Internet cafe

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Internet cafe

A retail establishment that rents computers by the hour. Also called a "cybercafe," the first Internet cafes started in Europe in the mid-1990s and offered coffee and dessert like a regular coffee shop. Venues may also sell a variety of accessories and gadgets. In South Korea, one of the most high-tech countries in the world, there are thousands of cybercafes.


The First Internet Cafe
In 1995, CYBERCAFE opened on West 49th Street in New York and also offered printing, scanning and faxing services as well as hats, T-shirts and jackets. (Images courtesy of CyberCafe, Inc.)


The First Internet Cafe
In 1995, CYBERCAFE opened on West 49th Street in New York and also offered printing, scanning and faxing services as well as hats, T-shirts and jackets. (Images courtesy of CyberCafe, Inc.)
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In her persuasive ethnography on PC bang and the politics of online multiplayer games, Florence Chee (2005) argues that these spaces are viewed as social 'third spaces' between home and work.
Huhh, Jun-Sok 2008, 'Culture and Business of PC Bangs in Korea', Games and Culture, vol.
PC bangs, rooms where teens play games or chat on the Internet, have replaced video game arcades.