North Korea Praises 'Squid Game' as a Critique of Capitalism in Complete Self-Own

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Gizmodo 14 October, 2021 - 01:36pm

What is a squid game in Korea?

The Netflix series "Squid Game" is played on a cell phone in a September 30, 2021, photo. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS. The South Korea-produced show pits Seong against hundreds of other financially distressed players in a hyper-violent competition for the ultimate prize, with losers being killed at every round. CBS NewsFor some South Koreans, "Squid Game" hits too close to home

How much did Netflix pay for squid game?

Netflix reportedly spent $21 million on 'Squid Game,' its all-time biggest hit. Here's how that compares to other show budgets. Netflix reportedly spent $21.4 million on "Squid Game," its biggest hit series ever. It's a small sum compared to some of Netflix's other hits like "Stranger Things" and "The Crown." Yahoo NewsNetflix reportedly spent $21 million on 'Squid Game,' its all-time biggest hit. Here's how that compares to other show budgets.

Is Squid Game Season 2 confirmed?

Squid Game was first announced in 2019, with production taking two years to complete. So even with the most optimistic timeline, Season 2 probably wouldn't arrive until early 2023. MarieClaire.com'Squid Game' Season 2 | Netflix Release Date, Cast, Plot

Is Squid game the most popular show ever?

111 million households have sampled the South Korean survival drama. Squid Game, the bloody survival series that has been at the top of Netflix's Top 10 list in the U.S. since it premiered in September, is now the streaming service's most-watched series yet, the company said Tuesday. AdweekNetflix Says Squid Game Is Now Its Most-Watched Show Ever

In contrast to the other codes on this list that often feature multiple mini-games in one, this offering from larionplay is basically just a game of Red Light Green Light. Normally that wouldn't be enough for us to include it here, but its mechanics are at least slightly different from some of the other ones we’ve seen. Instead of just walking forward, this time you’ll be hopping over items as well. This is a fun one to try solo too, which can’t really be said of any other option we’re about to feature. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of matchmaking or squadding up, this is one way to get a squid fix.

This code by overpowered2019 lets players pick between Tug of War, Red Light Green Light, and Glass Stepping. All three games function pretty well in this case. Unfortunately, this Creative island is missing quite a few other games from the show. It also doesn’t feature the battle royale structure either, instead letting players select the game they’d like to play. For small groups, this may be fun, but we’d suggest looking further down the list for a more true-to-form concept in matchmaking.

This Squid Game take by enderbite features versions of Red Light Green Light, Marbles, Glass Game, and Squid Game. This one may not have quite as many games, but it does feature the interesting concept of allowing players to play as staff if they’d like to do so. Want to shoot those Red Light failures? Now’s your chance!

This code also isn’t quite as deep as the very top pick on our list, but it does feature a faithful recreation of Red Light Green Light followed by a fight to the death reminiscent of the titular Squid Game. This seems like it’d be fun for a small group of friends to play if matchmaking isn’t functional for some of the other codes on this list. Some of the environments definitely evoke the show in huge ways, but it doesn’t feature all of the games in one.

This map from Vysena is a very complete version of Squid Game, featuring unique takes on Red Light Green Light, Honeycomb, Lights Out, Tug of War, Stepping Stones, and Squid Game. In other words, this is everything from the Netflix series encapsulated into Fortnite. The truth is that the last two spots on our list are equally awesome, so try both codes to see which matchmaking situation works best for you. The biggest difference in interpretation here is Honeycomb, which involves a short parkour challenge instead of shooting guns. This map also finds a way to turn button-mashing into Tug of War as well.

This code from team PWR is probably the most popular Squid Game code in Fortnite Creative at the time of publication, which means you should be able to matchmake even if you don’t have a full squad of others to play with. It’s designed for large groups, and it features really intricate versions of Red Light Green Light, Honeycomb, Tug of War, Marbles, Glass Stepping Stones, and Squid Game. Most of the games are fairly faithful to the originals, except Tug of War features a bit more shooting than one might expect. Right now this is the Squid Game code to beat.

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The Shuffle: Netflix wins the 'Game'

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While sequels come and go at the cinema, original content, most of which you likely hadn’t heard of weeks before it premieres, rules supreme.

The latest example is Netflix’s Korean-made, dystopian drama “Squid Game.” Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show is a perfect combination of compelling drama, bleak thriller and social commentary on the pitfalls of capitalism.

A month ago, most American Netflix subscribers probably couldn’t tell you what a squid game is, the name of a single South Korean television series or any of Hwang Dong-hyuk’s credits. Now, they’ve made “Squid Game” the most popular series of all time on the streaming platform, with Netflix reporting 111 million people watching it.

While I always take those numbers with a grain of salt, as Netflix allegedly tends to juice them by tallying people who may have watched the show for a few minutes, it’s still a staggering number for a foreign language series.

If you watch an episode or two, you understand why it’s been able to hook people in, where other foreign language shows may have failed.

Despite him being a deadbeat father and gambling addict, you immediately feel for the main character, Seong Gi-hun (played with constantly looming sadness by Lee Jung-jae), a guy who can’t get out of his own way to be a good person.

Drowning in debt, he’s approached by a mysterious man in a subway tunnel who offers to help pay his debts if he beats him in a children’s game. While being publicly humiliated, Gi-hun beats the man, wins the money and is invited to win more cash if he goes to a secret location.

Being one of hundreds of people who accepted the offer, Gi-hun teams up with other down-and-out misfits like himself to play a series of schoolyard games.

The twist: They all have deadly consequences.

Much like “The Hunger Games,” “Battle Royale” or “The Running Man,” “Squid Game” invites the audience to join in on the bleak fun and root for several interesting characters while inserting a message that in a righteous, caring society, none of this would be happening.

As the games go on, they get crueler and less humane (though the violence is occasionally graphic, it never delves into torture territory) and the purpose behind the competition gets darker.

If networks were smart, “Squid Game” would have made for a perfect weekly series, leaving audiences guessing about what the next game would be and who would win. Instead, it languished for a decade on Hwang Dong-hyuk’s desk, turned down by everyone he pitched it to until Netflix snatched it up.

Its ability to ratchet up the tension with each game, often leading to nail-biting cliffhangers, is something at which I marvel. While not a perfect series, as it falters in the home stretch, it shows that original content can still get the public’s attention and that foreign language shows can rule in the States.

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North Korea Doesn't See the Irony in Praising 'Squid Game'

Gizmodo 14 October, 2021 - 01:36pm

The commentary comes from Arirang Meari (via Insider), and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a totalitarian state mouthpiece. The piece slams the inequality wrought by South Korean capitalism and a society where “people are treated like chess pieces.”

The irony of all this is truly next-level self-ownage. Then again, perhaps no one writing the propaganda has watched the actual show.

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