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Damin Jung was an NK News correspondent based in Seoul. She previously worked at the CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) Korea Chair.
Photos published by North Korea’s state-run outlet Arirang-Meari on Friday showed new war game applications for mobile phones, two of which feature weapons known to have recently been developed by the DPRK.
The three games – “Confrontation war (대결전),” “Guardian (수호자),” and “Goguryeo battlefield (고구려전장) – are gaining popularity among young people and workers, according to state media.
“Confrontation war,” which was designed by the Advanced Technology Research Institute, allows users to “practice the law of victory in a virtual world in which battlefields are reproduced as they are.”
Playing the underwater warfare game, users can use “depth bombs, nuclear depth bombs, and anti-submarine rockets to destroy enemy submarines,” Arirang-Meari reported.
“Guardian”, whose manufacturer is not named, allows users to conduct naval warfare with cannons, multiple rocket launchers, and mines.
“Goguryeo Battlefield”, is based in the era of the Three Kingdoms of Korea (57 BC to 668 AD).
The ancient war game, released by the Pyongyang Electronic Video Recording Center, “vividly displays the battlefields of the Goguryeo period… with various settings for different quests, implementation of special movements, and breathtaking showdowns with the enemy.”
North Korean media has recently advertised numerous new video games now available in the country.
Arirang-Meari reported on January 6 that the Intelligent Information Insitute under the State Academy of Sciences had produced “Martial Arts Competition,” a mobile phone game application for Android, which can also be played on a computer or with a Microsoft Kinect.
Other games released this year include “Soccer Fierce Battle,” “Chosun’s Taekwondo 1.0,” and “Cheerful Cook.”
“Soccer Fierce Battle” appears to be similar to the U.S.-produced FIFA games, and is comprised of “exhibition games, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League, European football league, training, soccer highlights, and other settings.”
Edited by: Oliver Hotham
Featured Image: “Confrontation war,” Arirang-Meari