Friday, April 29, 2011

Gamestop

Hello,
                Wintermute here bringing you your daily dose of Dumbr. I’d be fool to not have noticed that the greater majority of my followers are gamers. I’m sure a lot of you are worried about becoming a teacher in South Korea as this could in fact hinder your gaming experience. Well fear not, Wintermute is here to help you out. 

Q: Are there any game stores that sell video games in English?

A: Yes. Don’t go to Home Plus as the Games will be in Korean. You want to go to a town called Songtan, the Subway station is on Line 1, you will get off, hop in a taxi and say Main Gate; it will cost you $5. It houses one of the largest American air force bases in South Korea. 

 You will find a lot of shops foreign to Korea, including McDonalds, and name brand clothes stores.  There are a few English game stores, skip them all. Most just burn games onto CDs and try to sell you that, the shop you want is Gamestop. Is it a real Gamestop? No, they just took the name, but its run by some nice American neck beard guy, so no Korean needed. The store is well kept for the most part; the games are kept in glass cases, and have the plastic wrap still on them. Personally I believe it’s a hundred times better than the real Gamestop. 

He will also sell you Korean adaptors, which you need to plug your portables, Xbox, and Wii into the wall. Not your PS3 though, it automatically works with any countries outlet. He will also sell you R4 cards for your DS with hundreds of Downloaded games, most of which are decent, you can of course delete ones you don’t want. He will do the same with the Wii offering you an external hard drive with DLed games.

Q: What about Consoles?

A: He does sell consoles. He only has a few used Xboxes. He sells Korean Wiis that have been modded to be in English. And he has some PS3s. I would not buy consoles from the store however, because unlike the games they are left out in the open next to a window on the floor by the front door in a water puddle. You can go to a Sony store in Seoul to get a PS3 and just change the language to English, and it will play American games. You can get a Korean Wii anywhere and I’m sure you can figure out how to navigate the main menu, I think it plays American games. Home Plus has some Xboxes, they of course would be in Korean and cannot play American games.

Q: But what about Online content?

A: I’m no expert here but from my experience I had no problems connecting my PS3 that I brought from America to connect to the NA server and still purchase DLC. If you buy a PS3 in Korea, it works the same, just be sure to connect it to the NA server not Japans.

Well fellow gamers I hope this helps you in your quest; I would hate for you to miss one day of precious gaming.

Dumbr Gamer,
Wintermute

32 comments:

  1. thanks for the Q and A, it was very useful!

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  2. Your blog is totally amazing... Following :)

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  3. if i ever go there i now know i wont die of no gaming thanks

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  4. dude, thats great! gotta have your games with you! being bored will not do!

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  5. I never even that about these problems. Great tips!

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  6. What do you miss about America?
    The steaks? The ribs? Oh gawd.. the ribs. I would surely miss the ribs.

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  7. This is good stuff to learn!

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  8. We don't have gamestops in the area :/ usually I just use Stream to purchase games.

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  9. It's easier to just use a computer :) I don't think it's better, it's just easier to handle. I'm dying to get my hands on a netbook so I can play eve online wherever I am :D

    Also, what games do you play on your ps3?

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  10. I've had an R4 for years, best investment for my DS, ever. Also, if you ever end up in Japan, go visit Super Potato. Best retro gaming retailer I've ever seen.

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  11. Interesting note about the servers in Q3.

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  12. regarding the PS3, I like in the UK, have a US PS3 and have UK/US/JP PSN accounts

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  13. If I absolutely needed the game asap, I would need to use the store, but doubt my family is gonna trip back to Korea anytime soon. I think it'll be okay to bring the consoles I already have? And from what you've said, my online games shouldn't have too much of a problem. My friend that went to Korea for the summer had no internet and had to use fb on his phone, LOL

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  14. good tips :D Not sure if i'm going to korea any time soon though

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  15. Sounds very well :) good to know where to go, whenever visiting korea

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  16. and all i thought all they sold were starcraft

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  17. Hmm. Sounds interesting. I'll keep these tips in mind, thanks for sharing!

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  18. Lol @ Ed's comment, btw that store sounds legit! If I ever end up in Korea I'll make sure to look for the American beard guy :D

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  19. I wonder if they have Battletoads.

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  20. @jamie, I miss all of those things, except there is not like one food I miss over all the others. i think the thing i miss most is knowing where to go for what you need. its like you are at home and you find out, "oh I need this", but you don't know where to pick it up at.

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  21. this is good to know in case i need by gaming fix. :)

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  22. Cooleo man! Nice to know that if I go to Korea that theres some hope for me lol

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  23. Ah, yes, but the real question is:

    How badly to your students school you at Starcraft?

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  24. "I’m sure a lot of you are worried about becoming a teacher in South Korea as this could in fact hinder your gaming experience. Well fear not, Wintermute is here to help you out."

    This seemed really random until I kept reading, lol. Thanks for making mesmile :)

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