Doom in Korea


The cover for the Korean retail edition of Doom.

Doom is known in Korea as 둠 (Hangul; Romanized as Dum). An official port of Doom was released in Korea under license from id Software by the software distribution arm of conglomerate SsangYong (쌍용) in 1994. After various difficulties in the Korean game industry which saw the market wane between 1994 and 2002, versions of Doom II, Doom 3, and Doom (2016) were eventually published there as well.


Doom was released commercially as a set of five 5.25" floppy disks. A fully localized instruction manual was included. It received a rating of "15" from the Korean Public Performance Ethics Committee (KPPEC), which was at that time responsible for review and censorship of video games. Due to the nearly non-existent console market in the country at the time, none of the various contemporary console ports of Doom received localized releases.

Issues with Doom II[edit]

Doom II was not initially released as a localized product in Korea. Releasing a month after the arrest of members of the Chijon family serial murder group in September 1994, which resulted in intense scrutiny being focused on violence in media, its rating was declined by the KPPEC. No version was officially released there until 2002, when Doom II for Game Boy Advance was approved.[1]

Other Doom-series titles[edit]

A screenshot of Doom (2016) in Korean.

Doom 3, along with its expansion Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (distributed by YBM Sisa), and Doom (2016) have been officially released with localized versions in Korea.

External links[edit]



  1. Game Rating And Administration Committee. "Classification search." Retrieved 7 May 2019.