This makes me realize just how strange Starcraft must sound to Asian fans:
He’s not bad. He made me laugh, and I can’t even understand what he’s saying.
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They could probably save on sound effects for SC2 by just having this guy do them. Sounds about right :-)
What blows my mind is that the game is big enough in Korea that a stand-up comedian could make jokes about it and it register with the audience. I mean, unless I am wrong and this was during some starcraft specific event.
It looks like a usual SC event. The size of the audience and stage are about right. I’m not sure what GAG stands for though.
Avertac-Intel ended a while back, but the games with fully english commentary are up (and going to be up for a while) on http://www.gomtv.net . And something new should be starting on the same site in the near future.
The other guy on stage (the host?) had that ‘did we just book a complete nutso? this isn’t my fault!’ sort of look if you ask me. Even though the audience was wetting themselves laughing.
He did some pretty damn good impressions there.
Astounding when you consider this game is almost a decade old.
I still remember watching my older brother play the beta. Remember, when the zerg hives would spawn a new egg the moment you started evolving one? Zerglings cost only 35. You could pop out one or two pods before the protoss had their first zealot, if you were serious about it.
Sorry, “pod” is what we called the max number of units you could assign to one hotkey.
It’s always been interesting and entertaining to me to listen to people from other parts of the world make “animal noises.” You can still see how the noises resemble the noises the animal makes, but they sound nothing like the noises we make when imitating the animal.
Just listen how excited those guys are, it’s like they just won the lottery… two times in a row.
Stracraft is to Korea
as football is to the US
Perhaps a better analogy would be NASCAR…
A question that occurs to me is: does he actually know English and understand the words? Or is he purely imitating the sounds? I can’t tell, but if pressed, I would guess the latter.
Note: He’s speaking Japanese. It’s fairly offensive to confuse Japanese and Korean, since the former invaded and occupied the latter for quite a while. It’s vaguely analogous to confusing a Native-American for a European-American.
No, he’s actually speaking Korean. And here you thought they were offensive.
Also, bear in mind that Native-Americans and European-Americans don’t possess too close a genetic link with each other. And Native-Americans, in the spirit of kicking political correctness in the curb in favor of convenience and humoring the great historical in-joke, don’t usually mind when they’re referred to as Indians.
Frankly, I think misplaced political correctness does more harm than good in the long run. What political correctness should be is common courtesy, not an excuse to wag your finger at people self-righteously.
Oh, the irony.
Hwa-Phyun Nok(I can’t really get the name, Youtube is too low res): And then I’ll do the sounds of the units. First, the Terrans. They’re a ‘race’ in the game.
And then, the SCV.
How about the Science Vessel?
*imitates Science Vessel*
And then, why not the Protoss units?
I’ll try the Zealot first.
Now the Dragoon:
Now the Templar. The High Templar:
I’ll switch to Zerg units. The Hydra(translator’s note: pronounced in Korea as Heedra):
Finally, the Overlord:
Just to tell you that there wasn’t any special commentary you were missing.
Korean celebrities get weirder than that, however.
So he really is just doing impressions of the Starcraft units?
Then why am I laughing so hard?
What the hell is Starcraft?
You know, from the Hydra and Dark Templar impressions, he could also do decent as a metal vocalist.
I’m just sayin’.
Eric: Starcraft is a PC real-time strategy game, that is especially popular in South Korea. If you were just jokingm too bad. Sarcasm is nigh impossible to detect on the internet.
I was greatly amused, probably because of the great disparity of vocal sounds. I’m sure to Korean speaking people, the voice clips must sound like varied gibberish. The impression seemed dead on.
To be honest, I didn’t find it that funny. I only started chuckling after a while because watching the reactions of the audience is contagious. :P
I’m pretty sure he’s just imitating the sounds and doesn’t actually speak english. Note how several of the words he uses in some of the imitations aren’t actually real words, although they do sound similar, and listening to him as i would an anime i can see how the Japanese wouldn’t be able to tell the difference as the phoetics are almost identical.
As both a small fan of Starcraft and a Korean, I found that youtube vid to be offensive. Ugh, his poor pronunciation of English just butchered those Starcraft units…:(
It’s offensive because he’s a native Korean who doesn’t speak good enough English to perfectly reproduce the lines of the units, which are in extremely specific and stylized English when they even *are* English? Really? Okay.
Awesome video, anyway.
On the subject of starcraft, there’s something that has always bothered me about the protoss.
So they have these big nifty factories on their home world of Protossia, right? I know that’s not right, I could look it up if I felt like it
And they don’t build stuff out on other planets like the terrans/zergs do. They ship it through hyperspace. Great, fine, you have the tech to do that, good for you.
Firstly, the cost doesn’t change based on how far you ship it? Remember, they fought battles in ancient hallowed temples on their own homeworld. Apparently dimensional windows ignore distance in threespace. Maybe that’s for the best, it’s just interesting.
I’m more interested in the later game, when the Protoss are fighting themselves. Did the same factories supply both factions?
“Got my orders, I’m putting on the ol plasma blades and going to eradicate the evil dark templars from the universe, so they will no longer pollute our thought.”
“Small universe, eh? I’m shipping out in zealot armor to protect the noble and misunderstood dark templars and the mighty leader Tassadar.”
“Guess I’ll see you there.”
“Tell Carol I said hello.”
I suspect it’s probably more likely that in those specific instances where “we’re teleporting stuff to the battle” doesn’t make sense anymore, from a ‘lore’ perspective they’re not doing that, but rather than completely rewrite the Protoss building code for those missions Blizzard just decided to ignore it.
You should too, there’s a number of instances in the ‘Craft games where things just don’t make sense, and you just ignore them.
Shamus has had his Internet knocked out due to high winds from the remnants of Ike. He does have power.
Thanks! I think we were all wondering why no new posts; there are only so many times I can take a pale imitation of a 10-year-old classic…
The comedian probably speaks English. English is a required subject in South Korea, starting from very early on in compulsory education.
Jep, I was wondering too. Was thinking he was taking a well-deserved break, which would be more fun than, you know, sitting in a hurricane. Hmm.
Yeah, and like most subjects from compulsory education that you figure you’re not going to use, you forget it the moment you are out of high school. It’s a common gag situation where a person encounters a foreigner and the person attempts to recall scraps of high school English in an attempt to communicate while the foreigner smiles stupidly or confusedly. His pronunciation is terrible, yes, but for those who’ve played it and never quite memorized the quotes, it’s close enough. :p
I think this clip might have been from GAG Concert, or the numerous comedy stage shows where gag(wo)men (aka comedians) do their acts, with acts demarcated by short music pieces from the house band. Maybe it’s a sponsored open stage show and this is just an amateur college-aged gagman who is trying to get noticed/scouted. There’s a lot of this stuff on Korean TV. Also, this isn’t the first Star act I’ve seen. >.> It’s a popular enough topic to make fun of whenever. :p
Perhaps it has “rocked him like a hurricane”?
He did a nice job with all of them except the mutalisk (didn’t get the screchy part of the noises to well.)
It is quite neat ot hear gibberish English. I know tyhere are a lot of cases like Haagen Daas that imitate another language but sound rediculous ot an actual speaker, but it’s hardo t find examples of that for English.
I remember seeing a sci fi/kung fu film from Hong Kong on Sci Fi where one of the buddies of the heroes was a wise-cracking goofball. One of his “wacky” traits? The ability to speak English.
A lot of games from other countries have a neat “exotic” appeal, but it’s easy to forget that American games seem exotic in foreign lands.
I had assumed that the voice-acting in the Korean version of Starcraft had been redone with Korean voice-actors, but maybe they decided to preserve the “American-ness” of the game instead.
Starcraft got translated almost everywhere it sold well…
…and most of the translations somehow ended up extremely buggy (maybe Shamus could explain why, I just know this and accept it for what it is) so the English version is standard for anything vaguely competitive, which the Korean scene is. Of course Blizz could iron out all the bugs in the Korean version I assume, but I suppose it’s just not worth anyone’s time any more.
just cant seem to find a prince who knows his way around a womans body.
As somebody who played Starcraft before learning English: Yep, that’s pretty much what it was like.
I’ve got a Starcraft II & Diablo III Blog. I come here often :P.
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