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"A staffing agency employee who asked not to be named said he notifies gaming companies if a prospective hire is an ex-Kon. He said that is because Konami files complaints to gaming companies who take on its former employees."
"One major gaming company went so far as to warn its staff against hiring ex-Kon. There was even a case in which a former Konami employee moved to a construction company before joining another gaming company, hoping to throw people off the scent."
"One ex-Kon described his surprise at learning that Konami had instructed an employee at a television company not to deal with its former employees. In another case, a former Konami executive was forced to close his business due to pressure from the gaming giant."
"Ex-Kons are not allowed to put their Konami experience on their public resumes. "If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami's name to land a job," explained a former employee. If an ex-Kon is interviewed by the media, the company will send that person a letter through a legal representative, in some cases indicating that Konami is willing to take them to court."

 

 

What the fuck, is this a Japan thing or is Konami just that fucking evil?
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And their games aren't available in CIS countries.

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I am fairly sure what Konami is doing is illegal and breaches employment law, certainly in the UK it is.

 

It's the equivalent of giving a bad reference, for which a company can be taken to court and/or sued over.

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No way that would stand up in court.

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If true that is indeed evil and perhaps even outright ilegal practice, i don't know Japan laws so i can't comment if that is normal practice or not on that part of the world, but in my country that would be reason enough to sue a company for abuse, no company (unless is secret services), here can prevent a ex-employee from saying on his resume that he worked for it, nor can a company stalk a ex-employee or prevent him from gaining a new job.

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Even if something is illegal, as long as a business makes enough money doing the deed to cover the costs of any fines, they tend to do it anyway.

 

"Bad, bad corporation! You must pay a fine of $600,000."

 

"Big deal, we made $6,000,000 in the process!"

 

At least that's how things are done in the USA.

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What a bunch of dicks.

 

EDIT: I'd use the c-word because I'm an Aussie, but I don't know how far to push the language here. :)

I think everyone knows the cunt word applies here.

 

Unless you're using the word Californian. That would be going too far.

 

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Konami found its heart and agreed to release Silent Hill 4 on GOG.

https://www.gog.com/game/silent_hill_4_the_room

 

Can't say if the port is any good though. My experience with Play Station ported games on PC consisted of finger breaking keyboard controls :D

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

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21 hours ago, STiFU said:

Finger crossed for a remake of SH 2!!! 😉 SH4 kinda blows.

I don't know. Like all SH it had epic music in the soundtrack.

 

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