Ok, so, for starters, let me apologize for the unexpectedly organized TL;DR. The two of us had planned on discussing a different topic together, but then Martina got sick, so we had to figure out a topic that I (Simon here) could do by myself. It’s not the most popular topic according to your thumbs up, but it’s one that I can answer on my own, and it also counterbalances all of the girliness of last week’s topic.

Anyhow, VIDEO GAMES! I’m not sure how many of you know how much of a gamer I am. We’ve got a Nintendo Wii, a DS for each of us, Playstation 3, and a Vita. We don’t play much Nintendo, unless we’ve got guests over. Then it’s Mario Party and Mario Kart non-stop! Otherwise, I’m mostly playing single player Playstation games. Still working my way through Skyrim, but I only get a chance maybe once every two weeks to put in a few hours of level grinding. If not that, I’m playing Gravity Rush on the Vita for those shorter free moments I’ve got. That’s a pretty cool game, FYI, if you haven’t played it.

Enough about my gaming habits: fact is, I’m a bit disappointed with gaming culture here in Korea. Not that it’s bad or inadequate or sucky or anything like that. Gaming culture is insanely strong here…it’s just not MY kind of gaming culture. Playstation games come in slim picking at the regular super markets. I still haven’t seen any Prototype 2 here. MAN! I really want to play that game. I could just go to Yongsan if I wanted to and buy it there, but – problem is – I hate dealing with haggling for prices. If the game is brand spanking new, getting an English copy of it could run you well over $100. I AIN’T THAT DEDICATED TO THE GAME! Otherwise, the different booths at Yongsan will all offer you different prices for the game you want to buy.

Also, big problem just happened here this month for Playstation gamers: you can’t get games via the Playstation network anymore. You can read more about it here if you want to know the details. All you need to know is that it sucks monkey balls! I’ve been trying to download the Metal Gear Solid set for the Vita, but I can’t :(

As for Xbox games, I don’t know. Never been a fan of Xbox. Sorry guise! For some reason, I only think of Xbox as first person shooters and sports games, neither of which I’m interested in. All I know is that, at the supermarkets, you can barely get any Xbox games, either.

Anyhow, I’m starting to think that Pulsa Bang gaming is a better idea, though. I mean, spend a few bucks a day to play someone else’s PS3 and a bunch of their games on a nice TV. Why not? If a PS3 is a couple hundred bucks, and every game is there waiting for you. I think it’s a good deal. It’s just…not as convenient as sitting in the living room in your underwear, of course.

So, yeah! that’s it for this week. And, lastly, Martina’s not doing too well right now with her cold, so we’re not going to be WANKing tomorrow. Sorry guise! Martina needs her rest. Hopefully she’ll have enough energy for this week’s Music Monday!

  1. Quick comment on not being able to buy games on PSN. I’ve had success buying point cards off of Amazon.com and applying them to my account then using those to buy the game. Hope this helps.

  2. Video game culture in Korea, for the most part, sucks. The video game industry went down the drain since the 90’s because of piracy, so the only surviving video games in Korea are the cruddy free to play games, i.e. Nexon. It is very rare to see a Korean in Korea play a full blown AAA title outside of Blizzard. Even with the original Starcraft, it was often pirated and private servers thrived as a result. This is one of the reasons why Starcraft 2 isn’t as popular in Korea than it is worldwide.

  3. Question: do people in Korea consciously try to be different from Japanese culture? i.e. is console gaming seen as a Japanese thing?

  4. Hey Simon, have you ever played Assassin’s Creed?

  5. QUESTION: Is Japanese (popular) culture influential in Korea? I mean, for example, anime, manga, japanese music, fashion, tv, video games, card games, etc. is this popular there?

  6. The new Final Fantasy13-2 was pretty freaking good, way better then 13 and not as linear, thank God. It had a bunch of great side quests, levels and paradox endings. The story line, characters, music and combat system were also pretty badass. *sigh* i’m still in shock about the ending though. -__-

  7. Just asking but people have anti groups of you guys and how does that make you guys feel? i think the anti people against you are so immature -_-

  8. Question: what is the humor in Korea?? I’ve heard that sarcasm is not popular in korea??? O.O if so then what do they us as comedy??

  9. Question: I saw the tweet about Wolverine Origins comic, how is the Korean comic/manga (I think it is manhwa?) and anime/animation scene? What Korean manga would you recommend, both for women and men? My brother is praising the Tower of God Korean manga so I am about to start reading it. I have mostly read Japanese and American comics, if there is a video on this subject please point it out. I am making my way through your backlog of videos (You guys do a great job BTW!)

  10. Just saw this and thought you would find it interesting, Dance Central 3 (xbox360) will have 2NE1 I Am the Best(Original Version) in the game.

  11. In America, you play Star Craft, your a loser. In Korea, you play Star Craft, Your Freakin’ awesome!

  12. So my question is what kind of things did you guys have to do when it came to Moving to Korea. like i know you have to get a Visa to live there and a work Visa if you want to work there. but what exactly do they do for you? and what other things did you have to do before moving to Korea.

  13. Can’t you ask your friends or relatives to buy you games and send it to you? :)
    Can we be PS buddies Simoooon? :D

  14. That’s because all you do in skyrim is pick locks :P
    Just kidding!!
    …except not..
    I feel like whenever I look at my brother playing that game he’s always picking a lock!

  15. Question: Where is the best place/area to stay in Seoul for a holiday? places that young people hang out, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, celebrity spotting ^_^ etc.. thank you

  16. So, as you say, they are more about social PC games… Do they play Minecraft at all? It’s something that has been bothering both myself and my boyfriend. He and I have been saving up for a trip to Korea and it’s just something we were wondering about.

  17. no no no! the only pc games i enjoy are pac mans and driving games. I’m much more of a console girl, FF, Tekken, Street Fighter, Soul Caliber, Resident Evil yeah those are my kind of games.

  18. Woot, we prefer the PS3 too ;) I think because we also associate XBox with a bunch of douchie white boys playing shooter games… and that’s not our thing. We did get the last CoD and sure enough my bf and I felt sick pretty quickly. He can play some shooter games though but usually on the computer.

    We’re mostly PC gamers anyway… I like my Wii… I like the PS3 but I would be a happy girl if I always had the best PC around to play whatever game I want on the highest graphics :D

  19. TL;DR Question: After you stopped teaching, how did you go about staying in South Korea? Was blogging your only source of income, or did you have other forms of work? How do you handle the Visa situation?

  20. Baww, I always get dizzy from playing video games, especially first person shooters. My friend always gives me his look of disapproval all the time when I try playing basically anything and calls me a stereotypical girl. ^_^;;

  21. As an Xbox-lovin’, white dude living in Japan, I can tell you that PC rooms are not popular here in Japan. At least not in the part of Japan I’m in. They love their consoles, mostly PS3, and game centers for fighting games. What a shame.

  22. lol it’s funny how korea doesn’t have any games at all but….it’s made right beside them….get it???lolzzz

  23. What are family dynamics like in Korean families compared to other countries/cultures (i.e. Western vs. Asian? or within Asia–Korean vs. Chinese or Japanese)?  Hope that wasn’t too confusing…:P

    • Western-Korean couples are relatively rare. However, Korean-Asian couples are more common and it’s rapidly increasing, especially in rural communities. Farmers are generally unpopular for marriage among Korean women and they often end up having to go abroad to find brides. According to 2011 census, 60% of those brides are from China and Vietnam, followed by the Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Russia.

  24. isn’t there Skyrim for the PC???

  25. It’s a mix in America of social vs. solo, but it’s mostly divided by game system. I play lots of PC games in my room, by myself, and that’s kind of how it is. Since PCs are smaller and rarely two-player it just makes sense.

    However, if it’s PlayStation or XBOX, lots of people can play together. Bigger screen, more multi-player games. Even if it’s single player, my friend used to have a few of us over and we’d all play Kingdom Hearts in her room, taking turns. Same with teenage boys who sit in each other’s rooms and play Skyrim. I’ve even seen both happening at once, going to a friend’s apartment where one person is on their laptop playing Diablo and everyone else is watching someone play Skyrim from the couch.

    TL;DR In America, console games are a social experience, PC games are for solo play.

  26. Do they have “Host clubs” like they do in Japan?

  27. really random question..could you do a TL;DR on either how different international restaurants are in Korea, like McDonalds, Starbucks etc..
    or something on the makeup stores like Etude House
    Or on learning Korean there at schools or something like A Korean Language Program? Like prices and stuff?

  28. how is the news over their in korean like do they talk about crimes and stuff i always wondered
    do you ever hear bad thing or is it always peacefull 

  29. is league of legends big there too ?? its a computer game that my brother is addicted to and won’t get off when i want to watch ur videos haha .. or is that only in america ??

  30. Hey, I am from England but I’m interested in studying a masters degree at a University in Korea. Do you guys know anything about international students applying to study in Korea? :)

  31. Argh I do not know how to get rid of this accidental post. xD

  32. Question: What would you recommend a foreigner do for a short term stay in Korea. Hostels? Hotels? And what sort of events or locations should I go for to maximize my stay there. (I am going to be doing study abroad in Japan and I want to visit Korea during the winter break. So I will have the option of possibly taking a boat if that is cheaper).

  33. Hi Simon & Martina (Get well soon!)
    TL:DR QUESTION: Is there much environmental awareness and concern about global warming in Korea? Are there practices that aim to reduce waste or CO2 emissions etc?
    Thanks for the great vids guise!

  34. …….. why do I feel this is like POWER all over again? When B.A.P.’s Power came out, Martina got sick. Now, No mercy is out. I hope she’s doing well.

    anyway, to the topic… I think I don’t want to go to korea anymore lol. I don’t know, video games are like my ultimate love, way above this kpop loving. playstation FTW! woohoo. Yes, single player games for us :D

  35. I thought I posted my question, but I guess its nowhere to be found so I’ll type it again. Since it is common knowledge that women (and men too!) are obsessed with having perfect skin and want to avoid sun spots, wrinkles, and the like, would I be stared at if I traveled to Korea because of my freckles? I don’t have that many but still. What do they think of them? Would I be looked down upon for not having perfect skin? Because in the US, I’ve seen some Asian women with huge sun visors on and gloves while they’re DRIVING. Also, with my auburn, which is reddish brown, hair (not a ginger! haha) what would Koreans think of me?

  36. TL;DR Question:
    What is social dancing like in South Korea? What kinds of dances are done at social events if any (like do South Koreans salsa, waltz, grind, etc. or do they have their own kind of dancing)? Can people of the opposite gender dance together or do women dance with women and vice versa? Also, how do partner dances work out; can strangers dance with strangers do do you have to know the person well before you can dance with them? Consequently, how are couples allowed to dance at social events/place (like can a couple start dirty dancing/ intimately dancing?)

    Also, I just wanted to say that I LOVE EAT YOUR KIMCHI and that this is the first time I’ve got the guts to post a question on the comments. :D

    • We don’t dance in most of social events. It doesn’t mean we unwelcome the foreign social dance but culturally, we are not familiar with dancing with complete that you don’t know personally.(it’s a totally different story in Night Clubs but the style of dancing in there is rather seductive than social)

      Dancing itself, including various couple dance forms which you mentioned above, is considered as a great leisure, that you can enjoy with your bf, gf, or spouses, rather than something that you can enjoy with people you meet for the first time.

  37. It makes me cry a little bit inside when all most Kpop fans can think of when it comes to SC2 is Kyuhyun.

  38. Who says first person games are solitary?  My friends and I sit around a coffee table playing Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3 together :)

    By the way, FINALLY bought and installing Skyrim (Steam summer sale!), I’m so freakin excited!

  39. Question: I know that so many of korean women (men too!) are obsessed with having perfect skin. Theres BB cream and everything else to prevent sun spots and wrinkles. I would love to go to Korea one day, but having some freckles on my face, would I be stared at a lot? Also, I have auburn hair. Im not a ginger haha, but what would Korean people think of me?

    • oops, hit the wrong arrow, sorry :(
      It seemed to me that as long as you are western (or any other skincolor) these rules of Korean beauty don’t really apply. Koreans are generally too well behaved to stare openly unless you have, say a very low cut top. When I went hiking, I saw many Koreans covered from head to toe in protective clothing.
      Also, many girls had shiny, white faces from using foundations or BB creams that were obviously too light for their natural complexion, the reverse of what you’ll see on western women (using foundation that is too dark).

  40. There’s….no…..SKYRIM?!?!? *head explodes* 

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