Activision Blocks North Korean Propaganda Video

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Activision Blocks North Korean Propaganda Video

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It seems the North Korean government is a fan of Modern Warfare 3.

If you didn't get a chance to check out North Korea's interesting propaganda video earlier this week, you may have a hard time finding it today. The video has been yanked from YouTube and many other popular video sites after Activision discovered that the clip used cinematic footage from Modern Warfare 3.

During the confusing video montage released by the North Korean government, a New York City skyline is shown under attack. A caption shown during the destruction eludes to the U.S. crumbling. Unfortunately for North Korea, the footage isn't real, but instead was lifted from a cinematic sequence in Activision's popular shooter series.

It's unclear what North Korea attempted to accomplish with the video - as most of the country lacks electricity, much less computers to actually view the clip - but the North Korean government clearly underestimated the might of U.S. copyright law. Huzzah! The system works!

Source: BBC

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North Korea, you are Un-corrigible!

Does anyone even recognise North Korea as a threat?

Hell, they plunge half the country into deeper poverty every time they try and show off their military might, it's not like the-

MikeWehner:

It's unclear what North Korea attempted to accomplish with the video - as most of the country lacks electricity, much less computers to actually view the clip

I loled at this part because its like something that you would see North Korea saying about the U.S.

That's hilarious. Though it would've been funnier if they used footage from Homefront.

Well played Activision. Well played.

Honestly I wouldn't want footage from my game being used as propoganda by crazy dictattorships.

Unless it was propogando for how Fidel Castro is actually the worlds luckiest man.

Considering how North Korea usually acts like that guy at the bar who talks big about himself and wants to fight everyone around him, the video was probably them saying "This is your face after I take you outside and beat the shit out of you." and while I personally think it's inevitable that North Korea will try and make good on its words at some point, this was a poorly made attempt to scare the US. Not so much propaganda for the Korean people but against the Americans.

It's pretty funny if you ask me.

Calumon: Maybe they should stop playing games and give people something to eat. : (

Irridium:
That's hilarious. Though it would've been funnier if they used footage from Homefront.

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Man...Copyright can out match North Korea.
OH GOD IMAGINE IF ACTIVISION SUES THE COUNTRY!

Daystar Clarion:
Does anyone even recognise North Korea as a threat?

Hell, they plunge half the country into deeper poverty every time they try and show off their military might, it's not like the-

I was wondering how long until one of those would end up on here. Then I scrolled down.

josemlopes:

MikeWehner:

It's unclear what North Korea attempted to accomplish with the video - as most of the country lacks electricity, much less computers to actually view the clip

I loled at this part because its like something that you would see North Korea saying about the U.S.

Seriously though, who was this even aimed at? The subjects who live there who actually even have computers (and electricity) are only able to access the national intranet, Kwangmyong, and outside access is illegal except for government use. So, North Koreans couldn't actually watch this, and to anyone other than North Koreans it's a hilarious joke.

What I'm really wondering is this- As the old guard in their government die off or retire, at what point do the people who've grown up indoctrinated begin to run the country actually believing all the propaganda they were brought up on? That's a scary thought if you think about it. The current leader was likely brought up with that skewed world view, and the nation having no access to what the outside is actually like... wow, likely within a few decades we'll have a xenophobic communist military dictatorship run solely by those who were indoctrinated and grew up on the extreme propaganda of their parents' generation. So, will they run the country, and make decisions, based on that propaganda as fact? Scary.

Antonio Torrente:

Irridium:
That's hilarious. Though it would've been funnier if they used footage from Homefront.

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

I knew this would happen so I downloaded the video while it was still up. I feel special now.

Oh that's just embarrassing. "Look at how we will destroy your awful country! By the way, thankyou for providing this great videogame material, dunno how we'd do it without you and your great countr-... SHUT UP!!"

tangoprime:

josemlopes:

MikeWehner:

It's unclear what North Korea attempted to accomplish with the video - as most of the country lacks electricity, much less computers to actually view the clip

I loled at this part because its like something that you would see North Korea saying about the U.S.

Seriously though, who was this even aimed at? The subjects who live there who actually even have computers (and electricity) are only able to access the national intranet, Kwangmyong, and outside access is illegal except for government use. So, North Koreans couldn't actually watch this, and to anyone other than North Koreans it's a hilarious joke.

What I'm really wondering is this- As the old guard in their government die off or retire, at what point do the people who've grown up indoctrinated begin to run the country actually believing all the propaganda they were brought up on? That's a scary thought if you think about it. The current leader was likely brought up with that skewed world view, and the nation having no access to what the outside is actually like... wow, likely within a few decades we'll have a xenophobic communist military dictatorship run solely by those who were indoctrinated and grew up on the extreme propaganda of their parents' generation. So, will they run the country, and make decisions, based on that propaganda as fact? Scary.

You mean like the US, UK, Australia and every other country on earth grows up believing that their past generations taught them and follow in their wake? NK is no creditable threat, it just likes to feel big, especially its leader.

captcha - let's eat. Good idea captcha, *nomomomom*

RicoADF:

tangoprime:

josemlopes:

I loled at this part because its like something that you would see North Korea saying about the U.S.

Seriously though, who was this even aimed at? The subjects who live there who actually even have computers (and electricity) are only able to access the national intranet, Kwangmyong, and outside access is illegal except for government use. So, North Koreans couldn't actually watch this, and to anyone other than North Koreans it's a hilarious joke.

What I'm really wondering is this- As the old guard in their government die off or retire, at what point do the people who've grown up indoctrinated begin to run the country actually believing all the propaganda they were brought up on? That's a scary thought if you think about it. The current leader was likely brought up with that skewed world view, and the nation having no access to what the outside is actually like... wow, likely within a few decades we'll have a xenophobic communist military dictatorship run solely by those who were indoctrinated and grew up on the extreme propaganda of their parents' generation. So, will they run the country, and make decisions, based on that propaganda as fact? Scary.

You mean like the US, UK, Australia and every other country on earth grows up believing that their past generations taught them and follow in their wake? NK is no creditable threat, it just likes to feel big, especially its leader.

captcha - let's eat. Good idea captcha, *nomomomom*

Wrong. It is a credible threat, to it's own people.

In case you missed it, my point was- there will now be an entire generation of leaders brought up on the propaganda that will make them honestly believe the whole world is out to eat their children and they'll continue being stuck in their little bubble of cold war paranoia that they can't afford, and their people will continue to literally starve to death because of it.

The rest of the world can see how silly their propaganda is, and it's pretty much at the point of 'oh north koreans... *sigh*', but to them, it's completely serious, they believe it, and they're brought up surrounded by it and no other means to learn about the world. It's tragic, and kind of unprecedented in the modern world- they're more censored than Iran, Cuba, or even Myanmar, and have been under that kind of censorship for way longer. So yeah, not really in the same ballpark as your US/Aus/UK comment.

Does this mean that Activision is more powerful than North Korea?

Legion:

Antonio Torrente:

Irridium:
That's hilarious. Though it would've been funnier if they used footage from Homefront.

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

Yeah like their "fantastic" reputation isn't tarnished enough.

Souplex:
Does this mean that Activision is more powerful than North Korea?

Please don't say that! It will boost Kotick's ego even more.

Legion:

Antonio Torrente:

Irridium:
That's hilarious. Though it would've been funnier if they used footage from Homefront.

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

70 is a low score? The more you know I guess. :/

Antonio Torrente:

Legion:

Antonio Torrente:

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

Yeah like their "fantastic" reputation isn't tarnished enough.

You know, that was sarcastic. Quite obviously so.

For anyone who missed it: http://gawker.com/5981731/north-korea-bombs-new-york-to-the-tune-of-michael-jackson-in-its-latest-hilariously-low+rent-propaganda-video
Unfortunately it's not even "so bad it's good" it's just plain bad :/

Daystar Clarion:
Does anyone even recognise North Korea as a threat?

Hell, they plunge half the country into deeper poverty every time they try and show off their military might, it's not like the-

The ROK does mate, I mean, look up the projections for civilian casualties a few days into the war. Scratch that, look at a few hours.

the video was yanked at the time the article showed up on the mainpage already. this should have been reported yesterday.

Strazdas:
the video was yanked at the time the article showed up on the mainpage already. this should have been reported yesterday.

Worked for me. They probably verified that it worked and left the page alone.

OT: Oh dears. This all reads like a page from a legendarily lame comedy script.

Antonio Torrente:

Legion:

Antonio Torrente:

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

Yeah like their "fantastic" reputation isn't tarnished enough.

That was the joke.

Korten12:

Legion:

Antonio Torrente:

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

70 is a low score? The more you know I guess. :/

Not in my opinion, no, but the developers of the game seem to think so. There's a couple of articles from when it came out about it.

This and this. He doesn't exactly blow his fuse, but most developers don't complain about their game being "underrated".

Antonio Torrente:

Souplex:
Does this mean that Activision is more powerful than North Korea?

Please don't say that! It will boost Kotick's ego even more.

I dunno, I think ActiBlizzard's annual income is probobly somewhere around the same as the whole of north koreas GDP :P

Antonio Torrente:

Legion:

Antonio Torrente:

Speaking of Homefront, why didn't they just used that game? I mean it's one of the forms of media depicting that they actually won. Hmmm But then again its North Korea.

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

Yeah like their "fantastic" reputation isn't tarnished enough.

Someone didn't pay attention in Recognizing Sarcasm 101.

Souplex:
Does this mean that Activision is more powerful than North Korea?

To be honest I'm pretty sure my dog's more powerful than North Korea.

OT: Just watched it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK8zQIsMmnk and it was the single most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. I personally choose to believe that the text when the rocket launches reads "Watch as our big metal penis penetrates the sky!"

tangoprime:

RicoADF:

tangoprime:

Seriously though, who was this even aimed at? The subjects who live there who actually even have computers (and electricity) are only able to access the national intranet, Kwangmyong, and outside access is illegal except for government use. So, North Koreans couldn't actually watch this, and to anyone other than North Koreans it's a hilarious joke.

What I'm really wondering is this- As the old guard in their government die off or retire, at what point do the people who've grown up indoctrinated begin to run the country actually believing all the propaganda they were brought up on? That's a scary thought if you think about it. The current leader was likely brought up with that skewed world view, and the nation having no access to what the outside is actually like... wow, likely within a few decades we'll have a xenophobic communist military dictatorship run solely by those who were indoctrinated and grew up on the extreme propaganda of their parents' generation. So, will they run the country, and make decisions, based on that propaganda as fact? Scary.

You mean like the US, UK, Australia and every other country on earth grows up believing that their past generations taught them and follow in their wake? NK is no creditable threat, it just likes to feel big, especially its leader.

captcha - let's eat. Good idea captcha, *nomomomom*

Wrong. It is a credible threat, to it's own people.

In case you missed it, my point was- there will now be an entire generation of leaders brought up on the propaganda that will make them honestly believe the whole world is out to eat their children and they'll continue being stuck in their little bubble of cold war paranoia that they can't afford, and their people will continue to literally starve to death because of it.

The rest of the world can see how silly their propaganda is, and it's pretty much at the point of 'oh north koreans... *sigh*', but to them, it's completely serious, they believe it, and they're brought up surrounded by it and no other means to learn about the world. It's tragic, and kind of unprecedented in the modern world- they're more censored than Iran, Cuba, or even Myanmar, and have been under that kind of censorship for way longer. So yeah, not really in the same ballpark as your US/Aus/UK comment.

Like the tragedy after the Battle of Saipan (WW2, Pacific).

The Japanese civilians were so brainwashed but Imperial propaganda, that hundreds committed suicide when American forces took the Island. History Channel did a show that read the accounts from that battle. Mothers giving birth then drowning their child, and then drowning themselves. Whole families floating by in the ocean. American soldiers and Japanese civilians begging people not to jump, that the American forces were kind and gave them food, blankets, and shelter. American soldiers questioning if the invasion of mainland Japan would lead to the extinction of the Japanese people, wondering if there was a way to avoid it.

That is the tragedy of a state ran propaganda machine. I fear that the North Korean population might be the same.

Souplex:
Does this mean that Activision is more powerful than North Korea?

For kicks I looked it up: the GDP of North Korea is around $32 billion while Activision itself is worth around $19 billion with all of its assets. So no, Activision is only worth a paltry 60% of North Korea.

Gilhelmi:

Like the tragedy after the Battle of Saipan (WW2, Pacific).

The Japanese civilians were so brainwashed but Imperial propaganda, that hundreds committed suicide when American forces took the Island. History Channel did a show that read the accounts from that battle. Mothers giving birth then drowning their child, and then drowning themselves. Whole families floating by in the ocean. American soldiers and Japanese civilians begging people not to jump, that the American forces were kind and gave them food, blankets, and shelter. American soldiers questioning if the invasion of mainland Japan would lead to the extinction of the Japanese people, wondering if there was a way to avoid it.

That is the tragedy of a state ran propaganda machine. I fear that the North Korean population might be the same.

Exactly, except the really unnerving part about this is that the people that are beginning to take the reigns for this generation of leadership, are the people that grew up brainwashed by the previous generation's propaganda machine, and will be directing things for a nation based on that skewed world view.

Yopaz:

Antonio Torrente:

Legion:

Using a game with such a low metacritic score would tarnish their otherwise fantastic reputation.

Yeah like their "fantastic" reputation isn't tarnished enough.

You know, that was sarcastic. Quite obviously so.

I'm sorry, its just that every time those assholes decides to launch a rocket in space, my country is being disrupted from our everyday lives and watch if any debris will fall near our seas. So I'm kinda upset with them.

FelixG:

Antonio Torrente:

Souplex:
Does this mean that Activision is more powerful than North Korea?

Please don't say that! It will boost Kotick's ego even more.

I dunno, I think ActiBlizzard's annual income is probobly somewhere around the same as the whole of north koreas GDP :P

I think its probably more.

Did you know Kotick appeared in Moneyball? I'm still wondering how he got there.

Antonio Torrente:

Yopaz:

Antonio Torrente:

Yeah like their "fantastic" reputation isn't tarnished enough.

You know, that was sarcastic. Quite obviously so.

I'm sorry, its just that every time those assholes decides to launch a rocket in space, my country is being disrupted from our everyday lives and watch if any debris will fall near our seas. So I'm kinda upset with them.

And because of that you can't understand obvious sarcasm? Because of that you get mad when someone ridicules them?

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