Video Game Genres Across Asia

8:30–9:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

Organizer: UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong


As video games have gained a global reach, their genres have multiplied. In China, many players prefer mobile games, including casual, strategy, chess, poker and gambling games, and role-playing genres. In Japan, more players are often drawn to console-based and anime-related games, including role-playing games, visual novels, and dating sims. In South Korea, we have seen a significant uptake of eSports, Massively Multiplayer Online Games, and PC Bang culture. Meanwhile, with its diverse culture and a young population, Southeast Asia, including India, are seeing a growth in local game development. Overall, video games are a massive cultural form in Asia, with plenty of room for continued growth across all ages, genders and areas of interest.

What do video games genres look like across Asia? What do game designers think of when creating video games in this region? Do video games developed in Asia appeal to gamers across the globe? 

The third episode of the Video Games mini-series delves into the different genres of video games popular in Asia from the perspectives of both independent game designers and game studies scholars.

Please register to listen as Alan KwanMelos Han-Tani and Thomas Lamarre join Patrick Jagoda to discuss Asia’s video games.

9:30pm      South Korea | Japan
8:30pm      Hong Kong | Beijing | Singapore
6:00pm      Delhi
2:30pm      Paris
1:30pm      London
7:30am      Chicago


Alan Kwan
Game Designer
Lecturer of Media Design, School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Melos Han-Tani (SB'13)
Independent Game Designer
Director, Game Designer at Analgesic Productions

Thomas Lamarre
Gordon J Laing Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Cinema and Media Studies & East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago


Patrick Jagoda
Game Designer
Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies
University of Chicago

About /pɒp/Asia

The UChicago Yuen Campus /pɒp/Asia series will address topics that originate, revolve around and affect the Asia-Pacific Region. From music and anime to tattoos and the exploding interest in crypto currencies, we’ll explore the cultural goings-on in deep corners around the region and how they are influencing the rest of the world. Read more.