Korean Gaming Pros Appeared on SNL in Counter-Strike Parody

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This past weekend SNL Korea parodied Counter-Strike and featured appearances from top StarCraft players.

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Gaming giants Hong Jin-Ho (aka "YellOw") and Lim Yohwan (aka "BoxeR") made special guest appearances on SNL Korea.

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Tipster Landon points out that there's a reason why Hong and Lim are appearing together in this faux Counter-Strike set against the Imjin War, which was the Japanese invasion of Korea in the late 16th century.

This is a word play of sorts as the two players used to be called "Lim-JinRok" and were great rivals. Imjin, Lim-jin, geddit?

A neat part was when the guest appeared on screen—especially, Lim Yohwan—there was an "ooohh" from the audience. The sketch also references this news story from a few years ago. A really stupid one.

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The message at the end is a clear reference to all the political nonsense going on recently in South Korea regarding gaming.

This isn't the first time YellOw appeared on SNL. He was in a previous SNL Korea skit, which you can watch below. It's a prequel of sorts to this latest sketch.

SNL Korea - Counter Strike 2: Imjin War [Bumdidlyumptious@YouTube]

SNL Korea - GTA Military 2 [Bumdidlyumptious@YouTube Thanks, Landon!]

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DISCUSSION

to be honest all these SNL Games parody is not for Non-Koreans. This requires vast knowledge of Korean's cultures, events, history, customs, habits and etc. to have any fun with it.
To give you some examples, GTA Military, is about about Koreans military cultures, which men are all mandatory to have two years of military training by the law (since the war between North Korea is not technically over, it's on seize fire for bit short of 7 decades right now to be accurate). Because of this and many other reasons, Military culture and structure in Korea is very different compare to many other countries which Military is for actual Job not mandatory training.

Resident Evul episode (Evul is sound almost sound like 이불 in Korean which means Blanket) which requires to know several Korean shows and K-Pop figures.

These kind of stuff applies to every episodes, and that's what makes the joke, hence not funny even after seeing translated ones. It's same thing as Koreans (Asians to be honest) find American comedy show not funny unless it's like obvious slapsticks. It's perfectly fine if you don't find this funny. It is never meant for you.