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Penny Arcade - Comic - The Third Sword

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imagePenny Arcade - Comic - The Third Sword

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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  • FuzFuz Registered User regular
    I don't get it.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Fuz wrote: »
    I don't get it.

    In games where you go into your inventory to swap out gear, what must that look like to the in-game onlookers?

    Either the game pauses, in which case you're blinking in and out of outfits like a sitcom about a suburban witch, or the game keeps going, in which case this scenario occurs - a motionless avatar staring at the inside of his brain while you compare numbers on your War Pants to ensure they are superior to your Battle Trews. Also you've removed your pants to do this.

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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  • QuicalQuical Registered User regular
    I'm not certain that IS the joke here. That joke's been made forever right? The fact that they specifically chose The Witcher.

    I've played Witcher 3 to death and i don't get this either. Gonna need a news post I think.

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  • Sangheili91Sangheili91 Registered User regular
    That is most certainly the joke. And even if it isn't the joke, that's what I'm laughing at really hard right now.

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  • HelicaonHelicaon Registered User regular
    and why's the amulet glowing?

  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    I think it just does that.

  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    I got the title joke at least.

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I feel like he took his old pants off before he put his new pants on. Both pairs of pants are in the inventory screen.

  • HelicaonHelicaon Registered User regular
    yeah, I know it glows - but it's usually to indicate danger or evilness...

  • LovelyLovely Registered User regular
    I guess the joke is the old "you're naked while changing" thing, but ... I dunno why Geralt looks brain dead during. He strikes me as more of the type to be naked proudly. Maybe wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Lovely wrote: »
    I guess the joke is the old "you're naked while changing" thing, but ... I dunno why Geralt looks brain dead during. He strikes me as more of the type to be naked proudly. Maybe wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.
    Maybe it's because of how beat-up and pox-ridden his wang is. He isn't exactly discerning about where he puts it.

  • RavenluteRavenlute Registered User new member
    I haven't played Witcher so I don't know if it applies, but in some games stats are tied to clothing. If his pants raised his Intelligence, then by taking them off he suddenly became really stupid, hence the cross eyed look and drool.

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  • AnarCHrisAnarCHris Trash Lord New York CityRegistered User regular
    I honestly thought the strip was related to Diablo somehow. WHELP, guess I got brain problems.

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  • Devil_VeinDevil_Vein Registered User new member
    Heh nice. That's how I think all npc's see the world.
    Side note: Is Trenches dead?

  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    AnarCHris wrote: »
    I honestly thought the strip was related to Diablo somehow. WHELP, guess I got brain problems.

    It could be any game with clothing options and an inventory, really. Diablo was what I thought first until I got the significance of the title.

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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  • sandalwoodsandalwood Cartoonist New YorkRegistered User regular
    Hahahaha "processing... processing..."

  • Praxus1874Praxus1874 West Valley City, UTRegistered User regular
    This strip feels...lazy in a way, from both a writing and art standpoint. Especially compared to the 6-part strip we just had.

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  • TubeTube Registered User admin
    YoungFrey wrote: »
    Lovely wrote: »
    I guess the joke is the old "you're naked while changing" thing, but ... I dunno why Geralt looks brain dead during. He strikes me as more of the type to be naked proudly. Maybe wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.
    Maybe it's because of how beat-up and pox-ridden his wang is. He isn't exactly discerning about where he puts it.

    I think he's immune to disease

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    Lovely wrote: »
    I guess the joke is the old "you're naked while changing" thing, but ... I dunno why Geralt looks brain dead during. He strikes me as more of the type to be naked proudly. Maybe wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.
    I think it's because the game is paused, so "Geralt" kind of doesn't really exist in the moment. The player is swapping stuff around but Geralt is basically checked out.

    Quid
  • ziddersroofurryziddersroofurry Registered User regular
    *Sigh*

    Oh, you.

    Mike? Jerry? Thank you for giving us both the very profound and the very, very silly. :)
    -Z

  • NuhausNuhaus Registered User new member
    TychoCelchuuu has it. Geralt is standing there in a trance, buck ass naked, as the player looks through the inventory and the merchant is trying not to stare at his wang or "third sword". It's a very Mike joke.

  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    YoungFrey wrote: »
    Lovely wrote: »
    I guess the joke is the old "you're naked while changing" thing, but ... I dunno why Geralt looks brain dead during. He strikes me as more of the type to be naked proudly. Maybe wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.
    Maybe it's because of how beat-up and pox-ridden his wang is. He isn't exactly discerning about where he puts it.

    I think he's immune to disease

    And sterile, I think. The ultimate risk-free bone machine

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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  • FTVFTV Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
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  • SwashbucklerXXSwashbucklerXX Swashbucklin' Canuck Registered User regular
    INACCURATE! As one can clearly see in the aftermath of his scene with a particular sorceress, Geralt owns a pair of rather anachronistic-looking boxers. :bzz:

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  • TubeTube Registered User admin
    Does Geralt ever get his ding-dong out

  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited August 2015
    I moaned during the last six comics how I didn't really care for the diversions and just wanted my video game and dick joke comics.

    I am sated.

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  • QuicalQuical Registered User regular
    Having read the newspost it uh... huh. It is the joke. Well, ok!

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  • WarforgedRusWarforgedRus Registered User regular
    Apparently a Gabe joke as Tycho only had a brief what-it-is-link to give to the topic.

    More comedy might have ensued from the case where you sell your pants and forget to buy a replacement set and then leave the vendor with that nagging feeling something might be wrong. Or worse...

    "You don't have enough money for those warpants sir. And no, I don't have a buyback feature for the warpants you just sold me."

  • SwashbucklerXXSwashbucklerXX Swashbucklin' Canuck Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Does Geralt ever get his ding-dong out

    No, there's hardly even any butt shots of him. :(

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  • KherusKherus Registered User regular
    I didn't even notice the no pants straight away, just laughing at the face, then when I got the no pants thing I laughed my ass off.

  • ziddersroofurryziddersroofurry Registered User regular
    Mr_Grinch wrote: »
    I moaned during the last six conics how I didn't really care for the diversions and just wanted my video game and dick joke comics.

    I am sated.
    This http://penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/08/03/nightlight-and-my-dad is why comments like yours frustrate me. When people see someone pouring their heart into something creative and boo-hoo over it because it means for less than a week they don't get their dick jokes it really pisses me off. Same thing when people put down Jerry's writing or demean Mikes art.

    I don't care if you think I'm a fanboy or whatever. I'd say the same about anything anyone put their heart and soul into. There's a person on the other end of that tablet pen and word processing program. At least have a little respect for the effort they're putting in on other peoples behalf.

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  • LittlestarsLittlestars Registered User regular
    I don't care if you think I'm a fanboy or whatever. I'd say the same about anything anyone put their heart and soul into. There's a person on the other end of that tablet pen and word processing program. At least have a little respect for the effort they're putting in on other peoples behalf.
    Nothing to get our dicks in a twist about. For what it's worth, I didn't entirely get the storyline of the last strips either, though I did appreciate the writing and art and I wish my mind could have made sense of it without Mike's explanation. But, you know, that's last week's news. Let's focus on this week while we're in it. I believe what our grinchy friend is trying to say is that he likes dick jokes and is glad to have them back, and honestly, let's not fault him for that. The only thing alarming about that is it's implied that he only has one source of dick jokes, which, I mean, come on. That's just grossly insufficient. Criminally negligent, even.
    Even if PA has the very best dick jokes.
    For many years, actually.
    Apparently it's a long-standing tradition.

    ziddersroofurry
  • ziddersroofurryziddersroofurry Registered User regular
    Nothing to get our dicks in a twist about.
    I think I was rather reserved in my critique. I'm not at all saying Mr_Grinch is a douche or something. I don't know them and do my best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Stuff like that is pretty frustrating though.

  • PLAPLA The process.Registered User regular
    Forget it, zidders, it's dickjoketown.

  • InvisibleInvisible Registered User regular
    Devil_Vein wrote: »
    Heh nice. That's how I think all npc's see the world.
    Side note: Is Trenches dead?

    I hope not. I really like the new guy(people? I don't know if he works with anyone or not on it)'s take on it.

  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    Nothing to get our dicks in a twist about.
    I think I was rather reserved in my critique. I'm not at all saying Mr_Grinch is a douche or something. I don't know them and do my best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Stuff like that is pretty frustrating though.

    I actually didn't really moan during the last run, it was just better than saying "Other people moaned".

    My main point was that after a 'serious' 6 comic run we were treated to a comic literally about video games and dicks which I found amusing.

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  • PAX_SkeletorPAX_Skeletor Melbourne, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Mr_Grinch wrote: »
    Nothing to get our dicks in a twist about.
    I think I was rather reserved in my critique. I'm not at all saying Mr_Grinch is a douche or something. I don't know them and do my best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Stuff like that is pretty frustrating though.

    I actually didn't really moan during the last run, it was just better than saying "Other people moaned".

    My main point was that after a 'serious' 6 comic run we were treated to a comic literally about video games and dicks which I found amusing.

    My favourite thing is that after all the hoo-hah about some people finding it hard to follow the Nightlights storyline, the VERY first post on the following dick joke cartoon is literally 'I don't get it'. Comedy gold.

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  • Finnish_LineFinnish_Line Registered User regular
    Well... maybe this one just seems extra weak because of the strength that it's following. Maybe.

  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular


    Mr_Grinch wrote: »
    Nothing to get our dicks in a twist about.
    I think I was rather reserved in my critique. I'm not at all saying Mr_Grinch is a douche or something. I don't know them and do my best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Stuff like that is pretty frustrating though.

    I actually didn't really moan during the last run, it was just better than saying "Other people moaned".

    My main point was that after a 'serious' 6 comic run we were treated to a comic literally about video games and dicks which I found amusing.

    My favourite thing is that after all the hoo-hah about some people finding it hard to follow the Nightlights storyline, the VERY first post on the following dick joke cartoon is literally 'I don't get it'. Comedy gold.
    Or maybe it's easier to tell a story in 18 panels than it is in 3, so it makes sense for some people to get lost on today's.

  • BrettxPWBrettxPW Registered User regular
    Perhaps not the place for this post... But that Automata hoodie is LEGIT

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