South Korean Criticism of Super Street Fighter IV Korean Stage

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For the first time in a Street Fighter title, there is a South Korean character: Juri. Not everyone is happy with the way South Korean is depicted in the SSFIV stage.

According to South Korean newspaper The Dong-a IIbo, South Korean gamers who have seen Super Street Fighter IV's South Korea stage feel disappointed and don't really feel that it looks Korean, but rather, Chinese or a mix-mash of both, making it difficult to discern where the heck the stage is.

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It's not just the outfits that the background characters are wearing, but also the banners which predominately feature Chinese writing — a few banners appear to feature Korean writing. Of course, Chinese writing has traditionally been used in Korea and can be found scrawled on landmark temples and shrines.

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Other criticism is that there are few skyscrapers (which dominate today's South Korean urban sprawl) and the depiction of street vendors is highly outdated.

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I have nothing against korean... love some of their food, character designs and bunch of other stuff.

But there are SOME koreans that whines too much about how their country is depicted in this or that game, in this or that manga, in this or that cartoon, in this or that anime, and so on.

Call it cheap patriotism for morons if you will.

I heard that whinning before complaining about some manga that did stereotypes of tons of different countries. No other country had significant complaints about it, but the koreans made it in such a way the studio was forced to modify (or completely shut down, can't remember) the anime development.

I mean, c'mon, do they really think the other stages are accurate?

I think it's pretty offensive to my country and others if so.

Brazil with Blanka for instance.. it really has nothing that directly associates to Brazil. A setting like that could be related to at least half a dozen South American countries... but you don't see anyone complaining about that.

This is just like countries who complain about how The Simpsons portrayed their countries while it's pretty obvious that the most stereotyped country in it is the US.