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Penny Arcade - Comic - Whackmen

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Penny Arcade - Comic - Whackmen

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

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    Somehow I doubt it will stick, just like another time:

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    "I can quit anytime I want"




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    ATF_GriffATF_Griff Registered User regular
    The best way to quit is to never start.

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    FireballDragonFireballDragon Registered User regular
    "My name is Gabriel, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

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    StarDrifterStarDrifter Registered User regular
    I deactivated mine in 2020. The site is so drenched in illness that there was a tangible sense of healing after just a short time away.

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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    So, my apologies in advance. I'm about to spiral into a slightly unhinged analogy. While there is some dispute on the matter, a patent for that is generally regarded as the first automobile was issued in 1886. Twenty years later, Massachusetts and Missouri became the first states to require a drivers license to operate one. By 1919 Michigan joined the club and began requiring drivers licenses as well. That same year, Rhode Island became the first state to require and exam and a license. And so it went, State by state until finally in 1959 South Dakota became the final State in the Union to require a driver's exam to become licensed. My point is that it takes regulation a while to catch up with innovation. Right now, social media feels like that period in the early roaring 20's where the vast majority of the nation could just legally jump behind the wheel of a vehicle with very little oversite into whether or not they would become a public menace, or potentially a threat to public safety.

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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    I don’t think people would find social media regulation tolerable, justifiable or constitutional

    I don’t mind twitter and reddit where I have pretty good control over what I see. But I dumped Facebook 3 years ago and am happy about that

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    V1mV1m Registered User regular
    Yeah but the driving license system didn't impede hugely rich Gilded Age oligarchs

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    DarkAcreJackDarkAcreJack creative writer The Dark AcreRegistered User new member
    edited April 11
    DarkAcreJack was warned for this.
    You wouldn't deadname your trans allies, but you do it with X? I get that people have general contempt for social media, but anyone still using the name "Twitter" in 2024 just looks amusingly spiteful.

    Whippy on
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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    Yes I in fact would treat a thinking human person with more care and respect than a collection of computer programs/corporate entity whose management is dead set on making it a mockery of itself. Such double standards.

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    DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    I don't understand how you get from the raw genesis of the thought to the Post Reply button without seeing the dissimilarities between an oppressed minority and a website owned by the world's third richest man

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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    The comment has to be a joke. I haven’t heard of anyone calling for the new name to be used. People here were still calling the phone company “Telecom” ten years after the name changed

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited April 8
    You wouldn't deadname your trans allies, but you do it with X? I get that people have general contempt for social media, but anyone still using the name "Twitter" in 2024 just looks amusingly spiteful.

    That joke is not funny.

    When I say it's not funny, I don't mean to say that it is offensive or transphobic (even though it is transphobic), I mean that it is trite.

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Lttlefoot wrote: »
    The comment has to be a joke. I haven’t heard of anyone calling for the new name to be used. People here were still calling the phone company “Telecom” ten years after the name changed

    I've literally only seen it from people who start with the appearance of good faith discussion and after a few pages ended up showing their whole ass.

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    hibryd7hibryd7 Registered User regular
    When they posted "Raid: Shadow Legends", I logged on solely to congratulate Mike on deleting his twitter account, but the forum was strangely active and the topic was FFXIV so I wrote a small article that had nothing to do with twitter instead.

    Anyways, as rarely happens, my inaction lead to a more fortuitous opportunity, so....congrats on deleting your twitter account.

    I deleted mine several years ago after realizing all I used it for was to get drunk and rave murderous nonsense at children and corporate entities I harbored mild distain for.

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    MorninglordMorninglord I'm tired of being Batman, so today I'll be Owl.Registered User regular
    Twitter has already deleted itself.

    (PSN: Morninglord) (Steam: Morninglord) (WiiU: Morninglord22) I like to record and toss up a lot of random gaming videos here.
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    palidine40palidine40 Registered User regular
    Wooo congratulations Mike! It's a hard step, but the hardest is when you try to go look at someone elses tweet later and realize that they recently stopped people from looking around by clicking/surfing, you must be strong, its ok to not look something up directly anymore. Use news articles you trust, if its that important.

    Now, the question becomes. Mastodon, and/OR threads?

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    palidine40palidine40 Registered User regular
    You wouldn't deadname your trans allies, but you do it with X? I get that people have general contempt for social media, but anyone still using the name "Twitter" in 2024 just looks amusingly spiteful.

    Carrying a flag/torch for something thats not a person. The company is not a person. Stop.

    A rebrand isn't the same thing as an emotional self awareness awakening. And to put the same value on it, is quite distasteful. Does this also fit along the other lessons from the twitter owner's beliefs on other things?

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    V1mV1m Registered User regular
    You wouldn't deadname your trans allies, but you do it with X? I get that people have general contempt for social media, but anyone still using the name "Twitter" in 2024 just looks amusingly spiteful.

    I take that as a compliment!

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    AegeriAegeri Tiny wee bacteriums Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    You wouldn't deadname your trans allies, but you do it with X? I get that people have general contempt for social media, but anyone still using the name "Twitter" in 2024 just looks amusingly spiteful.

    Sometimes, one should read, think and then post. Or preferably, after they have thought they shouldn't post at all.

    The Roleplayer's Guild: My blog for roleplaying games, advice and adventuring.
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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Point of note: I wouldn't deadname my trans enemies, either

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    DarkAcreJackDarkAcreJack creative writer The Dark AcreRegistered User new member
    I had no idea this forum was this uptight.

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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    I had no idea this forum was this uptight.

    You got a warning for making an intentionally provocative statement that trivializes the very real issues of the trans community by conflating them with the ego project of an Apartheid Era nepo-baby. If you really need someone to explain this to you, I guess I should also warn you not to stick your tongue into a live electrical socket.

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    You wouldn't deadname your trans allies, but you do it with X? I get that people have general contempt for social media, but anyone still using the name "Twitter" in 2024 just looks amusingly spiteful.

    I know that you've already been infracted for this, but let me just state as the admin of this forum: don't invoke transphobia as a fucking gotcha to defend Elon Musk's dipshit business practices.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    edited April 11
    We don't play those type of games here.

    dennis on
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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Even Twitter still calls itself Twitter

    I get emails from info@twitter.com with the name X (formerly Twitter)

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    JokermanJokerman Everything EverywhereRegistered User regular
    I had no idea this forum was this uptight.

    Do you have an idea now, asshole?

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    The WolfmanThe Wolfman Registered User regular
    For me, I call it X specifically because in my head, it's the same sort of act as deadnaming somebody. It's a shitty act that *they* do, and I don't want to do what *they* do.

    I also just don't care. In an apathetic way. Twitter/X and Musk can eat a dick. But I'm not going to waste extended brain function on them, at least on completely worthless shit like the name. Who exactly am I owning by continuing to call it Twitter? They don't care. And I'm not going to care by expending effort to do it.

    "The sausage of Green Earth explodes with flavor like the cannon of culinary delight."
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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    It's a company, nobody's being denied anything by calling it Twitter

    I can't be the only one that refers to long-running establishments by the name I first knew them as, rather than the name they changed to, right?

    Like if a restaurant changes its name in your home town, you'll casually say "hey, let's go to [old name]" when you go back?

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited April 12
    It's a company, nobody's being denied anything by calling it Twitter

    I can't be the only one that refers to long-running establishments by the name I first knew them as, rather than the name they changed to, right?
    ?

    Nope. Get fucked, Willis.

    Edit: for those who don't know, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Tower

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    It's a company, nobody's being denied anything by calling it Twitter

    I can't be the only one that refers to long-running establishments by the name I first knew them as, rather than the name they changed to, right?

    Like if a restaurant changes its name in your home town, you'll casually say "hey, let's go to [old name]" when you go back?

    I wonder if some of this isn't an age thing. When you've been around long enough, you've had tons of companies doing Dynamic Rebranding and continually Synergizing the Namespace. I spend way less brain function by continuing to call them "twitter" than I would to try to remember to always call them "X".

    I have deadnamed a trans friend (thankfully, to a third party), but completely accidentally and was extremely grateful to be corrected immediately. But for a company, this isn't even a discussion unless you're being a troll or an edgelord. Corporations don't have any feelings, and they sure as shit don't care about yours.

    If I want to "own" them, I just call them "shitter."

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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    It's a company, nobody's being denied anything by calling it Twitter

    I can't be the only one that refers to long-running establishments by the name I first knew them as, rather than the name they changed to, right?
    ?

    Nope. Get fucked, Willis.

    Edit: for those who don't know, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Tower

    Oh, but you can have so much fun with this one. Seriously, find a crusty old native Chicagoan, point out the Tower and ask its name, and when the scoff at you and insist its called the Sears tower, look them dead in the eye and say, "Whatcha talkin' bout Willis?"

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    It's a company, nobody's being denied anything by calling it Twitter

    I can't be the only one that refers to long-running establishments by the name I first knew them as, rather than the name they changed to, right?

    Like if a restaurant changes its name in your home town, you'll casually say "hey, let's go to [old name]" when you go back?

    I wonder if some of this isn't an age thing. When you've been around long enough, you've had tons of companies doing Dynamic Rebranding and continually Synergizing the Namespace. I spend way less brain function by continuing to call them "twitter" than I would to try to remember to always call them "X".

    I have deadnamed a trans friend (thankfully, to a third party), but completely accidentally and was extremely grateful to be corrected immediately. But for a company, this isn't even a discussion unless you're being a troll or an edgelord. Corporations don't have any feelings, and they sure as shit don't care about yours.

    If I want to "own" them, I just call them "shitter."

    If I wanted to "own" it, I'd have to waste 44 billion dollars.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    Djiem wrote: »
    dennis wrote: »
    It's a company, nobody's being denied anything by calling it Twitter

    I can't be the only one that refers to long-running establishments by the name I first knew them as, rather than the name they changed to, right?

    Like if a restaurant changes its name in your home town, you'll casually say "hey, let's go to [old name]" when you go back?

    I wonder if some of this isn't an age thing. When you've been around long enough, you've had tons of companies doing Dynamic Rebranding and continually Synergizing the Namespace. I spend way less brain function by continuing to call them "twitter" than I would to try to remember to always call them "X".

    I have deadnamed a trans friend (thankfully, to a third party), but completely accidentally and was extremely grateful to be corrected immediately. But for a company, this isn't even a discussion unless you're being a troll or an edgelord. Corporations don't have any feelings, and they sure as shit don't care about yours.

    If I want to "own" them, I just call them "shitter."

    If I wanted to "own" it, I'd have to waste 44 billion dollars.

    Less and less with each passing day, though.

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    AegeriAegeri Tiny wee bacteriums Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    edited April 13
    I still call a mall here in NZ Linwood Mall.

    It never will be anything else to me, even though it's name changed over thirty years ago.

    Because it's a fucking building and HAS no feelings.

    Aegeri on
    The Roleplayer's Guild: My blog for roleplaying games, advice and adventuring.
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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    What’s Gabe gonna do if the cat goes missing again? https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/04/30/felinity1

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    Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    Lttlefoot wrote: »
    What’s Gabe gonna do if the cat goes missing again? https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/04/30/felinity1

    Given the date on that comic, if the cat goes missing it's probably time to stock up on zombie apocalypse supplies.

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