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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball copied by Korean games maker

September 16th, 2006 . by Matt

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (DOAX) is the latest in the line of Japanese products to ‘inspire‘ Koreans to make their own versions. The Korean version (let us be kind and not call it a rip-off) is called Girl Spike, and uses the same concept as DOAX – meaning big breasted girls playing volleyball.

Here is a side by side comparison of the two. DOAX is on the left, Girl Spike on the right. I still think the original is graphically better, even though it was released in 2003.

Dead or Alive Extreme Volleyball

Could it be just a coincidence?


8 Responses to “Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball copied by Korean games maker”

  1. comment number 1 by: Darin

    Hey wait a second… I thought Japanese people dying their hair colors like blond was ‘proof of their desire to be white and hate for all Asians’, but the characters introduced here from the Korean game have red and blonde hair yet Asian faces.

    This is a rather off tangent comment, but for the last year or so there has been a big “Asian Beauty” boom in Japan that has brought new shampoo’s and surveys with even the foreigners saying Japanese girls look better with natural hair (does our opinion matter more than say a Japanese man’s?). At my university, very few of the Japanese students dye their hair, and when they do it’s usually brown highlights in natural hair, yet many of the international students dye their hair blonde. In fact, all the Korean females I know from my university have dyed their hair blonde, and two of the Chinese males have as well, yet I haven’t seen one Japanese person with blonde hair at my school yet.

    Just an observation.

  2. comment number 2 by: James

    Were the screenshots on the left actually used as promotional screenshots for the Japanese game?

  3. comment number 3 by: firesoferebus

    The original looks better, although the hair in all the screens really bothers me.

  4. comment number 4 by: Two Cents

    I see Inoue Takehiko and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have “inspired” LG to make these ads. Do you think Sony would be sued if they did a commercial like this in Japan? I’m glad to see that many Korean commentators are expressing disgust.
    http://bbs.enjoykorea.jp/tbbs/read.php?board_id=tmachine&nid=28711

  5. comment number 5 by: tomato

    >Two cents

    I guess that is possible because Korea basically prohibits Japanese culture from coming in…some (or many) Koreans are taking advantage of the situation to rip off Japan…I think ponta made comments about this.

  6. comment number 6 by: Two Cents

    tomato,
    There is an official Korean translation of Vagabond.
    http://www.asia-comic.com/shop/KJIT2.html

    It looks like a bit of Berserk is in there as well.
    (Berserk has also been translated into Korean.)
    http://www.younganimal.com/berserk/world/section6_02.html

  7. comment number 7 by: tomato

    Two Cents>

    Oooooooh, then LG should hire good IP lawyers as their advisor!

    Thanks a lot for the info.

  8. comment number 8 by: tomato

    >Two Cents

    BTW,

    If Sony does the same in Japan, I’m pretty sure there will be a lawsuit, plus extensive bashing from the media coupled by huge customer losses.