We have proved to the world our superior technical and scientific achievements, for which we are now envied. The technology that powers Pyongyang Racer is the same divine and glorious codebase that sent Unha-3 into the heavens that was gifted upon us by the Highest incarnation of the revolutionary comradely love.
The sun flag of the great Comrade Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il will forever flutter in the van of our revolutionary ranks that display only victory and honor and will always encourage and drive us toward a new victory.
Move forward toward the final victory, Pyongyang Racer.
Yet, its what we may perceive as the best representation of what the populace is having to deal with / parrot. Like most ironies, sadness and hilarity ensue.
The outsourcer with the highest profile is probably Nosotek. The company, established in 2007, is also one of the few Western IT ventures in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
Nosotek's main work revolves around development of Flash games and games for mobile phones. It's had some success and claims that one iPhone title made the Apple Store Germany's top 10 for at least a week, though it wouldn't say which one.
Several Nosotek-developed games are distributed by Germany's Exozet Games, including one block-based game called "Bobby's Blocks."
To put those famine figures in perspective, that's roughly the equivalent of half of California perishing from starvation during the mid-1990s (at a national scale -- if you prefer to think at a more regional scale it's like losing SF from the Bay Area).
 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korean_famine for a quick overview
In any sufficiently-long comment thread, the probability of someone making $STATEMENT, approaches 1.
My point was that North Korea is borderline third world on par with other countries in the region.
In NK, they never had many fridges (except for the most lucky) and the electricity is reliably unreliable.
And it kind of goes downhill from this point.
And it's not like it's some high class news outlet anyway. Complaining about some random web news site?
To put this in perspective, that charge is almost the same as the charge for one of the programmers themselves. My guess is, Nosotek most likely have to pay for a third guy from the government to watch the browsing habits of the first two, and that third guy has to belong to both the set of political reliables and the set of internet-savvy people --- two sets which are already small in North Korea and whose intersection is even smaller. Not to mention the cost of the extra computer and internet connection itself
More links about Nosotek:
Communication between the engineers and the customer will only take place by email or Nosotek's bug tracking server. Phone calls are not possible. Chatting is only possible with members of Online Programming teams.
Emails exchange will only take place once pay day, answers to questions will be giving on the following day, sometimes two days later.
The customer accepts that it might happen that email communication is interrupted for one or two days for technical or administrative reasons.
In case the customer sends political propaganda or agitation, Nosotek has the right to cancel the project without returning the prepaid fees.
Kim Jong Il once (around a decade ago) famously asked Madeleine Albright for her email address.
Is it because it's on DEMO MODE?
Convince the game designers to be on your team.
It's probably going to do the job quite well just because it will pique the curiosity of a few and they might end up going.
And you can only go as part of a set tour which is usually over a week. So no weekend tours and certainly not by yourself.
We drew our own conclusions :)