Konami = Call Centre


A report by Japanese newspaper Nikkei (In Japanese and behind a paywall. Translation by Thomas James here) has revealed that Konami is reaching 1984 levels of bleakness in its development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn't had the best rep as of late, what with the cancellation of Silent Hills and the purging of Kojima, but this latest report has made the Japanese publisher the Donald Trump of the gaming industry - rich, but hilariously villainous and unpopular.

Let's get onto the deets: first of all, we know that MGS V has a budget of around $80 million, which puts it in the top 20 most expensive games according to Wikipedia. You'd think with a budget like that, the developers would have some freedom, but goddamn how wrong you are: there are "cameras in the office corridors... to monitor the movement of... employees", emails that are "routinely randomised and changed every few months" and lunch breaks that are "monitored with time cards", which sounds like David Cameron's wet dream. Not only that, but computers aren't Internet-connected, and are only able to send messages to others in the company.

And the tyranny doesn't stop there: any developers that aren't seen as "useful" (Which sounds like a selection process that aliens would use after enslaving Earth) are given jobs as security guards, cleaners at the company gym or factory workers. FACTORY WORKERS. A news report by Japanese newspaper Asahi News a couple of years ago also revealed that one worker experienced "severe depression" after being told to work in a factory. 

And as if this cotton-headed ninnymuggins of a company couldn't get any more Stalin-esque, when said employee announced that he was leaving Konami on Facebook, his post was monitored and any other employees who interacted with it were "reshuffled". 

I mean, come on! Are Konami actually trying to get rid of their only talent? Are they trying to make them quit so they don't have to pay them a severance package? Because, for a "company" as comically evil as Konami, that's a plausible theory. Do Konami employees have to put on cardboard boxes and crawl around the offices just to go to the bathroom? If this is really how Konami are treating their employees, then they don't deserve a single penny. This is a company that I wouldn't mind being bought by EA and subsquently dissolved 2 years later.

*drops mic*

Reboot!

Hi Guys,

Sam here, just saying that, after a reboot and redesign, the new Gadgets and Khajiits 2.0 is ready and done! My hiatus is over, so this fresh start should liven the blog up a bit! Stay tuned for more updates...

Liebster Award!




                 


I have been nominated for the Liebster award from one of our lovely blogger friends Heather, In this post i will have to answer 10 facts about myself and answer her questions for me. 
This award is given out by bloggers to other bloggers to help people discover other sites and learn a little about the person and what they usually write about. 

1. I am a black belt in Karate. Not that many people know that about be but i thought that would be an interesting one to share. I got my Black Belt last year and am very proud of it.
2. I am a Netflix addict. Not a day goes by that i am not on netflix watching one thing or another. I don't know what i would do if i could not binge watch 'the office' or other various shows.
3. I am obsessed with the 'Good Wife'. For those who don't know its a legal drama that follows the life of lawyer Alicia Florrick and it's Really good. I love this show
Image result for netflixto the point where i could quote lines from it!
4. I am still in School! for those who don't know, i am still 
a student like the other writers on this blog. As far as i am aware, i have not found any other Swtor blogger as young as i am!
5. I can game very well without a Mouse. I don't know what it is about them, i hate using them. i find it much easier to use a touch-pad much to my guilds surprise. 
6. I hate baggy trousers. I don't know why but i don't feel right unless i am in skinny jeans!
7. I love cooking, especially Asian food. I constantly make my own Sushi and often cook for my family. 
8. I am English! Some of you new readers may not know that simple fact. And yes i do live up to the stereotype of drinking an obscene amount of Tea. 
9.  I decide the character from the voice actor. Especially in Mass Effect. I remember some of my friends got weirded out because i chose to play 'Femshep' rather then the default male character. Purely because i liked her acting. 
10.  I prefer Saints Row over GTA. Mainly because of the humour. I found it much more enjoyable and the characters more interesting than those of GTA. I know that many don't agree but hey ho!

Now here are the Questions that Heather asked me and my answers to them. 

1.   If you could create a game based on any existing series, movies, or other game, what would it be? (Ex: Pokemon MMO)
I would create a star wars game (RPG) where you get to play as Mara Jade, the emperor’s hand. Going on adventures and missions that have been set by the Emperor. This could vary from assassinations to infiltration. I think that would be pretty cool as it’s something we have not seen before. It would be loosely in the style of a Mass Effect game.
2.   Do you play other games besides SWTOR? If so, which games?
I don’t play that many games other than SWTOR as that seems to have my focus now. But the ones I do play would be: Heros of the Storm, Sims 3, Archage, Tomb Raider, Mass Effect, Saints Row, Battlefront, Empire at War (Sometimes due to the Mods) and whatever games I have been sent to review.
3.   Besides blogging and gaming, do you have any other hobbies?
My other hobbies include Karate, Cooking and reading depending on the book. However, this year I have done a lot less due to revision/Homework.
4.   If you could travel anywhere without worrying about expense or taking vacation days, where would you go, and what would you see and/or do?
I would probably go to China as they have such an interesting culture and it’s a very beautiful country. I would want to see all the historical places such as the great wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta army etc. And of course eat some of the amazing food. Also because of the lack of expense I would also book a really nice hotel and flight xD
5.   What is your favourite food?
Oh, wow, I don’t really have one as there are so many things to choose from. If we are talking savoury it would be something with noodles or a nice pizza (something like that). If it were sweet it would be cheesecake!
6.   If you were an animal besides human, what animal would you be and why?
A Kangaroo! When I went on holiday to Australia I loved seeing them and especially when you got to pet them. I would be a kangaroo because they look adorable can jump really high and just look like something fun to be.
7.   Have you ever cosplayed? If so, what character? If not and you had unlimited resources to come up with an outfit, who would you be?
I have never cosplayed, since I have never been to a convention as most of them have been in the US. However, I might be going to Celebration London. If I cosplayed I would have to be either a S.H.I.E.L.D agent as I am a big fan of the TV series or an imperial pilot as I always loved the outfit and it looks so cool.
8.   Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
Mara Jade, as I love the position of emperor’s hand, it’s very cool and the character has such depth and is just a very well written character (as well as being a badass), it’s a shame she only exists in legends now.
                                                   Image result for mara jade
9.   Did you have a favorite toy when you were growing up?
Yes, I used to be obsessed with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ so my favourite toy was the play Mobil pirate ship and I remember having such fun with it even though I didn’t like the Pirates I always had the British Navy win as I thought they looked ‘cooler’.
10. If you could have any career regardless of pay or any schooling expense, what would it be?
I really want to be a lawyer. That is what I want to study to become when I go to college. So if I could be anything it would be a top lawyer as I think I would be really good at it and it’s something that interests me.
11. Dark Side or Light Side?
DARK SIDE! Most of my characters are dark side except my agent as I thought the light side was much more interesting. However, if this is real life, than I would be neutral as it’s important not to be one sided and take everything in consideration when making a decision.  
 I am nominating Rachel from xam xam says . She is a SWTOR blogger and has also written some PVP  guides. Her blog is very cool so you should definitely check it out. 

My Questions for you!

  1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
  2. Dark side or Light side?
  3. Favourite Star Wars character, why?
  4. Favourite childhood game?
  5. What do you think of tie in movies, novels or comics to popular games?
  6. How important is character customisation to you?
  7. If you were in charge of SWTOR for a day, what would you do?
  8. What games do you play other then SWTOR?
  9. What is your Greatest gaming moment?
  10. If you could rule the World, would you?
  11. If you could travel back in time to your school days would you?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post!

Hiatus Ending!

Hi Guys,

I've been absolutely swamped with stuff lately and lost a bit of motivation, but now I feel refreshed and better than ever. Normal articles will resume from me tomorrow, as well as a bonus one ;).

Sam

SWTOR Lowdown: Patch 3.3a Notes and PAX Cantina Update!

                     



Here is the Patch information for today's update.
Hey everyone,
We will be bringing the servers offline tomorrow, Tuesday July 28th, in order to apply Patch 3.3a.
Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Time: 5:00AM PDT (1200 GMT) – 7:00AM PDT (1400 GMT) (1300 BST-1500 BST)
Version: 3.3a
This patch will correct the Unranked Warzone queue, make it possible to complete the Mission “Monolithic” on Ziost, and return the text to Medical Probe’s icon and tooltip.
Thanks!
-Tait
Here is an important update to those going to the PAX Prime Cantina and information on the live stream! 
Hey folks,
We wanted to give you an update on a change of plans around our Seattle Cantina, planned to happen around PAX Prime. As we have been looking at our schedule, we feel that as we are just a few short months from Fallen Empire’s launch, it is really important that we focus our resources internally. Our goal is to deliver a AAA-quality expansion and we need to allow the team to put their focus on development priorities, to put all resources into making Knights of the Fallen Empire the best it can be. With that in mind, we have decided to cancel our on-site PAX Seattle Cantina in favor of a livestream event – this allows us to have our team participate without the necessity of traveling cross-country.
However, we know that Cantinas are often a place where players look to get time to talk with developers, get new information, and acquire some event exclusive swag. We still want to deliver on those expectations and live up to the spirit of the Cantina event experience. So, in lieu of the Seattle Cantina, we are going to host a livestream on Wednesday, August 26th.
Here are some of the things you can expect to be included as part of the stream:
  • A live gameplay play-thru of a chapter from the new Digital Expansion: Knights of the Fallen Empire
  • The team to answer questions via chat throughout the stream
  • A shareable link for a 2015 Cantina Tour Pack, which includes the Prinawe Aggregate (a vehicle available exclusively via the livestream) and another random item!
  • Plus, a first “reveal” of a familiar face who will be returning to SWTOR in Knights of the Fallen Empire
I know that some of you may have been looking to book your travel or hotel stay in Seattle for the Cantina, so we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible. As of this post we will be removing Seattle from the pre-registration list to avoid any confusion. Thanks everyone!
We hope to see you on the stream next month. 
-eric
Don't forget to share this post, Also, more lengthy blog type posts will be coming this week and i have also written articles over on Corellian Run.

SWTOR Lowdown: 3.3 Patch Notes & Delay

                     



Hey everyone!
I wanted to let you know that we will be performing maintenance for Game Update 3.3 starting on Monday, July 20th, 2015.
Date: Monday, 20 July 2015 – Tuesday 21 July 2015
Time: 8:00PM PDT, Monday, July 20th (0300 GMT, July 21st) – 8:00AM PDT, Tuesday, July 21st (1500 GMT, July 21st)
Version: 3.3
Game Update 3.3 will include the new Yavin IV Galactic Stronghold, the Togruta species, and the PvP Currency and Rewards revamp. Full Patch Notes will be posted on Monday, July 20th. If there are any updates during the maintenance period, they will be posted on the SWTOR Twitter account, as the website will be offline.
Thanks!
-Tait

Hey folks!
We are running into some issues with Game Update 3.3, and so we are going to be delaying tonight’s scheduled maintenance. It is still our goal to get out Game Update 3.3 as soon as possible. I will pass on more updates tomorrow. Again, there will be no maintenance tonight which will delay the launch of Game Update 3.3.
This does have an affect on some other things as well:
  • Bountry Contract Week is delayed until Game Update 3.3 goes live, and will only run until next Tuesday.
  • The Outer Rim Explorer’s pack will still go live tomorrow.
  • The next Conquest will start on time, tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding! 
-eric