Korea’s national sport

This two-month-old blog may not get very much traffic, but almost every day a hit comes in from a search engine where somebody typed in the keyword ‘hydralisk’. I have to imagine that such visitors are not satisfied at finding here commentary by Christopher Hitchens, or essays contrasting ethical philosophies, or cute pics of Japanese idol Michishige Sayumi. I have to assume they leave with that undying thirst for anything and everything Starcraft (which I can relate to) quite unquenched. I figured it was about time I throw them a bone.

Actually, you don’t need to know anything about the game in order to find the following documentary intriguing. You don’t need to know anything about video games at all. This National Geographic special on the life of professional gamers in South Korea is targeted at the laymen, offering a glimpse into a slice of culture of the one place in the world where men, women, and children are so obsessed with their video games that televised Starcraft matches account for 1% of all TV watched nationwide. Enjoy!

Professional Gaming in Korea Pt 1
Professional Gaming in Korea Pt 2
Professional Gaming in Korea Pt 3
Professional Gaming in Korea Pt 4
Professional Gaming in Korea Pt 5

If you do happen to be a player yourself, you’ll know that the documentary’s brief explanation of what Starcraft is and its simple play-by-plays cannot possibly do justice to a strikingly intricate and strategy-rich game.

A big H/T to YouTube and the user who uploaded the program.

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4 responses to “Korea’s national sport

  1. Thank you for teaching me about Starcraft.

    It appears like playing it is good preparation for future inter-planetary wars.

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  4. this is not how to tell what North Korea’s sport is!

    By!! :^(

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