Adventures in Screenshots: Konami’s Pre-E3 Event

June 3, 2012

Nintendo may be trying to rush the gates with their live webcast tomorrow, but Konami beat everyone to the E3 punch with their second annual pre-show event late Thursday night/Friday morning. I stayed up until 1:30a to catch their show, because I am a media whoring jackass that loves this week more than Christmas.

In a nutshell: I should have gone to bed.

But hey, I sure did get some fun screengrabs out of it! Here, take a look.

We were greeted by Takashi Konami, heir to the Konami throne and man of many uniquely-buttoned dress shirts. Tonight will be a wonderful, fulfilling, and worth-staying-up-for event, his hologram beaming in from space assured me.


Oh, fuck you, Takashi Konami.


I get that you can’t END the show on this but, you know, maybe don’t show off your “Carnivalville” whatever-this-is social media jerk-off projects at all during E3. Maybe just send out an email in July.

Oh dammit, this was the first game of E3 2012. I just realized that.




Wow, just… wow. What even is happening, am I really awake? Did I fall asleep at my desk? Is this a super lame nightmare?


And then soccer, because sure. Of course soccer. Or football. Or whatever. Somebody likes this, I know. And it’s definitely better than Frogger Pinball for Facebook.


I mean, if you’re really so bored with your life that you find yourself playing Frogger Pinball at work or– even worse, at home, then it’s time to reassess your life choices. I know there are books you haven’t read, maybe pick one up and– oh, hey, hologram soccer. Or… something? What.


Well of course he is, look at him. I’m falling in love with him right now. Maybe he’ll answer my friend request and play Frogger Pinball with me.

Here’s a fun game, try and make up an accent for him. Say “I love the football” out loud. Hahaha, this is fun. We’re having fun.


OH RIGHT and this guy was there. He’s… making soccer. He makes the soccer. And it was very cruel of them to make him wave goodbye after Dreamboat VanDaterape’s close-up. Come on, guys, that’s not fair.


OH MY GOD A ROBOT. It’s a video game! It’s a video game, you guys, I’m awake again. Oh god.

So, right, Zone of the Enders HD looks cool. I never played the originals. I like the looks of this series. Tom loves it, that I know for sure.


Multiple choice on this one. In this photo, Hideo Kojima is…

  • Doing his best Jack Nicholson impression
  • Having a stroke
  • Drunk

The correct answer, of course, was “trying to hold back one of those burps that somehow feels sharp on the way up because today’s lunch was a mistake.” Thanks for playing!


Oh, neat, I like this. They’re restoring and high-deffing the talking heads or whatever… from the… from the game. From those parts where the heads talked. To you.

I never played Zone of the Enders.


This is a nice logo. It couldn’t have been anything else, really. What was the 20th anniversary logo? Was there even a 20th MGS anniversary?

Oh my god, why was I still awake.


“…so I says to the suits, I says, ‘Listen, just let me watch every American action movie since 1950 and then I’ll chew it up and swish it around and then I’ll put a buttload of dramatic pauses and dick/poop jokes in there and I’ll spit it back out.’ And WHAMMO-BAMMO, now I’m a genius. That Tarantino guy ain’t got nothing on me. Anyway, where are you guys from? Who here is a single? Show of hands.”

Nah, he’s great. I kid.


Lookin’ good there, handsome. You wouldn’t happen to be captain of the Pro Evolution 2013 team, would you?


Oh, wait, we’re on to a tease of that super-secret new game with his crazy NASA-brain game engine or whatever? Or no. Wait, slow down, where did Raiden go?


Heeere we go, that’s more like it. This is a Kojima joint. Where we goin’, knife kid?


Hahaha I don’t know who this guy is supposed to be in this game but I already wish he was the main character. He got that neckbrace from Sharper Image, they’re not fucking around with that new Summer catalogue.




Uh huh.


“Every Single Game: The Tagline”


I’m sorry I called you Knife Kid, Raiden. Please don’t.


Oh, gameplay! Man, there are either a lot of cyborgs or Raiden is just super paranoid about it.

“That’s not a cyborg, Raiden, that’s just the mailma–“





Hahaha oh shit, that guard is about to have a really bad afternoon.


Whoaaaaa, okay. This must be the wrong livestream. Sorry to interrupt. Nice gun-mounted oven mitts, though. I have GOT to get that Sharper Image catalogue.


I’ll bet that pilot is thinking “RAAAAAAAAAAAAAD.” You know, as his body slides apart into various segments.


Remember when Raiden was a pretty feather-haired dude? And then he got his face all borked and then they made him a robot man? Well, now he’s fighting a pretty feather-haired dude, I guess.

If I was Raiden, I would aim for the face first. Just a suggestion.


Dear Square-Enix,

If you’re going to keep stubbornly refusing to learn the difference between words and non-words in the english language, at least start doing it like Konami.




OH, wow, Peppermint Patty looks like shit.


THE WATERMELON STUFF MADE IT IN, oh thank god. I’m surprised they’d spoil the final boss fight like this, though.


HAHA OH NO, OH NOOOOOOOOO. Ohhhh forget that other guard, this guy is about to have a worse afternoon times infinity.


Yeah, fuck that support structure. Get it. Hahaha, yes, you are a government agent with a robot mouth and metal balls, now slice everything because no one will stop you.


…Alright, maybe the right answer before was the “stroke” one. Too close to call, really.


Raiden, buddy. That’s a tree. Here, just come here. Sit down, have a glass of milk and let’s talk.

Worried about you, bud.


Hahaha, look at his mouth.



Pictured: the worst afternoon.


Ohhhh good, the Mega 64 guys. That’s good. They’re alright, I guess. I like that Kojima likes these guys more than anything else.


Every sketch comedy troupe has one guy I just cannot stand, and with mega 64 it’s this guy. The rest of it is alright, I guess. I genuinely enjoyed their little sketch from last year, the “Transfarring” thing.

Hey you guys, remember “Transfarring”? Haha.


Can’t have a Mega64 “bit” without some real-world dickery.


It might be worth noting that I did not laugh at any part of this little vignette, here. In fairness, it was almost 2:00a.


Oh, alright. Is this a ZOE thing? I would probably laugh more if I got this one. “Fat guy head on tiny toy body” is a pretty reliable comedy formula.


Okay. Alright.


Stuck the landing. Nailed it.


Takashi returns, again via hologram against a backdrop of his favorite Reboot episode. He has surprises, he says! You have been a huge liar already tonight, Takashi Konami, a man whose name I just made up.

I am wary. But proceed.


Oh, it’s Castlevania! But the newer one, Lords of Shadow, the one critics seemed to hate.

If you never played that first one and were avoiding spoilers, then TOO LATE because I guess that game’s Belmont turned into Dracula at the end? So he’s a Dracula. Or he’s THE Dracula. Either of those.


…This is my favorite shot of the night. Definitely.


Oh right so also an army is attacking him but pffsh, look out suckers three point landing.

You guys are going to get it.




“Searching for cyborgs. Scanning…”


Konami. Is. All. About. Soldiers. Having. Bad. Afternoons.




Yeah, that’s probably it.


And then everyone had a bad afternoon.


OH, EXCEPT THIS GUY. Check out this guy. Check out Mr. Having-a-Swell-Day over here.


When a Dracula smiles at you, just go ahead and empty yourself. Fill those pants, it’s the only thing that might keep him from eating you.


Oh and then surprise, a teaser for the 3DS Castlevania, as well. That’s a thing. That’s a thing and you’ll learn about it through blood spatters in water and you’ll like it.

SO, THAT WAS IT. Overall, I give it 5 Soccers out of Facebook. Konami has an actual press conference planned for later this week, and that is just about the most exciting thing of the show after their infamous and legendary 2010 disaster. So good! I’ll be sure to cover that even in some way, somehow, as well.

I also had fun doing this, the screencap thing. I might try this out for the other lower-tier conferences, like EA and Ubisoft. Would you guys read those? Did anyone even read this whole thing? Let me know in the comments. Happy E3, everybody!

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9 comments on “Adventures in Screenshots: Konami’s Pre-E3 Event

  1. The E3 coverage on this site is always top notch, I really wish you (JKP) would cover other big gaming events like Gamescon, Tokyo Games Show, and GDC with this much enthusiasm. Your website traffic would be through the roof if you covered all of the main gaming events, and not just E3.


  2. @ryan

    Gamescon is actually supposed to be bigger than E3 this year, so I’m curious if to know if JKP will actually cover gamescon this year too. It all depends on if their site traffic increases with their E3 coverage. If their traffic increased with their E3 coverage, then they’d be idiots not to cover Gamescon too.

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  3. jason Jun 3, 2012

    why does konami always insist on doing 3d castlevania games? has there ever been a good one? all of the n64, ps2, and ps3/360 3d castlevania games are all terrible.


    • Anonymous Jun 4, 2012

      Castlevania:Curse of Darkness Ps2 was good


      • Simon Jun 4, 2012

        If by “good” you mean “decent”, then yes, yes it was.


  4. Patrick Jun 3, 2012

    you should have fell asleep and just posted a recap, but hey thanks for making it so I don’t need to go check a recap. You guys rival most gaming websites with the level of detail and commitment.

    Konami in social games = wtf really, you guys OWN Hudsonsoft and the best you can do is frogger pinball and 2 other nothing games. How about Bomberman online for the facebook or adventure island!? Totally makes sense that Zynga is partnering (or konami is buying them out more like) because they both like cheap money and Zynga’s all about whoring it out for the quick buck/ buying a smaller company to make profit (draw something is the best example)

    Don’t care about soccer, and I care less knowing they are doing something with soccer.

    A new ZOE game will be good, but everybody should have guessed they were going to do it since they pulled back the release of the ZOE HD collection.

    MGS Rising Re-Re: theres not enough shrugs in the world to articulate how much I give less a fuck about this game. All they did was take the MGS franchise and turn it into a Devil May Cry clone. Hopefully with the 25th anniversary coming up they would do a HD update to the original MG games. That would not only sell well but also make a nice loop since Peacewalker is essentially the prequel to the MG series.

    I am still waiting for either policinauts or snatcher Hideo Kojima… still waiting

    Castlevania 2: electric blood boogaloo: just copy the MGS rant above and change it to Castlevania. Paul they do 3d Castlevania games because they think their customer base are magpie’s, if its really shiny and sparkly then people will risk life and limb to attain it. Look at square-enix-soft-square (???) their games are basically a series pretty screen grabs, over polished models of man-girls, and nonsense for story and yet people still pay money for it.


    • Patrick Jun 3, 2012

      and when I said “Paul” I meant “Jason”


  5. I’m glad I didn’t bother with it this year, because Mega64 was the only entertaining part of last year as well.
    NeverDead seemed like a cool concept last year, and was at the very least a new IP, but after a poor showing commercially, It makes sense they’d stick to known quantities this year. A shame that they best they can do is a squeal to a Castlevania that had lukewarm praise at best.

    Thanks for doing the job no one wants to, Brandon!
    I’ve always had those same warm fuzzy Christmas feelings about this week too, ever since I actively started searching for videogame news, so I guess that makes me a media whoring jackass too, but I think I already knew that.


  6. so metal gear and a new castlevania and zone of the enders are the main thing, but nothing new here, except the first part, but they can just keep that.

    Now if this is the pre E3, what will be at the expo? same thing or something more?


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