Koei Tecmo Paying Employees To Have Children


Posted June 9, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Old Woman Who Lived At KOEI Tecmo

I've never been there, and I don't read a bunch of manga or anything, but I love Japan. When faced with the problem of under-population on the island nation, Japanese companies are responding by offering their employees monetary incentives to have more children. Koei Tecmo, the game company behind classic(?) video game franchises Dynasty Warriors, Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball, is offering its employees bonuses of around $1,000 for their first child, $2,000 for their second child and $20,000 for their third child.

As a father, I feel I can speak from experience here: $1,000 is a poor reason to bring another life into the world, but, by the time you have two children, you might as well go for the third if it'll get you $20,000. Once you have a couple of lap-rats, you're in for the long-haul anyway, and you might as well make it a trio.

I think Tecmo should take the whole incentive thing a step further, though, and raise children itself. That way, Koei could have a child that does nothing but play every video game ever made. That child will become a super-video-game-genius, and, in about 20 years times, be able to create the greatest Dynasty Warriors game ever. Maybe Super Video Game Child will be able to explain Dead or Alive Extreme to me, too.


Koei Tecmo Paying Employees To Have Children


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