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Starcraft 2 in Korea

August 31, 2010

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If you plan to live in Korea, especially if you want to teach in Korea, you will inevitably, somehow or someway, come across Starcraft 2 in Korea. It’s inescapable. Starcraft is big in Korea. So big that there are professional Starcraft leagues, where people make a living off of playing Starcraft. So big that there are studies being done to treat Starcraft addiction. So, we decided – in our attempt to be more Korean – to start getting into Starcraft.

For those of you who don’t know what Starcraft is, it’s a real-time strategy game. You’re supposed to gather resources and buy an army big enough to beat your opponent into submission. The premise is simple, but, boyyyy, the execution is hard. Simon’s been playing it now for something like a week steady, and he’s still just as bad as when he started. To play well, or at least to play to the point of not getting obliterated instantly, you have to know at least a few Starcraft Strategies, and hopefully have a decent Actions Per Minute. In other words, Starcraft is almost inaccessible to newbies, unless you’re dedicated enough to practice it for a long time and hopefully, HOPEFULLY not lose within the first five minutes from a Zerg rush.

Unfortunately, we can’t play on the Korean servers. When you play Starcraft 2, you need to have an account with Battle.net, which is how you play Starcraft 2 online. Since we got our version of the game in Canada, we’re playing on the North American servers, and can’t log in to the Korean Battle.net servers with our existing accounts. Bummer! So we haven’t actually played Starcraft in Korea against someone Korean, but we’re hoping that we can do so through friend code. So, if you’re mean enough to want to whoop us at Starcraft, or kind enough to offer some pointers (we really need help!), leave us a comment below, or send us an email over at our Contact Page and we’ll add you to our Starcraft friends list. Huzzah!

And thanks to [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for the Korean subtitle translations!

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  1. Now it is possible to change region from the logon screen. If the “Region” button is not visible, you just have to log in and then log out to confirm your account and this new feature will be available.

    4 years ago
  2. YOU NEED A MOUSE

    6 years ago
  3. Thanks! Korean cell phones look like normal cell phones, and they have the korean alphabet on them as well as the English one. Yeah!

    6 years ago
  4. Hellow~~ I saw you on 생생정보통 did u remember this program? anyway I think i have to visit this blog frequently. and as a Korean, thank you to having lots of passion on Korean cultures and Korea !!

    P.S Im not sure that the last sentense is gramatically right . is it good? …

    6 years ago
    • Yes! I remember that program :D Thank you for liking our blog, and – yes – your last sentence is good :D

      6 years ago
  5. Hi! I love your videos!! :D
    But I can't believe he was trying to play starcraft with a TOUCHPAD…. lol
    anyway I'm a diamond level zerg, and I would love to give you guys a few lessons in sc2.
    My character name is: Basherbash
    Character code: 449
    you can also email me if you want ^^

    7 years ago
    • Thanks for the offer! I haven't played in a while since the video, but I'll add you just in case I start playing again!

      7 years ago
  6. A word of advice if you want to get better. Use the campaign for practice and LEARN HOTKEYS. Can't stress that enough. By the way, I love your videos. I'm a Korean American and I recently got back from a vacation to Korea for the first time. Your vids get me so nostalgic…. Keep up the good work! ^^

    7 years ago
    • Ha! Yes, I have been trying to learn the hotkeys, but so often I forget which one's which and build the wrong freaking building. ARGH! And thanks for liking our videos :D

      7 years ago
  7. I checked out some of their videos, but it seems a bit too advanced for me now. I think after playing for a couple of months I might better understand what's happening, but now when I watch the videos I just get overwhelmed.

    In other words, I really, really suck at Starcraft.

    7 years ago
  8. LOL i'm exactly like simon. I suck at SC XD

    7 years ago
  9. This is one the cracktastic videos that I've ever watched from you guys. Simon was so funny thinking that he was against an unknown formidable foe when it was just Martina he was playing against.

    Playing computer games is something that I can't really do. I prefer playing easy combat games in PS. hehehe!

    7 years ago
  10. Thanks Aaron. And, yes, that was Soju. Lots of it.

    7 years ago
  11. These days, I play this game too. Starcraft2. but I always play with computer because I suck. T_T and thank you to provide subtitle on your video. Sadly, there is no difference in my listening ability.

    7 years ago
  12. I remember I watched a television documentary (something) about a game in Korea. I only watched it since it was South Korea:P I guess it was Starcraft. And WOOOOOH it was popular! I still won't believe that they actually played with that much effort. Planned an attack at a caste or something… Yish

    7 years ago
    • Every time I turn on the television in Korea (which isn't often) I can always find a channel in which they're broadcasting Starcraft. It's intense.

      7 years ago
  13. Final Fantasy is awesome! I (Simon) have played 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, 12, and Tactics. I have 13 here in its box but I'm not ready to start playing it yet, because it pretty much means I fall off the face of the planet until I've done everything possible in the game.

    7 years ago
  14. I don't believe you. I've played against people who say that they suck as well, and I get annihilated. Maybe they're just Starcraft Sharks?

    7 years ago
  15. We're not addicted. Just curious. We get bored of games quite fast as well.

    7 years ago
  16. When I first started teaching in Korea, I set up my nick name sheet to include some character names from Starcraft. My students, male students anyway, loved it. However, as time goes by, it leads to exchanges like this.
    Me: OK, I need a volunteer. (Checking name sheet). How about….Carrier!
    Students: (Laughing)
    Carrier: (blushing)

    One time, while on a role-play, there was this exchange.
    Boy 1: How are you today, Overmind?
    Boy 2: I'm fine, Jon Cena. How are you?
    Boy 1: I'm good, but I miss my friend Firebat.
    Boy 3: I'm here! I just got back from Canada.
    Boy 2: That's good, Firebat. How was it?
    Boy 3: Warm, Overmind. Very warm.

    7 years ago
  17. You guys totally crack me up! That was one of the funniest things I've seen in awhile. As always, thanks for sharing your life in Korea with us. Really enjoy watching your vids and reading your posts, because you guys do it in an enjoyable-to-watch, educational and respectful (to your host country) manner. Should seriously consider writing a book.

    7 years ago
    • That was mighty kind of you! Not sure how good of a book we can write, since we don't really write all too much (should have started a normal blog! ha!). It's something we haven't really thought about. Thanks for the idea.

      7 years ago
  18. Hey Ron, can you elaborate on the registration for PC bangs more?
    I'm looking around b.net and i'm not seeing anything about it.
    I have the same problem as you Simon. I bought the NA version, and now whenever I go to PC bangs, I waste a good 30 mins downloading and installing the NA version (and in the process, deleting the korean one; sorry PC bangs)

    7 years ago
  19. Brilliant video. :) It's so fun that you are both gamers! I liked how the snacks kept piling up as Simon continued to fail, and the numbers of the opponent kept piling up (pausing at 1337, I noticed!). As I've decided to learn more about South Korea and hopefully teach there eventually, replaying StarCraft has, in fact, been part of my self-directed cultural education (among other things of course)…

    So out of curiosity, how might one incorporate StarCraft into school lessons? That's got to be able to hold kids' interest in some constructive way, right? Do kids as young as middle school seem to play this much or are their parents pretty strict about school first, video games later? Do many of the kids have StarCraft lunchboxes, flip flops and/or toothbrushes?

    7 years ago
    • Ha! Didn't think anyone would notice the 1337! Anyhow, as for Starcraft in school, it's more of a reference. So instead of saying stuff like "Billy and his friends are at school" like the textbook suggests I would say "An Overlord and her Zergs" instead. Students laugh, and you have their attention, and they work with the material better. At least, that's my experience.

      7 years ago
  20. Cool! I'm going to check that out. Thanks!

    7 years ago
  21. Tried that. It keeps on forwarding me to the North American battle.net whenever I enter my account info. I'm sure not going to get a different version of Starcraft just to play it here!

    7 years ago
  22. Jay

    One of your best videos :)

    I've heard it's like Red Alert (which I loved) so I'm thinking of starting to play Starcraft. But is it really that hard?

    7 years ago
    • I found that working through the campaign helped a lot. After that I played co-op on easy. I did that for about 4 games then went up to medium, where I am not playing for points. You have to put in the games, but you can only do that if you really like playing.

      7 years ago
    • Glad you like it! And, yes, it is that hard. I used to play Warcraft 3 and was half-decent at it. I thought some of those skills would transfer over to SC2. Wrong! Maybe if I keep playing I'll get better at it, but for now I feel like it's impossible.

      7 years ago
  23. I'd like to know how you play it in Korean. I try to log in at the PC Bangs and they won't let me.

    7 years ago
    • I just read the rest of the replies about having trouble getting in. I probably should have clarified that I'm only running the single player campaign here, not getting on B-Net, so that's probably what the deal is.

      I can't believe there's no LAN play, makes me go into a nerd rage.

      7 years ago
  24. Niiiiice….hahahahaha! Go Martina!

    7 years ago