Shirtless Korean Nazi Videogame Promotion

Shirtless Korean Nazi Videogame Promotion

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What would you do if I told you that shirtless Korean Nazis were out in force to promote a new World War Two-based MMOG? You'd click the link to find out more!

Karma II is the follow-up to Karma Online, the first (according to Wikipedia, at least) MMOFPS to appear in South Korea. The game takes place in the year 1950 of an alternate timeline, in which Germany has conquered all of Europe and is now squaring off for an epic throw-down with the Soviet Union.

To promote the game, which was developed by Dragonfly, Futureport and Blueside and distributed by Dragonfly, someone decided it would be a good idea to have a live public exhibition with a Second World War motif. All fine and dandy, until the half-naked dudes in Nazi regalia showed up and started throwing the ol' Heil Hitler.

The whole thing seems intensely surreal. Why aren't these guys wearing shirts? Why are they holding an outdoor beefcake show in the middle of winter? And who in God's name decided that marching around in Wehrmacht uniforms and giving the Nazi salute was a good way to promote a videogame?

According to MMOsite.com, people started joining in to take photos once they realized it was a game promotion. Japan, not Germany, is Korea's traditional Second World War bugbear, so maybe this kind of thing isn't weird over there. But it sure looks mighty iffy in this part of the world.

via: GameCulture

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I couldn't stop laughing while reading this article.

Why are they holding an outdoor beefcake show in the middle of winter? And who in God's name decided that marching around in Wehrmacht uniforms and giving the Nazi salute was a good way to promote a videogame?

Priceless. Hmm look, buff Korean Nazis. I think I Will buy that game.

Koreans are so...weird. They hate the Japanese but celebrate dressed up like Nazis? Oh well not to mention some of them are doing the salute completely wrong.

Oh god.

ANOTHER WWII GAME?

Yes, that is more depressing to me than shirtless Nazi's wandering around.

Oh my god... that's horrible yet awesome, all at once. I can't decide whether I should laugh or just groan in annoyance. I'll probably do both.

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What the fuck?
Seriously, what the hell is up with that?!>!?! I may be jewish, but I could not stop laughing at this article. Those Krazy Koreans.

them Nazis are rocking some pretty tight abbs. Cept the one on the far right (stage left). Id hate to be the tubby one at a beefcake contest :-D

Also pic reminds me more of Springtime for Hitler than anything more sinister

I know of a certain new MMO that will be banned in Germany.

Dear god this is so historically wrong. God what an age we live in....and I thought the Japanese marketers were crazy...

Well praise Karma there are no Korean Jews.

Aries_Split:
Well praise Karma there are no Korean Jews.

You shouldn't say that because it is probably false, at least 1 person in one of the Korea's must be Jewish, or maybe someone that was born there, moved out of that Country and converted.

Those wacky NAZIs.

Oh, right. Koreans are fine with Nazis because they were all the way across the world. Didn't touch them. I bet if someone tried to pull the same thing but with WW2-era Japanese military uniforms instead of Wehremacht uniforms, the Koreans would freak out. Japan fucked Korea over pretty good back then, and I don't think they'd take it as lightly.

The sad thing is that this is probably true, a case of ignorance. I don't think the Koreans realize what the Nazis represented and why it's so wrong to have a bunch of them in uniform marching around giving the Nazi salute (but why shirtless?). I'm not particularly offended though, but as I said, doing the same thing replacing Japanese with Nazis would hit a lot closer to home to the Koreans. I bet they never even thought about the connection.

If it was North Korea I wouldn't be surprised (anyone who's seen Team America: World Police will understand), because they are just messed up thanks to their leader. But South Korea? They have just lost all respect I had for them (which was actually a fair amount mainly due to their spawning two great actors, both of whom appear in LOST, no pun intended).

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The Koreans are, without a doubt, the most hardcore country of gamers.

Erana:
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The Koreans are, without a doubt, the most hardcore country of gamers.

Closely followed by the Chinese and Japanese...

They seem to be out of touch with sanity as well as their grasp of history, that they seem to treat like just another anime (not rare among peddlers). But to pair that with bad taste to push a MMOG (FPS)is outlandish.

Someone in marketing has a fetish for WWII regalia or think that the presumed target demographic has.

Main problem with this "spectacle" is that it should have been shirtless GIRLS, otherwise de rigeur in the gaming scene, not scrawny Korean boys.

Mstrswrd:
Oh my god... that's horrible yet awesome, all at once. I can't decide whether I should laugh or just groan in annoyance. I'll probably do both.

Indeed - its like a some sort of horrible accident with an insanely humourous irony in it.

That's just plain odd to me.

If this game has nazi zombies, it will implode.

Tiamat666:
I know of a certain new MMO that will be banned in Germany.

And Poland. And Australia. And GB. And few other countries, if they advertise the game this way.

It's just weird. And those are not replica Wehrmacht uniforms, only poor imitations of replica wehrmacht uniforms.

Am I the only one that thinks THIS IS AWESOME?

I mean, I can see why they took off their shirts but had to wear pants, the balls on those guys have to be huge.

In all seriousness, it's funny, and like it or not, we're talking about it, so it's effective.

Sounds like Prince Harry's game of choice.

Ooh...bit of politics there.

Danzorz:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Sounds like Prince Harry's game of choice.

Ooh...bit of politics there.

Only if it involves making fun of Pakistani people!

Wrong news story :P
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4170083.stm

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I guess they didn't realize it's a Nazi salute. They might have thought it was just a military salute.

There's a real niche in the market for semi-naked Korean Nazi-themed videogames. Hell, why SEMI-naked? Maybe it was too cold to get their panzerschreks out.

xD I would loved to have been there. Too bad I'm not even remotely interested in Karma II.

They should have blacked up as well.

So first there were the Brownshirts, then the Blackshirts, and now the No-shirts?

Jamash:
So first there were the Brownshirts, then the Blackshirts, and now the No-shirts?

Can the No-pants be far behind?

I for one have mixed feelings about such a thing. Maybe if it's the leather-clad Nazi witches from Return to Castle Wolfenstein. They're the only Nazis I've ever wanted to see in various states of undress.

Um, nice game?

 

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