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North Korean Flash Games For Export 211

Posted by timothy
from the everyone-needs-an-appstore dept.
linzeal writes: "Despite it being pretty-much closed off to the world, North Korea is the next boom place for IT and tech outsourcing, PC World has reported. Flash games are being developed there for outside publishers, largely thanks to the home-grown talent. Does this mean that the the cartoon company that makes The Simpsons might use North Korea as well? Well it looks like they already have started."
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North Korean Flash Games For Export

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  • Re:Pyongyang (Score:5, Informative)

    by seven of five (578993) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @02:26PM (#32558042) Homepage
    For bonus points, try to find a copy of Pulgarasi [wikipedia.org], a giant-monster film directed by a man who was by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, the director of said film.

    Here ya go, for free, at google. [google.co.uk]
  • China might not be as free/open as some places, but comparing it to North Korea is a bit of a stretch.

    China is authoritarian; some of the laws are strict by our standards, but if you obey them and mind your own business, you'll probably be left alone.

    Westerners can visit China and go about on their own there without being chaperoned or harrassed. Chinese people can leave there if they want (and some do).

    North Korea, on the other hand, is totalitarian -- it's basically a giant prison camp, almost impossible to get into or out of without making very special arrangements, and where you can be executed for making an overseas telephone call [wikipedia.org].

  • Retarded Summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by BlueBoxSW.com (745855) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @03:42PM (#32558472) Homepage

    The connection is this: An animation company that works on the simpsons is located in south korea. They have been working on a korean folk tale translated into a full length movie, and have been working with north korean animators for the feature.

    There is nothing in the article that states (as the summary implies) that any of the simpsons is done in north korea, nor that there are any plans to do so.

    Anyone know a better "news for nerds" site that doesn't have all the misleading headlines SlashDot has taken to lately?

    I'm kind of sick of this sh!t.

  • Re:Retarded Summary (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 13, 2010 @04:22PM (#32558654)

    Anyone know a better "news for nerds" site that doesn't have all the misleading headlines SlashDot has taken to lately?

    I do [ycombinator.org].

  • Re:irony overload (Score:3, Informative)

    by wiredlogic (135348) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @06:06PM (#32559188)

    If you actually read the article you'll see that 'The Simpson's' is drawn by a Seoul based (i.e. South Korean) company and has no direct association with North Korea. The poorly written article then goes on to mention a collaboration between the north and south on a film that again has no direct bearing on 'The Simpson's'.

  • Re:So... (Score:3, Informative)

    by the gnat (153162) on Sunday June 13, 2010 @06:32PM (#32559358)

    People forget that S. Korea was also a bit totalitarian for few decades after the war.

    Authoritarian, not totalitarian. The military dictators running South Korea until the 1980s were not nice people, and the citizens living there didn't have any of the freedoms that people living in Western nations take for granted, and the post-war economic conditions weren't great either, but they didn't shoot people or throw them in prison camps for trying to leave the country, or make it illegal to own a radio that could tune into more than one station, and I don't think they had creepy personality cults either.

    Very few modern countries have been authentically totalitarian - Nazi Germany and most (but not all) Communist nations were the most famous, also Taliban Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, but that's about it. I'm not very familiar with Spanish or Italian Fascism, but my impression is that they were more. . . restrained. Arguably Iran, "Myanmar", and Saudi Arabia have certain characteristics of totalitarian regimes, and a few others such as Saddam's Iraq certainly had the cults of personality, but they're inconsistent. Most dictatorships are simply authoritarian - violent, corrupt, and lawless, certainly, but less interested in mind control. I wouldn't want to live in any of those countries either, and I think the many of the US's strategic alliances were tragic mistakes (or outright immoral), but there is a difference nonetheless.

  • by Alex Belits (437) * on Monday June 14, 2010 @01:42AM (#32561474) Homepage

    I've traveled between the US, Middle East, Europe, Mexico and Canada numerous times and never have been asked if I was a Nazi/Communist/where I'm going/who I'm meeting when I come back to the US.

    You didn't "travel between", you were American, returning to US. Of course, immigration officials wouldn't try to kick you out from your own country, you moron.

  • by FuckingNickName (1362625) on Monday June 14, 2010 @04:45AM (#32562346) Journal

    Maybe it would be better if such hate speech was illegal,

    No it wouldn't.
    No it isn't.

    "God hates fags" is like "magic unicorns hate puppies". Even Phelps knows it, and has indicated it's not he who hates but magic^WGod.

    The right to come out with harmless (from the PoV of rocking the boat carrying the elite) nonsense is well recognised in US law, and is part of the distraction which enables the government to say "see! you are free! You can call Bush a moron! You can call blacks niggers! How can this not mean you are free???"

It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. - W. K. Clifford, British philosopher, circa 1876

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