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  • League of Legends Overtaking Starcraft in Korea

    LoL Overtakes Starcraft as Korea's National Sport

    It seems that for many years now, Starcraft was the major game to play in Korea. It was as popular as baseball and soccer in some sense and basically brought popularity to the term "e-sport". If you ever visit South Korea and watch the TV there, don't be surprised to see extreme commentary and replays of the game on their broadcasts. However, things might change as of now, as League of Legends (the free-to-play DOTA-style game that still finds a way to take away your money) has now thrown Starcraft off its throne and is in a fight for the title as Korea's top sport according to this article on Kotaku. Like most expert Starcraft players, LoL players are having high-intense play-by-play commentary on their games, sponsorship offers from various sources, and huge nationwide tournament presence.

    More proof that LoL is threading onto Starcraft's territory is this. Korean cable television company, Ongamenet (OGN), has decided to become the official sponsor of Yongsan e-sports stadium. Starting this month of March, OGN will be showing live, twice weekly broadcasts of LoL tournaments with 16 participating teams from Korea, USA, and Europe. The winning prize money of these tournaments will be 2 billion Korean Won (which is about $1.8 million US).

    With that much money and attention going to LoL, I think it might be time to brush off your League of Legend skills.

  • Could One Country Mess with Diablo III's Release?

    South Korea Has Some Issues with Diablo III's Auction Mechanics

    In South Korea, Blizzard games are huge. And when I mean huge, I mean it's their national sport. In other countries, soccer or baseball is broadcast over the airwaves. In South Korea, it's Starcraft. While Starcraft has its following in the country, Diablo has its own in Korea and throughout the world.

    However, the country's governmental Game Rating Board could delay Diablo III's launch. According to The Korea Times, the reason is because of Diablo III's in-game virtual auction and how sensitive the government is to concept of gambling, especially on "jackpot items" in the game as well as being able to generate real money from "cashing out" at the Auction House.

    "Committee members are conflicted about what to do with Diablo III...because of (its American developer) Blizzard's information on the game's 'auction house' feature."

    In response to this, Blizzard is getting rid of the "cashing out" part of their Real Money Auction House feature. This feature is known to turn in-game money into real money. Blizzard also stated that Diablo III will get a simultaneous global release but the Korean government's Game Rating Board's could put a damper on it. A spokesperson for Blizzard told The Korea Times that they are committed to a global release.


  • Kim Jong Il's second son is too much of a gaming loser to run the DPNK

    Politics in Games - North Korea not going be lead by a Gaming Loser

    One of Kim Jong Il's sons is apparently too busy playing video games to take over the reins of his father and run the world's most secluded militaristic oppressive country. Wikileaks (you know that organization that just likes to be the fly in every government's luncheon soup) has released information from a 2008 U.S. government consulate cable in Shanghai to the U.S. State Department. In addition to the information about the future prospects of North Korea and its leader being in very ill health they released this:

    "...the two youngest sons, Kim Jong-chol and Kim Jong-un, far too inexperienced and incapable of effective governance. xxxxx, observing that KJI's oldest son, Kim Jong-nam, is "too much of a playboy,"Kim Jong-chol is "more interested in video games" than governing, and Kim Jong-un is simply too young."

    Well looks like that if that's the problem...this blogger has no worries about North Korea's next line of leaders. If Kim Jong-chol is given the reins, I guess we can have some sense that he'll be more distracted by Black Ops and Starcraft than wondering how to build a nuclear missile. And his onlyinvolvementwith nuclear missiles is trying to get a 25 kill streak in MW2.

    Course....there will be weirdpropaganda like his father. Kim Jong Il is said to have played golf for the first time and got all hole-in-ones. What's this kid gonna have? "He played Black Ops for the first time and released attack dogs while being a level 1?"


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