Konami's trailer for the Metal Gear Solid 3 pachinko machine earns massive hate from series fans, with the video receiving an overwhelming number of dislikes on YouTube.
With Hideo Kojima leaving Konami last year under strange circumstances, and the company making a number of decisions that upset its fans, it's no surprise that what it is now doing with the Metal Gear Solid IP has drawn the ire of enthusiasts. For those unaware, a Metal Gear Solid 3-themed pachinko machine is being released by Konami in Japan, and fans are not responding well to it.
At the time of this writing, the trailer for the Metal Gear Solid pachinko machine has over 30,000 dislikes on YouTube, and has yet to crack 1,000 likes. Ratio-wise, this makes it one of the most disliked videos on the entire website, even more so than the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal trailer, which was met with similar vitriol earlier this year.
Konami should have expected the kind of response it would get by uploading the trailer for the Metal Gear Solid pachinko machine online. After all, Konami has fallen out of the good graces of its fans, thanks to its cancellation of Silent Hills, apparent mistreatment of its star developer Hideo Kojima, and its abandonment of its traditional gaming business in favor of making pachinko machines instead.
At the same time, it's hard to fault Konami for utilizing its assets. The pachinko machines are apparently bringing in more money than Konami was making in the console gaming market, and by slapping the Metal Gear Solid IP on the machine, it may convince Japanese fans of the franchise to give it a shot.
Perhaps fans will respond better when they see the new Metal Gear Solid game that is supposedly in development at Konami. Of course, there's a chance that fans will automatically reject it since it won't be developed by Hideo Kojima, but if it looks impressive enough, maybe they'll let bygones be bygones.
In the meantime, expect Konami to continue using the Metal Gear Solid IP this way to make some extra cash off MGS enthusiasts. For example, we might see more Metal Gear Solid car commercials, or things of that nature, with Konami licensing out MGS characters for others to use in advertisements. Alternatively, we may see even more pachinko machines based on the series. If these ventures are fruitful enough, perhaps Konami will abandon its plans for a proper new game in the series entirely.
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