In Japan, Konami Cancels MGS4 Launch Events in Wake of Akihabara Rampage

vnunet reports that Konami has cancelled Japanese launch events surrounding the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots:

The company said in a statement to Japanese media that it called off the events because it was concerned about the safety of the public. The cancellations follow a rampage by a knife-wielding man in Tokyo at the weekend in which seven people were killed…


One of the cancelled launch events had been scheduled for Tokyo’s Akihabara district, where the stabbing took place on Sunday… [in the game] Players control a soldier armed with a knife and various other weapons who fights his way through a multitude of enemies by killing and disabling them in a variety of missions.

Launch events outside of Japan were not affected and the game is being released as scheduled in Japan and elsewhere.


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  1. bpm195 says:

    That’s the same thing I was thinking. I haven’t played 4 yet, but in MGS3 players are actually punished for killing enemies. Furthermore the game doesn’t have Anti-War undertones, it’s the dominant theme!

  2. Paul Farinelli says:

    It was nice of Konami/Kojima Productions to cancel the event for safety reasons, but I don’t like the little comment about MGS4, as if it’s a game that encourages killing. The entire series has a very strong pacifistic message throughout, and encourages you to use non-lethal force all of the time. Snake said it best in MGS2: "There’s no right part in murder. Not ever."

  3. L42yB says:

    No, just no.

    A music "scene" can be more influential, but that is the other people in that scene that are influencing the person (rather than the actual music itself). 

    — mostly harmless

  4. Austin_Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Watch out, all the juggalos in the world dress like their idiot ICP heroes, and then pretend that they’re religious with their ‘dark carnival’ nonsense. 


    Protip:  ICP isn’t religious, they’re just using their cultish following to make more money, kinda like scientology.

  5. Gameboy says:

    Actually I listen to rock and especially Heavy Metal (enjoying the new Disturbed CD, Indestructible, right now).  However, I dress differently every day.  Today, I’m wearing khakis with a white shirt and a blue one over that.  Yesterday, I wore a black DBZ shirt with black bondage pants (they have zippers and chains for no real reason other than to look cool).  I may dress completely different tomorrow.  About the only constant in my wardrobe is that I tend to wear loose fitting clothes.  I have never really fit into in cliche.  I usually had friends that were from different groups.

    If you ask me what group I fit in, I’ll just give you my name.  So I have a problem with your generalization.  I believe people make their own decisions.  I listen to Heavy Metal, play action and RPG games, watch anime, dress however I damn well please, and befriend whoever is willing.  Let’s look beyond appearances at the people themselves.  Then maybe we can deal with real issues.

    And no, I don’t think they should of cancelled the event.  Especially not out of fear.  And they would of shown more respect for the victims by going ahead with the event, in my opinion.  They could of held a moment of silence for them if they felt that strongly about it.

    Now, I think I go listen to the new Disturbed CD on my way to grandma’s house, then return to play a little MGS4.

  6. Aliasalpha says:

    In all fairness, where am I going to get a suit of powered mk7 space marine armour complete with working bolter or a big daddy costume with a fully maim-ariffic drill arm?

    Compared to that, chav gear is common as muck (much like those who wear it)

  7. BravO))) says:

    Take a cold hard look at this one.  Why are people even debating the issue with video games?  This country has a flawed health care system, high gas prices, and a very bad economy and all people want to do is hawk on one individual, out of millions of millions of gamers, who happens to have killed someone.  Music has more of a profound influence on people than video games ever will, and more so with music videos.  Music (if you want to call what ever they play on tv is) influences moods, fashion, and is every where.  Do you think that there would be all these types of clicks with out music, look at punk, metal, goth, rap, country, pop.


    Now how many people dress like the games that they play?


    Which one do you think has more influence on an individual?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I frequently dress as a prison guard from the suffering…….since I work as a correctional officer (the technical term for a prison guard).

    The most common game inmates played on the street was Madden for gambling purposes, amazingly enough.

  9. Zero Beat ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’d rather they dress as the DoA girls. >_>  In fairnesss, I’d dress like Ryu Hayabusa or Hayate.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The riots occurred because a big group of people got very exited. The music wasn’t necessarily the cause.

  11. BravO))) says:

    Games are more direct?  sorry but I disagree.  Do you not remember the riots that happened after concerts, look at when metallica played with guns and roses.  To be honest, I can’t tell from the people that play fps’, rts’, or rpg’s, but usually I can tell what kind of music people listen to by just looking at them.  On the other hand, look at huge lan parties, they are nothing compared to the amount of people at concert.

  12. Haggard ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I reckon that music in general has a lower average influence on people – with exceptions (e.g. High Hopes by Pink Floyd moves me).

    As games are a more direct medium of storytelling, their themes and plots may influence people more, as might the cinematic direction in cutscenes.

    However, the actual gameplay of a game (in which the ultra-violence tends to happen) is basically a shallow entertainment function, which although fun and on occasion innovative and involving, is not going to make you pick up a gun and go postal.

    So all-in-all, people might be cultured or influenced by, say, the sad downfall of Solid Snake, but the elements which the media think people go on shootouts to copy are forgettable and throwaway.

  13. BravO))) says:

    I agree, but back to the question.  Which media has more influence on an individual, music or video games?

  14. Burke ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’d only go with that idea IF they had figures similar or better than Lara’s.. I shudder to imagine the sight of ALL women dressing like Lara…..  =/

  15. Gameboy says:

    There’s a difference between your mood and your life.  You may be happy when you listen to an upbeat song, angry when you listen to a screamer, or sad when you listen to a song about heartbreak, but you don’t live your life based on a 3 to 4 minute series of noises.  Nor do you live your life based on a group of pixels.  My point is that people are more complex than that.  I’d say you’re less influenced by your music and more influenced by the people you are friends with.  For example, I bought the aforementioned bondage pants because a female friend of mine thought I should.

  16. Gameboy says:

    Lol.  Actually I just didn’t want to wear any of my other shirts.  I think it was a friend’s shirt that they left at a party some time ago.  No idea who’s it was, but the shirts mine now I guess.  I do like DBZ, though.  It was one of the first anime I ever watched. 

    Yeah, I guess I am a bit of a nerd.  I’ll admit that.  Then again, I could probably fit into the ‘prep’ category pretty easily, too.  I never really liked to be labeled.  Always resisted that.  Too many people let a perceived label control them.

  17. Austin_Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m gonna guess you fit into the ‘nerd’ stereotype, mainly based on the DBZ tshirt.  No offense meant, of course, most of the people here are easily able to fit into that category.

    Almost everyone can be fit into a generalized category.

  18. BravO))) says:

    Don’t get me wrong on the generalization.  I my self listen to metal, bands like: electric wizard, soilent green, today is the day, eyehategod, boris, and many more.  But I can tell you that my mood is more influenced my music than a video game ever will.

  19. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    That’s terribly innapropriate to advertise on a blog about a massacre.

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up:

    Jonathan Freedman (2002)

    Block and Crain (2007)

    Grand Theft Childhood, a book by Harvard Medical School researchers Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  20. Anonymous says:

    boomers are dating here at —-boomermingle.c .o .m—-


    How can you do nothing with this news. Maybe you can find your soul mate there too.

  21. Sabre_Justice says:

    Sounds like it was more to pay respect to the victims. It probably would have been in bad taste to continue holding events so soon after the tragedy.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hey thanks for the spoilers.   You made my day.  I was definately looking for a intelligent and wise person to spoil MGS4 for me.  thanks again.

  23. MaskedPixelante says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t pull it off the shelves because Johnny’s nickname is "Akiba".

    Of course, Johnny is like, the ONLY character in the game who doesn’t die so, who knows.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

  24. Anonymous says:

    *Where are all the GTA-related mass rapings, shootouts, car thefts, police chases, murders, etc?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Funny how life works; the many suffer for the sins of the one.

    I agree that they should’ve cancelled the MSG4 events for safety reasons. However, I don’t feel that any of those reasons should have anything to do with the game itself. If what they’re saying is true, then BILLIONS of would-be MSG4 players will grab a gun and a knife and take to the streets in a mass homicidal rampage come launch day.

    Which reminds me, GTA IV just came out. Where are all the mass rapings, shootouts, car thefts, police chases, murders, etc? They can’t all still be on PSN and XBL, right?

    The notion that playing a game will cause a person to commit crime assumes that the player can’t diffrentiate real violence from video game violence. In essence, it’s saying that every single person who plays a video game with any amount of violence in it at all is completely stupid and ignorant. Show of hands; do we have any retarded chimpanzees in here? Anybody? Banana?

    Didn’t think so.

  26. Tomato says:

    I just wanted to make a minor observation: they aren’t banning it’s sale, just cancelling the launch events in areas attacked by this nutjob. I know this might make me sound like a traitor to the "pro-gaming" cause, but I don’t think that just cancelling the event is a horrible attack on gaming. Celebrating a game that utilizes weapons in an area where loved ones have just been killed by those weapons… essentially you’re risking angering people for a launch party few gamers will care about.

    The game is still being sold. So chill

  27. Haggard ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I especially like the generic comment to try and make it seem like non-spam ^^

    What’s a boomer dating agency though? The rocket-launcher wielding guys on Gears getting a bit lonely?

  28. Freyar says:

    That’s dissapointing to hear. I just finished MGS4 and really enjoyed the ending (minus the 20 minutes of credits). I agree with the first responder though, the reason it should have been canceled was for "respect" of the victims, not because of the wierd connection between the use of knives.

    Hell, the weapon I used the most was the Mark 22 (Anesthetic Rounds). Best. Gun. Ever

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians.

  29. Thomas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    They should not have done this.

    Although I do kind of understand your comment, SteamMaster, nothing will bring the victims of this tragedy back, and all this will do is deny the other people who frequent that area, who may have known the victims, or been otherwise affected by the events, a little bit of fun and joy in what must be a difficult time.

    Just as in many other situations, to turn around and remove something good and enjoyable because a few people may be upset and a bad thing has happened, is only making the situation worse.

  30. StealthMaster86 says:

    Who said you had to kill anybody in the game. I am ignoring the fact that they are cancelled it because of the weapons Snake uses. To me the REAL and RIGHT reason to cancel it is for the familys of those who lost.

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