Koreans dominate the world in two things: short track speed skating and Starcraft. While reading an article about pro gamers’ dexterity, I came across this Losira/KangHo video:
So why are Koreans so good at gaming? I’m not a pro gamer and I don’t play more than a few hours each day let alone 50 straight, but I am of Korean origin and visit Seoul time to time. Don’t know how that qualifies me, but here are my theories, some of which may not be PC (no pun intended):
1) Korean kids are expected to study A LOT. I mean, like 8 in the morning to midnight. How better to pretend to be studying than playing games?
2) Sports are hard to do in Korea (see #1). So how do you release that adolescent energy? Play games.
3) Koreans are very shy and quiet. I see guys on Korean TV cover their mouths when laughing. Many Korean guys have a hard time asking a girl out. It’s a quiet, introverted culture. Playing video games is an isolated activity.
4) It’s hard for young Korean guys to get dates (see #1 and #3). So their hands develop high dexterity. And they play games to release energy.
5) Koreans have been whooped by a lot of different people over the centuries. The Japanese, the Chinese, the Mongols. So it’s now Korea’s time to put some whoop-ass…on the Zerg!
6) Korean winters are super cold and summers super hot. Stay indoors and play games!
7) Short track speed skating takes money. No money? Play games.
8) Ramen is cheap in Korea. The perfect gaming food.
9) Starcraft was developed by Blizzard. Blizzard was founded by UCLA grads. There are a lot of Koreans at UCLA.
10) Two words: North Korea.
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