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I've never heard of these characters before. Maybe it's just me or they generally aren't this well known in germany, which to some degree must be the case as otherwise they wouldn't be introduce so well. Anyway i had a look at the characters and my first thought was this looks just disgusting. It's almost the opposite of what i like. But whilst saying so the videos also had a certain charme, it's both distracting and interesting.

So i went to youtube and watched a few videos which they have online and whilst not everything was something to laugh, i liked the concept behind it and three of the videos were really funny (video games, dragon, can't remember the third). So i think you can get used to this look to a certain degree but as soon as the humour is out it leaves at least me in a quite distracting world. It heavily depends on how funny/interesting these games will be designed. It's hard to imagine moments, like in Sam&Max, were you just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere in a certain location for a while. Other game aspects than the gfx have to do the work here on their own.

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  • I had no problems with the language, suprisingly i found the sound quality of some videos slightly better on youtube than on homestar, but it's just not so much my thing. As i said this could be funny but the style is not my thing, i always would have to convince myself that it's okay because it's so funny (which also only was the case for a few videos i saw) but internally my mind would revolte. This seems to be too much of dancing around the cake instead of eating it.

  • If you're in your 30's and grew up in suburban USA, Homestar Runner is pretty much a bullseye every time.

    Much younger or much older, and you'll likely miss a lot of the cultural references. I've no doubt that the US over the last 30+ years has a large number of similarities to (for example) Germany, but there are still plenty of those references that almost certainly don't translate across the pond.

    I've seen quite a few that would probably throw even someone on the west coast of the US, but squarely hit the mark with those on the east coast.

    All that's quite apart from the difficulty of parsing the strange accents for non-native English speakers.

    That said, I think setting aside a couple of hours to watch a big chunk of the Strong Bad E-mails will convert anyone with an actual sense of humor.

  • @Thanny said: Much younger or much older, and you'll likely miss a lot of the cultural references.


    All of that is why there's a Homestar Runner Wiki! :cool:

    I don't catch all the references, so I usually go to the wiki after watching a toon. Maybe I'm psychotic, but to me half the fun is clicking around and accidentally learning something in the process.

    I'm about 9 years outside of that age bracket, but I still enjoy most of the cartoons on the site. I'll admit, it took me a long time to really get attached to it and even now sometimes I kind of step back and ask, wow, what the heck am I watching here?! And I've been a fan since the Tandy era...

    To me, though, the weirdness is the charm. There really hasn't been anything like it before and that is refreshing.

    And even for people who don't like the cartoons at all, there's still the nostalgic games.

  • The first time I saw something from Homestar Runner was at a friend's house when one of the other guests played Strong Bad's email with the Strong Badia anthem in it. I didn't laugh, I didn't get it, but the ones who were familiar found it hilarious.

    Later I decided to give it more of a try and worked my way through the backlog of toons and sbemails... and I have to say - standing alone, they don't make much sense nor are they particularly funny (absurd, yes, but not really that funny). The humour comes with the familiarity... which means ensuring you've watched everything available... the more you watch, the funnier the characters are, and the funnier the toons and sbemails are.

    I honestly didn't think Homestar Runner was all that popular (only my geeky internet-obsessed friends knew about it... I guess that's still the case) but when there was a reference to Trogdor the Burninator in the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I was floored with laughter.... I figured H*R must be /reasonably/ popular in order to get referenced in a /very/ popular TV show!

    Of course, I wonder if people coming into the H*R universe through SBCG4AP will go "Whu?" or actually find it funny enough to check out the characters' backstory via all the toons and sbemails... and if they do, it's certainly worth it.

  • they did a h*r reference in buffy? wow...
    anyway, my experience with the whole homestar-thing was similar to the others. there are probably only few people in germany that ever heard of it, even though there was a strongbad_email from a german once. i checked the site for the first time, because some members on this forum have a homestar avatar or signature or something...and i didn't know what to do with it. that was before sbcg4ap was announced. afterwards i gave it a second try and have been watching all sbemails and some other toons since then...and i love it. i can't really say why though.

  • @wisp said: they did a h*r reference in buffy? wow...
    anyway, my experience with the whole homestar-thing was similar to the others. there are probably only few people in germany that ever heard of it, even though there was a strongbad_email from a german once. i checked the site for the first time, because some members on this forum have a homestar avatar or signature or something...and i didn't know what to do with it. that was before sbcg4ap was announced. afterwards i gave it a second try and have been watching all sbemails and some other toons since then...and i love it. i can't really say why though.

    I looked on the HRWiki, and I found out that one of them was sent by a German. Weird, I thought there would be more than that.

    But I can say that I showed the "Little Questions" email to a swedish friend of mine and he thought that it was hilarious...

  • @Molokov said: I honestly didn't think Homestar Runner was all that popular (only my geeky internet-obsessed friends knew about it... I guess that's still the case) but when there was a reference to Trogdor the Burninator in the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I was floored with laughter.... I figured H*R must be /reasonably/ popular in order to get referenced in a /very/ popular TV show!

    Of course, Buffy is largely popular with the geek set, and the line of dialog on Buffy was spoken by one of the three nerdiest characters, while playing Dungeons and Dragons... I remember all of my co-workers at the time (in a QA lab at Apple) being extremely happy that that reference was there.

    Homestar reaches outside of that group a bit, though. I think that its silly-instead-of-raunchy humor style let it penetrate into a lot of offices, and when I was living in the dorms (in the ~2001 era) there was a HUGE percentage of the dorms who were watching the cartoons every week.

  • Well, I'm from South-Africa,and back at varsity our postgrad labs were huge followers of H*R. We even had our own kick-the-cheat mascot!

  • yeah i had never heard of the franchise before this either... but then, i was never very savvy of internet fads and trends (and yea, i'm from the US)

    i vaguely recognized strong bad from a desktop a friend of mine had on her pc some odd months ago (and thats the only reason i even bothered to look into this), but even though i recognized him i still had no idea who/what it was, up till last week

    she always has some cartoon character lining her desktop, most of them i have had to look up... strong bad, Dr. Tran, happy tree friends, drawn together, now she has some little goofy green eyed alien thing on her background, and yet again... i have no idea what it is, lol

  • @Dangerzone said: now she has some little goofy green eyed alien thing on her background, and yet again... i have no idea what it is, lol


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