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Produce Panic Takes Penny Arcade Characters Gaming

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the hurrah-for-fruit-penetration dept.

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Thanks to EvilAvatar for pointing to the official Produce Panic webpage, which now has a free PC download (23mb, 5 maps) of "the first Penny Arcade [themed] game for the PC", based on the Garage Games Torque engine, in which the player can "run (or fly) around as your favorite juicer in an all out death match, or play cooperatively with friends and compete against other teams of Fruit F@*kers to capture their receipt so they can be taken back to the store." The guys at Penny Arcade seem to approve, noting "There is even a movie theater in hell which, in addition to Tomb Raider and the Tetris Movie, also shows the latest strip up on the screen", and mentioning: "It is free, as I mentioned, but the guys at Plan B Games are accepting donations for their work - if you enjoyed it, please let them know."

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FP (-1, Flamebait)

djsmiley (752149) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272457)

FP, money making ffs! No one wil buy that, I HOPE!

Re:FP (1)

djsmiley (752149) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272499)

And YES i do know its free, but that dont mean that one day, someone WONT try and sell it.... Btw anyone agree that free stuff sometimes just floods the web? Can kill google for sure !

Meh. (0, Flamebait)

JasonMaggini (190142) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272556)

Never much cared for the comic. Day after day of the same joke, really.
"Hey, this game sucks!"
"Hey, this movie sucks!"
"Hey, this [whatever] F@#*ing sucks!" ...and so on.

Re:Meh. (1, Interesting)

hambonewilkins (739531) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272869)

Pretty much. I think you'll get modded down for it, but I agree. Penny Arcade is of the branch of humor that thinks adding swearing to anything will likely make it funnier. In reality, it only shows how lame your joke really is. That, and the jokes play to a very small audience on incredibly topical humor.

Re:Meh. (3, Insightful)

karnal (22275) | more than 10 years ago | (#9273096)

I don't think it'll get modded down, however you're speaking of what people anywhere think of anything: Some people love it, other people hate it.

Everyone else who doesn't have an opinion just don't care :)

Re:Meh. (3, Interesting)

Zangief (461457) | more than 10 years ago | (#9273201)

Mmm, while most of PA humor is gamecentric, I can still show examples of not swearing [penny-arcade.com] not gaming [penny-arcade.com] and totally random things [penny-arcade.com]

It's not their main branch, but they can do other things too

Re:Meh. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9273469)

But swearing does make it funnier. They're charged words. It's the reason the best stand up comics are on late-night HBO and not prime-time Comedy Central (with some exceptions, of course; and Jon Stewart is frequently bleeped).

I used to think Bob Saget was the world's stupidest comic from watching him on Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, until I saw him in Half Baked, and then saw his stand-up act. The man's actually funny if he can swear and be perverted.

So lighten up and realize that we have reserved words in English because they spice things up. Otherwise all we have left is bland Full House-esque humor.

Re:Meh. (4, Insightful)

Cecil (37810) | more than 10 years ago | (#9274447)

Penny Arcade is of the branch of humor that thinks adding swearing to anything will likely make it funnier.

No, not at all. Penny Arcade thinks adding swearing to a serious and relevant discussion will make it funnier. And it does. It works very well in fact. See: George Carlin Standup Comedy.

The jokes DO play to a very small audience. But I am a gamer, much like them, and I do find the jokes funny and the comments relevant. If you think it's lame, fine. But the intended audience doesn't. And thankfully, the small audience is who they care about, rather than trying to water things down and "diversify" their audience like the rest of the corporate world.

Not About the Comics (3, Interesting)

Alaren (682568) | more than 10 years ago | (#9273148)

I tend to agree--although there are some real gems, the day to day comics are about as funny as daily funnies in the paper, just focused at a particular group (gamers).

What keeps me going back three days a week is the news updates. These guys almost always have something relevant to say about games; I consider their recommendations a step below "friends" and about ten steps above the likes of IGN and other gaming mags.

In short: the comic is usually good for a chuckle, sometimes more, but what the site is really about is gaming--and to that end I think they do a great job.

Re:Meh. (2, Funny)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9274563)

I was going to list a batch of recent comics that didn't fit into your description, but I haven't found one yet...

Re:Meh. (1)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9274960)

If you had started with todays comic you would have found one straight away.

Re:Meh. (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9275705)

Read it again.

Re:Meh. (1)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9275859)

What exactly do you think they are saying sucks?

Re:Meh. (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9276158)

The Tycho You Didn't Know: Singles (Is it a Sims expansion?)
The Double-You Bee: Recent WB releases and/or the review system.

Re:Meh. (1)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9281321)

The Tycho You Didn't Know: Singles (Is it a Sims expansion?)
Oh, come on. Here's a hint: the joke is not in the first panel. Singles is used to introduce the subject of the joke. Gabe is showing frustration, but it's a bit of a leap to go from that to "the joke is that Singles sucks". There is a difference between frustration and condemnation.
The Double-You Bee: Recent WB releases and/or the review system.
And/or? You can't even decide what the comic is deriding. Let me spell it out for you: the comic is deriding the horrified reaction by developers to the idea of being paid on quality of work. They are not saying anything sucks, they are saying that developers have the wrong attitude.

I wonder if you actually understand the humor that you claim is simply "that sucks" jokes.

Re:Meh. (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9282070)

I wonder if you actually understand the humor that you claim is simply "that sucks" jokes.
That wasn't me. However, you'll have to agree that they're not clear examples against the original poster's assertion.

Re:Meh. (1)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9283004)

That wasn't me.
You did say "I was going to list a batch of recent comics that didn't fit into your description, but I haven't found one yet...". It is pretty clear you accept his point.
However, you'll have to agree that they're not clear examples against the original poster's assertion.
I think they are. Neither of them clearly voice the opinion that anything sucks, and certainly neither of them use that as the main joke. There are also plenty of other examples - the Cardboard Samurai and Fruit Fucker 2000 comics immediately leap to mind as cases where "that sucks" can't possibly be inferred as the joke.

Re:Meh. (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9283276)

I was working backwards from the current one. I posted to /. as I reached the drunk bitch sketch. I know a few earlier than that was a very funny one titled "How to win friends and influence Bats" (or similar, that's from memory), which doesn't include anything sucking. I was, however, suprised at how may of the comics do have a high degree of "X sucks", whether it's the underlying theme or the punchline.

It's still my favourite comic on the planet though.

I'm sharing the demo via ares (2, Informative)

linzeal (197905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272627)

Ares [aresgalaxy.org]

1.5 mb/s upload dsl pipe. Name: ( ProducePanicDM-1.0.1.exe )

Re:I'm sharing the demo via ares (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9275963)

No need to go with a more obscure p2p solution. eMule is much more widespread, and there's already a torrent available [filerush.com] .

Cool! (2)

xCepheus (687775) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272673)

So when is the Carboard Tube Samurai game coming out? mwhahaha

Re:Cool! (1)

lytlebill (659903) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272728)

Well, the Cardboard Tube Samurai mod for Jedi Academy is in the works. http://www.obeythetube.com is the website. Looks good so far, we'll have to wait and see for the rest.

Not quite the Samurai... (5, Informative)

wheresdrew (735202) | more than 10 years ago | (#9274196)

...but the tube makes an appearance in Legacy of Kain: Defiance for PS2. From psx2codes.com:

At any time while playing as Kain, pause the game and enter: UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, R2, L2, TRIANGLE, DOWN, and CIRCLE.

You will exit the pause menu and Kain will utter "Beware the tube!" For the rest of the game, Kain will fight with a cardboard tube instead of the Reaver blade. This code will only work for Kain, not Raziel.

Re:Not quite the Samurai... (1)

Cais (682659) | more than 10 years ago | (#9274601)

I seem to remember it making an appearance in one of the Hitman games for PC.

Re:Not quite the Samurai... (1)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 10 years ago | (#9276674)

I seem to remember it making an appearance in one of the Hitman games for PC.

I don't play 'Hitman' but I saw the ad on TV ... I thought I saw the guy carrying a cardboard tube, but my wife said I was just seeing things.

It pre-dates it, but the stick that Ico carries through much of the came looks a bit like a cardboard tube. Last time I played 'Ico' I imagined it was just a cardboard tube. :-)

Next door neighbor (4, Interesting)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 10 years ago | (#9272991)

Slightly off topic.

Gabe is my next door neighbor. Kinda funny, I get home, my wife says we have new neighbors and hes a cartoonist. She says, this is the name of his cartoon and hands me a piece of paper. I looked at the piece of paper and about fainted when it said "Penny Arcade". (Wife doesn't read comics, go figure..)

So I grabbed a wrapping paper tube and knocked on the door, he signed it (google Cardboard Tube Samurai) and started talking to him. I mentioned I read his cartoon's daily with a script called "DailyScripts". Lets just say he wasn't happy that I use a script that downloads his comic and he didn't get the click through revenue.

Or it could be he's a Console gamer and I'm a PC gamer. lol

Re:Next door neighbor (3, Funny)

Bazzargh (39195) | more than 10 years ago | (#9275728)

Gabe's your neighbour? Just be glad it's not Tycho the Psycho [penny-arcade.com] .

Re:Next door neighbor (1)

eudas (192703) | more than 10 years ago | (#9278295)

i'd just figure that where there's one, the other's not too far away.

eudas

Re:Next door neighbor (1)

Suppafly (179830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9282738)

Your name isn't Charles is it?

Re:Next door neighbor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9283056)

Nope its, Brook. (you can tell by slashdot ID.)

Tetris: The Movie (3, Funny)

SamSim (630795) | more than 10 years ago | (#9273348)

Interesting that this game should come out around now, because Tetris: The Movie [penny-arcade.com] (starring Al Pacino as "L") was always supposed to come out in Summer 2004.

Shame I wasn't on Slashdot yesterday, when I could have legitimately said "The Day After Tomorrow comes out the day after tomorrow". Oh well... never get to use that line again...

Re:Tetris: The Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9273433)

Oh well... never get to use that line again...

Correction: Two days before the DVD comes out.

Re:Tetris: The Movie (1)

SuperMo0 (730560) | more than 10 years ago | (#9273514)

Shame I wasn't on Slashdot yesterday, when I could have legitimately said "The Day After Tomorrow comes out the day after tomorrow". Oh well... never get to use that line again...

What about when it comes out on DVD?

Re:Tetris: The Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9274272)

Ha ha, SuperMo0. You got served!
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