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  • NCsoft profits plummet 50% in last quarter

    NCsoft’s reported a profit drop of 50 percent for the quarter ending September 30, down to to 5.0 billion won ($3.7 million) on sales of 78.3 billion won ($58.0 million). Tabula Rasa only accounted for 2 percent of the cash, or 1.76 billion Korean won ($1.3 million), in the period. Richard Garriott confirmed last night […]

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  • New Hellgate expansion in development

    Bit slow on this, sorry. HanbitSoft – the South Korean company that now owns the rights to Hellgate: London – has confirmed that there’s new content in the pipe for the troubled action-RPG-MMO. “Since acquiring the intellectual property rights, HanbitSoft Inc., the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia, has concentrated on the development […]

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  • South Korean gaming market facing "saturation"

    According to this Edge piece, the South Koren gaming market, while growing fast, may be facing a simple matter of physical limitation. “One of the biggest issues for South Korea itself as a country is that there are limitations to the country’s growth,” said Pearl Research managing director Allison Luong. “This is because so many […]

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  • Drunk Itagaki talks for four pages on "passage of time"

    This is actually pretty cool. 1UP managed to get some time with ex-Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki whilst drunk at Waseda University. Here’s a good bit: You look at, for instance, back in World War II. You had aerial dogfight battle with 600 planes on each side. And then, as we got into say the […]

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  • Nintendo and Sony look to Asian expansion

    According to this Thompson Financial story, quoting the Nikkei, both Nintendo and Sony are showing serious signs or moving their businesses into other areas of Asia outside Japan. Apparently, 20 DS titles are to be release in South Korea this year, and Nintendo “has started providing technologies to a South Korean game developer, which has […]

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  • Huxley enters open beta in Korea

    According to this press release, Webzen MMOFPS Huxley’s entered open beta in South Korea. “Huxley is a creative, thrilling and immersive adventure, and we are excited to open the break-through game to the mass public for the first time anywhere in the world,” said Webzen meta-king Nam Ju Kim. “Huxley combines the unmatched Unreal Engine […]

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  • Photos of Korean women promoting Ninja Gaiden II

    Jeepers. Korean site Videogamerx has posted a huge amount of photographs of a promotional event for Ninja Gaiden II, featuring a lot of highly attractive women and a pasty fat man with a sword. We’re not here to judge. Take a look.

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  • Wii sales weak in South Korea

    According to this GameShot piece (translated by Kotaku), the Korean Wii launch has been something of a dead duck. Since the machine launched in the country last month, it’s sold only 35,000 units sold out of the 50,000 units released by Nintendo. As for software, Wii Sports sold 30,000 copies, while Swing Golf Pangya and […]

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  • 360 price dropped in four Asian markets

    According to this Bloomberg report, Microsoft has dropped the price of Xbox 360 in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. The price of a basic version will drop by 17 percent to NT$10,360 ($340) in Taiwan and by about 11 percent in Hong Kong effective today, Hsieh said. Prices will fall 5.1 percent to […]

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  • Rossignol's This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities now available for pre-order

    Jim Rossignol’s first book, This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities, is now available for pre-order here. Synopsis: This book offers an insider’s view of online games and how they change us. “In May 2000 I was fired from my job as a reporter on a finance newsletter because of an obsession with a videogame. […]

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  • Korean Wii date and price confirmed

    According to the official Nintendo Korea site, Wii is now confirmed to launch in the country on April 26, priced 220,000 won (£114). GoNintendo’s reporting that the system will release with eight games including Wii Sports (system sold by itself), Wii Play, Super Swing Golf 2 and Zack and Wiki.

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  • Hellgate gets over 1 million subs in Korea

    Funny old world. Despite not really doing the do in the west, Flagship’s Hellgate: London has attracted over a million subscribers in Korea after only two weeks on sale, Joystiq reports. From the site: Hellgate’s beta officially kicked off in Korea on January 15, and according to Korean online game tracking service Gametrics, the game […]

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  • Nintendo Korea launches site ahead of Wii launch

    Nintendo Korea has launched its official website ahead of an anticipated May 5 launch for Wii in the country. There’s not much to look at so far apart from pictures of Wiis and some Korean text, but at least it shows it’s happening, innit.

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  • StarCraft celebrates tenth birthday

    StarCraft was ten years old yesterday, and to celebrate Blizzard’s posted a retrospective of the perennial RTS. You need to read this. It’s as close to “important” as it gets in the world of videogames. The year of its release, more than 1.5 million copies of StarCraft were sold around the world, making it the […]

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