I'm spending too much thought on this!

Date: 2009-01-23 03:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've had this conversation with Conni before, where I complain about reference jokes that are only references and she points out that in-jokes are a huge part of geek culture. And I do get excited when something I like is referenced. I just can't stand a reference thrown in for no reason or context - when it's obvious that it's only there because the author/artist/whoever was out of ideas and wanted to count on the reliable standby of using someone else's old idea.

I know that MST3K is itself something that you can reference (and I'm guilty of it), but one of the things that's so great about the show is that their pop-culture references are clever. It's also nice that they go for some more obscure references so the viewer can pat themselves on the back for getting a Rick Wakeman joke, but still. There's a higher level of finesse there, for the most part. The same can be said about Kingdom of Loathing's references, actually. There are a lot of silly references and jokes, but most of them involve hilariously elaborate setups or stunningly bad puns that obviously took a lot of thought. That's so much better than a Scott Pilgrim-level retread of geek culture.
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