Stolen Pixels #244: Fan Bait

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Shamus Young:

"fad" in the sense that five years ago I'd never heard of Texas Hold 'Em,

Seriously? Texas Hold'em has been a mainstay of computer games since the beginning (I doubt you've never peeked at a Strip Poker game on the web somewhere) and gambling since the 1900's. Poker itself has been around since the 15th century I believe. 1998's film Rounders and the sequence in Casino Royale pushed it to the top, but it's dominated Late Night TV since the turn of the century.

It's one of the classics that dominate films like The Sting('73), the entirety of the Western genre, Maverick (both versions), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Fan service...fair enough. A fad? I'd have to argue with.

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The_root_of_all_evil:

Shamus Young:

"fad" in the sense that five years ago I'd never heard of Texas Hold 'Em,

Seriously? Texas Hold'em has been a mainstay of computer games since the beginning (I doubt you've never peeked at a Strip Poker game on the web somewhere) and gambling since the 1900's. Poker itself has been around since the 15th century I believe. 1998's film Rounders and the sequence in Casino Royale pushed it to the top, but it's dominated Late Night TV since the turn of the century.

I'd heard of poker, but not T.H.E.

And no, never "peeked" at any strip poker games on the web.

Reality shows existed in the past, but they really took off in the early 00's, and I call those a fad as well. Are you arguing TV poker has always been as popular as it is now, or my usage of the word fad, or what? I have no idea where you're going with this.

Having listened to the Penny Arcade podcast, I've always imagined Tycho sounding like Jerry Holkins. The voice actor for Tycho in the game sounds so utterly unlike Jerry that he seems completely wrong to me.

Shamus Young:
Fan Bait

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In my mind's eye, Gabe always had the same voice as Ron Stoppable from the Kim Possible cartoons and Tycho sounds like a cross between Eric Cartman and Garfield.

Ahh...Man you just made me more interested in that game...

Shamus Young:

Reality shows existed in the past, but they really took off in the early 00's, and I call those a fad as well. Are you arguing TV poker has always been as popular as it is now, or my usage of the word fad, or what? I have no idea where you're going with this.

I'm just curious, I guess. Since I've really known poker, T.H.E. has been the variant played across all the media. Pokemon has been as popular for roughly the same time as T.H.E., would you call that a fad? Maybe we just have different versions of the word. It just seemed a very strange word to use in the context.

cool idea i would get it expt i dont like poker and besides the heavy dont really care for any of the charrites i mean i know who they are but im just not in to them

i know they should make a alt verson where instead of tycho its katie (from awkward zombie which is a way better comic) and instead of strongbad its ellis from l4d2 (i think hes really funny)and max its a raving rabbit

I've always thought Tycho would be British, but I like the voice they've given him regardless.

fun comic, though its not up top your usual level of wit and insight, this was always a game for fans, i bought before realising what game was attached, its like naked pictures of [your celeb of choice] sold with a game of sorry, and it made feel just as good for almost 15 min and then it started to repeat it self.

it even stops the game so that they can talk so that you dont have to focus on the deep gameplay and miss the heavy calling you weak for checking for the 89th time, right before he folds.

Shamus Young:

The_root_of_all_evil:
[quote="Shamus Young" post="6.246891.9076618"]
"fad" in the sense that five years ago I'd never heard of Texas Hold 'Em,

Seriously? Texas Hold'em has been a mainstay of computer games since the beginning (I doubt you've never peeked at a Strip Poker game on the web somewhere) and gambling since the 1900's. Poker itself has been around since the 15th century I believe. 1998's film Rounders and the sequence in Casino Royale pushed it to the top, but it's dominated Late Night TV since the turn of the century.

Okay, all the poker players need to calm down here. Texas hold 'em was a local thing IN Texas until fairly recently. Five and seven card stud have been around for 100+ years and the dogs are playing with five in the hand :P Let's slow the nerd rage.

Frozen Donkey Wheel2:

MR T3D:
Agree its purely fanservice.

Watched Total Biscuit's WTF is poker night at the inventory
basically got all the fanservice desired in barely 2 rounds.

And I find tycho there a total c***

[DISCLAIMER: The following is nothing personal, I am merely required to do this every time I see someone swear on the internet and censor it. Especially on this site.]

It's okay to swear on the internet, you know. Your mom's not gonna read it, she's too busy being fucked... BY ME.

Anyway, I could care less about this game because I don't give a shit about ANY of those franchises.

I usually do swear in internet posts, except for the word 'cunt' which I feel dirty using on a site with so goddam many children, for some reason.

I always imagined that Tycho's voice was similar to the voice actor for Simmons from Red vs Blue.

Shamus Young:

The_root_of_all_evil:

And yeah Shamus, 'fad card game'...unlike say "fitting shapes into others to make them disappear" or "building block simulators"

"fad" in the sense that five years ago I'd never heard of Texas Hold 'Em, and now it's on TV, all over the web in a thousand different versions, on Facebook, and flooding my spam filter. "fad" meaning sudden but passing popularity.

I don't think Minecraft or Chime have anywhere near the widespread popularity of Texas Hold 'Em.

Five years ago, THE had already taken off in multimedia. TV and the web included.

But I honestly have to ask, based on this and your example of reality TV, what constitutes "passing" popularity? Reality TV, while I despise it, has enjoyed almost a decade of popularity and no sign of stopping. THE, while I'd rather just play another variant, has had over half a decade of popularity and no signs of stopping.

Are shooters a fad, knowing that it might be another decade before "bros" get tired of the genre and abandon it? is 20 years still too passing?

Yeah, it's great fun. And all this texas hold 'em lately is good too, I find it a much more enjoyable variant of poker, because you actually get more than a god damn pair sometimes. :D

Where are Strong Bad's feet in panel 2? I can't see them, so I will assume that they are starting a revolution of some sort, or demanding money from children. I mean, those seem the most logical.

Well at least it is the "we make self referencing jokes and have a good all time" and not the "oops, all my clothes just fell off" kind.

Shamus Young:

"fad" in the sense that five years ago I'd never heard of Texas Hold 'Em, and now it's on TV, all over the web in a thousand different versions, on Facebook, and flooding my spam filter. "fad" meaning sudden but passing popularity.

+1

Although as a child i unwittingly tried to reconstruct the game from the Lucky Luke intro wich I now am sure must be this.

OT:
A better game- Steam Brawl!

Zachary Amaranth:

Shamus Young:

The_root_of_all_evil:

And yeah Shamus, 'fad card game'...unlike say "fitting shapes into others to make them disappear" or "building block simulators"

"fad" in the sense that five years ago I'd never heard of Texas Hold 'Em, and now it's on TV, all over the web in a thousand different versions, on Facebook, and flooding my spam filter. "fad" meaning sudden but passing popularity.

I don't think Minecraft or Chime have anywhere near the widespread popularity of Texas Hold 'Em.

Five years ago, THE had already taken off in multimedia. TV and the web included.

But I honestly have to ask, based on this and your example of reality TV, what constitutes "passing" popularity? Reality TV, while I despise it, has enjoyed almost a decade of popularity and no sign of stopping. THE, while I'd rather just play another variant, has had over half a decade of popularity and no signs of stopping.

Are shooters a fad, knowing that it might be another decade before "bros" get tired of the genre and abandon it? is 20 years still too passing?

-noun
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group

Yes shooters are a fad. It's a fad not because it's liked, there will always be people that like it, it's a fad because it suddenly achieved huge mainstream success. All fashions and trends are fads as in they are all passing, punks, new romantics, these defined huge portions of a decade but were still passing. Eventually shooters will be replaced by a new flavour of the month, or decade as the case may be.

Spot1990:
-noun
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group

Aaaaaaand extending it that far applies it so broadly as to lose pretty much all meaning, because almost everything can now be defined as "fad."

Shamus Young:
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You mean like version of the game that has famous porn stars playing poker?

Well, I've played the game a few times and I've made a couple of fantastic discoveries:

1) The banter is actually pretty funny, though it does tend to repeat sometimes
2) I utterly SUCK at Texas Hold-'Em

Anyone got thirty thousand dollars I can borrow until next payday?

Onyx Oblivion:
$5 well spent. Just for the writing.

I want it badly dude. I wish my pc was up to par.


this stuff is gold

I like it. The conversation integrates well with the gameplay, and the characters are all true-to-form (which is unusual...). I haven't seen any bugs in the gameplay.

The one criticism may be the weak AI but...oh, wait, I'm still playing on Easy. Nevermind, I love it.

This may appear to be a cash grab, but when said cash grab is also highly entertaining, I'm not going to complain.

Aura Guardian:

Onyx Oblivion:
$5 well spent. Just for the writing.

I want it badly dude. I wish my pc was up to par.


this stuff is gold

Hahahahaha... Dude, this game is awesome! Now I'm suddenly very interested.

Zachary Amaranth:

Spot1990:
-noun
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group

Aaaaaaand extending it that far applies it so broadly as to lose pretty much all meaning, because almost everything can now be defined as "fad."

No it can't because just because something has fans doesn't mean it's mainstream or fashionable which is what a fad or trend is.

Spot1990:

Zachary Amaranth:

Spot1990:
-noun
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group

Aaaaaaand extending it that far applies it so broadly as to lose pretty much all meaning, because almost everything can now be defined as "fad."

No it can't because just because something has fans doesn't mean it's mainstream or fashionable which is what a fad or trend is.

I think "fad" is a term best used in retrospect or as conjecture, since it is defined by being temporary. In other words, calling something a fad means you're either predicting it will end soon or it has already passed.

Void(null):

Doctor Insanovic:
haha yeah, I had 3 kings and 2 twos and got beaten by 2 kings and 2 twos. fail much? still, the game is a lot of fun, especially for 5 bucks.

Thats five kings... there are only 4 kings in a deck of cards. Was that a typo or were there really 5 kings in play?

SPY IS SAPPING MY CARD GAMES!!

I've always imagined Gabe and Tycho sounding like Dante and Randall from (the) Clerks (series-es) and the View Askewniverse...

Aura Guardian:
I want it badly dude. I wish my pc was up to par.

I was going to get the pre-order but I couldn't get my computer fixed in time for it. With the pre-order TF2 shinies no longer present, my interest in this purchase has waned.

Good game. The Poker is fun, and the characters are lovable. It really doesn't get old.

Would totally get this except I have an aversion to Poker and card-related games. Ah well! Maybe it does well enough for a follow-up that ties in to a different type of game.

EDIT: Watching that clip of the background chatter has done one thing, tho: made me want to go pick up Team Fortress 2 and possibly Strongbad (or whatever its called). I already read Penny Arcade, and I already have Sam & Max season 1, waiting, languishing, for me to play it....

The trailer looks good and so does the comic i am definitely getting this game.

Regardless of this game's quality, I can't bring myself to like it because THIS IS THE REASON WE DIDN'T HAVE A HOMESTAR RUNNER HALLOWEEN CARTOON THIS YEAR.

ender214:
Played it until I unlocked the TF2 items, then never touched it again.

I would be willing to bet many people are doing this exactly. Having the newest item in TF2 is a strong draw for that community.

Also, are the items tradeable?

I haven't had a jarring voice clash with Tycho (cause I haven't heard him speak) but I did with you Shamus. Being British I read your columns in a vaguely English accent, which made it very strange when I watched Spoiler Warning and you spoke with an American accent...
I believe the one I imagined for you is much nicer and less confusing for me. Please use it :)

You may have a valid point. However, I bet a lot of people (myself included) bought it for the writing, not the poker game itself. Hell, I barely know how to PLAY poker, and I was all over this. Why? Because it's cheap, and it's funny.

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