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Video Game / Pyongyang Racer

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"Don't stare at me, I'm on duty"
Pyongyang Racer is a North Korean "racing" game released on Devember 18th, 2012. It basically consists of the player driving around Pyongyang, checking out the various sights while being insulted by a North Korean police officer.

That's it. You are timed, but when the game was released, there wasn't a leaderboard, so the only way to know how well you did is to e-mail the company.

It was so popular it crashed the website it was hosted on, and was down for quite a long time. As of now, though, it's back up and now has a leaderboard.

This game provides examples of:

  • Blatant Lies: Contrary to what the officer says, you can drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Pretty much what you would expect.
  • Drives Like Crazy: This trope is penalized. If you drive recklessly and hit other cars, you will fail the game.
  • Obvious Beta: There isn't a whole lot of anything in this game. The gameplay is also incredibly dated and basic, and for awhile, there wasn't even a leaderboard.
  • Propaganda Machine: The point of the game.
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  • Rule of Three: If you hit three vehicles, you fail the game for reckless driving.
  • Score Screen: Didn't have one at release, but has one now.
  • What the Hell, Player?: The cop constantly berates the player's driving ability, telling them that they shouldn't even be on the road.


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