Korea televises Guitar Hero battles

By Spencer . January 23, 2008 . 10:21am


I have two video game channels on my TV in Seoul. Most of time they play Starcraft matches, but when I was flipping through them last night one of them had a live Guitar Hero battle! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because Guitar Hero is pretty popular in South Korea. Stores are stocked with Guitar Hero III for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 2 with Hangul on the box.


It's interesting to note how Korea's gaming TV channels aren't about game news, they are centered around competitive gaming with a few MMO previews littered in between matches. The most notable program I saw was with a Pro Starcraft player logging on to battle.net in search of random challengers. Once he found someone to play with the match would be shown, win, lose draw or disconnect. In the lobby a potential opponent disconnected, the pro player sighed and the announcers made comments about the fleeing opponent.

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  • Dan Zuccarelli

    Were they taking the competition seriously, or was it kind of a joke? The reason I ask is because the last time they tried airing some game competition in the states is was a total joke. During the Guitar Hero comp they gave out “style” points which had nothing to do with GH skill, just who’s the biggest jackass.

  • TacoBeaver

    waste of time, get guitar hero wii and play against some1 via wifi

  • Vince

    TacoBeaver, why not for the 360? Just play on live. There are a lot more people.

    And how is this a waste of time? South Koreans have incorporated gaming into their culture, and Guitar Hero is just a new, fun aspect to it. I think its great how they’re diversifying what they broadcast on their video game channels.

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