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NCSoft confirms Western development of MMO Blade & Soul


Sep 14
// Dale North
Above you'll see the very first Western trailer for NCSoft's newest MMOROG, Blade & Soul. It's being developed for Western audiences by Team Bloodlust, the in-house studio based in NCsoft’s HQ in Seoul. The ti...
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Pretend to be shocked: Rockman Online is likely cancelled


Sep 10
// Tony Ponce
In the fallout of Capcom's cancellations of Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, many folks likely forgot that there was still one big Mega Man title in development: Rockman Online, a Korea-exclusive 2D side-scrolling MM...
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Bar Oasis 2: Sit back and have a drink with music samples


Jul 30
// Jayson Napolitano
Maybe you never checked out Korean-based Corners Studio's Bar Oasis app for iOS when it was released a couple years back. The visual novel game focusing on drink mixing and the relationships between characters sported so...
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DJMAX Technika Tune: New Vita features, songs


Jun 27
// Dale North
Upcoming PS Vita rhythm game release DJMAX Technika Tune marks the first time the touch game will be leaving arcades, and to make the transition to portable smooth, the game has been reworked to use the Vita's touch technolog...
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Sony suspends PS Store in South Korea following new rules


Jun 20
// Jim Sterling
Sony has had to suspend all PlayStation Store services in South Korea following a new ruling that says companies cannot ask for the real names and ages of minors when taking payment details.  The so-called Game Industry ...
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Koreans already beat Diablo III


May 15
// Chris Carter
While many of you were staying up late, waiting for 12AM PDT last night, other gamers across the world were toiling away, hacking and slashing their way through Diablo III, as the servers were already up for Europe/Asia. It l...
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Korean eSports teams up with MLG for tourney partnership


May 11
// Dale North
East will connect with West through StarCraft II. Major League Gaming (MLG) and the Korean eSports Association are announcing a multi-year partnership that will connect these two hubs of the StarCraft world, allowing Kor...
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PSN exclusive Malicious is getting an English version


Dec 16
// Jim Sterling
Long-time readers may remember Malicious, a really cool looking PSN title about a guy with a magic cloak that fights stuff. It's been out in Japan since forever, but an unlikely source has confirmed that an English language v...
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Xbox 360 countdown timer site: Not as cool as we thought


Oct 18
// Dale North
Remember that countdown timer site we found yesterday? Yeah, so about that: It's not for anything cool, so I hope you didn't get too excited. It's not Sonic Kinect or a game for the Olympics or anything even close to that. It now redirects to xbox360invitational.com, a Korean tournament site. Unless you're a Korean console gamer, this end result could not have been more disappointing. 
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So jelly: Korea is getting a Power Rangers MMO


Sep 24
// Tony Ponce
Friggin' Koreans and their cool-as-sh*t MMO scene. We get Free Realms and the endless parade of World of Warcraft updates, while they get the stuff I actually want, like Rockman Online -- this happens to be the only Mega Man ...
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North Korea accused of raising MMO 'hacker army'


Aug 08
// Jim Sterling
South Korea has accused its northern neighbors of online skullduggery, warning that Kim Jong-il is using an army of young hackers to exploit MMOs and make some desperate money.  Reports claim that the hackers have i...
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Crytek announces Warface, an online FPS for Korea


Nov 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Crytek and Crytek Seoul are using the holiday downtime to announce a brand new first-person shooter called Warface. The military shooter being targeted at Asian markets, more specifically the South Korean demographic. The sho...
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Community member perri had the opportunity to attend Korea's G-Star trade show this past weekend and made it a point to check out the demo for Rockman Online. He posted his impressions on his blog, and sad to say, they are a ...

Hot new Rockman Online gameplay footage

Nov 18 // Conrad Zimmerman
[embed]187998:34185[/embed] Rockman Online looks like a co-op version of one of the later Megaman X games. The mechanics aren't made clear, so it could still be miserable to play but, damn, it looks fantastic. I never thought that I would say that I was jealous of Korea.  Rockman Online Gameplay Trailers [Megaman Network]
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The Korean MMOG Rockman Online is something that I personally have been trying to keep an eye on. Tonight, a ton of stuff has come out about the game. Earlier we posted the animate teaser and now we have gameplay footag...

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Korean Internet gamer kills mother, then himself


Nov 17
// Jim Sterling
A fifteen-year-old Korean boy murdered his mother, then killed himself, following a dispute over Internet games. The mother scolded the boy after playing too many games this past Monday night. The fight escalated, with the so...
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Cool things you can't have: Ghosts 'n Goblins Online


Nov 09
// Jordan Devore
Wait, there's a Ghosts 'n Goblins MMO? Yes, there is -- but it's being developed by Seed9 for Korea. Much like Mega Man Universe (which we will be getting, thank goodness), Ghosts 'n Goblins Online retains its side-scrolling...
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Rockman Online's setting sounds interesting


Oct 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
Some new details on the upcoming Korean MMO based in the Mega Man universe, Rockman Online, have hit the web. Developer Neowiz has set up a blog for the game with information on its setting and what appear to be character typ...
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TGS: Hands-on with rhythm heroics in Astro Ranger


Sep 17
// Jonathan Holmes
Tucked away in a ignored corner of TGS was Astro Ranger, a rhythm action arcade game from Korea. I was immediately drawn to it. The art direction and general premise here is very reminiscent of Viewtiful Joe, which is a sure...
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An epic tease of Rockman Online


Aug 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
This is a teaser video for the upcoming MMO Rockman Online. Confirmed only for Korea at this point, it's a 2D side-scroller with RPG elements. The video seems to show the first rise of Dr. Wily as a villain with the original...
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StarCraft II to have 3D implemented post release


Jul 04
// Matthew Razak
While most people will be buying StarCraft II regardless of its ability to function in 3D those with 3D monitors and 3D glasses shouldn't have to wait too long to start playing the game in 3D. At a recent StarCraft II event i...
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1C Company brings screenshots of Theatre of War 2: Korea


Jun 07
// Ben Perlee
You know, it's true, for every ten titles of World War II, there is maybe a couple modern fictional military shooters, four "pseudo-realistic" future titles, maybe a Desert Storm game, and if a publisher is feeling particular...
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Capcom financial report mentions 'Mega Man Online'


May 10
// Nick Chester
In its recent report to investors, Capcom has revealed that it's working with Neowiz Games Corporation to develop a title called Mega Man Online. The South Korea-based Neowiz corporation is best known for its work on "casual"...
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StarCraft match rigging scandal is SERIOUS business


Apr 13
// Jim Sterling
You're familiar with that old trope, right? The one where a prize boxer agrees to "take a dive" in order for a mobster to win an illicit bet. Well, brace yourself for a real shocker ... not only does that clichéd&...
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South Korea institutes midnight ban on MMOs


Apr 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
To address an ever-growing concern over online game addiction amongst children, the government of South Korea has put in place a ban on youths playing them past the witching hour. Underaged users who play in the wee hours wil...
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl gets Korean release date ... yes


Mar 26
// Jim Sterling
We're not pulling your balls here. Nintendo seriously only just got around to planning the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl in Korea. While we thought Europe and Australia had it bad with Nintendo's late release dates, Kore...
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Baby starves to death while parents raise virtual child


Mar 04
// Jim Sterling
A man and a woman have been arrested for letting their infant daughter starve to death while they raised a virtual child in the online game PRIUS. The Korean couple, known only as the Kims, returned home after a 12-hour gamin...
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Saucy Korean booth babes banned for being too sexy!


Nov 30
// Jim Sterling
This is not really news so much as an excuse to post pictures of sexy Asian women, but at least we'll admit that. In any case, a pair of booth babes have recently been thrown out of South Korean game show G-Star for having co...
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Noooo! Pangya art director SeeD dies of illness


Oct 01
// Dale North
SeeD, the art director for the Pangya series of golf games, has passed away from an unnamed illness. The news first dropped on the Twitter feed of SeeD's friend, musical composer esti, who says that he'll write a memorial son...
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Square Enix sues FFVII Advent Children cosplayers for $325k


Aug 05
// Dale North
You think you're making a cool cosplay music video, and then Square Enix slaps you with a lawsuit, and you're forced to pay $325,000 for paying tribute (*cough*) to one of their properties.That's exactly what happened to Kore...

Destructoid Review: Pangya: Fantasy Golf

Jul 13 // Dale North
Pangya: Fantasy Golf (PSP)Developer: NTREEV SoftPublisher: TomyReleased: June 26, 2009MSRP: $34.99 In this alternate world in another dimension, the game you play with a ball and club and holes in the ground isn't golf. They call it Pangya, not golf, and the whole process pays homage to a hero in their past that sealed up evil by hitting balls into holes. Right. Golf balls? No, they're called Aztecs here. And you can hit these Aztecs with clubs, but some use baseball bats and spiked clubs and even swords. While you'll start out on something resembling a typical golf course, you'll eventually find yourself hitting balls in strange locales where a sword or club almost makes sense. Almost.As far as gameplay is concerned, though, you're still swinging a club-like object to hit a ball, with the goal of having that ball go into a hole with the least number of swings possible. There's still 18-hole courses and tournaments and tours. And much like Hot Shots Golf series games, you'll use a three button press swing mechanic: one press starts swing, the next sets strength, and the last sets accuracy. And like better golf games, you'll also have ability to use trick shots. The L and R triggers let you change clubs, and the directional pad lets you aim your shot. Essentially, anyone who has played another golf game will be able to pick this up and play right away. Built-in lolicon support.It's easy appreciate how fine-tuned and elegantly simple the control and aiming is. Pangya doesn't break any new ground for golf, and most courses aren't particularly challenging (save for some of the last ones), but it doesn't seem like that was the goal anyway. This is approachable, arcade-style golf, with a focus on fun, and not challenge. That's not to say that there aren't holes that you'll get stuck on, but they leave the simulation golfing to the other titles. What makes Pangya: Fantasy Golf so great is what it stacks onto that tried-and-true game play. For one, a slowly evolving story has you cycling through and playing as each of one of the craziest casts of a videogame ever. In between these best-of matches, if successful, you'll gradually see story elements develop that have no place in golf, like love triangles and interplanetary travel. The story, while entertaining, fails to make a lot of sense in the beginning. Give it time, though. If nothing else, it's good for quite a few laughs. Story sequences are strange enough that if another were to look over your shoulder while playing, they might not understand how Pangya is a golf game. You'll earn Pangya's currency, pang, while playing and winning. With this, you can purchase clothing and equipment to deck out your characters.  While redressing your pirate girl in a frilly dress might not sound that appealing in the beginning, for me, clothing and equipment collection became absolutely addicting in a short time. The costumes are so over-the-top that you'll want to buy them all. Aside from changing the look of your characters, these purchases can also change your character's abilities, giving them an advantage during play. Also, a music and artwork gallery is gradually unlocked as you play, and there's actually a wealth of content to uncover.A polar bear and a flying paper sack. Great. Aside from this story mode is both tournament and multiplayer modes. Tournament mode has you unlocking licenses for full tournaments with specific golfing challenges. You'll compete to, say, see who can hit the ball closest to the hole in one swing. Success nets you points to eventually enter a tourney, as well as more pang to spend on customization. Multiplayer is an ad-hoc affair only. That's kind of a shame, but the focus here is on portable golfing anyway. This is, after all, a spin-off of their golfing MMO.   The style and presentation are what make Pangya: Fantasy Golf a standout over your typical golf game. It begins with an over-the-top anime-styled opening movie, complete with a bubbly pop song where girls dance in formation and chests bounce. Story sequences are presented with slick character art, and the game play graphics themselves are crazy and colorful. Each of the golfers have hilarious winning and losing animations, as well as pre and post-match rituals. They've left the walking-to-the-next-hole and fist pump animations to those more serious golf games.Pangya: Fantasy Golf takes approachable, easy-to-play golf action and stacks on a ton of game play and even more unlockable content. If you're looking for a golf sim, there are better choices for you out there. This one's all about fun, and there's plenty to be had here. Score: 8 -- Great (8s are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.)
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Imagine a golf game like, say, Hot Shots Golf, but with an over-the-top presentation and an RPG-ish layout and story. Oh, and have it starring a cast containing scantily clad girl pirates, huge-breasted military commanders, a...


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