Adventures in Hong Kong's Game Markets

Adventures in Hong Kong's Game Markets

Shopping for videogames in Hong Kong turns out to be interesting for the newly arrived Rob.

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Excellent write-up! I'm actually playing through Sleeping Dogs right now (Steam summer sale special) and I find myself wanting to visit Hong Kong at some point in the future.

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Mind if I crash on your IKEA couch? ;)

Odd that the collectable minifigures were outside the baggies. You could check for Mr. Gold at a glance.

I only just got back from HK this July, lived at a hotel in Sha Tin, had a few game stores.

Looked like

I suspect I'd really like Hong Kong, even though I'm not normally big on large cities.

Hated London and Paris, love Brum. Something about the Gestalt in all three cases, and I suspect HK would probably fit me well.

Also your article started me off on a Wikipedia trawl after looking up "The World of Suzie Wong."
I'm currently reading a, surprisingly fascinating, article on prostitution in the city... ..I blame you for this in the nicest possible way.

Thanks for the look inside another world, 18000 KM away!

That's definitely interesting. In many ways that reminds me of the experiences I had at various flea markets, and how they had some really neat stuff. Part of it is just walking around in such places and experiencing the world, which is one of the things I like about dealing with physical media and the like. With digital stuff I find that I'm just lazily sitting in my room clicking links and buttons, but going to a market is a much more stimulating, and interesting, experience. I'm glad to see they still have that in full over there.

Since when is pornography sleaze? Didn't realize this is a "family" website. What with Yahtzee's ruminations upon cum-filled-buttholes yesterday. Does that make Escapist sleaze too then?

Kind of reminds me of the little mall one block from the Liberdade metro station in São Paulo. Though from the description HK shopping centers are even more tiny, crowded and frantic than ours.

Interesting read, you make it sound really cool. I've never been to anything like those markets.

An episode of Extra Credits said there's a similar game buying experience to be had in Brazil.

So where those chickens rubber. or does the owner think yellow paint makes up for a lack of cold storage?

I like how it's basically a horror story until you find something worth buying.

Robert, please never stop writing.

The high and lows of HK game buying. Interesting.

So is Rob the permanent HK gaming attache, now? Or is it just a holiday?

Hit up Sum Shui Po across the harbour as well - another well known centre for computer hardware/smartphone and games. You won't be disappointed. There's also a sprawling street market as well as a street specialized in selling toys there. Golden Shopping Centre is a heaven for computer enthusiast.

The interesting thing though is that I feel the 2nd hand market is much more robust over in the UK than in HK. I've had more 2nd hand bargains in the UK than in HK. Buying on Steam is still cheaper as well, with Steam Sale.

If you ever have the time, go hit up an arcade as well. They might be harder to find Island side, but its well worth it. Street Fighter 4 is commonplace and surprisingly popular.

OuendanCyrus:
I only just got back from HK this July, lived at a hotel in Sha Tin, had a few game stores.

Looked like

yamy:
Hit up Sum Shui Po across the harbour as well - another well known centre for computer hardware/smartphone and games. You won't be disappointed. There's also a sprawling street market as well as a street specialized in selling toys there. Golden Shopping Centre is a heaven for computer enthusiast.

The interesting thing though is that I feel the 2nd hand market is much more robust over in the UK than in HK. I've had more 2nd hand bargains in the UK than in HK. Buying on Steam is still cheaper as well, with Steam Sale.

If you ever have the time, go hit up an arcade as well. They might be harder to find Island side, but its well worth it. Street Fighter 4 is commonplace and surprisingly popular.

I'll check out all these places, thanks! When I wrote this article I'd only been in HK about six days, so there's still a lot out there to explore. I haven't even been to Kowloon yet, and I hear there's an even bigger electronics market there. Not to mention Shenzen, which I hear is on a whole other level - whole city blocks of electronics.

Vie:
I suspect I'd really like Hong Kong, even though I'm not normally big on large cities.

Hated London and Paris, love Brum. Something about the Gestalt in all three cases, and I suspect HK would probably fit me well.

Also your article started me off on a Wikipedia trawl after looking up "The World of Suzie Wong."
I'm currently reading a, surprisingly fascinating, article on prostitution in the city... ..I blame you for this in the nicest possible way.

I'm generally not a big city person but I love it here, probably because there's so much green space (the mountains here are so sheer that they're impossible to build on, so you have these beautiful green hills that keep the city from feeling endless).

Glad to hear I kicked off a research jaunt - that's basically the point of this whole column, to get people interested in real-world topics through the lens of games.

likalaruku:
So where those chickens rubber. or does the owner think yellow paint makes up for a lack of cold storage?

I like how it's basically a horror story until you find something worth buying.

I'm not sure whey they're that pale yellow, but they do kind of resemble rubber chickens. They sell them with the heads on here so you know exactly what you're buying, the assumption being that if the head's off someone might be feeding you some other, cheaper kind of meat and trying to pass it off as chicken or duck. The heads are even on when you buy them in bags at the grocery store (the meat counters also have whole quartered pigs and tanks of live fish, but that's another story). Frankly, I never realized until I came here how insulated western culture is from the realities of our meat consumption - when I eat canned chicken soup or even rotisserie chicken in the U.S., I'm buying faceless meat, but here I'm definitely eating an animal that used to be alive. It's a little unsettling.

As for shopping in HK being a horror story, even when I failed to find games, it was tons of fun!

LTK_70:
Robert, please never stop writing.

Thanks, I appreciate that. Now that I'm living here I'll have more time to devote to writing rather than juggling a full-time job and doing this on the side.

Kittyhawk:

So is Rob the permanent HK gaming attache, now? Or is it just a holiday?

My wife took a job here, and I was happy to move because it allows me to concentrate on writing rather than sandwiching writing in-between the day job - that, plus we get to see Asia! Pretty good deal. I'll be here a couple of years at least, so expect to hear more about game development in Asia and overseas markets, because it's suddenly my beat.

I guess it's never too late to say
I enjoyed reading that. Nice. Thanks.

 

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