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A History of Korean Gaming

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그림소프트 Gleam Soft / 그림엔터테인먼트 Gleam Entertainment / 그림디지털엔터테인먼트 Gleam Digital Entertainment

Founded:

October 1997 (Gleam Soft team)
June 1998 (Gleam Soft)
July 2000 (Gleam Entertainment)

Status:

defunct (around 2010)

Key People:

:
CEO

Website:

www.gleam.co.kr (offline)


엘엔케이로직코리아 L&K Logic Korea

Founded:

May 10, 1997

Status:

active

Key People:

:
CEO

Website:

www.logickorea.co.kr


In its early years, Gleam wasn't just a game developer, but also host to a manhwa Studio, and its founder Yang Seungjun used to be a manhwa artist as well1, hence their early games focused a lot on beautiful illustrations and were often accompanied by cartoons. Gleam Entertainment also had a partnership with another developer, L&K Logic Korea

L&K had gotten its start doing web design contract work, but "upgraded" to game development the following year2. The two companies cooperated on the sequel to L&K's real-time strategy game Mirror War and the MMORPG Red Gem, but Gleam eventually had to drop out of the latter project3.

In the 2000s, it had become very quiet around Gleam Digital Entertainment. The PC/Mobile crossover MMORPG Lord of D was a failure, and the Online lightgun shooter Battle School was eventually cancelled after a long development time4. Gleam didn't recover from those setbacks, and quietly disappeared sometime in 2010.

Meanwhile, L&K Logic Korea is still around, continuing both the Mirror War and Red Gem series. There even was a Red Gem-themed edition of he board game Gemblo in 20085.


Games

소울 슬레이어즈 (Soul Slayers) - Windows (October 1999)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Gleam Entertainment

Publisher:

Astel Media

Genre:

RPG

Theme:

Fantasy


Soul Slayers (Windows)

Soul Slayers (Windows)



거울전쟁: 악령군 (Geoul Jeonjaeng: Akryeonggun) / Mirror War: Evil Force - Windows (September 8, 2000)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

L&K Logic Korea

Publisher:

E2 Soft

Genre:

Strategy

Theme:

Fantasy


Mirror War (Windows)

Mirror War (Windows)



다크퀘스트 (Dark Quest) - Windows (February 21, 2001)

Artwork

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Gleam Entertainment

Publisher:

Kim's Media

Genre:

Action-RPG

Theme:

Fantasy


Dark Quest (Windows)

Dark Quest (Windows)



거울전쟁어드벤스 ~은의여인~ (Geoul Jeonjaeng Advanced: Eun-ui Yeoin) / Mirror War Advanced: Woman of Silver - Windows (December 14, 2001)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

L&K Logic Korea
Gleam Entertainment

Publisher:

eSofnet

Genre:

Strategy

Theme:

Fantasy


Mirror War Advanced (Windows)



바다의 전설 장보고 (Bada-ui Jeonseol Jang Bogo) / The Legend of Blue - Windows (November 27, 2002)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Gleam Entertainment

Publisher:

eSofnet

Genre:

Shoot-'em-Up: Horizontal

Theme:

Licensed
Post-Apocalypse


Legend of Blue (Windows)

Legend of Blue (Windows)



가자! 뻥딱지: 딱지 대마왕 퇴치 작전 (Gaja! Ppeongttakji: Ttakji Daemawang Toechi Jakjeon) / Let's Go! Ppungttakji - Windows (January 2003)

Let's Go! Ppungttakji (Windows)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

L&K Logic Korea

Publisher:

Softcook

Genre:

Platforming




붉은보석 (Bulgeun Boseok) / Red Gem / Red Stone - Windows (May 30, 2003 [open beta]; December 12, 2003)

Artwork

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

L&K Logic Korea
Gleam Entertainment

Publisher:

Samsung

Genre:

MMORPG

Theme:

Fantasy


Red Gem (Windows)

Red Gem (Windows)



로드오브디 (Lord of D) - Windows, Mobile (June 26, 2007 [open beta])

Poster

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Gleam Digital Entertainment

Publisher:

Sejung Namo Yeohaeng

Genre:

MMORPG

Theme:

Fantasy


Lord of D (Windows)



거울전쟁: 신성부활 (Gyeoul Jeonjaeng: Sinseong Buhwal) / Mirror War: Reincarnation of Holiness - Windows (August 14, 2012)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

L&K Logic Korea

Publisher:

L&K Logic Korea

Genre:

MMORPG
Shoot-'em-Up

Theme:

Fantasy


Mirror War: Reincarnation of Holiness (Windows)

Mirror War: Reincarnation of Holiness (Windows)



붉은보석 2: 홍염의 모험가들 (Bulgeun Boseok 2: Hongyeom-ui Moheomga-deul) / Red Gem 2 / Red Stone 2 - Windows (TBA)

Artwork

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

L&K Logic Korea

Publisher:

L&K Logic Korea

Genre:

MMORPG

Theme:

Fantasy


Red Gem 2 (Windows)



Unreleased Titles Gleam Entertainment:

소울 슬레이어즈 2 (Soul Slayers 2) (2000-2001)

블랙레인 제로 (Black Rain Zero) (2001)

배틀스쿨 (Battle School) MMORPG (2002)

마블몽 (Marble Mong) (2002-2005)

배틀스쿨 (Battle School) Gun Shooting (2009)


References
1. Digital Times 5/4/2001, page 24
2. Betanews 8/29/2008
3. Gameabout - Interview with Nam Taekwon
4. Artist's Blog 9/2/2010
5. Game Dong-A 11/11/2008


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