Thoughts about introversion, leaving BT, Ladies Code, Tech

Work
Today is my last day at BitTorrent. I enjoyed working there, I had a cool manager, smart co-workers, I learned a lot of technologies like NodeJS, EpoxyJS, more Backbone and especially payments systems like Paypal and StripeJS, but in the end I guess I was still tired of the monotony. I needed something new and invigorating, I needed to move someplace new. It’s been 4 months already since I was in Korea, and I’m dying to go back already. 2 weeks a year of vacation simply wasn’t enough. It was like being in jail for 50 weeks and having freedom the other 2 weeks.

Tragedy
The tragedy that happened to Korean pop group Ladies Code deeply disturbed me. Two members died in a car accident, the other 3 have to undergo surgery. Still, the fact that they were so young, just beginning their careers and with so much hope to the future, and their sudden death made me realize how fragile life is, that anyone can die at anytime, and I hope we can learn to cherish our loved ones knowing this in the future. Yes, people die all the time, even young people, but the fact is these were celebrities and they were Korean, which hit me hard.

Smartwatches and Smartphones
The Apple Watch finally came out, and as always my opinion on smart watches are, if they have a long lasting battery (> 2 weeks) and is waterproof then I’ll buy it. If not, then they aren’t better than my current watch (a Seiko Kinetic), which charges automatically and is 100m waterproof. Also, I prefer round to square faces.
As for smartphones, I wish more manufacturers would make two sizes, a smaller size and a bigger size. I think 4.7″ is a little bit big for me, coming from a 4″ iPhone 5S, but right now there’s no more options for smaller sizes. Every manufacturer now including Apple has moved to making phones at least 4.7″ in size, and that’s too bad. That’s like saying, lets only make laptops with 15″ screens and discontinue smaller screens because most people don’t like smaller screens. Some people do want smaller screens (either for portability or battery life) and we don’t need the bigger screen.

Introversion
I have always been an introverted person. It’s just built into my DNA. From a young age, I had a hard time making friends. In high school, sometimes I would hide in the school bathroom just to avoid talking to people. I am very awkward in social situations. I don’t like to start conversations. I purposely take longer routes sometimes to avoid meeting people. Sometimes I just like to stay at home and not talk to anyone. I am very much a loner, close friendships are hard to make, and long lasting romantic relationships have never existed for me.

That said, this sort of changed in 2010 when I joined AIESEC. Since then, I’ve been involved in meet ups, couchsurfing, and conversation clubs to meet people. But that’s more or less because I am forced to. In America/Canada, it’s very hard to meet someone unless you actively make an effort. You have to actively join clubs and meet ups and network with people. This is in contrast to Asia, where most people meet from introductions or services.
I am Asian to my core. I dislike having to make an active effort to meet people, and it feels very forced to do that. I’d rather have my friends introduce me to someone, but that culture doesn’t exist here. What’s more, I’m not a very good conversationalist, I don’t know how to keep conversations going. This is something most Americans are good at, and I’m not. I’m very good at following orders, and not very good at leading. I’m very good at listening, but not talking. All this just means, I’m probably a better fit for Asian society (where I was born) than Western society. I just feel like a fish out of water in a society where people constantly reference pop culture, makes jokes, come up with random topics, etc. This has always been the case for me. That’s why most of my friends are Asian or international students.

Pictures
I try to take more pictures these days, because I regret not taking more pictures before. Its sad that I can’t remember anything that happened 4-5 years ago because I have no pictures. Also I have no pictures with my good friends back in Toronto, which is kind of sad. It’s regretful, but better start logging these later rather than never.

Korean women and plastic surgery

korean plastic surgery advertisement

Whenever I meet new people, the topic Korea comes up because I’m studying Korean, and then invariably the topic Korean women come up, then invariably the topic plastic surgery comes up. So let me address some of these questions here so that people know my thinking process and I can just direct them here instead of explaining over and over.

Why do you like Korean women?
I get asked this question because I’m Chinese, and I was born in China, so there must be a reason why I like Korean women. The answer is simply a genetic attraction. No one asks Korean guys why they like Korean women right? China is very big, and being a Manchurian, I have more in common with Koreans than I do with southern Chinese and Taiwanese. I probably even have some Korean blood in me somewhere. So yeah.

Why not Chinese girls?
I can make this statement: the average Korean woman looks better than the average Chinese women. This is true because of a difference in culture, I’m not saying Chinese women are inherently uglier than Korean women, or that there aren’t Chinese women that dress up, but Korean women always wear makeup before they go outside, and they are usually dressed up. I have been to both China and Korea before. There is a big difference in the way they care about their appearance.
Chinese girls tend not to wear makeup, preferring to ‘stay natural’ instead. It’s considered impolite in Korean culture not to wear makeup for women, and you will see very few Korean girls wearing glasses compared to Chinese girls. Also compare the number of women doing plastic surgery in Korea compared to China and tell me, in which country does appearance matter more? Again, this is not criticizing anybody, just go to China and go to Korea and see the difference yourself.

Edit: Besides, this question is not really fair, because what’s wrong with liking someone of a different race? Some people say I’m racist for preferring Korean girls, but they are just as racist for implying that it’s wrong to like someone of a different race. I don’t ask Asian women why they like American guys, so people shouldn’t ask me why I prefer Korean women.

Aren’t you being shallow by saying this?
If I’m shallow, then so must be the millions of Korean guys, and I don’t hear anyone complaining about them. In fact, I hear Korean guys are very popular due to how they act in dramas and movies.

About plastic surgery…

All Korean girls have plastic surgery
No, actually most of my friends did not do plastic surgery. I went to Korea, and I can say that while a lot have done it (mostly for a job or society pressure), a lot didn’t do it either. Let me mention that a lot of Koreans are Christians, about 40% of them, and they are conservative, so they wouldn’t do plastic surgery. Also its very easy to confuse plastic surgery with heavy makeup. Don’t confuse these two – makeup makes a huge difference in the way you look, surgery or not.

Plastic surgery is bad and makes you look fake
The whole point of plastic surgery is to make yourself look better. I don’t know why looking better would be bad? As for being fake, the same can be said about makeup, and people don’t complain about using makeup.

Plastic surgery turns you into a whole different person, just like the advertisements
Yeah, those are advertisements. They show the most extreme cases, as marketing so that people know how good they are at plastic surgery. Doesn’t mean every Korean girl has gone under the knife and come out completely different. Most Korean girls have very minor plastic surgery, usually double eyelid surgery.

Plastic surgery means you will have ugly looking children
Well, I’m not sure if appearance is genetics related, so I’m not sure if being beautiful or ugly will affect your child’s appearance. Also, not every girl who does surgery is ugly. In fact many beautiful girls do surgery to look even more beautiful. And even if genetics matter, and even if you were ugly before, you would still have ugly children, plastic surgery or not. So I don’t get why having plastic surgery would make it any worse. Besides, you could always get plastic surgery for your children.

What if you are older and the side effects of plastic surgery?
When you are older, appearance matters less, and some people have to go back into the clinic to re-do their surgery, but like I said, most Korean girls do very minor plastic surgery.

Top 15 Video Game Developers of all time

Yay! We’ve already looked at the top 20 video games of all time, now lets look at the greatest and most influential game studios behind them.

1. Nintendo EAD

Nintendo EAD is the greatest video game developer ever
Nintendo EAD is the greatest video game developer ever

Creation: 1983
Country: Japan
Known for: Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero, Pikmin, Wii

Surprised? Don’t be. Nintendo EAD is Nintendo. The main reason for Nintendo’s success and dominance, especially since the Gamecube, is because of the strength of its first party games. The Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, F-zero, Pikmin, Wii sports franchises all come from this developer. Their influence cannot be understated – the strength of Nintendo’s first party games influenced a massive amount of developers and continue to be the main reason why Nintendo sells consoles. They are the greatest video game developer of all time.

2. Capcom

Capcom is well known for its fighting and horror games
Capcom is well known for its fighting and horror games

Creation: 1983
Country: Japan
Known for: Megaman, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry

Capcom’s ability to remain relevant for three decades has really established why its such a great developer. From the Megaman properties, a series that set a standard for level design, to the Resident Evil series, another series that set a standard for horror games, to the Street Fighter series, a series that set a standard for fighting games, Capcom’s properties are among the most influential of all time.

3. Atari

Atari was the first video game developer
Atari was the first video game developer

Creation: 1972
Country: America
Known for: Pong, Centipede, Yar’s Revenge, Test Drive, Neverwinter Nights

Atari was the first video game developer ever, so its influence cannot be understated. From the development of Pong way back in 1972, to its current status as a publisher, and the first successful video game console in history, the Atari 2600, Atari basically created the foundations for Nintendo and other video game companies to beat.

4. Konami

Konami was one of the most dominant video game developers ever
Konami was one of the most dominant video game developers ever

Creation: 1969
Country: Japan
Known for: Contra, Castlevania, Metal Gear, Frogger, Silent Hill, Yu-Gi-Oh, Dance Dance Revolution

We can thank Japan for producing some of the most well known and successful video game franchises ever, with Konami as one of the top developers. Konami dominated with franchises like Contra, Castlevania, Metal Gear and Frogger and continues to dominate the arcade market with Dance dance revolution. It produced some of the most successful games of all time.

5. Square Enix

Square Enix is well known for its influential JRPG games
Square Enix is well known for its influential JRPG games

Creation: 1975
Country: Japan
Known for: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman

Square Enix is well known as one of the most influential RPG developers of all time, with such franchises as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Dragon Quest. These games defined a standard for Japanese role playing games. Its roots go back to the creation of Enix, and the company Squaresoft, which produced such classics as Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana.

6. iD software

iD software produced such influential games as Commander Keen and Doom
iD software produced such influential games as Commander Keen and Doom

Creation: 1991
Country: America
Known for: Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake

iD Software created the most influential video game ever, Doom, which set a standard for all FPS’s since. It also created such other influential games as Commander Keen, the first smooth side scrolling platformer for PCs, Wolfenstein 3D, which paved the way for Doom, and Quake, which refined multiplayer gaming in the FPS genre.

7. Activision

Activision was the first independent video game developer ever
Activision was the first independent video game developer ever

Creation: 1979
Country: America
Known for: Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk, Pitfall, Guitar Hero

Activision was the first independent video game developer and publisher ever, and created a lasting influence, from its Atari days with games like Pitfall to the present day with games like Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. Its success prompted other video game developers to start publishing its own games as well.

7. Namco

Namco has been one of the most consistently successful developers ever
Namco has been one of the most consistently successful developers ever

Creation: 1955
Country: Japan
Known for: Pac-man, Galaga, Pole Position, Tekken, Soul Calibur, Ridge Racer

A powerhouse developer since the Atari days, with games such as Pac-man, Galaga, Pole Position and Dig Dug, to modern day influential games like Tekken and Soul Calibur, Namco has been going strong for many many years, and as a result it’s one of the most influential game developers ever.

8. Rockstar Games

Rockstar is well known of its Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne series
Rockstar is well known of its Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne series

Creation: 1998
Country: America
Known for: Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Max Payne

Rockstar influenced a number of developers with its Grand Theft Auto series, also one of the best selling video game series of all time. Not many video game publishers can claim that they beat blockbuster movie openings, but Rockstar can claim it. It’s mastery of the open world genre, with games such as Grand Theft Auto, L.A Noire, Red Dead Redemption brings a new standard that other developers strive to follow.

9. Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard made some of the most addictive multiplayer games of all time
Blizzard made some of the most addictive multiplayer games of all time

Creation: 1991
Country: America
Known for: Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft

No surprise to see Blizzard on here. They made/make some of the most addictive multiplayer games of all time. They set the standard for real time strategy games with Warcraft and Starcraft series, which are still played today, the influential RPG game Diablo series, and of course the most popular MMORPG of all time, World of Warcraft.

10. Valve Corporation

Valve created the influential Half Life and Counter Strike games
Valve created the influential Half Life and Counter Strike games

Creation: 1996
Country: America
Known for: Half Life, Portal, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead

Another video game developer well known for its mastery of multiplayer games is Valve. They created the landmark Half life and Half life 2, both of which set standards for FPS games, then the innovative puzzle games Portal and Portal 2, along with the popular multiplayer standards Counterstrike and Left 4 Dead. They also developed and created the Steam platform, which many game developers use these days to distribute their games.

11. EA Maxis

Maxis is well known for its simulation games
Maxis is well known for its simulation games

Creation: 1987
Country: America
Known for: The Sims, SimCity, Spore

Well known for their dominance in the simulation genre, Maxis created the most popular PC franchise of all time, The Sims, along with other influential titles such as SimCity and Spore. Many of their early simulation games were very innovative as well, such as SimAnt, SimFarm, SimEarth, SimLife, SimTower, SimIsle and SimHealth.

12. LucasArts

LucasArts created some of the most memorable games ever
LucasArts created some of the most memorable games ever

Creation: 1982
Country: America
Known for: Star Wars games, Indiana Jones games, Monkey Island series

LucasArts has created a number of memorable games in almost every genre including the Monkey Island series, Knights of the Old Republic series, Rogue Squadron series, Jedi Knight series, Battlefront series, and they consistently turn up innovative titles for their Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

13. Epic Games

Epic Games was a powerhouse developer back in the 90s
Epic Games was a powerhouse developer back in the 90s

Creation: 1991
Country: America
Known for: Gears of War, Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament

A powerhouse developer back in the DOS days, Epic Games created such DOS classics as Jazz Jackrabbit, One Must Fall, Unreal Tournament, Overkill, Jill of the Jungle, Kiloblaster, before being known now for the developer of the Gears of War series and the Unreal Engine which is used in a variety of other games.

14. Bioware

Bioware created some of the greatest storytelling RPGs of all time
Bioware created some of the greatest storytelling RPGs of all time

Creation: 1995
Country: Canada
Known for: Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Mass Effect

It’s a close call, but I’m taking Bioware over Bethesda for the 14th spot, because while Bethesda’s strength is on the massiveness of its worlds (Skyrim, Fallout), Bioware has great storytelling in its RPGs, and I believe this has influenced other RPGs a great deal.

15. EA Canada

EA Canada is a powerhouse sports game developer
EA Canada is a powerhouse sports game developer

Creation: 1983
Country: Canada
Known for: FIFA series, NBA Live series, NCAA series, NHL series

EA Canada beats out its Canadian rival Ubisoft Montreal for the last spot. It’s EA’s biggest studio, and develops the majority of the EA Sports games, including the FIFA, NBA Live and NHL series. These series have influenced many sports games since their time, and many have pretty much a monopoly in their sports game genre.

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