February 5, 2008
Top 10 Funniest Video Game Humor Websites
Over the years video games as a medium have become a larger and larger force, soon infiltrating nearly all aspects of our popular culture. Video games were soon poked fun at on late night talk shows, various sitcoms, and nearly any movie that contains the titular "hacker nerd". But being so involved with video games we "hardcore" gamers have multiple outlets of our own self referential video game humor. Our complex and multi-layered games are ripe for satire in the form of comics, videos, podcasts, and written word.
Here's my list of the top 10 funniest places for video game humor on the web. Also, because humor is so subjective I'm not going to rank these in any specific order, especially since at times one can easily be funnier than another.
With a good singing voice, excellent musical talent, and spot on writing, Sarcastic Gamer is home to the best in Video Game musical parody. From the overwhelming hype of Halo 3, to the dearth of games available to the PS3 (written in early 2007), and the terrifying sight of the Red Ring of Death, Sarcastic Gamer is easily on par with artists like Weird Al. Sarcastic Gamer is also home to other great humor, including their recent lampooning of a Facebook page as a terrorist from Call of Duty 4, to their deft mockery of Microsoft's "Surface". Also check out their great weekly podcast.
How good do you have to be to land a commercial for Spike TVs Video Game Awards where you get to point out how terrible they are? Apparently this good. Mega64 is probably best known for the various reenactments of video game characters in real life. Whether it's the Resident Evil 4 shop keeper pushing his merch in a strip mall, or the real life Mario Bros. meeting their creator, Mega64 is simply one of the best in video game humor.
Sony Defense Force
Fanboys are certainly an annoying and incurable plague on all of gamerdom, but at least their ripe for parody. The Sony Defense Force acts rather like a political pundit, seeing only the good of their "side" and only the "bad" of the other, always to ridiculous extremes. At times you can almost believe the website is actually taking itself seriously (like the depressing majority of those who post and agree with their articles), but some digging by PS3Tag.com shows the owner of SDF is also the owner of Wii60.com, making it pretty obvious what the websites intent is. Especially hilarious are their reviews of Super Mario Galaxy (1/10), BioShock (5/10 - needs the power of Blu-Ray), and Ratchet and Clank Future (10.5/10).
Red vs. Blue
The kings of Machinima, Red vs. Blue has turned the art form into a legitimate business proposition, with DVD's, promotional videos, and a bit part in Halo 3 and this all spawned from their incredibly funny episodes placed in the Halo universe. I'm not even a huge Halo fan, but these guys deliver consistently hilarious content, whatever it is their doing. I just hope a series set in Team Fortress 2 or the Half Life universe is in their future, especially since the G-Mod would make it so easy.
Unless you've listened to the Games for Windows Podcast, you have probably never heard of this guy. Well I suggest you give a listen to the the January 23 podcast to hear of his hilarious travels through Second Life to understand his genius (warning: it's Second Life, so it is extremely not safe for work, or kids, or the easily offended). Shawn Elliot has also perfected the art of griefing, though probably not the kind you normally think of. Rather than just cheat and attempt to ruin the game for other players, Shawn creates hilarious characters and gets equally hilarious reactions out of the other oblivious players. Here's one that took place in Team Fortress 2.
Joystiq Comic Wrap Up
You can call if a cop out if you want, but this is the best way to get in everyone of the great video game comics you can find on the web on my list. Whether you love VG Catz, PVP Online, Dueling Analogs, or Digital Unrest, all you favorites appear here from time to time. This is also a great place to discover smaller and less well known comics, and for truly inspiring comics to get a spot in the limelight.
Perhaps the best reason to subscribe to EGM, SeanBaby's hysterical monthly column, The Rest of the Crap, about the worst games (and sometimes their movies) is easily the funniest. Having reviewed the worst in gaming on his own website for quite some time, no one is better suited to describing the pain and suffering of having to play something like Spy Muppets - License to Croak. With incredible wit and painfully hilarious reviews, I'll never end my subscription to EGM so long as he's writing his article.
Everyone has their favorite webcomic out their, and while it may be the most well known, I simply can't leave out the genius duo over at Penny Arcade. Not only is their webcomic one of, if not the best around, Penny Arcade also has the funniest gaming podcast (also one of the most inconsistently updated), the largest Video Game convention in America, and their own video game in development. Penny Arcade also creates some of the most witty non-video game related humor as well, proving their superb handling of all that is funny.
Video Game Article
Somethingawful.com's well known Photoshops are no where near their best source of video game hilarity. The side-splitting bi-weekly Video Game Article has some of the most witty, hysterical, and dead on video game humor I've found on the Internet. I've read Video Game Article since the very beginning and have never found one of them not to be absolutely hilarious. With a wide ranging style, from strategy guides, to in game parodies, to the fantastically accurate one sentence reviews. Video Game Article back catalog is easily worth looking into.
The video game humor sensation that has swept the nation (or maybe just the blogosphere), Yahtzee's fast talking, furiously honest, and uproariously funny video reviews have quickly become a mainstay of Wednesday afternoons. With his normally negative attitude towards the big name releases, Yahtzee is also a perfect foil to figure out how well a game can stand up to extensive review (the only game he couldn't criticize was Portal after all). Even if he hates the game you prize above all else, you'll still find his rantings hilarious.
Posted by Clayton Ashley at 3:00 PM
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Consider ScrewAttack, they're wildly funny and always have something new.
Great list though!
The best video game comic I've ever come across is "Strafe Right" in PCG UK.
Unfortunately it's on hold at the moment :/ you can see one (and more) here
Sorry to double post but this is so awesome
Gordon Freeman prank call
Shame GameCrap died off, that site was a lot funnier than SeanBaby.
Thanks a bunch Doofus, as if I didn't waste enough time already on the internets, you've just given me another dozen reasons to do nothing.
Aw, come on! WanderingGoblin.com isn't on the list? It's the snarkiest MMO news site on the web. It's also got the Bargain Bin Heroes comic, which is funnier than any headcrab will EVER be!
I mean, I should know. After all, I blog for Wandering Goblin (hehe!). Well, the news section, anyway...I don't do the comic, though I find it hilarious.
I just wish the gaming public could see our staff meetings. I sometimes laugh so hard I cry.
So come on, Steve! Give Wandering Goblin an "honorable mention" or something, at least!
I'm glad Shawn Elliot got recognized! I love the GFW podcast, Shawn has made me laugh out loud countless times while listening to the show.
I'll be honest and say I haven't heard of Wandering Goblin, but I'll be sure and check it out. Also, while I've found both Screw Attack and Angry Video Game Nerd funny at times, their pretty much hit and miss for me.
Shawn Elliot is definitely hilarious. I also occasionally visit videogamessuck.com
Oh, come on. Angry Video Game Nerd is by far one of the funniest video game humor outlets there is, not only because of his knowledge of the platforms and genres of games, but because he's a film major, does his research, and appeals to any crowd who's experienced gaming since it's early days. Same goes for ScrewAttack in general and their choices and critiques of games from the days of old in the Video Game Vault.
You've previously stated, Clayton, that you can't hardly stand the graphics or "antiquated" gameplay of the type of games AGVN plays. If it's simply his humor you don't appreciate, that's one thing (though I think it's developed leaps and bounds since his start), but if a penchant for newer-gen gaming gets in the way of your ranking, I recommend reviewing some of the better (and even news-drawing videos) of James Rolfe and ScrewAttack.
there is some seriously funked up humor pouring out of http://themikeandryanshow.blogspot.com/ that seems yet to be discovered by the masses. We need to bully these two guys into doing this full time!
There's a brillian Spanish-language humour site,
From time to time they publish stuff in English, like the Yamauchi faux interview back in 2005. Unbelieveably site, it's a shame the language barrier restricts them to bandidos and señoritas.
The stuff dsmart (aka DEREK SMART) posts on bluesnews (usually under headlines for his games: BC3KAD) that's comedy gold right there! :D
Seanbaby is intelligent, bending the art of humour like a master painter with little effort and plenty of originality.
GameCrap could have been written by almost any kid on the net, filled with cliches and overused jokes with little personality.
Enjoyable if you needed to read something passively funny, but I guess there`s a reason its died out.
I'll have to try one of these. I just posted a timeline on my website mapping out the video games that have had wars in them. Check it out,
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