The Age of Dekaron

It has been a year since I started working in mobiusgames (DME). From my first day at work, our team was tasked with marketing two new games that will change the playing field of online games for the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Regardless of other people’s opinions, there are some indubitable facts which the local gaming industry MUST acknowledge: GONG! and Dekaron started the trend that got the competition scrambling for new titles, much like MU Philippines did years ago.

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Endgame for Siege in London

Hello, everyone! Today is my last day here in the United Kingdom. I’ll be flying back home in a couple of hours, and although I’ll be on air technically for just 16 hours, the time difference and the longitudinal crossing costs me an entire day (24 hours and 45 minutes, actually!) to travel.

Anyway, first, I just want to apologize for the disappointment I’ve caused with the rarity of my postings. I haven’t been posting as often as I should, and I’ve been monitoring the traffic to this blog regularly, and I see regular visitors flocking in. I apologize because you’re giving your time to check out my blog, and the least I can do is give you something to read, but I failed at that. Sorry.

Well, I’m not saying this gives me an excuse, but I do have my reasons. First, I’ve been really, really, really busy being part of the world’s geekiest rockband. I toured the UK with a bunch of other artists from Asia and London, performing in different cities. Rarely did we stop for more than 2 days in any place in our tour, and althought it was absofuckinglutely awesome, it was physically exhausting as well.

Second, I uninstalled all my games in my laptop because I can’t be distracted from what I’m doing here. PLUS, my laptop can’t play DEKARON. OOOh, shock of shock. The truth is, my Toshiba Satellite laptop is struggling with Dekaron’s specs which is why I sneak off my sister’s laptop (an Acer Inspire, I think) just so I can enjoy “the most motherfuckin bad-ass video game experience online”, according to various sources).

Anyway, now that I’m going back to the Philippines, I’ll be able to start playing video games again, and perhaps, I’ll start blogging about them as well.

Well… let’s, see how motivated I will be in the next couple of days. I don’t wanna sound like a dick, but you have to realize that blogging takes some of my precious writing time, writing time I can spend writing something else, something like the sequel to my successful novel, so in essence, blogging actually costs me money. You may think writing is easy because you get to do it sitting down, but if you do think that way, you obviously hasn’t written anything decent in your life.

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Anyway, I was walking along Trafalgar Square one day, when I came across a big gathering. Lavish tents were set-up, and a stage was smack in the middle for bands and artists to perform in. A man handed me a flyer, and I realized, I’ve just walked into the London Game Fest!

How awesome is that?

EA games had set up all these activity booths for gamers to enjoy. There were several spots for testing their game titles, including some activity areas for non-gamers to experience what it’s like to play EA Games.

The best part? It’s absolutely FREE!

See, last time I came to a gaming event in the Philippines, I had to pay for a magazine, or buy some of their in-game credits. That sucks. I’ve worked in the gaming industry before, in the marketing aspect of it, and the truth is, events are held to promote the titles in order to achieve certain objectives (like brand retention, consumer conversion, etc) which would then translate to revenue for the company. It shouldn’t be a milking cow to earn a couple of bucks just because kids are willing to pay for it. It’s madness, really. There are structures that the organizers can take, such as looking for co-sponsors to shoulder the expenses, without making the consumers pay extra just to see some crappy “cosplay fashion show” where the same bunch of skanky ugly betties win everytime anyway.That’s like having to pay just to watch advertisements starring Tado in a bikini.

What do you think? Should game publishers extract exorbitant fees just to let people participate in their events? Do you think a gaming event will be more successful if it’s free? I’d like to hear what you think.

katropa – lois

This is one of our most valuable katropa here in mobiusgames.net. Her name’s Lois, and she is just one fierce artist. She did all the illustrations in Pwn Intended, and she is basically responsible for everything fun to look at everywhere in mobiusgames.net.

And, oh, that orange ball with her is “Haro”– yes, like that flying Pikachu on Gundam. It’s a tiny robotic toy that responds to sounds and playing. It’s like a huge tamagochi that you talk to, and play. By taking care of it, you’ll be able to unlock several Haro actions that weren’t initially available. It dances on its own, and is prone to shouting out phrases in Japanese. Right now, I can hear it looking for attention.

GONG CAFE TOUR DETAILS ANNOUNCED!!!

Fidelity’s Queen of All Things Kicking, Yo!

GONG!‘s Fidelity just made an announcement regarding the upcoming GONG! Cafe Tour!!!

We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO going to be there!!!!

Complete the sentence:
I am going to the cafe tour because ______________.

OMG! GONG CAFE TEST ANNOUNCED!

OMG! GONG!‘s Grand Kicker, Fidelity, just posted THIS ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

WE CAN’T WAIT!!!!

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Dekaron Coming Soon to Southeast Asia

Well, if you still haven’t caught on with the latest buzz on the gaming biz, here’s mobiusgames’s official press release regarding it’s licensing deal with GameHi:

April 15th 2008. GameHi Inc., the developer and publisher of Extreme Action MMORPG Dekaron in Korea, and Digital Media Exchange (dme) today announced an agreement to launch most anticipated free-to-play MMORPG Dekaron in the Southeast Asian market.

Dekaron, one of the leading free-to-play based MMORPGs developed by GameHi in Korea, is scheduled to launch open-beta service within first half of this year in Southeast Asian markets through dme’s online game publishing division Mobius Games (www.mobiusgames.net).

With Southeast Asian launch of Dekaron, the game is now serviced in 65 countries around the world including North America, Korea, Japan, China, and Europe..

Seung Hun Baek, GameHi’s Chief Technical Officer said “GameHi is proud to announce the partnership with Digital Media Exchange Inc., Southeast Asia’s leading game publisher who will service Dekaron in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. GameHi has taken one step further in expanding its global presence; this partnership allows Gamehi to initiate a new era of MMORPG in the Southeast Asian MMO market.”

Scott Countryman, CEO of dme, commented, “The viral growth of the US version of Dekaron in Southeast Asia supports the suitability and demand of this title in our territories. We believe game performance, lack of local support, high pricing, and payment challenges have held Dekaron back from realizing its true potential in the market. The mobiusgames team has many loyal Dekaron players and we are excited to partner with GameHi to bring this great game to the growing online game market in Southeast Asia with a mobius layer of premium services.”

And for more info, check out mmOTAKU’s feature on Dekaron, and the Dekaron Official Site.