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

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    SkwigelfSkwigelf Passed out in a cloud of farts and cigarette smoke.Registered User regular
    Some time shortly before The Great Forum Shutdown of 2001(was it really 2001? My memory of that time is foggy).

    I cant remember precisely where I first saw a PA comic but I remember thinking "Hey this art kinda looks like the Clerks cartoon. Oh hey it's about videogames.".

    10+ years later...

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    AtheraalAtheraal Registered User regular
    #pipe wrote: »
    Funny story
    I once was invited to smoke weed in a sauna with the dude who made the "Where is the Internet Stored" thread.

    i bet this was at the trout house

    i think i was actually introduced to the forum before the comic, by someone i can't at all remember in high school. the thing says it was 2003, which would have been grade 10 i think... but i seem to recall lurking for some amount of time before making an account

    i still remember looking into se++ for the first time and just going NOPE and not checking back for years

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    NarbusNarbus Registered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I read toastyfrog a bunch way back when, and he had talked about PA a bunch. I followed a link, to a comic about Tribes 2 eating people and I didn't get it so I didn't read anymore.

    Then TheGIA got a new guy running the...Double Agent? whatever they called their daily mailbag column and he kept posting about PA in a really annoying fanboyish way, but I liked some of those strips so I started reading. Then when I was bored at school one day I started reading the forums and then boom.
    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.

    When I was 17 or 18, I went out for lunch with my Mom, and one of my friend's girlfriends was our waitress. I needed a job for the summer, and she told me to apply at the restaurant, so I did. Then when I moved off for college, I had some experience, so I got a job at a slightly better restaurant, and after that a job at a much better restaurant, and ended up meeting most of the important people in my life. Once those people started moving away, I had enough experience and money that I could also gtfo of Nebraska. When I ended up in Portland, without a job or a place to live beyond my car, all that experience got me another job at a reasonably classly steakhouse pretty quick, which then meant I could get a place to live, and eventually go back to school, and now I'm in Washington, D.C., reminiscing about every other pretty great thing that happened in Oregon.

    Lunch with mom, vs. not lunch with mom and my life is something I can't even conceive of.

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    I was reading a PSO fan website and they linked the PA comic about big mags and the rest is history.

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    TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    I lurked for a couple of months in 2004, lurked for a bit lost the account with my original join date, and then just started a new one in '06!

    Or something like that.

    I found out about this place because I was wandering the CAD forums, which were terrible, and they were talkin shit about Penny Arcade, and I was like, "This place is horrible it CAN'T be that bad".

    TWELVE YEARS LATER.

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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
    there has never not been a Penny Arcade

    We have always been at war with Eurasia.

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    MulletudeMulletude Registered User regular
    I started reading the comic when I was 22 because a guy I worked with talked about it a bunch.

    This is the first forum I ever joined. 12 years now. Pretty fun place to waste time. And it's awesome all the relationships so many of you have formed because of this place.

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    Desert LeviathanDesert Leviathan Registered User regular
    Back in 2003, my college D&D group kept making 8-Bit Theater jokes, so I started reading it. Then there was some Stupid Internet Drama between artists that the 8BT guy chimed in on, and I looked up all the strips he mentioned, because I didn't want to make judgments against any of them without examining their work. I can't recall what I found out about the initial conflict, or why I even cared enough to "research" it, but I did find a bunch of other webcomics to start reading regularly, and PA was one of them.

    I signed up for the forums in 2008, but I can't recall why, because I didn't start reading or posting regularly until a little over a year ago.

    Realizing lately that I don't really trust or respect basically any of the moderators here. So, good luck with life, friends! Hit me up on Twitter @DesertLeviathan
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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I heard of it at a LAN party in 2000

    Read the comics and eventually ended up in some lame subforum called 'Happenstance and Ribaldry'

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    A friend told me about the comic and I checked it out. He was talking about this one in particular:

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    I did enjoy the joke in the comic and quickly burned through the archives after that. Very shortly thereafter I joined the "phorums" as they were called at the time.




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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    The spider comic (he's wearing my shoes!) was the first time I holy shit laughed so hard at a comic that I thought I would die.

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    KadithKadith Registered User regular
    When I found out about these crazy things called webcomics I went archive binging and link hopping through ones I found interesting. I don't remember exactly which one(s) lead to here but the first comic I read was too risque for my poor sheltered mind so I didn't come back for a year or so. Then once the online community I was wasting time with died I found the forums and lurked 5eva.

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    NaphtaliNaphtali Hazy + Flow SeaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I think I found out about the comic around 2000-2001, whenever the bench was still going on. it was either via some gaming mag or PVP mentioning them (sluggy freelance and pvp were the big webcrumblix I paid attention to at the time)

    started reading the forums around 2006 as a way to make my free periods in the comp lab not interminable

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    Bizzaro StormyBizzaro Stormy I am Bizzaro Stormy. I am Bizzaro Stormy.Registered User regular
    I am Bizzaro Stormy.

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    Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I don't remember how I stumbled across it but I saw some of the comics and read them for years before I even bothered checking out the forums.

    They're alright I guess.

    I mean you know

    if yer a nerd

    (which I am)

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    I had started reading webcomics in late high school
    So like, 2005-2006?
    And like most things at that time I had shit taste and started out reading stuff like Real Life Comics, which dear god is somehow still running and has not changed its art style in a decade

    And I think PA used to be hosted on the same... webring? What did we call them back then?

    Anyway I read it for a while but it wasn't until '07 that I made an account so I could post in the legendary creepy thread

    And now 8 years later and you're all still stuck with me

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    Holy shit, webrings.

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Keenspot! That's what it was
    Wikipedia tells me it was a webcomics portal, but I knows a webring when I sees one

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Wikipedia also tells me PA was never on Keenspot so I don't know what the fuck

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    I think I discovered PA through Sluggy Freelance (bluh) or Gamespy.

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    NijaNija Registered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I worked at Activision and a few of the comics where posted near my station. This was 1999. I don't think I actually registered until 2008.

    Edit: It was September 2009

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    fightinfilipinofightinfilipino Angry as Hell #BLMRegistered User regular
    edited July 2015
    i remember the time i joined the PA forums, had a shit fit @Tube for some dumb thing, and somehow did not get my ass banned.

    i got better at internetting and stuck around. all of these things are more than likely related.

    tl;dr: thanks for not banning me, Penny-Arcade!

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    QanamilQanamil x Registered User regular
    Oh man, I remember keenspot and sluggy freelance. I, like most, have no idea why I joined here in 2003. I then fled for years so that's also far for the SE++ course.

    I did used to spend a lot of time on a forum called Rum & Monkey prior to that, but it's long since become defunct.

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    Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    I think I found the comic through Wired

    then BugBoy convinced me to sign up for the forums

    I tried to sell him on being BFL#1 and BFL#2, but no dice

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    P sure I made my way here from Livejournal

    It was a weird time in my life

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    The spider comic (he's wearing my shoes!) was the first time I holy shit laughed so hard at a comic that I thought I would die.

    I use that joke all the damn time and every time I laugh super hard at it.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    They mentioned Penny arcade in passing on TechTV one time when discussing some kinda PC program to aggregate webcomics.

    That's when I started reading it at least.

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    I had been reading the comic since probably 2003, no idea how I found it, and I didn't even know there was a forum until about 2008, which was when I signed up

    This is a significant trade up from the forums I used to frequent in my stupider youth

    Fireball20XL's forum The Fallout Shelter and The Middle Ground

    Two forums where I'm certain at least 90% of the population had their own original Sonic characters

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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
    Usagi wrote: »
    P sure I made my way here from Livejournal

    It was a weird time in my life

    I kinda miss livejournal. I mean, not livejournal like it is now, but from when it was in its prime.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Forums I have been a member of

    -No fewer than three distinct Gundam fan forums
    -This place

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    You know what, I say distinct Gundam forums but it was really just the same group of people migrating to new boards when the previous one shut down

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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
    My very first forum was Gaia Online, or as it was called then, Go Gaia.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    ceres wrote: »
    Usagi wrote: »
    P sure I made my way here from Livejournal

    It was a weird time in my life

    I kinda miss livejournal. I mean, not livejournal like it is now, but from when it was in its prime.

    Yeah, I know what you mean! Though I'm still good friends with a bunch of people I met there, which is cool

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    LalaboxLalabox Registered User regular
    I used to follow a site that made comics with photographed lego figures, and in one newspost, they were complaining about the mass effect nitpicking comics and how it was really unfair on the game, and I kinda just clicked through, read the entire pa archives, and somehow decided to stay. I think I joined way before deciding to really post. And then I was a bit of a shit in g&t.

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Was that irregular webcomic? Think that dude lives in Sydney no?

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    LarsLars Registered User regular
    edited July 2015
    I remember the InsideTheWeb.com message boards from the 90s. Everyone seemed to have one since they were free and quick to set up.

    Usually to go with their Geocities website.

    Edit: Guess Geth remembers too.

    Lars on
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    GvzbgulGvzbgul Registered User regular
    edited July 2015
    tynic wrote: »
    Was that irregular webcomic? Think that dude lives in Sydney no?
    Very likely, but there was a period when a lot of lego webcomics were being made. I'm not sure what started it, probably Irregular Webcomic? I can only remember 3 of them, Lego Battlestar Galactica, the Brick Bible and one other original Lego webcomic that I can't remember much of.

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    A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    Keenspot! That's what it was
    Wikipedia tells me it was a webcomics portal, but I knows a webring when I sees one

    Keenspot had Men in Hats! I just remembered that was a thing.

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    LalaboxLalabox Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Was that irregular webcomic? Think that dude lives in Sydney no?

    Nah, it was some guy called saber scorpion, and his work was mainly scifi things, or fantasy stuff.

    There were a bunch of lego webcomics that got me into the whole "being online" thing.

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    Remember Sinfest? I wish I didn't.

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