Feb 03, 2013 at 03:23PM EST
I thought the Noob Tube was that tunnel in Super Metroid that you had to use the Power Bombs on to get into Maridia that gave everyone trouble.
Nov 19, 2012 at 09:45PM EST
Noob Tubes are fucking stupid, but this page doesn’t get enough notice to be a meme…
Oct 23, 2012 at 10:41PM EDT
Noob tubes are the reason I play Battlefield 3
Oct 17, 2012 at 06:02PM EDT
1. This is not a meme, its just something people say
2. The noob tube originally referred to a shotgun
Dec 09, 2011 at 04:46PM EST
@Ryan Lee: I’m doing some research. I’m pretty sure the term comes from the character in Mortal Kombat II, Noob Saibot, at least in gaming. Considering he was a character designed to be a First order opitmal strategy player. What we would call today a noob character, where a new player can use him with relative ease, and achieve great power. Little work with basic knowledge for high power return.
Though, I can’t find a place to cite the source, (I see your problem).
The internet is too big.
Nov 12, 2011 at 08:29PM EST
noobtubes are like tampons, every pussy needs one.
Aug 24, 2011 at 06:41AM EDT
This is awesome.
Mar 24, 2011 at 07:48PM EDT
The first time I ever heard the phrase is LONG before most of these games, which is way back in counter-strike 1.5, in which “noob tube” was referring to the automatic shotgun.
Mar 23, 2011 at 06:15AM EDT
I can’t find any data that shows earlier usage. I would love to know that the term is older than 2004, but most pre-2000 data is lost to the internet ether. as such, 2004 is the first recorded instance of the term that I can find.
I’m sure you do, you crazy soviet swede.
Explain how Noob Tube fits in with the definition of copypasta on our database. As I stated before, this is an internet slang term, which is already a meme. this would be a sub-meme of Internet Slang.
Mar 22, 2011 at 11:19PM EDT
If anything, halo2 comments refer to the BR’s grenade launcher, and the brute weapons, such as that cannon, that reminds me of the fuel rod gun. And if anything, its a noob CANNON, not a noob tube. IE the Autosniper was a noobcannon back in CS:S cause it was used by noobs to spam their targets with bullets, whether or not it was a headshot. AWP could also be defined as a noob cannon due to its insta-kill characteristics regardless of point of impact from projectile. +1 deadpool. This falls under Copypasta.
Mar 22, 2011 at 02:38PM EDT
I liked the part where the article said Stoffe.
Mar 22, 2011 at 02:07PM EDT
Halo 2 is not the first use of the term noob. Maybe on consels, but the term was used much earlier then that. try 1996ish.
Mar 20, 2011 at 05:17AM EDT
i used it when i started playing cod4…
u mad nao?
Mar 18, 2011 at 11:28PM EDT
I think in MW2, one of the title things actually was “Noob Tube” (iirc, you got it by killing an opponent with a grenade launcher without the grenade exploding). Seems Infinity Ward catches on fast.
On a (semi-) related note, another title was “All Your Base”.
Mar 15, 2011 at 09:05PM EDT
Noob tubes made me think of artillery cannons, they both kill in the same method (only slight aiming but big destruction)
Mar 15, 2011 at 06:01PM EDT
Owned and it’s leet-speak cousin Pwned are Related meme of Internet Slang, as this would be as well.
Mar 15, 2011 at 05:36PM EDT
I don’t think you can randomly take video game lingo and have it be a meme in and of itself.
“Pwned” isn’t a meme, but its part of L337 speak.
Unless one specific example makes it stand out and memeworthy, this is just gamer speak.
Example: Zerg Rush! Kekeke is a meme because it was a famous interwebs video that spread with that one video in mind, however, “Zerg Rush” before that video came out was just a strategy (that pissed people off).
Mar 15, 2011 at 05:28PM EDT
Because we cannot find a true origin of the phrase, all we can say is that it’s earliest known record was Halo 2 in 2004, with Modern Warfare being the catapult that launched it into the mainstream. Thank you for your support and ideas.
Mar 15, 2011 at 12:05PM EDT
The article you linked to in your original post was a dead link, the first two forum posts you provided were also post-MW. The third one, however, does show pre-MW use of the term. We are looking more in depth at the origin of the term. Be patient please.
Mar 15, 2011 at 11:32AM EDT
@ Ryan Lee
While I don’t doubt that CoD made the term widely popular, I am stating with 100% certainty that it was used back in the hayday of MoH:AA. I can confirm this as MoH:AA was one of my first online FPS experiences, and any time a player chose the Bazooka as their starting weapon, players would communicate about how they had the “noob tube”. Bazookas were used for griefing even back then, as some players would wipe out half of their own team at the start of the match just by aiming their “noob tube” at the ground.
Besides my anecdotal evidence, you have the article I linked, and the following below:
That’s just from the first few pages of a Google search with the terms ‘medal of honor allied assault’ and the exact phrase “noob tube”
Mar 15, 2011 at 11:18AM EDT
Wow, alot of comments since my last visit, lets get busy then.
It’s internet slang, so this is a sub-meme of it.
Thank you! Kate & I did a lot of looking into it, as well as Stoffe who pointed out the Pro Pipe. Brad and Don helped clean up the article and make it look nice.
@Brosiden, God of the Brocean
Thanks for clearing that up, i’m never been one to use leet-speak, so it’s not clear to me.
You make a good point, Let me discuss it with Kate and we will look into it.
@I like Lemonz
Thanks you, I guess I should change the Origin and year, it did start somewhere else, but Call of Duty Modern Warfare did kick it into mainstream.
Compare the use of the Noob Tube in Black Ops to Modern Warfare 2. it’s gone down drastically because of the new mechanics. it’s not gone completely, it’s just less prevalent than it used to be.
Mar 15, 2011 at 09:12AM EDT
Black Ops did NOT fix’d the tube. It’s still there, as Flak Jacket is useless, when you can go Ghost or Lightweight.
Also, the price is nothing – in BO, you always swim in money.
But BO sucks anyway.
Mar 15, 2011 at 07:33AM EDT
Noob tubing has been around for longer than Modern Warfare Two.
It started on internet gaming, in such things as Counterstrike.
But, the research put into this is amazing.
Mar 14, 2011 at 08:37PM EDT
My only problem is;
Noob Tubing isn’t just with grenade launchers, it was also associated with rocket launchers and 1 hit kill explosive weapons in games before call of duty.
On a side note; the term has been around a lot longer than call of duty 4, there shouldn’t be any debate over that.
For example; in halo 2 players often said im going for the “rocks” when trying to attain the rocket launcher weapon. However, when they were killed by an opposing player with a rocket launcher they would say things like “i got killed by the noob tube.” not a rockz tube/ rockz noob or anything of the sort.
So i just think the Meme term “noob Tube” should be getting easy/cheap kills with 1 hit kill explosive weapons in general.
Mar 14, 2011 at 05:45PM EDT
false, in 1337, noob tube would be; /\/ () () 13 | |_| 13 3. the whole point of 1337 is to use everything but the letter keys to spell words. so be creative, because adding 3’s and 0’s to each word is just being lazy
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