Haley Youn, Goblin Hunting

Video Game

This Unreal Engine-based 3D shooting-combat game, entitled "Goblin Hunting," draws inspiration from Korean folklore, featuring goblins and the mythical 'Hae-tae' in a Seoul-inspired environment. Allowing players to explore in a spirit form and possess human bodies during combat, "Goblin Hunting" delves into how a game can balance authenticity with modern gaming appeal. It also explores design choices in portraying folklore entities, the integration of spirit exploration and possession mechanics, and the impact on player engagement. Additionally, it investigates the game's role in fostering cultural understanding, player immersion and the potential for video games to preserve and promote traditional folklore, ultimately aiming to gauge the game's effectiveness in creating a meaningful connection between players and their cultural heritage.