South Korea and the Missing Video Game Section

The Korean peninsula, June 2009. I could feel electricity in the air. I was excited to be here. I got settled, and I plugged in my Xbox 360's power cable to an adapter that I bought for $10 at the airport. That went into the outlet in the wall and two seconds later, I heard a small pop. Then, I could smell electricity… » 3/21/12 8:00am 3/21/12 8:00am

What a Korean Pop Song Can Teach Us About Video Game Sequels

I'm going to ask you to think about K-pop Girls' Generation (SNSD)'s song "Gee". You know, "Gee, gee, gee, gee, baby, baby, baby..."


Now that you have that song stuck in your head again, check out the English remix by an American pop-rock band called Nylon Pink in the above video. For research purposes, I've… » 3/14/12 8:00am 3/14/12 8:00am

Online Gaming Officially Makes You an Internet Addict in Korea

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) in South Korea released the results of last year's survey aimed at studying the causes of internet addiction. The Ministry conducted the study from October to December 2011, which was just around the time when Korean news began to report on school violence. The… » 3/07/12 8:00am 3/07/12 8:00am

Conquering the World with Flying Penguins

Based in Seoul, Korea and Los Angeles, California, Gamevil describes itself as a world class leader in mobile game publishing. While "world class leader" is sometimes the language of arrogance or deceit, Gamevil was able to show the rest of the Korean mobile market this month that it can back its claims with numbers.


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From Generic Bullet Fodder to Distinguished Heroes: Koreans in Video…

"Are you a North Korean?" I've been asked this question as often in America as I've been asked by Koreans if I own a gun, because all Americans own guns.


The answer to both is "no". The two questions are too absurd to be borne, and the answer to both questions is obvious, but if you don't know anything about Koreans… » 2/29/12 6:30am 2/29/12 6:30am

No, Korea, Gaming Does Not Make You a Bully

What might kill video games in Korea? The ice age.

Earlier this month, the South Korean government's Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology announced plans for its new game shut down system. The "Cooling Off" system would restrict young people from playing for more than two hours in one day by automatically… » 2/15/12 6:00am 2/15/12 6:00am