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Korea: PC games top in popularity

Most Korean personal computer users use PCs to play computer games, according to a survey released by the Korea Game Promotion Center.

Most personal computer users use PCs to play computer games, according to a survey released Thursday by the Korea Game Promotion Center.

SEOUL (Asia Pulse)--The survey of 1,000 PC users, conducted by and Hangil Research and Consulting, revealed that 44.1 per cent of the respondents use PCs to play computer games.

The use of e-mail came next with 43.3 per cent, followed by surfing the Internet at 42.3 per cent.

Only 18.3 per cent replied that they use PCs to watch movies and listen to music.

Among the respondents, 87.5 per cent said they have been to PC game rooms, with 61.7 per cent of PC game room users answering that they go to PC game rooms to play computer games.

The most popular type of computer games was strategy and simulation games with 46.5 per cent, followed by puzzle games (39.7 percent), role play games (30.5 percent), board games (30.5 percent), shoot-em-ups (23.7 percent) and sports games (22.3 percent).

According to the poll, Star Craft was selected as the most popular game with 58.8 per cent followed by Fortress (47.3 percent), Tetris (24.2 percent) and Go-stop (19.8 percent).

The respondents said that the Lineage, despite having the largest number of players, was only the seventh most popular game with 11.6 percent.

37 percent of the 1,000 surveyed said PC games had a positive influence with only 10.3 percent saying that playing computer games harms daily life.

Over 92 per cent of the respondents said they used PCs in everyday life.