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Penny Arcade getting lazy?

djc6535djc6535 Registered User regular
edited May 2011 in Social Entropy++
Sorry but I'm noticing a pattern here, let's look at the last few comics:

5/6/2011
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5/4/2011
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5/2/2011
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Do you see what I see? Gabe and Tycho chit chat... and that's about it. No location, no background, no other characters, no situation showing that what is going on is patently foolish. 2 instances of Gabe doing something stupid and Tycho telling him it is stupid, and one instance of Gabe telling you some others are doing something stupid. Penny Arcade isn't Dilbert. Why are we always getting two talking heads just chatting at each other.

Let's go back a little farther:
4/29/2011 - Making fun of political comics. Some thought went into this one, some creativity was spent here. Maybe we're better again.

4/27/2011
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Maybe not. Character says/does something stupid. Gabe/Tycho corrects them.

4/25/2011 - The Sony comic. A little spartan, but it's different. I'll take it!

4/22/2011
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More Gabe/Tycho chit-chat.

4/20/2011 The Mortal Kombat comic. A true return to form.

4/18/2011
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More chit chat... but hey, there's a panel that shows something other than the characters talking at eachother. We'll call this one a win.

I think you can see my point. It seems to me that penny arcade of days past would show the craziness of a particular event by showing the event happening instead of just two heads talking about it. I understand you can't show today's comic... wolves devouring children wouldn't go over well. But how about Gabe making a call to the FBI instigating a raid on some schmuck's house over his deviant art postings. "Alpha team, subdue the perp, bravo team, hit the shed. God knows what we'll find in there". Or some character in game musing over the value of the runestones in monday's comic. Here are some examples of what I'm talking about:

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    they've had "chit-chat" comics interspersed with wackiness comics since... forever.

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  • AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Get out.

    I think you can see my point.

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  • ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    If they still bring the funny with less effort I couldn't care less.

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    DRUDGE REPORT

    PENNY ARCADE ... DOOMED?

    PENNY ARCADE: DOWNHILL FOR MONTHS

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Where's that Calvin and Hobbes where they're talking about Calvin's grandfather's complaining about talking head comics in the sunday funnies

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    more like Haypenny Arcade

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    those three "good examples" are all from this year

    you're saying that in the comic's 12 year history

    they've gotten lazy and fallen from the crazy magical wonderful days of 3 months ago?

    #pipe on
  • peticanoepeticanoe Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Oh no this thing that I'm reading for free on the internet does not meet my exact specifications.

    I wish there were some way of not having it pushed in my fa- oh wait

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
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  • Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Because God knows it's so much easier making something funny with only dialog and expressions.

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  • AgentofOrangeAgentofOrange Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    how long have you been sitting on this information?

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  • POKÉMON MASTER WT SHERMANPOKÉMON MASTER WT SHERMAN i can make this march and i will make georgia howlRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    think back to the halcyon days of a couple months ago

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  • djc6535djc6535 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    KalTorak wrote: »
    they've had "chit-chat" comics interspersed with wackiness comics since... forever.

    Sure, but it seems like they've been relying particularly heavily on it lately... using the 'talking head' setup for concepts that they used to delve deeper on.

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  • BelruelBelruel NARUTO FUCKS Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I like it when they chitchat in comics sometimes, the dialogue is often some of the best writing with the funniest bits.

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  • ThreeCubedThreeCubed Grandma Winky's fat ankles Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    "Get out, you belong in a garbage can."

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  • SporkAndrewSporkAndrew Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Why don't you e-mail Gabe and ask for a full refund

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    The one about the fucking space hairdresser and the cowboy. He's got a tinfoil pal and a pedal bin
  • SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    It's only, like, a week's worth

    Chill out

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    My eyes have been opened. I will now retire from the forums for this sham of a webcomic.

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  • AgentofOrangeAgentofOrange Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    this could bring down all of the free world

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I too enjoy complaining about things that are provided to me for free

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    djc6535 wrote: »
    KalTorak wrote: »
    they've had "chit-chat" comics interspersed with wackiness comics since... forever.

    Sure, but it seems like they've been relying particularly heavily on it lately... using the 'talking head' setup for concepts that they used to delve deeper on.

    they used to delve deeper on

    three months ago

    #pipe on
  • AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    how long have you been sitting on this information?

    "For months!

    MONTHS!

    I made this account back in February but the world wasn't ready for my knowledge! I bided my time, drawing as little attention to myself as I could but I have revealed my master work in this thread!

    YOUR SAVIOR HAS COME!"

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Because God knows it's so much easier making something funny with only dialog and expressions.

    More colors and more shiny = more funny

    Michael Bay makes the funniest movies ever.

    KalTorak on
  • Bizzaro StormyBizzaro Stormy I am Bizzaro Stormy. I am Bizzaro Stormy.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I am Bizzaro Stormy.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    They should start foil embossing all of their comics.

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Limited edition holofoil/hologram/chromium #1 issues

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    Do not have a cow, mortal.

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Get in the murderhole.

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  • Garlic BreadGarlic Bread i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a Registered User, Disagreeable regular
    edited May 2011
    #pipe wrote: »
    in conclusion
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  • Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Oh I see what you think is an interesting panel.

    Male nudity.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Limited edition holofoil/hologram/chromium #1 issues

    I used to be such a sucker for that when I was a kid.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo We are only now beginning to understand the full power and ramifications of sexual intercourse Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    This is the kind of hard hitting exposé we need to let The Man know we aren't prepared to sit by and let things go down the toilet.

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  • BelruelBelruel NARUTO FUCKS Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    #pipe wrote: »
    in conclusion
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    Darn vaginas, always getting away from people. Found mine behind the couch the other day, no idea how the darn thing got there.

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    SOON:

    lol i was just j/k you guys are SOOOOO easy to troll omg :lol:

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  • Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Keith wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »
    in conclusion
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    Man....

    We'd all do that.

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  • SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Bel you need to keep your vagina on your person at all times

    That's responsible vagina ownership

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Limited edition holofoil/hologram/chromium #1 issues

    I used to be such a sucker for that when I was a kid.

    Everyone was

    I blame Wizard for everything

    CorporateLogo on
    Do not have a cow, mortal.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Stanley Tucci can do whatever the fuck he wants

    bitches take heed

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  • godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I can't wait for the changes that are coming following this scathing review. It'll be just like an episode of Kitchen Nightmares.

    godmode on
  • AgentofOrangeAgentofOrange Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Aphostile wrote: »
    how long have you been sitting on this information?

    "For months!

    MONTHS!

    I made this account back in February but the world wasn't ready for my knowledge! I bided my time, drawing as little attention to myself as I could but I have revealed my master work in this thread!

    YOUR SAVIOR HAS COME!"

    Question.jpg
    I've long suspected that there has been an underlaying saboteur lurking amongst the forums. There's been something big growing here, a grand plot to ruin the the fruit of Gabriel's artistic genius, and the hard labored scoring of Tycho and his savant like grammar. djc6535 is the answer to but one question, the who, but so many remain.
    Who stands to benefit from the fall of Penny Arcade?
    What does djc6535 hope to accomplish here?
    Is Penny Arcade truly an innocent victim?
    What secrets does this webcomic hold?
    How long will this thread stay open?
    Good question.

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