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[edit] Penny Arcade

Doesn't anyone think that that Game Pox comic looks like Penny Arcade?Marvelrulez 20:27, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

What, the first comic? With the brick? That's the first thing that came to MY mind, and I've never even read Penny Arcade. --DorianGray 20:29, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Already in Real-World References. And yes, yes it does. It's a reference, no doubt. Bluebry 20:31, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
While Strong Bad is pretty clearly modelled after Gabriel, I don't know who the Strong Sad character is supposed to be. But the speech balloons and fonts look similar, also. I think the reference should be put back. (I think it was removed earlier.) Danny Lilithborne 20:32, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Strong Bad's point is that there are a million comics like this. We can't assume that he's making a reference to one specific comic. And as far as being modeled after Gabriel or whoever, I disagree. And besides.. again.. lots of comics are alike. OptimisticFool 20:46, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
STUFF'd. Danny Lilithborne 20:47, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

If not PA, its most likely CAD

69.125.174.75 Poster of that fun fact

I don't think so. There's nothing that reminds me of CAD in "Game Pox". If anything, Strong Sad is reminiscent of PvP a little bit, but not enough for me to call it a reference. Danny Lilithborne 21:24, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

That is definitely a PA reference. If you say otherwise, well, you're wrong, and you're just going to have to deal with that. And that's my objective opinion on the matter. --Soapergem Talk.png Contrib.png 06:21, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Well, after seeing the cartoon and noticing the conspicuous absence of a Penny Arcade fun fact, I moseyed over to look for the conversation. Obviously it needs to keep conversing a little longer, but my two cents are in favor of it. Yes yes, there are Ctrl-Alt-Del and PvP and Dueling Analogs and VGcats and ever and more. But TBC didn't have to put a shirt on Strong Bad at all, much less a yellow one. Plus his black hair, scowly expression, and backwards-leaning posture—I think they were trying their best to give us an overt reference. —AbdiViklas 13:15, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Not only that, but look at the way the eyes and necks are drawn. The art style is closer to PA than PvP or CAD.
I dunno, I've been reading penny arcade almost as long as I've been going to homestar runner, and I just don't see it. I'll grant that the characters look somewhat like their real life counterparts, but I say that's a pretty oblique reference. There's nothing else really penny arcade about the comic, none of the writing screams penny arcade (except maybe the very early stuff). I still say it's too much of a stretch. Nynexman4464 15:09, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
I think you most likely feel this way because you're very familiar with PA and thus notice the differences, but to someone who's only passingly familiar with it, it's pretty obviously supposed to be PA. Plus, PA is the most famous of of the gamernerd nerdgeek webcomics, and they're well-known for being impossible to understand if you don't play video games (just see the article on them in Wired...)--75.68.233.187 15:16, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
While Strongsad's character is debatable, Strongbad is definitely a reference to Penny Arcade. Stev0 16:13, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Strong Bad is Gabe from Penny Arcade. It is possible that Strong Sad is supposed to be someone else entirely from a different comic. Below someone suggests the idea that he's from Ctrl-Alt-Del, about which i know nothing -Jdhannan 16:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Personally, I thought it was the Red vs Blue comic when I first saw this email.
Then you're mental. It could not look less like or be less related to RvB -Jdhannan 02:11, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
As I said earlier, Strongbad's character is a reference to Penny Arcade. However, the way it's worded now, it sounds like the bit is ONLY a reference to Penny Arcade; it's obviously slamming the thousands of webcomics out there that are Two Guys Talking About Videogames. Stev0 05:06, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
I still agree; Strongbad's character is a PA reference. Strong Sad's character, however, I have no idea about it. And just to clear things up for the nay-sayers, if you still don't believe us, take a look at this picture:
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But like Stev0 said, it is important to distinguish between the two characters, since there's no resemblance at all between Strong Sad's character and Tycho. If anyone could figure out who he's supposed to be, that would be even better. --Soapergem Talk.png Contrib.png 05:18, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I don't how they'd make Strong Sad look like Tycho. --Trogga 17:13, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I agree that it's probably Penny Arcade and not CAD, but I disagree with the way it's worded now: "The college roommate webcomic is a reference to the webcomic Penny Arcade and its numerous imitators." Its kinda un-encyclopedaic. I suggest "The college roommate webcomic is a reference to the Penny Arcade webcomic and the numerous other comics like it." or something along those lines. While it is referencing PA directly, it's also referring to all the other gaming webcomics, not all of which are PA ripoffs. Dementedc 19:45, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I agree; looking at the archives of Penny Arcade, it first appeared 11/18/98, while PvP first appeared 5/4/98, well before Penny Arcade. Stev0 19:51, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Check out the wording as of this revision. I think it works better overall. The references in this email are in most cases not clearly references to specific comics or cartoons, but rather spoofs of each genre as a whole. With that in mind, it makes much more sense to call out a notable example with "such as", as it identifies a well-known example for people to relate to, without necessarily drawing an exact reference between that comic/toon and the spoof/parody in the email. Does that help? — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 21:38, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

That's great, thank you. Dementedc 13:54, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Captain N parody?

Part of this email clearly seems to be sending up Captain N the Game Master. A series which featured a human in the video game world, and the game worlds, story plots and characters often bore little or no resemblance to their game counterparts. For example the Secret Collect character is a whiney coward not unlike Simon Belmont's portrayal in Captain N. The in-jokes may even go further than I recognise.

Reminded me more of the Pac-Man cartoon, personally. Captain N centered around a real-world human, as well as a whole *group* of random NES characters; not much of a similarity IMO. Also, Simon Belmont was a whiny coward in Captain N (something he very much is *not* in Castlevania games, but I digress), but he was also a hopeless narcissist, which Secret Collect isn't. Ramble. -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 07:07, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
It seems more than just Captain N. There were also shows like the "Super Mario Bros. Super Show," The Legend of Zelda TV Series, and the Megaman TV Series... two of the three can be found nowadays in the form of something completely mixed up on Youtube. - Ren Foxx 01:46, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Honestly, I'm not sure where so many people are getting these mixed references to every single video game-based cartoon ever out of the five-second Secret Collect cartoon clip. Unless there's something horribly wrong with my computer, and the SBEMail is skipping over a five-minute segment making fun of those cartoons, all I'm seeing is a teen, a dog, and a talking red cube. And a stereotypical '70s-'80s cartoon villain. As someone who once watched those old cartoons religiously, I just can't see any connection whatsoever to Zelda, Super Mario, Sonic, Megaman, or any other of the myriad of video game-based cartoons and anime; those were, despite being cheesy, at least based on games with actual characters and plotlines. And it's *especially* nothing like Captain N, which was basically a collective of random characters in random settings. I mean, jeez, the three main villains were from Metroid, Punch Out, and Kid Icarus! The Secret Collect cartoon is, if anything, a jab at Saturday Supercade, which made cartoons out of those simple one-screen arcade games with no actual characterization, such as Pac-Man (which, yes, I know, was its own cartoon), Frogger, Q*Bert, and Donkey Kong. (DK wasn't *always* the bowtie-wearing banana-loving hipster he is today, kiddies.) If the cartoon featured, say, Secret Collect, Duck Guardian, Kid Speedy, Thy Dungeonman, and the guy from Where's An Egg?, along with the human kid, then yes, it'd be an obvious Captain N parody. But it doesn't. So it ain't. -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 05:00, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Bob and George?

Been a while since I had posted here. Anyway, when SB was listed out "They're all about video games, gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs, and elves." The first thing that came to mind when he mentioned "video games" (and later said "just steal some graphics from your favorite video game") was the Web Comic Bob and George, further enforced with the Stinkoman comic bit where the majority of Stinkoman sprites were based off of Megaman... Heck, I too am guilty of the use of videogame graphics for my own web-comic... which I'm currently slacking on. Also, I'd like to point out the MS Paint comment SB mentioned. Many new comers to the sprite/pixel comic landfill often use MS Paint as their very first program, and use it very badly. As far as the Elves part goes, I'm unsure. - Ren Foxx 04:59, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Unlike Penny Arcade, which has a form that is discernably lampooned, Bob and George and 8-Bit Theater et. al. don't really have any hallmarks that would make them stand out from other sprite comics. Danny Lilithborne 05:40, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Well, unless you count Bob and George being the first significant sprite comic. There's a reputation for really bad comic writers to base their works on Bob and George as well. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 15:28, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

I believe it's lampooning ALL sprite comics. I also think 8-Bit Theater is more well known, if we have to point out one. Stev0 20:23, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

I agree; it's just about all sprite comics. We don't need to point out one specifically. --DorianGray 20:42, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
i would like to point out that the speech baloons are exactly like the ones in Bob and George. it was the first thing i noticed more than anything.
I say that Bob and George would be a more appropriate reference, given the greater similarity between the pixel comic and B&G (and the similarities between Stinkoman and Mega Man).

[edit] Explanations

I think GamerJox is a spoof of Ctrl+Alt+Del. Strong Sad strongly resembles Lucas. And those web comics with the sprites could be referenced to 8-Bit Theater.

  • Strong Bad's pompadour, yelling pose and yellow shirt are pretty reminiscent of Gabriel. Contrariwise, I don't see anything in Strong Sad resembling Lucas other than he's fat. Danny Lilithborne 05:45, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
  • No, I don't think so. Lucas wears a white shirt, and has hair more like Strong Bad's. Evil Egg 12:31, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
    • By the way, heading off at the pass further discussion of 8-Bit Theater: Yeah, that was the first thing I thought of when Strong Bad began talking about it, but as he went on to describe such crappy examples, I think he's really just referencing the dozens upon thousands of amateur attempts using the same method. —AbdiViklas 13:17, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Should "Burn" and "Dodge" be added to the Photoshop explanations section or are they self explanatory? ~jeadly 16:30, 10 October 2007 (UTC) What Photoshopped fantasy comic can we link to? Bad Bad Guy 02:28, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Spamusement

Is the Spam-based comic a reference to | Spamusement? I don't know of any other webcomic that does this. I'm not saying there aren't, I'm just saying I don't know about them if there are. Stev0 16:17, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Seconded -Jdhannan 16:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
STUFF'd. Vote there. Danny Lilithborne 21:17, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
STUFF should be only be used when there's no consensus on the talk page. Here's the fact that was removed (edited a bit):
The Cheat's web comic, based on spam mailers' names, is a reference to Spamusement!, a real-life comic made from spam email subject lines.
This seems to be a legitimate reference to me; the gimmicks behind the comics are almost identical, and I doubt that there are any other real-life web comics that are similar. Anybody agree or disagree? Trey56 21:21, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
I think it's probably a reference, unless someone can demonstrate that it's TTATOT. Heimstern Läufer 21:35, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
The following comments/arguments were moved here from the STUFF page — hopefully, we can find consensus on this fact here without the need for the STUFF process. Trey56 00:10, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Argument For from Mathgrant: Both The Cheat's comic and Spamusement! reference spam, and have bad art.
Comment from Kvn8907: It was kind of annoying how people kept deleting and re-adding this before this section in STUFF was added, especially when they gave it as their reason for removing it. Not that it has much to do with the current argument; I'm just saying.-Kvn8907 23:47, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Argument Against from Ten Ten: Claiming it as a reference to one specific source is ambiguous: there are multiple groups that spend time making fun of spam messages.
While there are many groups devoted to making fun of spam, crappy drawings based on spam subject lines are pretty much Spamusement!'s trademark, methinks. Mathgrant 00:21, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
I can't really see that TBC were specifically referencing Spamusement. The concept doesn't exactly match Spamusement; The Cheat draws things based on the senders' names, Spamusement draws things based on the subject line. Besides that, The Cheat's screen looks nothing like the POOR web design of Spamusement. Also, looking at several of Spamusement's drawings, they all seem to be black and white, whereas The Cheat's are full color. And The Cheat's style matches all PBTC artistry, so you can't really take drawing style into account. I have to admit, though, that a Google search did not seem to produce anything that compares to Spamusement. I didn't try very hard, though. And I'm not on the fence about it. I would vote to reject this being listed as a real world reference. OptimisticFool 01:04, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps you're not familiar with how a 'reference' works. What would they have to do for it to be a reference to Spamusement? Have the cheat make comics based on spam subject lines in black and white, matching that guy's style and his style of web design? HILARIOUS. Direct copying of someone else? thats comedic gold. No place for creativity here folks. -Jdhannan 02:04, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Fine, I take it back. I didn't enjoy this email as it is; just not my kind of humor this time. A rare miss by TBC, IMO. (from OptimisticFool's edit summary when removing the above comment) 04:09, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Kirby

The stupid paint thing that is drawn on the Stinkoman comic looks a little like Kirby in a messed up way.

Pardon me, but I don't think I see the resemblance. Other than a round pink shape and having a face. But other than that, you really have to stretch it to see the resemblance. 71.231.56.40 17:02, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] The Smurfs

  • It's not something I want to put on the page without discussing it (unlike Penny Arcade where I'm pretty sure), but the evil wizard from the Secret Collect cartoon reminds me of Gargamel. He wears a crappy looking cloak, is balding, has rotten teeth, and the shot of his castle is reminiscent of all the interior shots in Gargamel's castle. Danny Lilithborne 09:31, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
I agree entirely, although he also reminds me of Mitch Overlord Bozar. ¡ɯooz + 19:24, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
I dunno, I don't want to add this unless I get more notes saying it's not a stretch. Danny Lilithborne 00:42, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Mitch Overlord? Are you sure you don't mean Bozar? -invisible_map
I'm surprised no one has said that the "cool dog" is a reference to Poochie the dog from The Simpsons. --Trogga 17:10, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Spam senders

Some of those names, besides Hooray4Dolphins I reckon could be from some other wellknown characters.

Public D. Themackinest - Pompon, The Mack Lowpoint K. Festivals - Strong Sad, being at a constant lowpoint

There may be others that I have not been able to decifer. I know that it might be a reach, and in any way a weak case, but I just throught that I would throw it out there. Lord-z 15:38, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

It's an interesting theory, but it strikes me as speculation. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 15:41, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Signature blocks

I added the following fact as a real world reference:

The characters in GamerJox monotonously reciting computer specifications at the end of their comic is a reference to the inclusion of such information in signature blocks of posts in internet forums by computer technology enthusiasts.

And it was removed with this explanation:

Why would he be referencing signature blocks/internet forums in an email about web comics?? And being "similar to" is not enough to be a real world reference.)

The random spouting off computer specs really deserves an explanation, and I'm convinced that this is it. Why else would he possibly have done it? To answer the question the deleter asks, I would imagine Strong Bad is implying that these characters are the kinds of people who use and see computer specs in internet forum signature blocks so regularly that they automatically use them as a "signoff" even when communicating in person. That does seem odd, but it's a joke, and that's how I interpreted it. Did anyone interpret it some other way? LikeAsItself 18:51, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Seconded. That makes total sense. -Jdhannan 02:01, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
The reason is that it's a parody of all the unnecessary technogeekery that crop up in these types of comics. It's like if someone were to parody Peanuts by having Lucy say "Insult of Charlie Brown!" and Linus say "Vaguely related Bible verse!" Or something. There was a parody comic of Ozy and Millie that went kinda like that, but I can't find it anymore. Octan 04:41, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Here's a question though: is this more of a real-world reference or an explanation? LikeAsItself 02:39, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Cast of Characters

How much of the characters in the comics and cartoons and so one should we include in the cast list? Any? All? Note that not everything in the cast has to be linked. Personally, I'm for including everyone we can name/has a speaking part. --DorianGray 19:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Captain N

The first Saturday morning cartoon reminds me of Captain N. Awexome 23:08, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Good thing this is different than the other Captain N message about 3 blocks up -Jdhannan 02:02, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Stinkoman Sprite Comics

This is obvious, but the Stinkoman Sprite Comic definitely references Stinkoman Sprite Comics on the Fanstuff Wiki. I've seen MS Painted graphics in these things. Im a bell 01:12, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

P.S. This doesn't need to be STUFF'd! Im a bell

Well, they're not the only sprite comics with MS Painted endings. 8-bit Theater, for one. I believe that the reason the TBC used Stinkoman 20X6 is that his game was the only sprite-styled game cinematic enough for sprite comic use. 71.231.56.40 16:53, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

P.S. Doesn't need to be STUFF'd? Why? There seems to be other explanations. We just might need to STUFF it. 71.231.56.40 16:56, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Changed my mind. No STUFF. It's spoofing the whole genre of sprite comics. Just don't put it there at all. 71.231.56.40 17:13, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

It bears mentioning that the genre exists, and in fact 8-Bit Theater is/was one of the first comics to do it (and the first to become famous for doing so). If we can have a Fun Fact referencing Penny-Arcade "and its many imitators", then we should be able to have a similar one for 8-Bit Theater and its derivatives. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 19:04, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] ... and elves.

I believe that Strong Bads line, "They're all about video games, gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs, and elves" makes a reference to 8-bit Theater, at least the part about elves. 12.18.218.230 01:52, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Yes, because 8-Bit Theater is the only webcomic ever to be about elves. Danny Lilithborne 01:58, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Elves don't pertain to 8-Bit Theater specifically. But I would argue that the Stinkoman sprite comic is a more specific reference to 8-Bit Theater - that's the webcomic/animation series that is most commonly "blamed" for starting that particular sub-genre. I believe that's a valid reference. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 18:18, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
If we're going for specifics, the Stinkoman comic is more like Bob and George, another pioneer of the genre - Mega Man sprites and MS Paint'ed non-punchlines are something of a signature for it (although in the latter case, it's never as obnoxious as presented by Strong Bad). Danny Lilithborne 00:30, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I'm not aware of there being many (if any) "MS Paint'ed non-punchlines" in Bob and George. Its imitators, perhaps, but not B&G proper. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 23:47, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
Turning back the hands of time, there was a pretty popular webcomic called "Elf Life." I think it's still active today. Nonetheless, other than the use of video game sprites and college gamers geeks, elves are often used as a character base line. - Ren Foxx 13:33, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Why are you guys so quick to delete valid Real-World References?

I'm noticing a trend here, especially in this email, but more generally across the board in recently released toons and emails. This email is full of references to modern Internet culture, yet the established members of this community seem REALLY eager to just delete those references without discussion and without checking the facts (or showing they have checked the facts) being asserted. For example: My entry for the Stinkoman comic referencing 8-Bit Theater was removed almost immediately after I added it, with an edit summary saying that 8-Bit Theater was the ONLY comic out there that used video-game sprites.

Now, it's possible that person was being sarcastic (and honestly, guys, that kind of sarcasm doesn't help discussion at all), but the statement itself is patently false. Dozens of sprite-based comics (including many direct knock-offs and parodies) have been spawned mainly due to 8-Bit Theater's existence. G4 even has a syndicated TV show now based on that concept. 8-Bit Theater was one of the first comics using that particular medium to become successful (whether it was actually the very first one to do it is highly debatable, but it's famous for doing it well).

I just find it really discouraging to see people just deleting perfectly valid information like that without allowing for discussion and consensus. I realize we have STUFF, but it seems like even that vehicle is being sidestepped more and more lately. It's part of the reason I haven't been participating on this wiki as much as I used to - sometimes, this community can come across as downright hostile.

</soapbox> — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 18:36, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

STUFF (or at least STUFFing immediately) has been discouraged of late in favor of a talk page discussion. (See below.) As for the attitude of the people here, as long as I can remember we've had established users who are consistently sarcastic (not that there's anything right with that). — It's dot com 19:03, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
It's one thing to be sarcastic in a friendly way, but comments like "Like this is the only place that elves have ever been referenced!" as a reply to someone asking for discussion is really quite unfriendly, and it seems against the spirit of the community that I joined two years ago. That's why I'm bringing it up now.
As for the STUFF: I reverted your removal of my STUFF item because people have been trying to discuss that particular topic here in at least three separate threads on this Talk page. All of those have been summarily shot down as TTATOT without considering that a reference to the genre might be appropriate. I figured we'd make more headway in a single, organized discussion - that was what STUFF was originally designed for, was it not? — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 19:07, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Our approach to STUFF has undergone some changes, and for reasons I think are quite good. More discussion and less voting is a good thing. I think it's appropriate to use a straight vote as a last resort, so STUFF does still have a purpose here, but I think it's good that we've reduced its use as we have. Heimstern Läufer 19:12, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
Okay. I'm fine with that so long as it doesn't turn into the problematic Talk-vote process that existed before STUFF came into use in the first place. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 19:15, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

I'm the one who reverted that fact, yes I *was* being sarcastic, and if you'll notice in the edit summary, references to sprite comics have been removed repeatedly. I didn't mean any particular offense or anything, so I apologize if I came across as rude. It's just, there are so many sprite-based webcomics out there that it's really impossible to say that the Stinkocomic is a direct reference to any one in particular. (Heck, *I* once attempted a sprite comic, using Chrono Trigger graphics; it got nowhere, but nevertheless.) The only way such a fact is truly "valid" is if we take the route of the "Jeeves" fact, noting more about its origin and the trend, rather than saying it's an out and out reference to one comic that TBC may or may not have heard of. -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 21:34, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

What exactly is a reference? The problem is that people seem to be having trouble distinguishing between references and coincidences, with some users overzealously adding real-world references based on slight similarities, and other equally zealous users deleting real-world references that are anything less than completely obvious. And then there are people to represent every spot in between. The problem is that "reference" isn't clearly defined as it pertains to the wiki, so people just use their own personal definition, and don't realize that other people's definitions may be different. I'm trying to start discussion on the issue over at HRWiki_talk:Standards#Standards_for_Real-World_References, hoping that people will realize why people seem to disagree so much on RWRs, and maybe find some common ground.--LGC&CS 23:52, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
YK: I had intended for that 8-Bit Theater reference to indicate that 8-Bit Theater started the trend, not necessarily to say that it was the only such comic that this email could be referencing. It probably would have been better worded as "The sprite comic parodies the genre of sprite-based web comics that began with 8-Bit Theater", similar to how Penny-Arcade is being used as a starting point for that particular genre. Make more sense that way? (And I still maintain that the same is true of Saturday Morning Cartoons - Pac-Man started that genre.) — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 16:10, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I agree. I actually changed the fact to reflect that yesterday (but it got removed by someone else, due to a similar one being in Explanations), though there seems to be some conflict over whether Bob and George (which I've never heard of, though that's irrelevant) or 8-Bit Theater came first. And I agree about the Saturday Morning Cartoons bit, especially Pac-Man; though where people are getting a connection to Captain N, Super Mario Bros., or the Legend of Zelda toons, I don't know. See my above rant. -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 17:35, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
Captain N, SMB, Zelda, etc., are all in the same category as Pac-Man - they're just video-game-based cartoons with similar plot/character alterations. Almost all SatAm cartoons that were based on games introduced new characters and plotlines that really have nothing to do with the games themselves, but generally, the more complex the game, the less alteration happened in the cartoon. Pac-Man is *really* simple, so it would make for a really boring cartoon without adding some villains and sidekicks, and plots for global domination and all that. :) — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 18:37, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
Well, as I said above, I see those as in a different catagory, because at the least, SMB, Zelda, and the others had some existing characters, a world, and a backstory to work with. Secret Collect, however, is more reminiscent of the cartoons such as Pac-Man that built an entire world out of a plotless, no characterization, one-screen arcade game. I get what you're saying, but to link Secret Collect to the SMB and Zelda cartoons just because they're "based on video games" is like comparing the Statue of Liberty to a Picasso painting because "they're both art". Same, but different. =P -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 21:12, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

I'm not apologizing for my "elves" quip. It is patently ridiculous to think that 8-Bit Theater was the first webcomic to ever reference elves. Danny Lilithborne 00:37, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

That doesn't mean you have to be rude about it. The guy's comment was a bit misguided, yes, but there are far better ways to respond to that. I personally would have been rather offended had that been me you were replying to. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 16:10, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
Seriously, folks, snappy answers to stupid questions and the like work well in MAD magazine, but are a real turn-off and annoyance when dealing with real people. There's just no reason for them. Heimstern Läufer 17:30, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Saturday Morning Cartoon Collect!

The Secret Collect Saturday morning cartoon is a reference to various cartoons produced in the 1980s that were based on video games. Most of these cartoons introduced new characters and deviated significantly from the plots or spirit of the games they were based on.

This was another STUFF that was not brought to the talk page first. In the interest of encouraging discussion, I am moving it here so we can talk about it and hopefully not have to resort to a vote. There were two arguments for its inclusion:

  1. The point of this FF is not to reference specific cartoons, but rather the entire genre of video-game licensed cartoons, most of which deviated significantly from the plot or spirit of the games they were based on.
  2. This isn't really "explaining the joke", since newer viewers unfamiliar with those old cartoons are unlikely to understand why the joke is funny.

There were also several comments:

  • Variants of the proposed fact also reference Legend of Zelda and Captain N. In the first revision of this FF, I used Pac-Man as a notable example because it enjoyed widespread popularity, mainly due to the game's own popularity in North America.
  • Without referencing any/all specific video game cartoons, this may be more appropriate as a "Remark" rather than a "Real World Reference".

Both KieferSkunk and OptimisticFool indicated that they supported keeping the fact and were responsible for the above arguments and comments. — It's dot com 19:03, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

With all due respect, why do we still have a STUFF process if we're not going to use it? (Expanding on this) My understanding was that STUFF came about because the previous process, discussing Fun Facts on Talk pages, was cumbersome, difficult to manage, and people weren't taking it seriously. I'd really like to see us avoid falling back into that. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 19:08, 10 October 2007 (UTC) Nevermind - I'm a bit grouchy at the moment and shouldn't be taking it out on everyone here. Move along. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 19:16, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
OK, now my opinion. If the fact is worded so that it refers to the genre, rather than trying to make a claim to it referring to a specific show, it's probably good. Some people may not know this (especially readers born after the 80s), so it may be worth noting it. Heimstern Läufer 19:21, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
I have no problem with the fact if it's phrased in the way Heimstern suggests. Danny Lilithborne 00:38, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
Actually, using Pac-Man as an example would be appropriate since it was the first cartoon show to be entirely based on a video game. The other shows that have been referenced so far came significantly later. Since we have a Penny-Arcade reference that deals with Penny-Arcade "and its imitators", and I believe a similar one about 8-Bit Theater would be appropriate since it started the sprite-based comic genre, I think it would be appropriate to mention that Pac-Man started the video-game cartoon genre. For consistency's sake, mainly. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 16:13, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I'm sure readers born after the 80s will get the joke, seeing that there's still cartoons based on video games. --Trogga 17:04, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I disagree. For one, today's game-cartoons are based on the actual plotlines of the games themselves, at least to a much greater extent than those of the early 80s. Today's games usually have much more in-depth plots that the cartoons either help to explain or expound upon, but the 80s cartoons had to create their plots and character sets outside of the games, or else there wouldn't have been anything to make a cartoon out of. The Secret Collect toon very obviously references the latter situation.
The last notable example I can think of where a game-based cartoon deviated significantly from the game was the first Sonic the Hedgehog series, which introduced a team of "freedom fighters" and a more established universe that made the plot more believable. Even then, though, that cartoon had a much stronger connection to the game than, say, Pac-Man did. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 18:42, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] The Problem Is...

There are too many gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs (and elves?) editing this Wiki. And everyone fighting for their favorites, it seems. Thus the constant adding, removing and changing of so-called references. Are they references? I don't care anymore. And I don't see any end to it. Months from now, new people will come across the Wiki and go, "Hey, how did everyone miss this? This is a reference to cartoons like Pac-Man and Captain N and Zelda and Super Mario Bros and Sonic and Mega Man and Saturday Supercade." And that'll get reverted. Then someone'll see that and add back just the portions of the post they agreed with, and that'll get reverted, etc., and we'll all have a jolly time sorting through the mess. Yee haw. OptimisticFool 00:58, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Well, to be fair, I think we can be a bit more optimistic than that. I hope I'm not foolish for thinking so. ;-) Anyway, though, I do think this will let up a bit after the email is less new. It's true that an email like this does lend itself to a lot of attempts to draw references, but even here, I think it will pass. For example, rarely do we get a new reference added to virus, which was the email that inspired the STUFF process because of how many references people added. So, just give it some years, and it probably will fix itself! But in the meantime, it's important that we just have good, productive talk page discussions here to try to come to consensus on what is or isn't a reference. Heimstern Läufer 01:13, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
To my knowledge, no one has added fact explaining what Burn & Dodge: The Fantasy Photoshop Gradient Comic is a reference to. --Trogga 17:17, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Decades for Saturday Morning Cartoons

I was the one who added 1990s. I believe various video game based cartoons were also on television in the 1990s as well, and some debuted in the 1990s. A prime example is Super Mario World. Awexome 16:43, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

But the cartoons depicted weren't referring to the more well-made video game toons of the 90s and later. They were referring to the 80s trend of taking arcade games with no in-game story/characterization and developing an entire cartoon around them, with the only actual connection being the name and the main character. -YKHi. I'm Ayjo! 18:14, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] MS Paint

I think MS Paint refers to Microsoft Paint. Awexome 19:06, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

  • At the risk of sounding as sarcastic as the people I was criticizing earlier, does MS Paint ever really refer to anything else? Unlike something that happened in the early 80s, I think MS Paint is such a directly stated and obvious reference that it doesn't need to be restated in the RWR section. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 00:11, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
I noticed the airbrush feature on the mixed-up comic, which is a total trademark of Paint. Also, just the overall custom work looks like it was done in paint. SuperfieldCreditUnion
Mentions of MSPaint are not notable. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 14:58, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
The "airbrush" feature in that program is also available in hundreds of other paint programs. There's nothing special about it, and I would even argue that it's not anything resembling a "trademark" of MS Paint. Paint is about the most basic paint program around, and about the only thing that makes it a better candidate than any other paint program for mention in this email is the fact that it's as ubiquitous as Windows itself. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 23:14, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
I agree that it's not notable, just as "Mountain Dew" is not notable as a RWR for the e-mails it appears in. OptimisticFool 14:58, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
All this said, if it turns out that they start using MS Paint frequently in future toons and emails, we can always start a running gag page about it. THEN it would be more appropriate to mention where the program comes from. (We already have a Mountain Dew page.) But this won't be the case until and unless we see an actual running joke from TBC about this program, and I have my doubts that they'll do so. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 20:19, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Screenshots

How do you get the screenshots of the site like the one on the info page of Strong Bad and The Cheat looking at "Knowingest J. Drawbridges"? Do you have to have Flash? SuperfieldCreditUnion

No. Just the print screen button on the keyboard and an image editing program. Shwoo 02:58, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
For more detailed help on that, check out this site. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 03:42, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
Or even our own section on the subject. --DorianGray 03:54, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I got it now! Thanks! SuperfieldCreditUnion

[edit] I wish I knew what that means

Should we include explanations of all the techno-geek stuff the GamerJōx guys mention? I suppose I could do a quick Wikipedia search to find out what they're saying, but since I am not well versed in h4xx0r lingo, I really wouldn't know what I would be talking about. But is it even notable enough to deserve an explanation? Has Matt? (talk) 02:10, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Meh, I bet most of the stuff T3h Br0s didn't even know what they were talking about. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 03:46, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
I was thinking that these items deserved a brief mention, with links to the relevant Wikipedia articles where such could be found. Want me to write that up? I understand all of the terminology. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 18:08, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
On further research, I discovered that ALL of the technobabble referred to the PS3's specifications. Basically, that last panel was just devoted to describing the PS3 in an overly technical way. I organized the explanations as such. :) — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 18:33, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Rubik the Amazing Cube

Secret Collect is obviously Rubik the Amazing Cube, its the only saturday morning cartoon that I can remember that had a cube a boy and an evil magician, checkout wikipedia [1]. I understand that there were many video game cartoons on saturday morning but this is definately Rubik. [[2]] Also if you want the intro video you can see it here on youtube [[3]]--Xhadow 06:10, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

It's possible they took some inspiration from that cartoon, but the reference is more closely linked to Pac-Man (at least, that's how it appears to me) because of the video-game tie-in. Many cartoons of the period introduced evil wizards and villains, and as stated in the fun fact, the reference is a spoof of the whole genre anyway. As such, we want to avoid getting back into TTATOT territory (say THAT 3 times fast!), so I think it's best to leave Pac-Man there as the well-known example of the genre, both because it started the genre and because it's likely the best-known of them. — Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk) — 22:44, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
Tht Rubik The Amazing cube thing is... Disturbing. Im a bell 00:26, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Closed STUFF

[edit] A comic about nothing (except games)

The college roommate webcomic is a reference to the webcomic Penny Arcade.

Posted on: 20:46, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Closed: 02:45, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

VERDICT: This item was overwhelmingly accepted, 23–5. The votes and arguments have been moved to HRWiki:STUFF/Archive/web comics.

[edit] All I ever wanted was to be your spine

"Web in Front" is a song by North Carolina-based indie rock band Archers of Loaf.

Posted on: 21:12, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Closed: 20:31, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

VERDICT: This item was swiftly and unanimously accepted, 10–0. The votes and arguments have been moved to HRWiki:STUFF/Archive/web comics.

[edit] did I err?

the "photoshop gradient" comic kind of seems like the musle warrior dude of boring (really). legit reference or odd coincedince?

Not really much of a connection. One is a generic elf fantasy hero, the other is a parody of an already-known comic book character. 71.231.56.40 20:05, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Strong Bad and the New Paper

I don't know if it's worth noting, but this is the first time the New Paper has dropped down in Strong Bad's presence without SB saying something derogatory to it.

No, that was pizza jointKing of wikis 00:49, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
He meant it was the first time Strong Bad was in the vicinity of the New Paper and did not yell at it. He and New Paper were in separate rooms in pizza joint. Bad Bad Guy 00:17, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

[edit] The Cheat's Computer

I can't believe none of you noticed that this is the first time The Cheat's computer has been seen since redesign! Think about it, the last time his computer was this new one, and then it pops back up out of nowhere! It definately seems at this point that The Cheat has trashed Tangerine Dreams! SuperfieldCreditUnion

[edit] Photoshopped Fantasy Comics

If nobody else has noticed, web comics#Real World References does not have any example of a fantasy web comic. Out of all the genres spoofed in the email that is the only one we do not give an example of. I tried to add Looking for Group but it got deleted. Can anybody else think of a better example? Bad Bad Guy 15:55, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

I think there's too many to declare one way or another which ones should be a ref. --DorianGray 22:18, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
No, I was just thinking of writing a fact like, "Burn and Dodge makes fun of Photoshopped comics such as X." Can you name a comic that I could substitute for "X"? Bad Bad Guy 14:54, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
One word. Bob and George. Wat, that was three words. Oh well... Im a bell 23:50, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

[edit] What the dog says

I don't think the dog in the "Secret Collect" cartoon says "dudeical." I think he's saying "neuticle."

[edit] Meta-reference?

The New Paper comes down after Strong Bad calls The Cheat's email-based comic a cop-out. I know this is most likely meant to be ironic (it's exactly what Strong Bad does), but I think this could be put under the category of Fourth-Wall Breaks. but, a buttdanceNeox ONION BUBS!YOU WILL RESPECT MAH AUTHORI-TAH!!! 21:02, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

[edit] The reference will be mine!

I noticed that the villain in Secret Collect resembled Bozar.

[edit] Claymation

Claymation has been used for "we'll be right back" segments before.[4]

That's wonderful. And not a reference. — DeFender1031*Talk 17:13, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

[edit] Run-D.M.C

I added a reference to Run-D.M.C.'s "You Be Illin'" in the Real World section. Not only is the phraseology practically identical to the action figure's description, but this song was what popularized the term in hip-hop culture during the late 80's. (I'm actually surprised no one has mentioned it before).

[edit] Pronunciation of "Reallying"

Shouldn't it be pronounced "re-allying" instead of "really-ing?"

[edit] Not X Reference?

Would any of you guys consider "non-punchline" a variation of Not X? Soiled Bargains (talk|ctrb) 02:38, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

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