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Korean MMORPG Culture: A Lecture By Leo Sang-Min Whang

When I was plunking around for a link to Cory Doctorow’s wonderful story “Anda’s Game”, I found (on this page) an interesting link to the State of Play 2 conference and a very interesting talk by professor Leo Sang-Min Whang about the Korea-specific experience of gaming in MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games). His area of focus in study is comparing East Asian countries in gaming

Some of the interesting points he raised include:

Mind you, all of this is really a few years out of date, with all the data being from 2001. But it’s still fascinating… but I will say that the rare times I visit a PC-Bang, it’s mainly men playing

If you’d like to see the video, which is quite fascinating for anyone with an interest in Korean youth culture, you can take a look here. Any further thoughts on the differences between Korean and other Asian experiences of MMORPGs would be appreciated, dear readers, if any still remain after my long posting drought.

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