Konami caught a bit of flak for marking Castlevania's 35th birthday with a sale of NFTs based on the series, and it seems that the negative press surrounding the technology hasn't put the company off.
In its latest financial results breakdown, Konami addresses the topic of NFTs in its 'Digital Entertainment' section:
We will also be selling Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in an effort to preserve content that has been loved by our customers as commemorative art.
One of the aforementioned Castlevania NFTs sold for over $26,000.
Veteran publisher Team17 was the latest company to feel the backlash against NFTs when it announced its MetaWorms platform. The company was forced to cancel the project and issue an apology when several of its development partners said they would no longer be working with the publisher.
[source img.konami.com, via purexbox.com]
Yeah, no. Pure bull
Konami.. yeah, that was not surprising. At all.
Or basically sell you temporary pieces of something you don't own.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA KONAMI YOU COMEDY GENIUS
...and not just, rereleasing more games? putting some Ayami Kojima art in a museum or something?
jesus, I thought the pachinko machines were a disrespect
Pachinko’s apparently dying. This is their only way out seemingly.
Yeah, the PR person that linked this BS to "preserving content" just got a raise. Absolutely disgusting buzzword bingo.
I hope they'll eventually meet the fate they so dearly deserve.
NFTs preserve nothing. That's not how they work it's not what they do. Anyone who thinks this is the case is mis-informed, anyone claiming this is lying.
I mean there are enough rug pull scams well documented in the NFT space to show this is demonstrably just not remotely true.
Of course Konami is on board with the most controversial topic in gaming right now. They're Konami.
This is disgusting and exploitative of cherished IPs, simple as.
Actual preservation takes the form of releasing older games on new platforms or actually developing new content entirely, as well as archiving them in ways that makes them accessible.
So Konami keeps on konaming, as was to be expected.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ_xWvX1n9g Just to recommend this video for why NFTs are bad.
You people just don't understand. Go do your own research. NFTs aren't THAT bad for the environment. I can't tell you why, it's up to you to go figure that out, not up to me to back up my claims with factual evidence. NFTs allow artists to sell the same art they could already sell, but better. If you were one of the cool people, you would understand and agree.
There NFT defense force, I did your work for you already. No need to login and comment now.
**** off Konami!
……..alternatively why not release your back catalogue of brilliant games to make money!
You know what would be preserving content Konami? Actually releasing your [email protected]&$?ing old games from the 90s for everyone to play and fixing the licensing issues from metal gear.
I don't believe I've ever read a corporate comment that made me gag before? A first.
Just release your games to modern consoles!
Seriously, who wouldn't mind playing MGS on modern consoles, or how about Castelvania or Silent Hill too?
@Funneefox (think you missed the joke there)
@JeanPaul you saw what happened to Silent Hill last time...
Thank GOD Konami is here to preserve their digital art, otherwise there would be no way to store or access their art digitally (like, say, taking a screenshot for free). And it's definitely not like their just doing it for the money or anything either. Nope, definitely not
If you like preserving so much, why hasn't the Suikoden franchise been released everywhere?
Konami can get committed to d*** n***.
If businesses think their "unique" images/gifs are worth thousands of dollars, let the consumers decide their value and demand.
If some people want to pay thousands of dollars for something that immediately loses value and ultimately has no tangible function, I see no reason to stand in their way.
You can count me out though.
So in order to preserve their assets, they’ve chosen to use a medium that isn’t immune to link rot, and they aren’t actually selling the assets in the first place.
They’re either evil or stupid.
Konami gonna Konami. It's funny they talk about preservation and yet the MGS collection is still unavailable due to licensing issues with some of the video used in those games and MGS4 is STILL locked on PS3. And that's just one of the franchises they continue to let collect dust. What a sad state that company is in these days.
I'm starting to like Konami more and more
Hmm, if only these companies were equally as interested in preserving GAMES. You know, the things the hobby is actually about but which quietly seem to be pushed ever further to the periphery by these CEOs and shareholders. All the rhetoric and spin-doctoring in the world can't hide their priorities, nor the fact they see their consumers simply as gullible morons to exploit.
It's gonna bite the industry HARD before all is said and done. Mark it down.
@Z-Core You do know that they sold a screenshot of Castlevania with an NFT at an auction for $32,000, don't you? If they can pull that off, they must be doing something right.
@AtlanteanMan Emulation basically nailed games preservation down, so the big corps can continue focusing on acquisitions and re-hashing their IPs.
This is normal. Konami is Konaming
I wish I cared as little about what people think of me as Konami does
This is the company that lost the original files of the Silent Hill classics, decided to de-list P.T. just to stick it to it's creator, and a lot of their classics command huge prices on eBay because they've refused to put them on modern hardware.
Konami has mande clear preservation is not of their interest.
Remember when Konami was a respectable company?
@Z-Core it should be a stand up comedy joke
@PARK1755 remember when Konami used to actually make decent games
Gotta love the marketing speak, making it feel like it's for the culture or the sake of art.
Heaven forbid they do any practical preservation methods like making more of their old games affordably accessible via modern consoles or an online archive.
Uh-huh. Sure. Whatever you say.😒🙄
“Instead of creating physical artwork to sell at auction, let’s just sell jpegs for way too much money! The fans’ll love us!”
@anoyonmus yes and I miss that Konami dearly.
Could you release a new Dance Dance Revolution game for consoles, Konami ?
Also, Yasuhiro Taguchi (TAG) left KONAMI in mid-late 2021, after announcing on September 5th, 2021 that he was going freelance on his Twitter account, ending his 15-year tenure at KONAMI. 😲
What have you done to Yasuhiro Taguchi, Konami?! 😠
Now BEMANI games especially DDR has no Naoki Maeda, no Junko Karashima, no Yasuhiro Taguchi. BEMANI songs quality will going downhill without these important peoples. 🥺
And now Konami is busy with NFT stuffs?!
(Looking at the bunch of characters from Konami games above)
Where is DDR characters?!
Have they forget about them?
As much as I hate Konami, it’s kind of all of our faults for this fate for not consistently buying games of theirs that didn’t start with the word Metal.
Proliferation preserves, exclusivity obscures.
Konami is trash. RIP real Konami.
do you have data supporting this? im just wondering because its not our fault they couldnt make a decent 32 bit contra game, to choose one random example.
As long as the NFTs are not in the actual games, fine. A fool and his money are soon parted.
But an NFT is in effect a serial number proving ownership, not the art itself which any idiot can screenshot if they wish.
That is to say if Konami wants to ‘preserve’ digital art it just has to make it a free download.
Why can't people here understand, that no one is forcing you to buy these things? There is NOTHING wrong with a company putting things up for sale, and letting people decide for themselves if they want to buy it or not. Companies have a responsibility to their shareholders to make their company as profitable as they can. Choice is a real thing you entitled millennials. Just because YOU don't like something, it doesn't mean it shouldn't be offered for sale to others.
Tell me you suck at lying without telling me you suck at lying (Konami)
There are a million ways to preserve art, especially through the internet.
NFTs are not one of them.
MAKE AN ARTBOOK, you unclassy fools
@DiscoDriver44 Thank you for that video. Really informative thanks for sharing.
So if I dislike something, I may not speak about it, if what they are doing is legal?
I hope you don't ever voice your discontent over anything that isn't illegal. It would make you a hypocrite.
Calling gamers “entitled” didn’t work the thousand over times the industry and their cronies tried that tactic but let’s try again!
As we all know 'konami' is japanese for 'greedy duchebag'.
@CactusMan mate wait til you see some of udon's out of print work
Konami, Atari, Apple, Capcom, Sega, Bandai Namco, Google, Square Enix, Disney, Warner Bros., UbiSoft, Intellivision Amico, EA, Microsoft, Epic Games, Samsung, Sony, Tencent = all these NFTs supporters need to fall.
Sounds about right.
They'd rather stripmine assets belonging to their treasure trove of beloved gaming IPs for a quick buck than actually do anything with them.
It's insanely depressing how low that company has sunk.
Uploading the PNGs to Wikipedia in full-res is much more guilt-free.
Preserve it by making it a single hyperlink?
"Konami is committed to doing anything other than making games".
"Konami is committed to NFTs in order to make money off of beloved content they no longer make".
"Konami is committed to disrespecting their legacy and long time fans".
Just a few headlines that would have also worked!
Excited for these first forays into NFT technology to evolve into something actually useful. A lot of you kiddos won't remember, but a couple of decades ago, people thought buying stuff on the internet was ludicrous. There were also all kinds of scammy fly-by-night operators, bilking the less informed for their money (419 Scammers, Nigerian Prince, etc.). Also, tons of stupid marketing stunts (anyone remember E-Trade's dancing Chimpanzee commercial in the 2000 super bowl. "We just wasted $5,000,000--what are you doing with your money?")
Then, in the early 00s, tech had a reckoning, and stocks fell through the floor. Lots of companies went bankrupt. What was left was the basis of the current generation of the web/internet. The one we all use now.
So, yeah--there are lots of scammy NFTs right now. Does that mean NFT technology is bad? No. The environmental footprint of cryptocurrency gets better and better, and will continue to do so.
Crypto is here to stay, just cant wait to get past this "irrational exuberance" phase. (And for you shrieking naysayers to actually read up on the technology and understand it, rather than listen to some demagogue youtuber who isn't a fan.)
Here's a tip: one of those companies people couldn't imagine working in the pre-crash internet? Amazon. Wish I had invested early. Don't miss the boat on crypto--but do your research. Memecoins will go the way of Pets.com. Bitcoin and Ethereum? They'll be the Netscape and Google of crypto.
i enjoyed the likes of the various collections they released, would definitely love to see more of that (a goemon collection? suikoden collection? theres many things they have)
@CactusMan I'd buy a well made Castlevania artbook in a heartbeat
In this cases is when really it's needed to a "tsunami" of feedbacks to Konami's social media counts (twitter, youtube) and explain them (obviously in correct way, no disrespect) that NFTs for nothing work as a preservation medium, it's totally awful and really is more a death's sentence for its IPs.
If they need a better business model, NFTs are not a option, really.
I like to right-click and save NFTs.
Then print it and sell...
But then you would have to produce, print and ship, with little profit.
Best just sell NFTsto idiots.
If Bobby kotick was a person he would be Konami! Xxx
@Anti-Matter In case you aren’t aware, they actually did release a home PC iteration some time ago. It’s a subscription model, and the song list is lacking, but I wouldn’t mind a subscription if they can bring the majority of A20 to the home player. It might even be cheaper in the long run.
Someone should buy Konami and make them stop it.
This is about money. Just once, I wish these companies would be honest about that.
Symphony of the Night is still not on switch.
Absolute BS. nfts are the dumbest concept I have ever heard of and I can't believe so many companies are endorsing them.
@burninmylight You got me in the first half, not gonna lie.
@Dr_Awkward At least the "naysayers" are linking to SOMETHING, some form of evidence for their claims like that youtube video. I have never, not even once, seen you nftbros bring forth evidence to substantiate your claims, you just yell "do the research" at people you disagree with. I imagine if someone "does the research" and comes to a conclusion you don't agree with, you'll just brush them off regardless. Why don't you show YOUR research?
That's cute. 🙄
Jesus...Konami are just the f'n worst.
@BloodNinja emulating does not help preservation it helps the consumer to stay hooked paying a fee. Wait and see.
LOL your past comments include "find any way you can to download" nintendo game music before it is removed from youtube; entitlement about what belongs in Nintendo's retro game libraries, railing on about the "rip off" that NSO is, and predictions that Splatoon 2 will be dead by the end of 2018.
I don't owe you anything, but here, let me google for you some readily available use cases for NFTs:
Will you now please stop your unreasonable screeching?
I could care less what NFTs cost or how people want to spend their money. I will not support a company that uses them because they are environmentally irresponsible. One transaction uses the same amount of power as a single household's entire day of power usage. That is a massive load of power that requires energy to perform, and I cannot and will not toss my hat into a product that actively is garbage for the environment and is nothing more than an authentication certificate for a piece of art. That is ONE transaction; now imagine thousands or millions of transactions that can occur a DAY.
And if this becomes widespread in the gaming industry, I simply will not game anymore. I have a moral obligation to my planet to not actively participate in something that is equivalent wrong as burning fossil fuels for our environment with NONE of the benefit it gives society. It is a PURE waste of power and an immeasurable step back on sustainability.
@Dr_Awkward someone's tilted enough to go through user comments huh
@Scrubicius Emulation is totally free, and has been since 1996.
@RadioHedgeFund We may disagree at times, but that is the best explanation on what an NFT is. And honestly, even removing how bone simple the concept is, we already have authentication checks online that are not even close to as damaging to our environment as NFTs are. They are just pointless and redundant and are just awful money-grubbing concoctions to take advantage of the crypto boom.
Great, now I know to avoid spending money on Konami again.
@Wexter A single NFT transaction on the Solana network uses less energy than 2 Google searches, and about 1/400th the energy usage of 1 hour of playing PS5.
Your assertion that NFTs are environmentally destructive fails to recognize that there are many different blockchains, with different energy usage profiles. The most dominant blockchains are transitioning to far less energy intensive methodologies. ETH, for example, is slated to move to Proof of Stake this year.
Please investigate before you disseminate.
I don't want a subscription model of BEMANI games. I want a home console DDR like used to be.
Everyone who bought the first Konami NFTs are trying to sell them. It's not about ownership. It's not about preservation. It's about scamming the next poor fool and hoping you aren't the last one.
@Anti-Matter They just need to remaster and translate the Japanese versions of the old games , their original music song lists were far superior to the licensed music (DDR Extreme 1 and 2 good examples).
I'm curious to know how much appeal this whole NFT business actually has and why these companies are so hellbent on pushing them out. Nearly every impression I see on Twitter is negative, but that is but a drop in the bucket compared to the general gaming audience. The nerds who complain about everything online are just a very vocal minority and hardly representative of gaming as a whole. At the same time, I doubt that general audiences that are buying Switches and PlayStations in droves care or even know about NFTs, let alone their esoteric "value." Which begs the question, why are all these companies saying that they're the future when they aren't reaching much of anyone who cares? Who are the weirdos who think they're cool? Someone do a study!
NFTs are the Emperor's New Clothes. Everyone buying into them thinks they're great and everyone else is just pointing and laughing.
and i'm committed to not buying anything to do with this ponzi scheme trash
@Dr_Awkward Hey cherrypicker, before you tell me to do research, how about I remind you that most NFTs are done on the Ethereum blockchain. This means NO, they are bad for the environment. Here are some of the articles and studies I read to back my opinion.
So until the proof of concept becomes a reality, I'm sorry I cannot support this. Outside of the grifting nature of "rug pulls" — https://youtu.be/jmR_2sB7__k
Suppose you want to support NFTs; that is up to you. But while Etherium is used and is not environmentally safe, you can bite my arse. Most of NFTs being run by game companies are a scam and most NFTs are being used for investment I see no way how this can add "joy" to gaming to quote Nintendo.
EDIT: I also included both left-leaning and right-leaning sources.
Just admit that you're greedy and be done with it Konami. No one is fooled.
@PARK1755 Yes. Yes I do.
Aren't the point of NFTs to sell them for a higher price later on? Why would you buy an NFT for thousnads of dollars tied into a dead franchise that's just going to get more and more obscure every year therefore less money to be made?
@somebread everybody say COMIC SANS!
It’s Konami, I don’t think anyone is surprised
1. Source number one is incorrect, factually about NFTs, "Simply put, NFTs are unique digital tokens that—through a series of computer transactions—give someone ownership of a piece of art." NFTs have nothing inherently to do with art. Alao claims that the "daily carbon footprint of Bitcoin is the equivalent of watching 57,000 hours of YouTube videos.," but you probably aren't out there railing against YT itself (over 1 Billion hours of YouTube are watched per day, making it over 17,000x more polluting than Bitcoin. https://www.globalmediainsight.com/blog/youtube-users-statistics/#:~:text=Daily%20Active%20Users%20on%20YouTube%20in%202021,-Daily%20active%20users&text=YouTube%20has%20122%20million%20active,across%20the%20world%20every%20day.) Also, your source even acknowledges that blockchains are getting greener.
2. Quoting your source, "But it is early days for crypto, and every month brings new efficiencies."
3. Biased; doesn't acknowledge ETH move to Proof of Stake.
4. Quoting, "NFTs most likely do not have a direct, causal relationship with CO2 emissions, because they are just making use of the underlying blockchain that Ethereum is already running...Currently, Ethereum is mined through proof of work but the hope is that Ethereum 2.0, based on proof of stake, will arrive within the next few years, vastly reducing the network’s energy consumption."
5. Estimated data, not based on anything actual. "Even though the total network hashrate can easily be calculated, it is impossible to tell what this means in terms of energy consumption as there is no central register with all active machines (and their exact power consumption). In the past, energy consumption estimates typically included an assumption on what machines were still active and how they were distributed, in order to arrive at a certain number of Watts consumed per Gigahash/sec (GH/s)"
6. Uses #5 as a source.
7. Youtube? Lol, not credible.
7. Also lolz, this one is funny. "Proof of Stake is bad because it gives money to validators who Stake more money and that's not fair to people who don't have money." Nice moving the goalposts.
8. Check out his links to pro-crypto arguments!
For someone so loud, you didn't seem to read your sources very thoroughly.
@Dr_Awkward Dude just because you want to ignore the science on this is up to you. But, the amount of power the computers consume to power the Ethereum block-chain (let alone the mining) directly leads to CO2 emissions. Ignore your conscious all you want, but there is more evidence that they are bad for the environment rather than ambivalent at this time. So as I said either link me a non-crypto-backed article that DEFINITIVELY proves what I said false or bite my arse.
And dude doing the well this service is worse, therefore, "my ponzi scheme" is not as bad is a strawman argument and you know it. I've worked in tech for over a decade I'm not an idiot when it comes to this *****. And by the way, YouTube is more important to our culture than what basically is selling crypto-backed trading card art. Why do you care so much about changing my mind on this? Why are you so pro NFT? You seem so determined to change my mind on this I'm now curious.
Dan Olson actually said something about it on his video. Basically, it is sort of toxic positivity and cult like combined with FUD that could threaten the valvue of any certain NFT. You can find that part on Chapter 6 of his video
@DiscoDriver44 I used to watch Folding Ideas all the time years ago! I will have to check that episode out! Thank you!
It is 2:18 hours long, but it is worth the look.
but if you want to look at what i'm trying to say, it is on Chapter 6.
@DiscoDriver44 So it is exactly what I thought. If someone points out the issues with NFTs, it can potentially devalue their (the people who own said NFTs) investment, and therefore that person needs to be disproven and destroyed. It sounds like a cult for sure. Though I'm not surprised why game publishers want to participate as it is the natural evolution of whales. Except these whales think they are sitting on gold where instead they are sitting on an easily tracked and scammed landmine that could blow up in their face and all their assets can pour down the drain faster than the 2008 American Recession.
Yeah, this is not something I want to support as it sounds like a capitalistic technocracy taken to the natural extreme.
Well, if nothing else, Dr. Awkward is living up to their name. For something that's claimed to be "the future" these people never do a good job of selling it to people, huh?
@Zebetite Yeah all he's done is instead of having a stick lodged up my rear about the environmental impact, I now also have a stick up my rear about the socially engineered aspect of crypto and NFTs. Basically, instead of improving the system they hate, they've created a worse one... joys.
@Wexter To actually be on topic for a moment; Really, when you get down to it... if they want this to be "the future", that means the majority of people have to adopt it. And with nftbros and companies bringing up the matter in the most hamfisted manner possible, they're certainly not going to win anyone over. Companies will try to brute force these on us for the sake of money, but it'll never be as easy as it was with microtransactions and the like, which are ubiquitous but still get pushback to this day. And trolls don't sell products, that applies to just about any subject.
So between companies trying to force the matter and people like awkward man shouting at folks that could've otherwise been potential buyers, good luck making that future happen. Even if NFTs provided the most amazing service on earth, I wouldn't buy into them cause it'd mean being in the same club as guys like that
To All - JUST DON`T PAY ANY MONEY FOR NFT AND THAT`S IT !!!
Yes, this is certainly a better way of preserving these games than actually, you know... re-releasing them on modern platforms. Konami always manages to get worse and worse...
Someone do Konami a favor and buy them up.
My issue with NFT is this. What is the benefit?
Every scheme I’ve seen postulated so far does nothing for society. Blockchain itself does have some interesting uses, but so far it used for people to just make assloads of money on the back of the planet’s ecosystem through insane power usage.
I mean if all of our power was generated by clean efficient nuclear fission, that part wouldn’t be as bad of an issue. But even then, it’s such a huge waste.
Not only that, and yes I know this is a first world problem, but blockchain has indirectly destroyed the PC graphics card market. Thanks to all the damn crypto miners.
I’m sure all the great artists throughout history are rolling in their graves because of all the content they didn’t preserve as NFTs. There really isn’t any other way of preserving content such as art.
@Anti-Matter Good luck on that, and I say that with zero sarcasm towards you. Music license holders are smarter today about these kinds of licensing deals. Even if Konami has a dedicated home gaming team, the rights holders will stop them in their tracks.
Man, I miss home DDR. Not home StepMania, home DDR.
@BloodNinja if its free, why can”t I emulate the Gameboy games on my Nintendo consoles?
Using a third party software that will require updates for new hardware in the future on a PC and downloading ROMs from a rouge site. Is in this case not the solution since this isn’t Consumer oriented. Besides lets also not forget the licensing issue here.
Here is a elementary example; a book or a negative film is perfect for preservation.
No need for any updates, internet connection for hand shake verification or a running subscription.
In other words as long it is digital and requires a internet connection to check the licenses or updates for future hardware. A monthly paid subscription. It can not be called preservation.
@Scrubicius You can emulate Gameboy games on Nintendo consoles. Downloading ROMs is not the only way to acquire them. Have you ever asked yourself how a ROM gets onto a computer from a cart?
@-wc- No evidence at all; it was mostly hyperbole, though given that Winning Eleven, Metal Gear, and Powerful Pro Baseball franchises make up for 200 million sales, these top three Konami franchises seem to be the only guaranteed recurring ones anymore, and even Metal Gear is on the way out…
i ask because im really curious about what really happened with konami and why they let their position go as maybe the strongest developer in the world (imo) in the 8-32 bit era to a total joke. and dragging hudson down with them. there's got to be a story there.
@-wc- I can only speak from my own experiences with Konami, but when I got super into gaming when I was about six or seven during the halcyon days of the SNES/Genesis, I played my share of licensed games (TMNT, Tiny Toons, Bucky O’Hare) and my fair share of in-house IPs (Rocket Knight Adventures, Gradius III, Contra III, any Castlevania I could get my hands on) which pretty much cemented my love for them.
In my teen years, I tried to love MGS like all my friends did, but I learned that I really don’t like stealth games, so I pretty much stayed away from that whole series going forward, despite the apparent quality of the games. Contra took a turn for the worse, and I didn’t really give the Silent Hills games a chance, because I assumed they were like Resident Evil, which at the time (before RE4) weren’t my cuppa. Winning Eleven is just football and you can bet your bottom ass I never cared about that.
That left Castlevania alive and well for me to give most of my attention to, and I did wholeheartedly with the seven Metroidvanias, retroactively with any Classicvania I missed along the way, and even gave credence to the ill fated 3D outings. Overall, I was not disappointed with where we were at…
…but that was 2009 when I thought that. Not much has kept me invested in Konami otherwise since then. I got Contra Hardcorps and I hate myself for it. The Castlevania and Arcade collections were great, but they were repurposed 30 year old games. I’ve heard decent things about Yu-Gi-Oh but other than watching the show twenty-done years ago, it didn’t interest me.
Hudson’s Bomberman games were fine, but I could never really get into them, and I loved the few Adventure Island games I got to play on NES back in the day, but most of those titles were never released internationally after the SNES…
I guess I just have to be okay with the Netflix adaptation (which admittedly is really good) and Smash Ultimate being the only proper new(ish) Castlevania content I’ll have for awhile.
Edit: I never got around to getting my hands on any Suikoden games either, but I would gladly pick up every one of those and play them today
@burninmylight Id rather be a "not cool people" then. But I know how to right click and choose save as.
Preserving content? As in the content magically disappearing otherwise?
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