Inside Korea’s Gaming Rehab Clinic: eSPORTS (Part 2/5)


So when I was growing up, I played a lot of computer games, I played
a lot o strategy games, and I thought that I was really good at
those games. But I was annoyed that being good at those
games didn’t make me cool, it didn’t make girls like me, whereas
being good at a physical sport like football, girls would like me for
that. Well in the Western countries that I grew
up in, England and America, eSports never kind of rose to the same
level of a sport. Here in Korea, they game. Luckily, for those of us who are past our
competitive gaming prime, there are plenty of other gigs available
in the eSports industry. Equally as famous is the players
themselves, are the professional commentators known as
shoutcasters. Their energetic, play by play analysis is
one of the biggest draws for fans. Snuck around the side, teleported into the
base. And then he’s on the nexus and I’m like,
oh, oh this is happening. Oh, oh okay, this is happening. He’s a completely different type of
player. He’s on a completely different level. We’ve got the consistent players, and
we’ve got the clutch players. Is consistently a clutch player. That’s going to be some big damage, oh my
God, they actually pull off the kill as well. You can see the crowd is even stunned on
that one. To find out what it takes to become a
shoutcaster, I went for a lesson at NIceGame TV. One of the forerunning online eSport
stations in Seoul. Let’s go see your studio. This is our webcam. Oh, wow.
So we’re live right now. Oh, hi. The amount of people watching this right
now is just insane. The, the screen is just scrolling through
100s and 100s of messages, people are saying gay, bye. Hey, hi, I love you. No, not gay, what the fuck? Hey, Gay TV. Nice Gay TV. Hi.
Yeah. I can see you all saying hi. And look forward to our documentary about
eSports where you’re all featured and all of you are very mature comments on my
sexuality. We’re gonna do a live stream of a League
of Legends game and I don’t really know much about the game
but. Hopefully I’ll be able to learn as we go. So what’s going on here? I agree. Oh, he almost killed him. Right? Yeah. That’s right. Yeah, GG, good game. GG
They initiated with an aid to initiate, I mean, I had no question that they were
going to win from the beginning. They really deserve this. They put 110% in and it’s great to see
them win. Yeah. He’s an expert. In addition to broadcasting, NiceGame TV
also train up and coming talent. They introduced us to two young gamers, who had just been scouted by a
professional team. How many hours do you put in per day, or,
or per week? Do you have a plan if it doesn’t work out
in gaming? So you’ve just left the NiceGame TV
studios, where we met some of the world’s future
eSports stars. They have this almost robotic dedication
to the game, where they’re playing 14 or 15 hours. I can only imagine what effect that must
have on a young person’s mind and life. Internet addiction is said to effect 2
million South Koreans, and half of its entire teenage population. In 2011, the Korean Congress passed a law
known as the Cinderella Act, putting Internet addiction in the same
category as drugs and alcohol, and preventing children under the age of 16
from playing online games after midnight. By making them use their national identity
numbers, children’s online accounts now automatically shut down when the clock
strikes 12. This Cinderella Act created an uproar in
the gaming community. He found political representation in a
gaming congressman named Byung Jun Hun. Spearheading the campaign, the congressman
dressed up in League of Legends cosplay, in solidarity with the gamers. As head of the Korean e-Sports
Association, he was also cleverly enticing the votes of Korea’s rapidly expanding
gamer demographic. But despite the gamers’ retaliation, a quarter of those diagnosed with internet
addiction will end up being hospitalized in a government sponsored
internet rehab center. I’m in the waiting room, I’m here to meet
a guy called Dr. Lee Jae-Won. We’ve heard that he has some pretty
unorthodox methods of treating people with computer game addiction. We’ve heard something about brain scans
with electrodes, virtual reality therapy, and some kind of
magnetic brain pulse. I don’t know anything about
neuropsychiatry and I certainly don’t know anything about
brain pulse therapy. So, I’m especially curious to find out how
those methods can help cure some one who plays too many computer games. What are the types of people who suffer
from internet addiction? How much of this is a result of
specifically online gaming? Sitting here has made me realize that, if I actually was a gaming addict, how terrifying this would be if my parents
had forced me to be here, and a doctor was putting electrodes on my
head. Woah.
In 2005, a young South Korean man dropped dead after playing StarCraft for 50 hours
straight. And since then, the perceived dangers of
gaming addiction have been a considerable source of anxiety
for Korea’s older generations. But generally, the most extreme symptoms
of gaming addiction are sleep deprivation, mood swings, and seizures. Every time I hear that clicking noise in
the next room, I know that someone’s getting their brain
fried by magnetic shock therapy. Okay, cool. It felt like someone had struck my bones
with a tuning fork. But was I cured? To find out I had to enter Dr. Lee’s final
stage of therapy, in which patients are sat in a chair and told to
watch footage of violent video games, like the Ludovico technique from A
Clockwork Orange, to see how much they can endure without
getting the urge to game. So this is the final stages of your
treatment. What do you consider a cured patient? Would you consider the professional games to be at risk of addiction, or already addicted? Whatever you think about this particular
brand of brain zapping therapy, one thing is for
sure, this speed as which gaming was taking over
Korea, was making a lot of people genuinely
worried. In today’s world of global comic cons,
cosplay is everywhere. But much like eSports, it’s the Koreans
who do it best. Costume competitions are almost as
competitive as the eSports leagues themselves, and teams who aim to win trophies, have to
treat it as a full time career. We went to the outskirts of Seoul to meet
one of Korea’s top eSports cosplay crews. Team CSL. We’re in a kind of peaceful idyllic
suburban town. The kind of place you might want to retire
to. In one of these houses is a cosplay team. There’s knights, dragons, mythical
creatures, all hanging out, while the community has
no idea, that unbeknownst to them. Through there is a portal to a mythical
world. It is a bit Twin Peaks-y. I feel like I’m visiting my nan’s house. Except my nan wouldn’t have a battle axe
outside. Hi. Hey guys, how are you? Hi. You guys make all your own costumes? How can a human fit inside this? But what about the practicality of this? I mean you’ve never made a costume this
big, what if it all just goes totally wrong and you fall over in front of
hundreds of people? Most of our parents don’t actually accept
the hobby, because they’re like, it’s a waste of time, and they think that
costume play is for kids. So they don’t’ understand what we get out
of all this. My house is dirty, you are making a mess
and you are wearing a child’s costume. So I’m gonna try on a costume that they
picked for me. It’s one of the League of Legends
characters. And apparently it involves spandex. Okay, this might be really revealing, I’m
warning you. How do I look? Okay, so is this my character? What’s his name? Pulse Ezreal. What?
Pulse Ezreal. Pulse Ezreal. Cool. Is he, like, a Zionist knight? Okay, cool. And what’s this? Is this my weapon? Yes. You can turn on the switch. Does it do anything? Yes.
Nice! This isn’t as uncomfortable as I thought. I can totally just wear this all day. I might go out like this in the future. Do I look like a cyberpunk Kurt Cobain
right now? Because that’s what I feel like. So has just invited us to take his golf
cart out to one of his favorite spots in town. So I can look like this in an environment that’s most suitable for League of
Legends. There’s only so much you can learn about the cultures at
home by watching people play computer games for hours on end. If you really wanna understand gaming,
dress up like a giant robot, get into the wilderness and then you’ll know that
computer games are fucking awesome.

100 thoughts on “Inside Korea’s Gaming Rehab Clinic: eSPORTS (Part 2/5)

  1. you know this report is going to be absolute shit when the reporter starts off the goddamn video talking about how he doesnt get girls.

  2. The problem here is you have a lot of frustrated youth who don't have a purpose. Kind of like a lost generation.

  3. You'd think the reporter would actually learn the games the people he's doing these stories on. He's clueless.

  4. Man the segment host does not look happy making this documentary lol He really wants to go back home and chill with his buddies i can tell

  5. I gotta say I don't get this shit at all. Bunch of fucking useless nerds. Oh the girls don't like me like they like football athletes. Yeah, because you're not a fucking athlete. You sit in a chair all day like a fucking accountant. Not hot.

  6. Of course e-sports are more prevalent in Asia. Most Asian men are completely shut out of the pro-sports like soccer, basket ball, baseball, and football. At first I thought e-sports was nuts, totally weird… but after watching this I figure it's no different than traditional sports – and maybe better since you don't have to worry about brain injury.

  7. Your brain is your capital in eSports and to not take care of it like these dudes do is unprofessional. You have to do sports like running and eat healthy and you need some variety in activities to play on a great level for long time. I think their careers are usually very short. It's like doing Yoga makes professional football players even better although it's not their main sport. To give your brain some completely different activities keeps it fit, I think. Western eSports Pros take care of themselves way better.

  8. Bad translation sequence…I couldn't read the Korean translation because you put the text on the the top of the Korean translation

  9. Internet addiction its not a joke, I was addicted to that conquer online game for two years plus. I wasted my time on it, then I realized this is not good so I stopped. I was stuck, left behind of my friends, they got job after graduating but me, playing games for a long period of time in a day. Lack of sleep, eating habit not in time. No good if you dont know how to control the addiction.

  10. The double subtitles are killing me, you have subtitles from English overlapping subtitles for Chinese dialog. I can't read what the Koreans say without the English guys subtitles all in the way. Jesus

  11. What's the point of subtitles when nobody can read it? Did you check this video before uploading? Nevermind

  12. It's crazy how in a country as small as Korea, the North and South have diverged so much culturally. I mean they have literally gone in polar opposite directions.

  13. Sheesh this journalist guy is so fucking out of touch with gaming culture. It's his disdain for everything, total apathy. Useless qualities for a journalist to have…

  14. I stopped drugs when I was 7 heroin just didn’t feel that good I started playing LoL now I have autism and I watch Tyler1s stream every day thx gaming

  15. How can you read the subtitles that cover subtitles I don't know why it needs subtitles for English but at least fix it, stopped watching cause I'm only getting half the story

  16. This is why eSports will never hit the general public as hard as for instance soccer. the way you kids are spamming this chat is just ruining the whole experience for a grown man. Seriously. Grow up

  17. Quite biased views in this doco in my opinion. If you’re going to succeed and be the cream of the crop in any field, you need to put in the hard yards.

  18. Oh hey look ANOTHER method of controlling their populous dictator style!!! We should adopt this in the United States! OH WAIT, we already did.

  19. Throughout this whole series the reporter "knows nothing about" almost everything he's reporting on. Most questions make this glaringly obvious. Wouldnt you hire someone that's going to do their research on a subject when fans are going to be watching? Shame on you vice. You don't care though, you made money off my view and comment.

  20. why are u guys even addicted. It is just a game. Move on and forget about it. It's better to get a good paying job rather than stick to these games who are pointless.

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