K-Pop & Video Games

If you have followed my blog for a while or even over on Twitter, you will probably know that I listen to a fair amount of K-Pop music. You may have seen my last blog post where I talk about my Spotify Wrapped for this year, which had a good selection of K-Pop throughout. Then add the recent release of the DokeV music video for the song ROCKSTAR and this is how this post came about.

There’s no denying that K-Pop music in general is becoming more popular and known worldwide. However, it got me thinking about how K-Pop has also featured in the world of video games in various ways.

While this post isn’t a definitive post on what K-Pop songs and artists have been featured in video games, this is more of a reflection on the ones that I have discovered myself.

If you were to think of K-Pop and video games, then K/DA is likely to be one of the first to come to mind. They were created by Riot Games for League of Legends for the 2018 World Championships. From the moment they stepped on stage with their song POP/STARS, everyone knew that both the group and the song were amazing. Featuring Soyeon and Miyeon from G I-DLE as well as Jaira Burns and Madison Beer, the group was perfect.

Fast-forward to October 2020 and the group returned with the song MORE as well as the EP All Out. With several new original songs and featuring the likes of TWICE, Bea Miller, Bekuh Boom, Annika Wells, Kim Petras and of course Soyeon, Miyeon, Madison and Jaira.

MORE and the All Out EP were a hit. Even though it is likely this will be the only EP from K/DA for the time being, I’d love to see more music from the group again in the future.

Next up is a song from the upcoming game DokeV.

When I first heard the song, I had it stuck in my head for days, and it has returned to being stuck in my head again since the music video landed last week. The whole concept of the game to me is intriguing, exciting and adorable! With such a catchy song out for the game already, I’m looking forward to what other songs and potentially what artists may feature in the game’s soundtrack.

Just Dance is no stranger to K-Pop songs. PSY, BLACKPINK, TWICE, NCT 127, BIGBANG, SuperM, 2NE1 are just a handful of the artists featured in a variety of the Just Dance games.

While these are just three different video games that have featured K-Pop music, it does make me wonder how many more games are currently out there to discover. Not only that, but which other K-Pop artists could feature in future games. There really are so many possibilities of songs and artists that could be found in video games in some way and I’m excited to see more appear in future games!

Have you spotted any K-Pop songs or artists in games that you have played?



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