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EA invests in The9

Electronic Arts has acquired a stake in Chinese publisher The9, Gamasutra reports. The US-based publishing powerhouse will have 15% of the The9's common stock, which amounts to US $167 million. The two companies also announced a licensing agreement that makes The9 the sole publisher of FIFA Online...

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Maple Story: 2D side-scrolling MMORPG is DS-bound

Who says DS can't handle an MMORPG? South Korean publisher Nexon has finally confirmed its bringing a version of Maple Story to Nintendo's handheld. Unlike standard sprawling MMOs, Maple Story is a side-scroller with chibi-style visuals and an emphasis on shopping. Peep this ridiculous teaser...

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South Korea loosens game censorship

Game censorship is a big news item in the past few months. Political types of all walks of life enjoy trying to stifle the medium by passing laws that don't hold up in court in the US and even get through without much of a hitch in Europe. On the other side of the world, one nation is going the...

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Anti-gold farming bill proposed in South Korea

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in South Korea has proposed a bill prohibiting the sale or purchase of virtual currency for anyone gaming in the country. According to the Ars Technica article, no limits would be imposed on trading. Never mind how logistics of trying to enforce such a law, a full...

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Nintendo makes another small step in Korea

After years of letting disreputable third-party vendors take care of their South Korean business, Nintendo led us to believe in July that they would hold the reins by opening up its own branch in the company. So far, we've been misled. According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will...

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NYT presents South Korean gaming culture

The New York Times has a nice presentation on their website about gaming in South Korea narrated by the NYT's World of Warcraft-loving Seth Schiesel, who while reporting on what he saw manages to plug the upcoming Burning Crusade expansion by dropping in a picture of a Blood Elf. The piece does a...

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Nintendo of Korea gets seal of (dis)approval

File this under "too despairing to be fiction." 4 color rebellion has been investigating Nintendo of Korea, which was supposed to launch in July to show a bigger drive into the South Korean market. Currently, Nintendo is distributed through Daiwon, who "does a notoriously terrible job of handling...

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Gaming plague sweeps South Korea, at least 1 million infected

First SARS, then bird flu, and now video games. In the past three years, South Korea has been a hotbed for the contemporary world's most deadly plagues. Despite government intervention, an estimated 1 million South Koreans exhibit symptoms of the most severe stages of the gaming virus, forcing many...

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