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A History of Korean Gaming

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밉스 소프트 Mips Soft / dizitalSHOCK

Founded:

February 1995

Status:

defunct (around 2002)

Key People:


President

Website:

www.mips.co.kr (offline)
www.dizitalshock.com (offline)


Mips was the first game developer hailing from Busan, a rare sight in the Seoul-centered economy (Mirinae Software had started out in Daegu, but soon moved to the capital). During the development of their second title, they took the independent team Garam & Baram under their wing, who helped out with the game in turn for Mips' funding and co-producing their current game adaption of Park Seongu's manhwa The Legend of Eight Dragons. There was even a live concert helt in October 1997 to promote the game's music, the first of its kind in Korea1. However, before the game was finished Garam & Baram parted ways with Mips2, who kept capitalizing on the license for the next few years with a hardly connected fighting game "side story," by publishing the first game's original design tools as RPG Director, and finally a planned sequel that was never produced.

In late 1999 the company was temporarily renamed to dizitalSHOCK, but appeared as Mips again less than a year later. Soon after, Mips would buy up another independent studio, TRiC(3), but most of the key members as well as TRiC's only IP, the real-time RTS Jurassic Primitive War joined SKC instead (Only the sub programmer from the first Primitive War is known to have ended up at Mips4).

Mips nonetheless took over TRiC's favored genre for their final game project, which made the most buzz due to a publicity stunt: The company would distribute a million copies for free, planning to cash in on paid online gameplay5. In the end, however, the stunt was received exceptionally badly, determining the end of Mips.


Games

Fly-2020 (플라이-2020) - IBM PC (March 1995)

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Quick Info:

Developer:

Mips Soft

Publisher:

Nesco

Genre:

Shoot-'em-Up


Fly-2020 (IBM PC)

Fly-2020 (IBM PC)



천공천기 (Cheon'gong Cheon'gi) - IBM PC (February 1996)

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Developer:

Mips Soft

Publisher:

G&M

Genre:

Action: Sidescrolling


Cheon'gong Cheon'gi (IBM PC)

Cheon'gong Cheon'gi (IBM PC)



캠퍼스히어로즈 (Campus Heroes) - Windows (February 1997)

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Developer:

Mips Soft

Publisher:

HiCom

Genre:

Fighting


Campus Heroes (Windows)

Campus Heroes (Windows)



8용신 전설 (8-Yongsin Jeonseol) / The Legend of Eight Dragons - Windows (February 1998)

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Quick Info:

Developer:

Mips Soft

Publisher:

Kama Entertainment

Genre:

RPG

Theme:

Fantasy


The Legend of Eight Dragons (Windows)

The Legend of Eight Dragons (Windows)



8용신전설 외전 ~침묵의 레브로스~ (8-Yongsin Jeonseol Oejeon: Chimmuk-ui Levross) / The Silent Levross - Windows (December 1998)

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Developer:

Mips Soft

Publisher:

Joytoon Soft

Genre:

Fighting


The Silent Levross (Windows)



아마게돈 (Armageddon: For the Crimson Glory) - Windows (April 19, 2001)

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Developer:

Mips Soft

Publisher:

Mips Soft

Genre:

Strategy


Armageddon: For the Crimson Glory (Windows)

Armageddon: For the Crimson Glory (Windows)



Unreleased Titles:

City Buster (1996-1997)

Campus Heroes 2 (1997)

The Last Heavy Mission (1997)

8용신전설2 8 Yongsin Jeonseol 2 (1997-2001)

Planet Mate (1998)

아웃렌스 Outlance (2002)


References
1. PC Power Zine 9/2000, page 286
2. Gamespot Korea - Self Story: Garam & Baram's Kim Mukwang (1)
3. PC Power Zine 11/2000, page 167
4. Busan Ilbo 11/22/2002, page 25
5. PC Power Zine 4/2001, page 169


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