A Konami PR Person Just Got A Metal Gear Solid V Award Instead Of Hideo Kojima

A Konami PR Person Just Got A Metal Gear Solid V Award Instead Of Hideo Kojima

Tonight in Tokyo, Sony held its annual PlayStation Awards ceremony. Some of gaming’s most famous game developers gathered on stage to get awards for their games. Hideo Kojima did not.

Maybe he was on vacation? Or maybe he’s attending The Game Awards in Los Angeles? Who knows.

According to Yahoo! News Japan and Game Watch Impress, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won two awards: the User’s Choice Award and the Platinum Prize. In the past, Hideo Kojima has been a regular at the PlayStation Awards when his games have won.

[Photo: Gamer.ne.jp]

Hell, he was there last year when Ground Zeroes won. But this year…

[Photo: Game Watch Impress]

While luminaries like Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii stood watching, the head of Konami PR took to the stage to receive the awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

[Photo: Game Watch Impress]

Yet another entry in the seemingly endless, bizarre saga over at Konami.

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  • They look like a bunch of primary school kids getting participation awards for a science competition

  • They could have sent a developer at least, but I suppose PR have been trained to keep their mouth shut.

    • I thought they kept their developers imprisoned in a locked office with no phone, internet or other access to the outside world? They probably don’t even know their game won an award.

  • This is actually pretty great. I doubt Kojima is surprised by this, so it’s not going to be a big kick in the guts for him.
    But here is practically every major name in Japanese gaming staring them right in the eye as they take the credit for someone else’s work. Someone who is not only one of their own, but one of their most respected and successful members.
    If Konami had any goodwill left in the industry, it was just bled dry, encased in concrete and dropped into the part of the ocean where only nightmares live. I hope Konami made a good decision with their plan to bleed their properties dry with pachinko, because they are dead to the game industry.

    • To be frank, the people in that last photo aren’t all Konami guys. The one man standing next to the man on the far-right side is Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of Ryu ga Gotoku (localised worldwide as Yakuza) from SEGA.

      • It doesn’t matter who is on stage or not. A person who picked up that award was not the person responsible for the creative work. You can bet that every creative person in the room knows what’s happening with Konami and with this, any one of them who still had any care left for them is now done. They are going to have a lot of trouble getting creative talent. It’s nothing but Pachinko and mobile ports from here on out.

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