Welcome to Virtual SEA – Home of Southeast Asian gaming culture!
On this website, we cover all kinds of video games from all over Southeast Asia* developed by Southeast Asian game studios (usually indies). We publish reviews, previews, news and reports linked to Southeast Asian gaming culture in English language. Virtual SEA is a private and non-profit project. We are independent writers not associated with any company. Our goal is to show the world that Southeast Asian indie developers make marvelous games with often interesting local input and clever new ideas. We strongly believe that the Southeast Asian games market will become one of the biggest and most important markets in the world and Virtual SEA is your first step into it.
Enjoy the virtual gaming worlds of Southeast Asia! Please feel free to submit any comments or suggestions through our contact page.
*Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines.
Andreas founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after doing some research on Cambodian mobile games. Having a background in Southeast Asia studies, he soon discovered other gems from that region leading to this website. Since he was a child, games were a vital part of his life, so here are his top three games: Terranigma (Tenchi Souzou), Gothic, Beyond Good & Evil.
Luna is an indie game developer and author from Berlin. She’s all into games, comics and other geeky stuff. On Virtual SEA, she reviews games and occasionally irons out Andreas’ many spelling and grammar mistakes. Her top three games are: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Lufia), Seiken Densetsu 2&3 (Secret of Mana & Secret of Mana 2), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Oliver: Usually, you say: „If life gives you lemons, make lemonade of it.“ But my life was more like: „If life gives you hardware and video games, explore it.” Since I got my first GameBoy in 1999, I felt in love with video games and every thought about it – or just enjoy playing until today. When my day job is done, I love to explore the vast universe of gaming in as many parts as I can. Even the technical thoughts, next to narration and world building, is an aspect that I love to dive in. Therefore, I accepted the challenge to write about Southeast Asian indie games, to explore a whole new genre to think outside of the box.
Carlo was working at his summer internship when his boss stuck her head in through the door and asked “Does anyone here want to write about video games?” and he said yes without thinking, so he guesses this is something he just does now. His list of favorite video games changes as rapidly as the industry makes controversies, so he’s not sure what to say for this part. He does, however, have a couple thousand hours in Dota 2, so it’s probably going to be it.
Zain is a boy who got into games since he was introduced to Playstation 2 and Gameboy Color in his childhood days. As time went by, he got interested in PC online games, starting from Defense of the Ancients, Heroes of Newerth, and now DOTA 2. His favorite drink coffee has just got him introduced to an Indonesian indie game named Coffee Talk, which made him go on a journey to explore indie games. Now he is pleased to join Virtual SEA as a writer to explore more games from Southeast Asia.
Risky is an avid full-time gamer who occasionally does his other jobs when he has free time. He learnt a thing or two about life from JRPGs, and since then he embarks on a quest to understand how games and society influence each other. While that seems to be a very good and relevant reason to join VirtualSEA, he actually joined to annoy Andreas with grammatical errors. His top three games are: Final Fantasy IX, Persona 4 and Ace Combat 5.
Kenzie received a second childhood by crunching five generations of video game history in her free time – out of pure boredom and fascination. Since then, she’s been obsessively playing and writing about games and interactive fiction. She hopped aboard VirtualSEA to discover more about the regional game industry and help promote its talent and titles. She has a rolling list of favorite games, but Knights of the Old Republic and Horizon Zero Dawn come out on top.
Alfiano: I’m a UI / UX Designer, but I often use my free time to play games, so I can say I’m an enthusiast gamer. My interest in games has something to do with the design, for example in-game menus. As a designer, one must think hard about designing the UI, and the design of each level. On the other hand, I think games often come with an interesting storyline that makes me want to play more and more … and more.