Korean Star Was So Addicted to Video Games, She Damaged Her Thumb

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South Korea's Jang Na-ra is known throughout Asia as a singer and an actress. Add something else to her resume: compulsive gamer.

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On a recent Korean talk show, Jang revealed that she fell in love with hanafuda—a Japanese card that should be familiar to all Nintendo fans. Whether it was playing with her brother or with her manager, Jang fell hard for hanafuda. She played it for days on end. Before she fell asleep, she'd see hanafuda on her bedroom ceiling.

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Worried that her hanafuda gaming was starting to become a problem, Jang found a new hobby: video games. That didn't turn out much better.

"Then, I just played video games without bathing, sleeping, or eating," she said. So her compulsive hanafuda playing was swapped with compulsive gaming—she didn't specify the game.

Jang gamed so much, she claimed she injured herself. "One day, my thumb started to swell and bruise, so I ultimately had to get it operated on."

Wonder what she's addicted to now...

‘강심장' 장나라, "게임중독으로 손가락 수술" [Daum]

(Top photo: Jang Na-ra)

(Jongsu Chang contributed to this story.)

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DISCUSSION

Eh... Jang Na-ra lost her charm nowadays.. I actually never liked her, and her long absence in Korean market worked against her in Korea...

Oh by the way, GoStop is the Korean variation of Hanafuda, so it's technically not right to call as Hanafuda. Besides the basic rules of taking same month card, scoring system, scoring cards, winnable score, are so different that I bet Japanese have to relearn almost everything if they want to play with their hanafuda rules. I learn hanafuda rule myself but I had to relearn the intricacies of GoStop.