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Time to Penis / TTP

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Time to Penis, abbreviated to TTP, is a video game development metric and slang term for the time it takes players to generate a penis-shaped object via any available means. Coined by the Spore development team and popularized by a GDC 2009 panel, the term has been an inspiration for humorous posts online since.


During the development of the 2008 simulation real-time strategy video game Spore, developers working at Maxis came up with a metric to measure the amount of time in which a player was able to create a penis using in-game tools (excerpt seen below).[1]

Mitch Zamara 28. January 2011 at 00:01 | Permalink Fun little anecdote that came to mind when seeing the title image for this blog post: A friend of mine who worked at EA/Maxis told me of a coined term over there when working on spore: Time to Penis, or TTP for short. This basically is the amount of time it takes from release of your product before a player is able to create and distribute a representation of a penis inside your game/editor. Clearly in games like Spore/LBP this time is nearly instant. I guess the rule is. if you can give them something to build with, its only a matter of time until they'll make a dick with it.

The first public mention of the metric occurred during the "Spore's Wake: What Seriously Happened?" at Game Developers Conference 2009. Participants of the panel defined the metric as the amount of time it will take children to make something rude out of a set of tools they've been given. On March 24th, 2009, the day when the panel took place, video game developer Evan Berman[2] and Engadget[3] contributor Kevin Kelly made the earliest public posts about the metric (shown below, left and right).

Evan Berman @Scapes New acronym: TTP, "time to penis", a metric of the time it takes for a penis to be made as user-created content (from #GDC Spore talk). 2:05 PM - Mar 24, 2009 · Twitter Web Client During the "Spore's Wake: What Seriously Happened?" panel at GDC, we learned a fantastic new meme that we have to share with you. "Time To Penis" (or just "TTP" in the streetz) is defined as the amount of time it will take children to make something rude out of a set of tools they've been given -- typically, that object is a penis. Apparently, TTP can be measured down to the near-second. In Spore's case, TTP was actually a negative factor since "children" were making penis monsters before the Creature Creator was even officially released!


The term began to achieve acknowledgment on social media in 2015, with posts mentioning the metric often accompanying screenshots of phallic objects created by players in various video games[4][5] (examples shown below).

mike b aka b aka b aka b akab @akamikeb - Jan 29, 2015 ... Asteroid manipulation ('Voxel Hands') added to Space Engineers andddddd penis. steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/fi.. 11 27 11 22 Arclegger O @Arclegger ... Replying to @akamikeb @akamikeb In the industry we call that a TTP. Time to penis, the time it takes for a player to make a penis in a video game. WR is 6 seconds 1:30 PM · Jan 29, 2015 - Twitter for iPhone Megan Fox (A OUT NOW) @glassbottommeg ... Funny story - we were asked to make dong detection software for LEGO Universe too. We found it to be utterly impossible at any scale. 6:00 PM - May 29, 2015 - Twitter for iPhone following the dopamine O @randil. · Nov 19, 2015 @glassbottommeg last night, i was playing battlefront with friends. they used their guns to draw a penis on the wall. made me think of you. ... 1 1 following the dopamine O @randileeharper ... Replying to @randileeharper @glassbottommeg TTP (time-to-penis) was under 45 minutes. 9:38 PM - Nov 19, 2015 · Twitter Web Client

The term achieved larger recognition online after being described in an episode of season one of the comedy series Mythic Quest, released in February 2020 (clip shown below).[6]

- I don't want the shovel to kill people, I just want it to dig.
- Dig? Do you have any idea what the TTP on an item like this is going to be? […]
- They are not going to make dicks!
- You give public a shovel – they dig dicks. You give them a pen – they draw dicks. You give them some clay…
- Definitely gonna sculpt dicks.

On November 16th, 2020, Redditor[7] elpinko made an Animal Crossing meme based on the clip that gained over 18,400 upvotes in /r/HighQualityGifs in one year (YouTube[8] reupload shown below).

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Michael Flarup ... @flarup That was fast Earlier today: Added new community tools for players to upload their own levels to Conduct DELUXE! Time to penis: 4 hours 1/90 336S 2:57 PM - Mar 19, 2018 from Køge, Danmark · Tweetbot for ios Вecky Ball @balboulbola TTP (aka Time to Penis) is one of life's inevitabilities a VICE UK @VICEUK · May 15, 2019 'Balls Are Complete': How a Navy Jet Crew Drew a Massive Penis in the Sky dlvr.it/R4kYhs 11:00 AM - May 15, 2019 - Twitter Web App Skyla @skylatron "What is the time-to-penis on election graphs?" Pennsylvania > Wisconsin > 94% reported 80% reported 80% 80% 60 60 49.6% 48.7% 53.4% 45.3% 40 40 20 20 75% 0% 25% 50% 75% 0% 25% 1:40 PM - Nov 4, 2020 · Twitter Web App
Shannon ... @ShannonZKiller There is a phenomenon called "time to penis": the time it takes before players make penises in a game. Conan devs beat them to the punch. 7:03 AM - Jan 31, 2017 - TweetDeck Callie, little baby carrot person @calligraphymmo ... so TTP (time to penis) is a great term in game development, but what about TTU (time to uterus)? THEATER OF PAIN UPPER BARROW OLCARNAGE 2:10 AM - Nov 29, 2020 - TweetDeck Tyler @TylersNewGroove Alright, calling it, there's the TTP (time to penis) for #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons みー@あつ森咳き係@chumler2000 - May 8, 2020 #どうぶつの森#AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #ACNH #NintendoSwitch #リリアン #ダビデ像 #アックセンク島 #今日から ブララン ノーマル なし BやめるO撮影 7:13 PM - May 8, 2020 · Twitter Web App

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