April 29, 2008

Laugh No More: Halo Edition - German Assault

Alhough I just started this little blog and no one knows me now or ever will, I was already "featured" on Kotaku with a little story. I did not come up with anything on my own, I just stumbled upon this antithesis of comedy gold, translated it and submitted it. Kotaku Editor Michael McWhertor then invited everyone to rescue the picture with jokes on their own in the comments, which led to even more completely ridiculous contributions.

The original joke was:

Woman: "...Our new neighbor supposedly works at a company that develops video games."
Man: "He definitely has a cool SUV.

No, not much is lost in translation here. As someone wrongly thought, a "German mindset", whatever that is, doesn't help either.

Here's something the Kotakuites came up with:

Woman: Is that master chief?
Man: Forget about that! We still need to decide what we're going to bring to our posh European rave party because we are German!

Wow, maybe you need an American mindset for that one.

"Doesn't that look distinctly phallic? Because I am a German and thus a sexual deviant!"
"Nah, it definitely looks vaginal. Because I am a German and thus a sexual deviant!"

I'm intentionally just picking the especially (false) clich├ęd ones, because that what this is about, isn't it?

Woman: "Oh my God! Fritz, look at our new neighbor. Isn't he strange? Fritz, how many jews can you fit into a banshee?

Man: Honestly, Agnes... Everytime?

Nazi jokes are always hilarious, right? Right?

It just went on and on and from bad to worse. Then, finally, a fellow German posted this:
In case you missed it: the whole point of the cartoon, and I really hate to explain that, is, that this elderly couple don't even care about Master Chief's outfit or the gun - they merely run their mouth about his supposed employment (computer games, how odd!) and how big his car is.

Thank you! I have to shamefully admit I did not think of that, it makes some sense even saying something true about Germany. Gaming is still a huge unknown territory around here for the most part and even though you don't see people with futuristic guns (or any guns for that matter) running around, ever, and even less Banshees are on the streets, being a video game developer is what really is odd to the couple in the picture.
Maybe far-fetched, I like this explanation and it sets me up for future posts, as this is one of the topics I hopefully will come back to because it's part of what makes it not as enjoyable to be a passionate gamer in Germany, for me at least.

There are other interpretations behind this work and supposedly if you follow Marunde's other work closely there is a theme behind this, but I chose to disregard this for the topic at hand.

Now here is what I learned for myself:

- Stupid stories get the most hits (It was the #1 most clicked and commented "story" of that day)
- Kotaku readers aren't much more funny than Germans are said to be
- I'm not good at interpreting arty jokes printed in TV-guides for the older demographic


Anonymous said...

your (a) funny man

Anonymous said...

mh... whats the relationship between "funny persons" and good blext?

Anonymous 2 said...

wtf is blext?

Anonymous said...

never mind... blog + text

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Friedrich M. said...

warum anonym?

Maxax said...

Hey there,

1.Please at least enter a name if you don't have Blogger or OpenID account.

2. Please keep it English around here.


Maxax said...

I'm thinking about adopting the word blext.. maybe blost (blog + post)?