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10 Mistakes That Still Haunt Konami

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  • Posted on 23rd Sep, 2022 17:31 PM
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The Konami that gamers once loved has been gone for decades, and it'll take more than the Contra code to bring it back.

While EA and Activision certainly deserve to be a part of the conversation, it's hard to think of many gaming companies that have done more to undo all their goodwill than Konami. The company's pedigree of classics spans from the days of the arcades to the PlayStation 2 generation.

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However, with the HD era came a terrible cold streak for the company that seemed to curse all their classic franchises, such as Silent Hill, Castlevania, and even Metal Gear. One thing's for certain, the Konami that gamers once loved has been gone for decades, and it'll take more than the Contra code to bring it back.

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In 2015, allegations of poor working conditions were leveled at Konami from those who've claimed to see them firsthand. Reports have accused the company of adopting an arbitrary two-week approval system before granting developers the resources to perform their duties. Divisions within the company are also reportedly prohibited from communicating with each other, and are constantly at risk of having their contributions downplayed or even unacknowledged.

Silent Hill developer Masahiro Ito was solely responsible for the CG cutscenes of the first title, but almost went uncredited due to his lack of seniority. Only by threatening to withhold his technical expertise did Konami acquiesce.

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