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Video Podcast #3: East Meets West

Posted by Michael Bitton on Sep 14, 2009  | Comments

Video Podcast #3: East Meets West - Aion - MMORPG.com

No, this video isn't a buddy comedy. "East Meets West" is the title of the third video in the series of Aion video podcast's recently released by NCsoft. The new video describes what went into bringing a successful Eastern MMOG like Aion to Western audiences.

Lead Artist Hyung Jun Kim describes some of the steps taken on the art side of things to achieve the desired Western appeal, stating, "We took out a lot of elements that were characteristic of Asian games. For example, Asian gamers usually prefer more cute and handsome characters."

Not shying away from the controversial reputation of Korean games, Assistant Manager of Global PR Kevin Kim states, "Korean games are known as games that are grinders, that don't have that much story or quests, but Aion has implemented so many stories, so many quests, and so many storytelling strategies, that it just makes you part of the game."

Watch the new podcast here.

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB