The Popularity of Starcraft in Korea (and Elsewhere)

Today’s topic as originally chosen by William G (at UT Dallas) was the “Popularity of K-Pop“; however, given that I know almost nothing about K-Pop, and that it would be ironic if I had to do a lot of research to write about the popularity of something, I decided to jump topics slightly. Just slightly. The new topic is also popular in Korea. It is a sport that has filled stadiums and put speed, strategies, and reflexes to the ultimate test. It is the phenomenon known as Starcraft.

A video demonstrating the point:

This one is a full (but very short) game, with Korean commentary. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to actually understand Korean to see how fanatic they are:

This one is of the announcement of Starcraft II, back in May 2007 at Seoul, Korea. You should pay attention not to Blizzard’s actual trailer, but to the audience’s response, which occurs during the last 20 seconds or so:

Got it? Cool, you now understand all you really need to know about why Starcraft is so popular.

Just one final thing: Starcraft can get popular outside of Korea too. It just needs the right beat:

This has 4 million views so far—not bad for a video less than a month old and related to gaming.


Anyways, this is a very early post (it’s 12:25 am right now) because I will be leaving Ithaca very shortly to catch a 1 am bus to NYC. I’ll be spending a lot of time in the JFK airport; I have an idea for a really fun blog post, and I’ll see what I can do with it. See ya next time in Austin!

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