What the hell is Penny Arcade doing?
If you read Penny Arcade, maybe you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, do me a favor. Click this link, read the comic, and then click this next link and read that comic. Those were sort of back to back – the first from a Friday, the second on a Monday.
Neither appears to have a joke.
Neither is comprehensible to me.
As far as I can gather, in the first comic, two men – probably Allied soldiers – have dug a hole in the woods. Now they sit there, in the rain, and one of them brings up raccoons apropos of nothing (to turn a phrase, if I may). And the other is, uh, offended by this?
Because, as we might learn from the second comic, one man is a furry? Or something? He believes he is part-raccoon? And then he wants his buddy to call him by his furry name.
I am wondering what I’m looking at here. I know Penny Arcade has moved way beyond its beginnings of “video game comic” and become an internet powerhouse. Their website has a ton of features I never use. I drop in to check out the comic.
Still, I think the core aim of their comic remains the same – to entertain. Often I find myself looking at media designed to entertain someone with a very different mindset than me. Even then, I can attain some small measure of understanding of why a person like that might be entertained by a certain form of presentation or punchline.
These “One-Oh-Furst” comics are so totally incomprehensible to me that I cannot even imagine a target audience. Help me, I guess?
My point isn’t that this comic is bad, or that I miss the ‘old’ Penny Arcade. I know how hard it is to create something good. You’ll get more misses than hits. But damn. I know how good Penny Arcade can be. I want them to be that good all the time, which is likely impossible. Maybe skip an update or two, you know? Rally your strength or whatever.
Just, not this.
Whoops wait, I was just about to post this as I was looking through the Penny Arcade archives. I was looking for a strip I always remembered as funny. Gabe leaves to ‘find himself’ and Tycho predicts he’ll be raped by a hobo. Later, Gabe thanks Kenny Rogers for killing a hobo.
Here is the strip that immediately precedes the comic I just linked you to:
So, there’s that. Maybe the “One-Oh-Furst” is the story of that hobo, and how he became so deranged as to want to rape people who look like raccoons to him. I legitimately can’t tell if that is better or worse that what we’ve already got.
Posted on October 8, 2012, in Ramblings of an Unbalanced Mind and tagged furries, goddamn you penny arcade for making me use furries as a tag, kenny rogers kills a hobo, one-oh-furst, Penny Arcade. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.