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A look at GAMER’Z, Korea’s #1 Gaming Magazine

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by

GAMER'Z Magazine March 2013 Cover Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Every now and again, I like to bring you a little slice of Korean gaming. I try not to delve too deeply most of the time, but this was just too good to pass up.

Today, I present to you the best gaming magazine in all of Korea. There’s a good chance, and this is not hyperbole, this is the best monthly game magazine in the world.

Retailing at 13,800 Korean won (about $12.50 US) and weighing in at over 500 pages, GAMER’Z caters to almost every gaming audience available. It serves your standards, from reviews and previews to game culture and more. Everything is covered in this issue, from the staff’s Game of the Year picks to a feature devoted to the history of the Playstation 2.

 

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Most astonishing, however, is the MASSIVE strategy guides that make up the second half of the book. Being the primary source (and as far as I can tell, ONLY source) of printed gaming news appears to have its privileges. There is just a ton of content for the money spent.

One of the games, which I don’t recognize nor am I skilled enough to translate from Korean to English, translates an entire Japanese RPG’s dialogue into Korean. I’ve seen this done before, having purchased an Asian version copy of Tales of Vesperia with a Korean dialogue guide book by Namco Bandai Games taped to the side, but I never would have expected this kind of resource to come from an outside company.

How thorough is a GAMER’Z guide? Well, Final Fantasy’s in there… all of it. From the six classes to maps with item locations and the shortest route drawn out. Take away the bestiary, and this is as close as you can get to Nintendo Power #17.

The cherry on top, however, was a magazine inserted into the middle of this issue titled “Smart GAMER’Z” that was devoted entirely to smartphone games. This tiny booklet adds another 50 pages to the proceedings.

Check out the gallery below for a quick look at this beast. There’s even some Disgaea D2 preview screens inside!

Who says printed media is dead? Hail to the king, baby.

About the Author

Fade to Slack is a founding member of Delta Attack, an American expatriate in South Korea, and a true believer in the legitimacy of mobile gaming. Keep up with him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Fade2Slack so he can justify having a Twitter account.

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  • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Markham Asylum

    This is purely amazing. I’m glad that video game culture isn’t exactly the same around the world.

    • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Fade to Slack

      Admittedly, I was very scattershot while writing this at 4 AM. Five full strategy guides inside one affordable magazine just seems ridiculous, but the features on retro gaming was what really shocked me.

      I guess that’s a luxury you have when you have over 500 pages, though.

  • http://deltaattack.com/ Mark A. Brooks

    I would put down my iPod to read this on the pooper. That’s saying something.

    • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Fade to Slack

      It’s sad that this is probably the catalyst to Korean reading comprehension and fluidity, isn’t it?