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This year marks a decade of Strong Bad Emails, sent from Strong Bad's desk. Next to his computer sits a box of floppy discs, often displaying game titles. If you missed those titles, the detail-oriented Homestar Runner wiki (previously) provides game titles, summaries, and links. Many of the games are old computer games like Rise of the Dragon or Miner 2049er, and some titles are linked to Lord_Pall's revived Home of the Underdogs abandonware game archive. Other games have links to the Videlectrix catalog, where you can see box art and play some demos. Or you can go back to the Homestar Runner wiki, and go to the list of playable Videlectrix titles, like 50k Racewalker (play online) Polulation: Tire (play online) or Peasant's Quest (play online) (More previous stuff: Peasant's Quest and Where's An Egg?).
posted by filthy light thief (83 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, Strong Bad really fell off my radar but I did enjoy them back when the web really started to mature. I enjoyed how they had the illusion of being aimed at children but would occasionally throw something seditious in. I'm glad those guys never sold out and continue to do what makes them happy.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:32 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can we really call it a decade of Strong Bad emails? The last email was from 2009.
posted by justkevin at 2:33 PM on April 1, 2011


I used to live for strong bad updates. I don't know exactly when I stopped caring, probably about the same time i stopped reading fark.
posted by empath at 2:35 PM on April 1, 2011 [15 favorites]


Homestar Runner : Fark :: Lady Gaga : Metafilter
posted by m@f at 2:37 PM on April 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


It is a testament to quality that my friends and I still quote from SB Emails even though we haven't watched one since like 2006.
posted by muddgirl at 2:41 PM on April 1, 2011 [17 favorites]


I havent read em in forever but I will tolerate no sassin about HSR and....holy crap....my username.

Well. There ya go...huh?
posted by Senor Cardgage at 2:42 PM on April 1, 2011 [9 favorites]


It really makes me sad that H*R basically just fell out. Not even in terms of popularity, just any sort of updates.

I'm guessing that the sbemails got to them. By the time they got to hremails, they were practically mocking the formulaic writing style that came through in the sbemails.

These guys are the basis of a lot of my humor, seeing as I devoured the entire website when I was young. It seeps through in my humor a lot, especially how I present jokes, too- I pull off the "delightfully dumb" thing that Homestar does a lot.

Whatever happened to the Chaps, though? I knew they were working on some kind of pet project, but why would they abandon their source of fame so silently and swiftly?
posted by Askiba at 2:43 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yes, h*r is old news (so old, in fact, that when their wiki was posted to MetaFilter in 2004, someone asked "what is a 'wiki'?"). But there are a number of fun/weird flash games still online.

muddgirl: It is a testament to quality that my friends and I still quote from SB Emails even though we haven't watched one since like 2006.

It was due to my wife's quoting of Senor Cardgage that started this post. That, and a the Toshiba Spectacle, the world's first 3D monocle.

lo and behold, Senor Cardgage himself!
posted by filthy light thief at 2:43 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can we really call it a decade of Strong Bad emails? The last email was from 2009.
Well, they didn't update every day either, you gonna flag them for that?

I miss them. Wish it came back with more frequency.
posted by inturnaround at 2:44 PM on April 1, 2011


Consummate v's...I SAID CONSUMMATE V'S!!!

It's been a long time. I was thinking about H*R the other day and wondering if they were still funny. Ah, reminiscing about the good old days on the interwebs. Ba-weeted.
posted by tracicle at 2:46 PM on April 1, 2011 [6 favorites]


Like many, the viewing of Trogdor was a seminal moment in not only my life, but the relationship I had at the time. Burninate, indeed, Trodgor. Burninate all them peasants.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:50 PM on April 1, 2011 [13 favorites]


Whoa, just realized I still wear their T-shirts and have unconsciously disassociated the characters on them from the memory of a web site I used to read every week! I remember thinking "holy crap, there's 50 sbemails now?" And now it's been ten years.

I also wonder what the Bros. Chaps are doing, much in the same way I wonder what Bill Watterson is doing.
posted by ignignokt at 2:50 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Where's an Egg? was brilliant. Both as a phrase and as a game.
posted by ignignokt at 2:51 PM on April 1, 2011


I used to live for SB emails, and spent many evenings in college playing Population: Tire and intoning YOUR HEAD A SPLODE to my cat when I should have been studying. It's been so long since I thought about them that I sometimes forget, and then I'll see somebody wearing a TROGDOR shirt or something and giggle all over again.

I do miss 'em, and I imagine the progressively longer and more detailed shenanigans that went into the emails got to them after a while. I used to have the DVD they released after email #100, and I remember being surprised anew at how short (and yet still hilarious) the first emails were. Oh well.
posted by timetoevolve at 2:53 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


The mere mention of the phrase "I wear long pants" still cracks me up pretty regularly, but it's been about five years since any new Homestar material did the same. I wish they'd switch formats or characters or something and try to find a way out of their rut.
posted by RogerB at 2:54 PM on April 1, 2011


I bought a bearded dragon in 2003 (?) and naturally, she's named Trogdor. Whenever I mention her name, people either immediately got it and laughed or said "what is the name--what's it mean?"

In the pre-YouTube world, the whole hsr website was a unique and pretty consistently amusing part of the web.
posted by Hop123 at 2:55 PM on April 1, 2011


In the pre-YouTube world, the whole hsr website was a unique and pretty consistently amusing part of the web.

Yeah, if you weren't checking hsr and maybe albinoblacksheep.com every couple of days, some meme could pass you right by.
posted by muddgirl at 3:00 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


If Homestar has been around for 10 years, I am officially old.
posted by Jon_Evil at 3:02 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I can't go questing in WoW without thinking, 'Secret Collect'
posted by marco_nj at 3:13 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I miss Teen Girl Squad. We still quote from that.
posted by pinky at 3:15 PM on April 1, 2011 [9 favorites]


God I love H*R. I got to meet the Bros. Chaps back in college--they came to the school to talk about animating in Flash. Nothing to do with my department, but I went anyway just to be there and they were great! Very funny, very nice guys. I still have somewhere their autographs and a picture of the Poopsmith they drew for me. That was awesome.
posted by Maaik at 3:18 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


> detail-oriented Homestar Runner wiki

That's like saying "dedicated Twilight fandom". You're simultaneously identifying and diminishing the scary-ass otaku-like intensity of the thing, there.
posted by ardgedee at 3:28 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Homsar is my favorite character.
posted by ardgedee at 3:30 PM on April 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


Wait, how can you have a Strong Bad post like this without linking to Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People? A series of five excellent games by Telltale that together probably have as much Chap Bros. content as the entire Homestar Runner website combined?

I'm guessing that the sbemails got to them...
I do miss 'em, and I imagine the progressively longer and more detailed shenanigans that went into the emails got to them after a while.


Or you could look at the enormous amount of work and content they put into those five games. That seems a much more likely candidate for any "they burned out" hypothesis.

Seriously, even if you're not a big fan of Telltale-style video games, if you're a Strong Bad fan, those games have some of the best and funniest Strong Bad content available.
posted by straight at 3:30 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I still have my Population: Tire stop sign keychain. I use it for my car key.
posted by dirigibleman at 3:33 PM on April 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


I still kick the Cheat from time to time.
posted by drezdn at 3:35 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I miss Teen Girl Squad. We still quote from that.

I guess I do too. SOOO GOOD!
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 3:46 PM on April 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


A big part of our engineering practice is sewer design, so I've got a Poopsmith figure on my desk.
posted by electroboy at 3:46 PM on April 1, 2011


The businessman gives the business. The poopsmith's job is obvious.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 3:47 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I'mma go have a Cold One.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:52 PM on April 1, 2011


Tripling the still-quoting from Teen Girl Squad.

"I HAVE A CRUSH ON EVERY BOY!!!!"
posted by duvatney at 4:06 PM on April 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


When my son was born, I said "CHILDRENED."

Though she was still doped up on pain meds, my wife laughed.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:23 PM on April 1, 2011 [13 favorites]


I cannot hear the word "possum" without thinking of "possuuuuuuuuuuuuuums". I really hope the Chaps return to H*R sometime, or at least give it an official farewell.
posted by Rock Steady at 4:30 PM on April 1, 2011


I know this one! DELTETED! BUHLETED!
posted by bwg at 4:31 PM on April 1, 2011


Homestar Runner : Fark :: Lady Gaga : Metafilter

Wait, are you saying that Lady Gaga became known to the world due to being posted on Metafilter?
posted by Stove at 4:32 PM on April 1, 2011


Eh, Stove!
posted by Wolfdog at 4:35 PM on April 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


I added a new word to our studio lexicon the other day just by adding "ba-" onto it -- BA-CRAZY! That's when someone's being super extra crazy!

Also, we still quote Teen Girl Squad around the house daily.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 4:36 PM on April 1, 2011


A few years ago I had a vanity license plate that said FHQGDS. I don't think anybody realized it was a vanity plate.
posted by joannemerriam at 4:57 PM on April 1, 2011 [12 favorites]


I see you jocking me FHQGDS. Trying to play like you know me.
posted by yellowbinder at 5:00 PM on April 1, 2011 [6 favorites]


I am still studying the effects of gasoline on fire.
posted by incster at 5:03 PM on April 1, 2011


For my username I should have really picked the huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge.
posted by Wuggie Norple at 5:15 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've been thinking a lot about these sorts of things after I saw/remembered Paper Rad was getting a show on Cartoon Network (I love Paper Rad ... but five years too late). There was definitely this odd period when high speed Internet was taking over but we didn't have YouTube (in fact, I remember setting up the wifi network on my boyfriend's laptop and Strong Bad was one of the sites we used to test it. This was ... 2003? 2004? (I remember my mom was visiting at the time and we tried to make her watch it with the "No, no, it's funny!" qualification and she was mostly just confused.)

"Your head asplode" was oft-quoted in my house. And I also imagine that everyone I'd say that to would still get it.
posted by darksong at 5:36 PM on April 1, 2011


I stopped checking Homestar Runner Wiki a few years back when it got too depressing that there weren't any updates.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:47 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


O Trevoooooor; I pine for you....
posted by rollbiz at 5:51 PM on April 1, 2011


Thanks for the post, also. Strong Bad Emails were just becoming popular as I was working at my first dot com career type job, and will forever define that time in life for me. As someone who is kind of "meh" about football, it's the only thing that has ever made me look forward to Mondays.
posted by rollbiz at 5:54 PM on April 1, 2011


Whenever I get a 404 page, I still hear it in StrongBad's voice.
posted by AD_ at 6:02 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


"A wagon fulla pamcakes? In the champeenship? I'd like to see ya twyyyyy...."


Thus begins the greatest training montage ever...
posted by electroboy at 6:05 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Agreed with straight - the Telltale Homestar games are pretty great.

I still get students who comment on my Strong Bad hoodie, too. Long live Strong Bad!
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 6:07 PM on April 1, 2011


I just quoted Strong Bad the other day after my wife and I saw the finale of Lost.

"That's just nonsense....are you trying to make some sense?"
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 6:12 PM on April 1, 2011


So ... What exactly happened? Anyone got the straight dope on why they stopped?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 6:27 PM on April 1, 2011


Ms. Gronk and I have three kids. Youngest is 2. I have referred to all three kids (and both of our dogs) as the Poopsmith. She has no idea what I am talking about.
posted by Gronk at 6:31 PM on April 1, 2011


Oops, Mrs. Gronk. The young ones, they are legitimate even by the most conservative standards of society.

Or may Mam'selle Gronk. I'm not sure how she feels. And new to commenting here on the Blue.
posted by Gronk at 6:33 PM on April 1, 2011


Ah.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:36 PM on April 1, 2011


See, that's where you have it all wrong, Gronk.

Your kids (and dog) make the poop. YOU (and mademoiselle) are the Poopsmith... :)
posted by rollbiz at 6:36 PM on April 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


To this day, about 20% of my speech is various Homestar Runner quotations. A lot of the remainder is lolcat speak and video game quotes. I was raised by a cup of coffee.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:50 PM on April 1, 2011 [11 favorites]


I will still leave people messages in my Strongbad voice. Usually saying they have an ugly and a stupid butt by the end of it. And normally with no pertinent information. Often, they call back (if they call back) confused.
posted by Maaik at 6:53 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm surprised no one's mentioned it yet, but they did release a new cartoon back last Decemberween.
posted by JHarris at 7:03 PM on April 1, 2011


My husband has a Strong Bad cling decal on his car. I have a The Cheat cling on my... minivan. Good lord. We still drop kick The Cheat (stuffed critter) every now and then so it makes its pissed-off noise, which cracks the kids up. A couple weeks ago my oldest was totally absorbed in playing the Strong Bad games on the Wii. My husband and I used to watch every new sbemail each week. I own a Homsar t-shirt and a Limozeen t-shirt. I don't remember when we stopped checking the site (2005? 2006?) but we still crack all the H*R jokes from back when we were first dating and almost no one understands them anymore and MAN I FEEL OLD NOW.
posted by flex at 7:10 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


You have been randomly selected to win an unlimited supply of one million [punchesintheface]. So, to claim your prize, just blindfold yourself and walk out on the front stow-oop, o-or stoop... and get ready to receive your free million [punchesintheface].
posted by filthy light thief at 7:16 PM on April 1, 2011


I have a Strong Bad Zone shirt, which I bought on closeout when they discontinued it. I love the utterly befuddled "Your...head...asplode?" comments that I get from the old folks (and a disappointingly large number of young folks too).
posted by Gator at 7:18 PM on April 1, 2011


Don't mind me, I'm just sitting here in the corner quietly freaked out, contemplating the sudden realization that one day we will all be old people, cackling on the front porch while telling All Your Base and Gonads And Strife jokes to each other, and the teenagers will be staring at us with blank, confused looks and no idea what we're on about.
posted by flex at 8:50 PM on April 1, 2011 [4 favorites]


I have every song from Strongbad on my ipod...they always make it through the "lets take all this music off and start over" reboots.
posted by nile_red at 8:51 PM on April 1, 2011


Good times. I think I spit out beer in effervescent joy when Trogdor was on the Guitar Hero...
posted by stratastar at 9:12 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


For much of 2006 my morning alarm (which was a Motorola RAZR) played the theme to Trogdor to wake me up.

It really worked. And got me in the right frame of mind, to face the day.
posted by borborygmi at 10:22 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Anybody wanna have a light switch rave party?
posted by KingEdRa at 10:30 PM on April 1, 2011


Marzipan... look.
This is Goatface.
I have a goat for a face.
Like, not that I have a goat's head... for a face, or that my head is a goat's head - like, my face ... is an entire goat.
So, anyways, I was calling you up 'cause I wanted to join your Goatface Club! Since you've got quite a ... goat face yourself, I figured you'd be the go-to guy, or gal. It's hard to tell with that goat face of yours! Anyways, my number is EEEH-AUUWH. So gimme a call back! We can compare goat faces, though I can't imagine...
that yours...
your- is- pret-
you're ugly. Marzipan.
This is Strong Bad, and you're ugly.
[BEEP]
posted by jinjo at 11:02 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


For much of 2006 my morning alarm (which was a Motorola RAZR) played the theme to Trogdor to wake me up.

It really worked. And got me in the right frame of mind, to face the day.


I used to have a MIDI ringtone of that tune, back when MIDI ringtones were a thing. Good times!
posted by arto at 11:09 PM on April 1, 2011


My girlfriend and I use "shut it up you" "shut it up me" quite a bit, and I use "perfect...timing" a lot but I don't think anybody gets it.
posted by Brainy at 11:59 PM on April 1, 2011


A few years ago I had a vanity license plate that said FHQGDS. I don't think anybody realized it was a vanity plate.

That just made me laugh so hard. I'm buyin' you....a pizza!
posted by greermahoney at 1:26 AM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The first StrongBad email I saw was the one with the guitar. I am not lying when I say it changed my life.

Glad to see we're all on the same page here, too bad yours has an F on it.
posted by sonika at 5:28 AM on April 2, 2011


Hey neat, a front page callout.
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:30 AM on April 2, 2011


I think they slowed/stopped production due to a very sick child and a lot of real-life stuff all happening at the same time.
posted by infinitewindow at 7:42 AM on April 2, 2011


flex: Don't mind me, I'm just sitting here in the corner quietly freaked out, contemplating the sudden realization that one day we will all be old people, cackling on the front porch while telling All Your Base and Gonads And Strife jokes to each other, and the teenagers will be staring at us with blank, confused looks and no idea what we're on about.

Oh. My. Gods. The inane prattle of the elderly, the mentions of onions tied to belts (as it was the fashion in the day) - it all makes sense now. Those were in-jokes for a past generation! Sweet Jesus, the future is frightening. "I can haz cheezburger?" will seem funny to our generation, but our caretakers, the future youth, will just shake their heads in amusement. "Poor old mister light thief, he has reverted to some child-like babbling, his mind must really be going."
posted by filthy light thief at 8:36 AM on April 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


"The good times are over" --h*r
posted by nimsey lou at 11:27 AM on April 2, 2011


This thread made me re-watch Rock Opera. Thank you.

Join me on my single hundred toilet dreams picture.
Everybody wanna scam some sweet bucks or potential pizza.

posted by Casimir at 12:34 PM on April 2, 2011


Anybody wanna have a light switch rave party?

Light switch rave! (Minecraft style!)
posted by straight at 1:34 PM on April 2, 2011


"Like many, the viewing of Trogdor was a seminal moment..."

You watched trogdor and you came all over yourself?
posted by tehloki at 2:23 PM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait, no... you came all over your girlfriend?
posted by tehloki at 2:23 PM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Good jorb!
posted by starman at 3:03 PM on April 2, 2011


Bunkmate...do you loooove meee?
posted by delicate_dahlias at 8:17 PM on April 2, 2011


If/when Homestar RUnner starts updating again. I hope that there will be a Very Special Message(tm) intended to quell the likely poopstorm.

STRONG BAD: Greetings, mewling masses. You might have noticed that due to various circumstances beyond our us-tellin'-you-what-they-are, this site kinda sorta ended forever and ever with no chance of ever returning in any way, shape or form. Well, I'm proud to announce that we're totally actually back for reals and not just for a single lousy holiday special. My lawyers and definitely not a fat ugly waste of gray have instructed me to ask you not to hurl really awesome insults at anyone who said we'd never be back. [behind his glove] ...Calltheirmomsdumb!

STRONG MAD (offscreen): DON'T BRING THEIR MOMMAS INTO THIS! DO YOU SEE THEIR MOMMAS HERE?

STRONG BAD (running away): Peeow!
posted by BiggerJ at 4:48 AM on April 3, 2011


BALEETED!

(or not, this is a good fpp)
posted by armage at 6:06 AM on April 4, 2011


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