North Korea Needs To Make More Video Games [OPINION]

By Chris LeJohn , Updated Apr 18, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
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"Pyongyang Racer," if you somehow managed to miss the news, is a browser-based racing game that's set in North Korea's capital of Pyongyang. The game was developed by Nosotek, a North Korean developer with Western backing. Their website was hacked by petty revolutionaries back in February.

Players drive past several landmarks while avoiding accidents and collecting oil barrels for fuel. The graphics are similar to an old PS1 game, and that's being generous. Listen, the game isn't good but in their defense:

"This game was developed in 2012 and is not to be a high-end technological wonder hit game of the 21st century, but more a fun race game(arcade style) where you drive around in Pyongyang and learn more about the sites and get a glimpse of Pyongyang"

Now that the obvious is out of the way let's all try to agree on one thing, they tried. Baby steps are important. "Pyongyang Racer" is a step in the right direction for the repressive dictatorship known as North Korea. I know it's early in 2013 and the game just came out but how about sequel? What if there were pixel shaders, 2 different colored cars (at least) and some pedestrians next time around. What would that game be like if the cars were customizable? Let's turn this thing into a DPRK-GTA. I think they've got what it takes.

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