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IGN wastes time and Internet bandwidth with pointless speculation

IGN is a gamers’ website with commentary and reviews on the various new and upcoming video games.  Yesterday, they wasted five precious minutes of my life as I read an article asking if North Korean domination of over half the U.S.A. is even possible.

(Image from IGN)

Here’s a slice:

But could North Korea really pull off an invasion of the United States? Even in fifteen years when the events of Homefront take place, it seems at best to be an extremely unlikely scenario. Yet, there’s a level of plausibility here that can’t be ignored. After all, no one could have expected that Nazi Germany would take over much of Europe only 10 years after suffering from crippling inflation the likes of which the world had never even remotely seen before. If history has proven one thing, it’s that the unlikely and implausible can quickly turn into something all too real.

Okay, it’s at least a little entertaining, I suppose.

UPDATE: Apparently, a novel based on the game is also out and user reviews on Amazon gives it 4 out of 5 stars.

  • mhwang

    So, wait.

    Why wouldn’t the oil shock cripple the Korean economy, what with all the oil it gets coming from overseas?

  • John from Daejeon

    If, somehow, the totality of the U.S. military vanished from the face of the Earth over night and the N. Koreans found enough fuel to even get across the Sea of Japan (much less the Pacific Ocean), it’s impossible to believe that they could even overcome the highly armed civilian population of Texas.

    Hell, where are they going to get their food from? They can’t even feed themselves as it is.

  • Granfalloon

    A couple of weeks ago, I envisioned a scenario in which North Korea wins the Korean War, sometime in 5 years or so. If this could happen, then a North Korea mounting a limited invasion of a weakened US is plausible (though still not bloody likely).

  • Billy

    Is this game still banned in South Korea? I was looking here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banned_video_games#South_Korea

    and noticed that the ban on mercenaries was eventually lifted. Any gossip on this?

  • http://www.chiamattt.com chiamattt

    This post was a waste of time.

  • seouldout

    @3 – Ok, I’m willing to entertain this. Who’s going to cart their sorry asses to the US for this invasion? If by “limited invasion” you mean a few plane loads on commercial airliners then yes it’s plausible. They may even seize and hold a few city blocks for a while.

    Yesterday, they I wasted five precious minutes of my life as I read…

    Fixed it for ya.

    And as if my time and existence were even more worthless I then decided to head over to the Hole to post about my loss of these precious 300 seconds…

    And I made it even more accurate.

    Facetious I am? Make it ostentatiously so.

  • Jieun K

    Thanks for that detailed, tailor-made feedback, prof. I owe ya. For the gazillionth time.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    I wouldn’t give ‘em even odds for taking Oregon…