus there's no PvP and I have a feeling this game won't have a lot of replayability. In terms of difficulty, it's about on par with other Souls type games, but feels a tad easier to me but that's just with the demo so who knows.

Ultimately, it feels like a cheap knock off Souls title with anime graphics. If you want a good Souls experience, pick up Bloodborne, as it's by a substantial margin the best of all the Fromsoftware games.
 

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As a guy who has played and beat every Souls title, as well as other From games like Bloodborne and Sekiro, I can tell you that after playing the demo of Code Vein I am not getting it at launch. The systems feel awkward to me and it feels like there's going to be very limited build options, plus there's no PvP and I have a feeling this game won't have a lot of replayability. In terms of difficulty, it's about on par with other Souls type games, but feels a tad easier to me but that's just with the demo so who knows.

Ultimately, it feels like a cheap knock off Souls title with anime graphics. If you want a good Souls experience, pick up Bloodborne, as it's by a substantial margin the best of all the Fromsoftware games.
I just played the demo too. I'm not going to enjoy this game. This will be a pass. When does the Outer Worlds come out again?
 

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Man I am extremely excited about The Last of Us 2. I will be taking off work that day and making a long weekend out of it for sure. Now all I need is the inevitable Horizon Zero Dawn 2 announcement and my life will be complete.
 

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Interesting revelations on the gaming industry in the midst of blizzard recently banning that pro gamer simply for being pro hong kong.

Its an entire thread of tweets where he details china's history of having bought up huge portions of US industry. Including a sizable segment of the gaming industry.
 

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https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/1181736075775004672

Interesting revelations on the gaming industry in the midst of blizzard recently banning that pro gamer simply for being pro hong kong.

Its an entire thread of tweets where he details china's history of having bought up huge portions of US industry. Including a sizable segment of the gaming industry.
I would hope gamers do the honourable thing boycott Blizzard/Activision for this, and a lot will say they will - until the next COD is released.

This shit has been blowing up on reddit.

 

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Killing Floor 2 is a lot of fun. I got it for free, which is good because it's riddled with cosmetic lootboxes. But overall the game is a lot of fun.
 

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Anyone of You guys heard of Gods & Monsters? Just recently read about this game and looks interesting. One of the most interesting parts is that it's allegedly coming out in March, but no one actually knows yet what's it gonna be. All You can see is a 1 minute long cinematic trailer.

From what's available though, I'm interested for now. Looks absolutely stunning. For whatever reason reminds me of Breath of the Wild, which I've never played, but would love to, just never owned a Nintendo console. Obviously no idea if it's even going to be remotely similar though, so I'm looking forward to seeing some actual gameplay footage.
 

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Anyone of You guys heard of Gods & Monsters? Just recently read about this game and looks interesting. One of the most interesting parts is that it's allegedly coming out in March, but no one actually knows yet what's it gonna be. All You can see is a 1 minute long cinematic trailer.

From what's available though, I'm interested for now. Looks absolutely stunning. For whatever reason reminds me of Breath of the Wild, which I've never played, but would love to, just never owned a Nintendo console. Obviously no idea if it's even going to be remotely similar though, so I'm looking forward to seeing some actual gameplay footage.
I watched the trailer, it certainly seems interesting. But like you said, very little information so I'm not really hyped up for it. I don't even really know what it's about or what it's going to do. But certainly interested when that info comes out.

Playing - KF2, DS3 PvP and just got Valfaris, the newest game from the Slain: Back From Hell team. That game is an underrated gem in my opinion.

Note: 40/60 dex/faith mixed with a sharp infused Drakeblood Greatsword buffed with Darkmoon Blade with a Saint Bident infused with sharp gem in your off-hand = unbelievably strong in DS3 PvP. I know nobody here plays the Souls games but, if you ever do, damn it's a strong ass build. I think I went like 13-0 or something last night in duels. I either had a really good night, or that shit is unbelievably strong. It felt more strong than luck, and more strong than my skill. I think it's carrying me a bit.
 

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I would hope gamers do the honourable thing boycott Blizzard/Activision for this, and a lot will say they will - until the next COD is released.

This shit has been blowing up on reddit.

Here's the thing, people say they will boycott things but nothing ever seems to come of it. Just look at Borderlands 3. People talked about boycotting this game because of Gearbox's deal with EPIC and 2K actively destroying a youtubers career. In the end, it was all just talk. Right now, Randy Pitchford and Tim Sweeney are rolling around in huge amounts cash from the profits that was made from Borderlands 3. Unless people stop buying COD, which is highly unlikely, Activision doesn't have anything to worry about.
 

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I'm a bit confused on the whole Blizzard thing.

From what I gather after a quick search, a guy was banned for discussing or showing or whatever political views/agendas on live stream, and the reason why he was banned is because it is against policy/rules for you to have any form of political reference/agenda/whatever on their stream. However, because China (I think) is a big market for Blizzard, people on the internet are saying they banned him because they want to look good in front of China as the guy's political view was anti-china, or something or the other.

Is that basically what's happening? If I have it correct, which I'm sure I don't have all the details or maybe I'm far off base, then I am not sure what the issue is. If you show or propose or promote a political agenda on a stream where the rules specifically state you are not allowed to do so, and then you get banned, isn't that sort of expected and just? I hear they took his prize money away which is a bit silly, but I'm pretty sure in the rules if I read them correctly you are also forfeit of any prizes/awards if you promote a political agenda as well, if they decide to take that action.

I really don't know the whole story. I just know that if I'm working at a job or participating in an event or competition, and the rules say "if you do this, you can be banned and may have to forfeit any prizes/awards", and then I do that thing anyways despite the rules saying not to, I don't think I or anyone should be surprised if I'm suddenly banned and my prize was taken away.
 

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I'm a bit confused on the whole Blizzard thing.

From what I gather after a quick search, a guy was banned for discussing or showing or whatever political views/agendas on live stream, and the reason why he was banned is because it is against policy/rules for you to have any form of political reference/agenda/whatever on their stream. However, because China (I think) is a big market for Blizzard, people on the internet are saying they banned him because they want to look good in front of China as the guy's political view was anti-china, or something or the other.

Is that basically what's happening? If I have it correct, which I'm sure I don't have all the details or maybe I'm far off base, then I am not sure what the issue is. If you show or propose or promote a political agenda on a stream where the rules specifically state you are not allowed to do so, and then you get banned, isn't that sort of expected and just? I hear they took his prize money away which is a bit silly, but I'm pretty sure in the rules if I read them correctly you are also forfeit of any prizes/awards if you promote a political agenda as well, if they decide to take that action.

I really don't know the whole story. I just know that if I'm working at a job or participating in an event or competition, and the rules say "if you do this, you can be banned and may have to forfeit any prizes/awards", and then I do that thing anyways despite the rules saying not to, I don't think I or anyone should be surprised if I'm suddenly banned and my prize was taken away.
That is pretty much it. Blitzchung said "Free Hong Kong." and Blizzard banned him for a year and stripped him of his prize money. Then they went ahead and fired the two casters that were interviewing him. People saw the punishment as completely excessive. The reason they believed that it was so harsh is because Blizzard was trying to appease the Chinese government. At this point, Activision was in talks with China over getting approval to release COD Mobile in there country. What added fuel to the fire was Blizzards statement in Chinese social media about the situation.

"We are very angered and disappointed at what happened at the event and do not condone it in any way. We also highly object the spreading of personal political beliefs in this manner. Effective immediately we've banned the contestant from events and terminated work with the Broadcasters. We will always respect and defend the pride of our country."
Then to add even more fuel to the fire two college kids held a sign in front of a live broadcast that said "Free Hong Kong and Boycott Blizz." The camera's quickily cut its feed. However, the two college kids did not receive any kind of ban. The working theory is Blizzard didn't ban them because the college students did this state side and not in in Chinese territory. I will agree that this situation was a lose/lose for Blizzard at this point. If they had banned those two it would not have improved there image.

In the end, people saw Blizzard taking the side of an oppressive dictatorship over someone's freedom of speech for the sake of money.

Edit: Also, it is important to note that Blizzard did reverse its decision and gave Blitzchung his prize money, reduced his ban to 6 months, and rehired the casters. I doubt that is going to calm the storm. I fully expect Blizzcon to be a complete shitshow.
 

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I'm a bit confused on the whole Blizzard thing.

From what I gather after a quick search, a guy was banned for discussing or showing or whatever political views/agendas on live stream, and the reason why he was banned is because it is against policy/rules for you to have any form of political reference/agenda/whatever on their stream. However, because China (I think) is a big market for Blizzard, people on the internet are saying they banned him because they want to look good in front of China as the guy's political view was anti-china, or something or the other.

Is that basically what's happening? If I have it correct, which I'm sure I don't have all the details or maybe I'm far off base, then I am not sure what the issue is. If you show or propose or promote a political agenda on a stream where the rules specifically state you are not allowed to do so, and then you get banned, isn't that sort of expected and just? I hear they took his prize money away which is a bit silly, but I'm pretty sure in the rules if I read them correctly you are also forfeit of any prizes/awards if you promote a political agenda as well, if they decide to take that action.

I really don't know the whole story. I just know that if I'm working at a job or participating in an event or competition, and the rules say "if you do this, you can be banned and may have to forfeit any prizes/awards", and then I do that thing anyways despite the rules saying not to, I don't think I or anyone should be surprised if I'm suddenly banned and my prize was taken away.
The reaction was over the top. Can you imagine a player being stripped of their winnings and banned for a year for saying something anti-Trump or something pro/anti Brexit? I don't think it would happen, at worst they'd a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again. Then the Chinese version of the statement they made literally made them look they were not even a Western Company. Then of course add to the mix that most people are supporting the HK protests, Blizzard have made themselves look anti-democratic.

Blizzcon coming up. Apparently people are gearing up to support HK at the event. To be honest I don't know how they will deal with it, its going to be a PR nightmare for them.
 

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The reaction was over the top. Can you imagine a player being stripped of their winnings and banned for a year for saying something anti-Trump or something pro/anti Brexit?

Elon Musk has had thousands of hit pieces and smear campaigns published on him since it was revealed he donated $$$ to Trump and republicans in 2016.

UFC and Dana White were also targeted after Dana endorsed Trump in 2016. That's where fighters unions, anti UFC/Dana journalism and Cyborg's manager forging video clips of Dana came from.

Saudi Arabia had hundreds of hit pieces revolving around the journalist they killed named Kashoggi due to them being a historical supporter of the republican party and Donald Trump. (Even though journalists are often murdered under worse circumstances with it completely ignored by the media)

Milo Yiannopoulus had one of his major financers pull funding from him after supporting Trump in 2016. Milo's other billionaire financer that didn't pull funding from him died.

Alex Jones was a big supporter of Trump in 2016. He was deplatformed from social media and youtube, only has his website now.

Et al.

These types of things have been happening for the last 10 years since around 2001 when the WTC attacks occurred.

Its only now that its becoming obvious and heavy handed enough for people to realize.
 

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Anyone of You guys heard of Gods & Monsters? Just recently read about this game and looks interesting. One of the most interesting parts is that it's allegedly coming out in March, but no one actually knows yet what's it gonna be. All You can see is a 1 minute long cinematic trailer.

From what's available though, I'm interested for now. Looks absolutely stunning. For whatever reason reminds me of Breath of the Wild, which I've never played, but would love to, just never owned a Nintendo console. Obviously no idea if it's even going to be remotely similar though, so I'm looking forward to seeing some actual gameplay footage.
Regarding Gods & Monsters, I heard Ubisoft delayed it along with other titles due to the poor sales of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and The Division 2. Ubisoft tried to pull a fast one with Ghost Recon by adding "time savers" into there games. It also launched broken and the story was complete crap. Because of this Ubisoft stocks took a noise dive and scared them into fixing there other games before launch.

So Gods & Monsters would have been broken at launch if Ghost Recon had sold well. I'm not going to tell anyone not to buy a Ubisoft game. I will say keep an eye on them. They got it in there head to make nothing but super grindy RPG's with microtransactions that does effect game play. Its one of the reasons I got rid of Assassins Creed Odyssey. That thing was made to sell XP boosters. For that reason alone that game was ******* garbage.

Well, I'm going to play Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. I love the Tales games and this one is worth going back to.
 
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