Thing is, although I admit that there's definitely a problem with Koreans & the internet, the Korean actresses are definitely not to blame. Despite the small population, Koreans are... intense, I guess I should say, when it comes to cyber-bullying and bullying in general. And I do admit that this is a problem, but it has nothing to do with gaming. Also I've heard of a lot of White people who committed suicide due to cyber-bullying, so again, that's not just a Korean thing.LVUER wrote:It is a problem. South Korea is absolutely obsessed with online games that it starts to create trouble. You probably have heard some crazy (real) story revolves around South Korean and online games (or online in general). For them, it seems online games is life itself... IDK... but that's my impression.
Stories I have heard like when a person is killed but no one care because they're busy playing online games at that time or someone kill his friends because that person take the rare drops from their hunt. There are also several Korean actresses that committed suicide because of cyber-bullying.
Also since I have a satellite TV, I can watch several Korean TV channels. And there are plenty online games channel. Some even dedicated to only online games (never play anything else like news).
Don't forget that there are gaming school in Korea (to become a professional gamer) and obviously there are plenty of professional gamers (and they are, like other professional athlete, celebrities). Gaming have become a sport (e-sport) and officially recognized by country (China has too).
TBH I feel like you guys are taking a (relative) minority and ballooning things to mean that most, if not all, SKoreans have this problem. And that's just not true.
Yes, there are events on the news about how some parents "forget about their kids while playing games" and stuff. But sad as it is, child abuse takes place in all parts of the world. It just /sometimes/ takes a different form in Korea, and it's on the news more often simply because it's different. "Child died because parents neglected him/her" is generally not on the news because it's so commonplace. So if it were just as common, why would "SKorean parents killed child to play games" be on the news both nationally and internationally? Exactly.
It's true that there are online gaming channels. It's a business, and I don't see how it's an issue. IIRC there are professional gamers hired for LoL and maybe WoW (I've never played those games so idk), which exemplifies that there are professional gamers in the US. Either way, the concept of professional gamers isn't just a "Korean/Chinese thing". And even if there are these "gaming schools" (I've never heard of them, but they probably do exist), it's just another business. I honestly don't see how "athletes" are okay if "professional gamers" are not, but that's just imo.
If you ask me, I do sadly think South Korea has a lot of problems on its hands. But gaming is not one of the problems. But again, this is just IMO, and omg so much text Q____Q