The PC gaming phenomenon in Korea was one of the subjects talked about in the MMORPG session I went to at Comic Con 2007. This was something I didn’t know about so I decided to do a little digging on my own. Below is a list of article I found and read during a quit little web search.
My key take aways for this articles:
– The PC is Korea’s primary gaming platform due to a trade embargo steming from political issues from WWII between Korea and Japan
– High penetration of broadband enables rich content in Korea
– Internet cafes and pay as you go fee structure enable PC access to everyone
– Korean culture encourages collective behavior, hence the success of MMORPG’s
Gaming in Korea Part 1:
Why is Korea the King of PC Gaming (Gamespy)
Gaming Offline: Is Korea a harbinger of a Western Boom?
Whither Korean Gaming – Have Korea’s Online Gaming Companies Peaked?
Forget Reality TV. In Korea, Online Gaming is it
Zoom Cloud Index of Stories out of Korea