Metal Gear Solid visionary Hideo Kojima to reportedly leave Konami

The mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima will reportedly leave Konami following the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in September. Speculation regarding Kojima’s resignation began when a re-launched MGSV site removed all credits of Kojima and the senior staff at his studio, Kojima Productions.

Another indication of Kojima’s eventual leave points to the transition of his personal Kojima Productions’ Twitter account to a general Metal Gear account. Reports have surfaced disclosing a power struggle between Kojima and Konami, which explains the mysterious friction between the two sides. If reports of Kojima’s eventual leave turn out to be true, Konami is losing a true master of his craft.

Attack on Titan gets arcade game by Capcom


RocketNews 24:

CAPCOM announced at Japan Amusement Expo 2015 on Friday that it has an Attack on Titan arcade game project.

The announcement was made at the end of CAPCOM‘s “crossbeats REV. Special Game Taikai in JAEPO2015″ stage event. More details will be provided this summer.

While a direct connection with this upcoming game has not been made public, CAPCOM has been working on a crossbeats REV. music game project with Konami‘s former Dance Dance Revolution composer Naoki Maeda, and it ended the event by saying “Please enjoy CAPCOM‘s music game[s].”


New York City’s Barcade is all about the classic Japanese games



RocketNews 24/Japan Culture NYC:


Nostalgic for Japanese video games from the late 1970s and ‘80s? Barcade, a combination bar and arcade, recently opened in Chelsea, Manhattan with about a dozen classics from Japanese game developers such as Taito, Nintendo, Namco, and Konami.

The games are still only a quarter (there are change machines on site), and the machines are in great condition. Marvel at the old-school graphics of Space Invaders, Galaga, Mappy, Crazy Climber, and Frogger.


▼ Space Invaders



▼ Galaga



▼ Mappy


▼ Crazy Climber



Box against Piston Hurricane in Nintendo’s Punch-Out, and test your strength in that game’s spin-off, Arm Wrestling, which was released only in North America in 1985.


You won’t find Pac-Man, but Ms. Pac-Man is here. There’s generally a crowd of people around that console.

But who needs Pac-Man when there’s one of the most popular arcade games in the history of arcade games: Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong, with its barrel-throwing ape and barrrel-jumping carpenter, was one of the first video games to be a narrative. Rather than simply shooting at things, video game players could follow a storyline that was the precursor to the wildly popular Mario franchise.



▼ Jumpman, the original Mario


“Newer” Japanese games are Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) and X-Men (1992).


There are a host of non-Japanese games as well; click here for a full list.

The best part of Barcade is that it’s a game room for adults. There are shelves between each machine on which patrons can rest their beers. It’s important to have both hands free while playing games, of course.

The original Barcade opened in Williamsburg in 2004 and has locations in Jersey City and Philadelphia. The Chelsea location is reportedly twice as large as the Barcade in Brooklyn, with 24 American beers and tap and pub food on the menu.

Barcade’s next location will be on St. Mark’s, in the space formerly occupied by Mondo Kim’s.


Check out this link:

New York City’s Barcade is all about the classic Japanese games