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"Degrees of separation" or "How I discovered Penny Arcade"

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    There was a banner ad on MegaTokyo with Gabe saying to Tycho, "This comic lacks wang. Let's go back to Penny Arcade."

    A bit after after I started reading the webcomic, I decided to look at the forums for some reason.

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
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    pawa24pawa24 Registered User regular
    I first came here in 2007 I think from a comic they did that was in a WoW strategy guide (I think BC).

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    A forum I lurked on liked the Internet Fuckwad Theory comic, which started me reading the strips. I joined the forum itself shortly after I left / got kicked out of another community because of dumb teen drama (on my part).

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    Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    I was looking for some hot giraffe porn and ended up at that one strip.

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2015
    When I was in 10th grade, I was sitting in a computer class waiting to get started and my friend Mike burst out laughing. I asked what was so funny, and wheeled over to his computer and he showed me this comic: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/01/30 I read the entire archive after that, then I joined the forums soon after, back then I think it was still H&R. I'd go read and post in the library during lunches. Not too long after that, I broke off with a group of other people that went to the TDL Enterprise Forums, then that eventually went under. I came back with a different name that didn't last very long. I finally created this account after I joined the military. I was stationed in the California desert and had nothing to do. I didn't post much until I went to Iraq and discovered Phalla in Critical Failures, then other PbP games, then I eventually came back to SE full time, and have been here since.

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    BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    I have no idea how I ended up here.
    Really.
    But I have found this forum an interesting place that has evolved over time.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Oh I think somebody linked me here from AIM.

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    NoisymunkNoisymunk Registered User regular
    I needed people to play Left4Dead with so I joined the Armadeaddon steam group up in G&T. Eventually I was drawn to SE++ because one of my kinks is non sequitors.

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    PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I think there was a webcomic thread once on eq2flames where I spent a lot of time and PA was posted a lot.
    When that forum died a pathetic death I wandered over here.

    Psykoma on
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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    The forums were in my butt the whole time

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Langly wrote: »
    The forums were in my butt the whole time

    This means your butt houses anime threads.

    Your butt is gross.

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    Well yeah the poop lives there

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    VeagleVeagle Registered User regular
    Lars wrote: »
    What Degrees game does Kevin Bacon play?

    Because he can't play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon because for him the answer is always zero. Or infinity. I'm actually not too clear on my Bacon Mathematics. Pi?

    Is Bacon Pie a thing?

    I would assume he uses his Erdos number instead.

    And of course, if you're a real baller like Natalie Portman or Carl Sagan, then you would use your Erdos-Bacon number.

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    SyphyreSyphyre A Dangerous Pastime Registered User regular
    I've been reading the comic since early 2000's, hell if I remember how I started reading it. Probably as a part of my desire to consume any webcomic available out in 2000.

    I've only been active on the forums in the past few years. I suppose it's because I noped the hell out of here when looking at them in the early 2000's. Or maybe I just didn't bother with forums at all, considering I played a MUD. That's enough text.

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    Duke 2.0Duke 2.0 Time Trash Cat Registered User regular
    In 2009, a comic called Homestuck started up

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I was living in Terre Haute, IN. and a friend of mine linked me to the comic where they yell something about "GET ME ON THE FIRST PLANE TO TERRE HAUTE!" something to do with sex games being legal or something... Anyway, I read all of the backlog and joined my first forum... And now you know...the rest of the story.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    What's a pennies arcade?

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Veagle wrote: »
    Lars wrote: »
    What Degrees game does Kevin Bacon play?

    Because he can't play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon because for him the answer is always zero. Or infinity. I'm actually not too clear on my Bacon Mathematics. Pi?

    Is Bacon Pie a thing?

    I would assume he uses his Erdos number instead.

    And of course, if you're a real baller like Natalie Portman or Carl Sagan, then you would use your Erdos-Bacon number.

    Or the Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    I read PA on gamesrevolution, and for one reason or another eventually followed back to the main site. Eventually I saw "oh they have a forum" and clicked on it.

    That's one of the top three decisions that have had the biggest effect on my life, which is a very strange thing to think about. If I hadn't clicked on the forums, my current life would be essentially unrecognisable.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    I seriously have absolutely no idea

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    I've read the comic off and on since at least high school. I'm gonna guess around 2000?

    The comic still had black borders at least.

    Can't remember where I found it, though I'd bet it was a specific friend at the time who introduced it to me.

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    ChincymcchillaChincymcchilla Registered User regular
    Read the comic since highschool

    Basically needes something besides Fark to check compulsively

    I think I lurked for

    like 5 years? Before I started posting

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    Green LanternGreen Lantern Registered User regular
    A german videogames had some samples of the comics in it and it found it interesting

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    DurkhanusDurkhanus Commander Registered User regular
    In around 2002 or so, some gaming magazine I read had printed a comic from the site, so I went to the web address to check out more, and kept coming back regularly. I did see the button for the forums at some point, but I never cared enough to click on that for several years. I'm pretty sure my first visit to the forums was a mere matter of months after the Glorious Edict had been instituted, so I avoided most of the horrible behaviour.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    Tube wrote: »
    I read PA on gamesrevolution, and for one reason or another eventually followed back to the main site. Eventually I saw "oh they have a forum" and clicked on it.

    That's one of the top three decisions that have had the biggest effect on my life, which is a very strange thing to think about. If I hadn't clicked on the forums, my current life would be essentially unrecognisable.

    I am who I am today because in 2003, a year and a half before I joined, I totaled my car. I had just worked a double shift and was tired and so engrossed in checking the speed trap on my road that I rear-ended somebody. If I hadn't I wouldn't be here or know any of you.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    I read PA on gamesrevolution, and for one reason or another eventually followed back to the main site. Eventually I saw "oh they have a forum" and clicked on it.

    That's one of the top three decisions that have had the biggest effect on my life, which is a very strange thing to think about. If I hadn't clicked on the forums, my current life would be essentially unrecognisable.

    All the time you've frittered away here you probably would have spent instead in your band with Newton Faulkner, gigging around the world.

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    Around the year 2000 my younger brother - who now has a verified Bacon Number of 3 - had a few early PA strips as his screensaver.

    A few years later I was in grad school and bored between classes so I did a complete archive crawl, and signed up for the forums.

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    jgeisjgeis Registered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    I seriously have absolutely no idea

    This is also me. I joined in October of 2008, which would have been my freshman year of college. Maybe someone in my dorm told me about PA?

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Around the year 2000 my younger brother - who now has a verified Bacon Number of 3 - had a few early PA strips as his screensaver.

    A few years later I was in grad school and bored between classes so I did a complete archive crawl, and signed up for the forums.

    3?

    God damn!

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    Tube wrote: »
    I read PA on gamesrevolution, and for one reason or another eventually followed back to the main site. Eventually I saw "oh they have a forum" and clicked on it.

    That's one of the top three decisions that have had the biggest effect on my life, which is a very strange thing to think about. If I hadn't clicked on the forums, my current life would be essentially unrecognisable.

    All the time you've frittered away here you probably would have spent instead in your band with Newton Faulkner, gigging around the world.

    Those jokes were a lot more cutting when he could still get booked.

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    NothingNothing ( •︵•) Registered User regular
    A friend showed me a comic edit they'd done for The Bench.

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    rhylith wrote: »
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Around the year 2000 my younger brother - who now has a verified Bacon Number of 3 - had a few early PA strips as his screensaver.

    A few years later I was in grad school and bored between classes so I did a complete archive crawl, and signed up for the forums.

    3?

    God damn!

    3 is the average Bacon Number.

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    crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    i made penny arcade

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    CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    My first semester of college, in 2004, some dorm room I regularly walked past had PA strips posted on the door (this one, and this, and maybe a third I don't remember) I had never owned a console, so I didn't get the jokes, and at the time I thought the strips were vaguely offensive and kind of unfunny. Later, I found PvP somehow, and sometime after that Scott became friends with Mike and Jerry and started talking about how great they were. Somewhere in the middle of all that I was introduced to Steam and more of gaming culture in general, so when I started reading PA again, some of the punchlines actually made sense. Meanwhile I was outgrowing my fundie upbringing (because college) and developing an appreciation for absurd/profane/dark humor.

    I think I eventually checked out the forums because I was bored at work, and found them to be a weird and wonderful place populated by all manner of exotic fauna. I lurked for a long time, mostly in D&D, getting a feel for the community. One of my first posts was in the 2012 Secret Santa thread.

    Over the last few years, I've come to realize how special and rare this place is, and how much of that is because of the tireless work of our awesome mods :D

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    crwth wrote: »
    i made penny arcade

    It's the trwth

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    JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    I think I first started reading the comic in 2002? I don't know why exactly but it was one my brother read. The internet was so different then...

    Then I started foruming in a tiny way in 2005 I think.lurked and Barely posted. Then quit for a while. Then forgot my username or it was deleted somehow? Was that a thing that used to happen? Old unused handles getting deleted?

    Then I started forming for real in ... 2007 I think my profile says.

    and I wonder about my neighbors even though I don't have them
    but they're listening to every word I say
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    Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    I heard about the Jack Thompson feud with PA on another forum I used to frequent. Having no idea on exactly what Penny Arcade was, I assumed it was a chain of game arcades in the US. Took me a couple of goes at browsing the site before I realised it was just a webcomic.

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    stopgapstopgap Registered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I found pa back in college, early 2000's but had nothing to do with the forums for years. Heck, only been viewing this sub-forum this year.

    Auto correct is not your friend.

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    fightinfilipinofightinfilipino Angry as Hell #BLMRegistered User regular
    there has never not been a Penny Arcade

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