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Facepunch members and GMOD users, step into my office ;)

Last posted Nov 27, 2009 at 06:04PM EST. Added Aug 04, 2009 at 06:38PM EDT
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Hey everyone, it has come to our attention that GMOD enthusiasts and Facepunch Forums members feel like we haven’t given a fair shake to their content.

So we want to make it right.

Our Stance
Common jokes and catch-phrases that were written into Portal and TF2 used to get deadpooled because we feel that they “don’t bring anything new to the table” so to speak.

However, since we have been becoming more receptive to materials that we view to be “from the mainstream” we are going to be more considerate of these sorts of things.

But before we start to allow every variant of every line ever spoken by any TF2 character to get their own entries, we would like you guys, the Garry’s Mod users and Facepunch Forums members to post in this thread and tell us what memes from the Facepunch community should be considered.

So how about it?
What are the most important Garry’s Mod memes around?

Aug 04, 2009 at 06:38PM EDT

The cake is a lie.
Spah sappin’ mah sentry.
Bonk! Boink!
FYI I am an “X”
I hate “X”
SPY/SMOKER/SNIPER HERE! (Used in image comments, in a small empty space.)

Aug 04, 2009 at 09:17PM EDT

Our most recent one is “Austin Pun”. This meme involves posting image of Austin Powers and posting a pun.
The meme was born in thread about drunk man sticking two hammers up his ass. Here is the post that created this meme:

I guess he was pretty..



Aug 05, 2009 at 11:24AM EDT

i think it is about running as fast as u can to the chopper in no mercy 5

Aug 17, 2009 at 03:48PM EDT

The cake is a lie needs to be added. Its huge.

I dont care about the rest though.


I dont think all those should be added, and if they do, a majority of them should be in 1 article.

The Spy sappin’ one is rather big, but the others arent as so.

Aug 17, 2009 at 06:17PM EDT

The new Garry’s Mod section is now open.

New entries can be made as usual, and after review they will be added to the GMOD section if they are up to par.

Once again, I’m going to post Yatta’s 6 points of evaluation as a guide for what to look for when creating a meme entry:

1) Viral Spread: search results, social media mentions, forum posts, route of spread.
2) Point of Origin: Find out where the meme first appeared and provide proof that it spread beyond its original subculture.
3) Derivatives: Existing volume of spoofs, mashups, remixes, parodies, recontextualizations, and re-enactments. Is it mutating?
4) Appearance in Memetic Hubs: Websites and communities that have been made famous for spreading and culturing memes.
5) Organic / Forced Memes: Was the meme spread peer to peer or was it astroturfed? Even astroturfed phenomena can become memes.
6) Spin-offs / Sub-memes: Many memes spawn entire trees of sub-memes.

“The Cake is a Lie” is one that none of us admins have really considered a meme so far. So Let’s break it down.

1) Viral Spread: “The Cake is a Lie” is a central joke in the game. It didn’t spread virally, it spread from the game to all of its players in a top-down fashion. It was mainstream at birth.

2) Point of origin: The wildly popular game Portal

3) Derivatives: It is rarely parodied or spoofed. Most derivatives seem to be direct references. People sing the song, post lyrics, and simply repeat it. It is rarely recontextualized.

4) Appearance in Memetic Hubs: It can absolutely be found in forums all over the internet. But this is because it’s just that popular of a game, and The Cake is recognizable to anyone who’s so much as heard about Portal. It didn’t grow memetically. It was just the main joke in a popular game.

5) Organic / Forced Meme: Neither. This is a pop culture quote like “The Force is With You” or “Show me the money!”

6) Spinoffs / Sub-memes: People mostly seem to just do covers of the song, or videos set to the original. Very little innovation happening.

But if you can prove me wrong, I’m all ears. In other words: Can anyone show me instances where “The Cake Is a Lie” has been put into new context, parodied, or spoofed, not simply a direct reference?

Also, don’t get me wrong, Portal is my favorite game of all time. At least once or twice a year I spend an evening playing it from beginning to end. I think the game is brilliant, but mostly I just see tributes to Portal more than anything that strikes me as memetic.

Aug 23, 2009 at 12:39PM EDT

Also, “The cake is a lie” doesn’t seem to be any more searched for than any other elements from Portal

Aug 23, 2009 at 01:01PM EDT

“Derivatives: It is rarely parodied or spoofed. Most derivatives seem to be direct references. People sing the song, post lyrics, and simply repeat it. It is rarely recontextualized.”

I have to disagree with you on this one Chris. I have seen many derivatives on it.

Also recontextualized is spelled wrong or it’s not a word.

Aug 23, 2009 at 04:57PM EDT


Please post the derivatives you’re talking about.

Also, feel free to add recontextualized to your spell-check, as it is a word.

Aug 23, 2009 at 05:03PM EDT

Macrochan doesn’t even have a seperate entry for the cake is a lie, it’s grouped with Portal.

Which is strange because they have a section for Hi i’m daisy that only has 5 pictures.

Aug 23, 2009 at 05:16PM EDT

I haven’t really seen “the cake is a lie” in any place but game forums and videos and cartoons made by gamers. I wouldn’t really classify it as a meme.

Aug 24, 2009 at 03:17AM EDT

Well there’s the “What The Fuck Man” sloth.

You just post him as a reply to something disgusting/horrifying/incomprehensible/all of the above.
(I’m sorry, I don’t know how to use HTML to attach pictures)

And there’s the Austin Powers thing. In the News Section, people tend to make News Puns followed by this picture of Austin Powers:


A man beat his cat to death and then cooked it

What a cat-astrophe!

Oct 06, 2009 at 06:58AM EDT

That (tf2classX) is a (verbx) (animalx)

seen alot of those on youtube

Nov 27, 2009 at 12:01AM EST

Yup, most of that came from Scout is Delicious.

Nov 27, 2009 at 12:06AM EST

I think we need to relook at the definition of what a meme is before we cancel out the possibility of it being a meme.

Nov 27, 2009 at 01:09AM EST

Oh, and if I make a new and improved “the cake is a lie article” will it be deadpooled?

Nov 27, 2009 at 01:13AM EST

Yes, because “the cake is a lie” didn’t mutate out of its Portal context.
Well, aside from the fact that some channers are using the sentence for lolicon’s pictures => Lolis compared to delicious cakes.

Nov 27, 2009 at 08:54AM EST

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