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Our Enemy, Konami

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2010 by reasoning13

Recently Konami sent a cease and desist order to our friends at BYOND to get them to take down Duel Monsters Unlimited. This gives us an excellent time to contemplate the nature of this entity known as Konami and its relationship with the game of Yugioh.

This organization known as Konami claims a monopoly right over Yugioh. No one is to buy or sell yugioh cards or products without Konami’s permission. In this way Konami functions like organized crime with yugioh as its product. If you dare to compete with it you will be met with violence. And as this case shows, there will be violence.

“What do you mean Konami is violent?” you may ask. And I will respond, what is a cease and desist order but a threat of violence? What is that? You do not see the violence? Ah, they have done a good job hiding it indeed but there is an elephant in the room and it is a gun.

Let me show you. According to wikipedia, a cease and desist order is “an order or request to halt an activity, or else face legal action”. And what is legal action but violence? If BYOND did not comply with Konami and they took them to court and found them “guilty” BYOND would be ordered to stop competing and pay Konami money and if they refused they would face dire consequences. A cease and desist order then is a threat of violence, “get off our turf or we will mess you up”.

Like a shopkeeper hiring the mob to threaten neighboring shops, Konami does not compete, it strong-arms.

Konami has constantly assailed the consumer in numerous ways. Through ridiculous prices for what amounts to little more than slips of cardboard, through horrendous banned lists and through the worst card design that has ever befallen a game.

But, you say without Konami where would we be? Surely Konami has been the greatest benefactor of the Yugioh players. It provides us with tournaments, cards and banned lists.

And I reply, that there is one thing which Konami is good at. It is good at crippling you, handing you a crutch and then convincing you that you couldn’t walk without its help. It is indeed true that Konami provides us with services but it does so only after having secured its monopoly.

A highwayman waylays a man in an isolated place, springing upon him from the roadside holding a pistol to his head. “Your money or your life.” The robber claims no right over the money nor any great dignity beyond what he is. But as he takes the money he leaves the man and pesters him no more.

Konami, however, has no such dignity. It is always and everyone holding the gun.

“Any animal however loathsome will resist if stepped upon. Are men less than snails or worms? I have some resistance in me, I know that you have. You have been robbed.” – Haymarket Martyr

“The great only appear great because we are on our knees. Come, let us rise.” – Mikhail Bakunin

“I do not ask that you place your hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.” – Etienne de la Boettie