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Penny Arcade

CID:523 Subscriptions:320Readers this Week:43
Genres:Comedy, Gaming, Parody or Satire
Description*:Foul talking video game addicts talk in extremes about video games.
* Descriptions are user submitted and might not express the views of the admins of this site, or of the comics creators themselves.
Flags:L Adult Language
V Graphic Violence
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Entry Added:Sat, Sep 9, 2000
Entry Modified:Thu, Sep 9, 2021

Reviews: 2   Average Rating:

05:54am 09/05/2013
A once good strip dragged down by toxic attitudes.
Penny Arcade was once a good strip. The vulgarity and obnoxious rants were sparing, and limited. Penny arcade used to be able to have many strips go by poking fun at the games industry, or even telling quite interesting stories, without ever making potty humour or deriding the vulnerable. Then over time the vulgarity and obnoxious rants have become the point, and the quality of the strip has suffered too much.

Mike "Gabe" Krahulik's doubling down on "Dickwolves" and saying it was wrong to apologise for insulting rape victims, and being entirely unrepentant about his transphobic and hateful speech, is the cultural breaking point for me. He is too close to the Dave Sim event horizon to credit anything he wants to say in his comics, which just makes it hard to enjoy in context. And without context, the comics are mainly just ranting trash, exploitation and shock potty humour.

It is perhaps time they left the stage, and retired the strip.
07:35am 11/18/2008
Not worth it if you aren't into video games
But very funny if you are. Many of the jokes assume you are not only a gamer, but also that you are completely up to date with the latest gaming news. Most are one-shot comics with very little if any development.
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