A major "massively multi-player online role-playing games" (or MMORPGs) that is hugely popular here amongst elementary kids is the Korean developed Maple Story. This online multiplayer game basically is an adventure game where you can spend real money to buy enhancements. It's huge here--almost all my younger students like to play Maple Story when they have free time (which is next to none). Maple Story is coming out for the Nintendo DS which also has people excited.
The purpose of this post is to let you in on something...which I like to call "Korean pogs". It's a Maple Story sponsored toy for kids. Do you boys and girls remember pogs? Did you ever waste your Saturday afternoons throwing down "slammers" to win useless round pieces of cardboard cut outs with pictures on them? I admit, I played them during my late elementary school days and my early high school years.
Anyways, my younger students are addicted to these "Korean pogs" called "dak-ji" in Korean. The premise is the same as "pogs" but there are no slammers involved, just the cardboard disc itself. If you can flip over your opponent's "dak-ji" then it's yours to keep. Some students gave me some to play with them, and being the juvenile that I still am, I jumped right in. Some of these kids are pros at this...they have perfected their technique and have put me to shame, day in and day out. However, I vow to get my revenge. Don't get mad, get even!
Here's a picture of what "dak-jis" look like. They come in a multitude of sizes:
A little closer of the main "dak-jis" that my students play with; the higher the level the more valuable it is worth:
Here's a Maple Story desktop wallpaper:
Do you play Maple Story, or know someone who does? Did you ever play pogs?