Diablo 3 Taking over the Social Lives of South Koreans. Not just them I’d say.
Two weeks since Diablo 3 has launched and more than millions people worldwide changed their social habits to accommodate their favorite game into their daily schedule. In South Korea, a genuine hype of people from all social classes seem to give up on their hobbies and social activities to play the game.
The Korean newspaper The Hankyoreh provided an insight of how people have changed their nightlife activity due to the game.
It seems that the younger members of the society would rather stay in home and play Diablo 3 rather than going out and having a drink with friends. However this is not the only example. A business man gave an interview for the paper, telling the readers how he gave up on golfing just playing the game but the examples do not end here.
An insurance salesman stated in the interview that he doesn’t own the game yet. He wants to check it out first and so far he is determined to buy the game and have his own copy. Up till now, he has played the game in his local net café. During the weekends he goes there for ten hours straight and has only four hours of sleep. It seems that the game got him addicted.
The owner of the net café stated that he is not the only customer that comes and plays Diablo 3 until he is too tired to stay awake.
Another customer came and played the game for 16 hours. He began Friday evening and left the net café on Saturday. On the other hand, one bar owner near the net café stated that his has been negatively affected by the game.
His business has been experiencing a drop in customer numbers and he suspects the game itself to be the cause of this decline. The irony is that he is a fan himself. After closing the bar at 2 am he rushes to play Diablo 3 himself.
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More people spending time in PC bang, playing Diablo III means fewer people doing other things. One bar owner told The Hankyoreh that business is down. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And then beat ‘em. Full here
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