Wednesday, November 12, 2008

EPIC FAIL

When did this term make it into the mainstream vocabulary? I thought it still just belonged to us gamers. I thought wrong, though, as I recently discovered that my daughter and her friends now use the term all the time. In any event, after sitting through a bunch of meetings, and faced with the prospect of writing a really long email I'm not much in the mood to do, I felt the need for some comic relief. And where better to find it than in the foibles and traumas of others?

First, there's this guy:



Then, there's this guy--an oldie but always my favorite. A nice moral in this one for The Kids of Today. See if you can think of it all on your own!



See, so, instead of feeling sorry for myself for the work I have to do, plus the fact that my PC is nearly dead and Lich King comes out tomorrow and I won't be able to play, I can laugh at these morons, which makes me feel a lot better.

Thanks, morons!

(and thanks to failblog.org for the Good Times)

40 comments:

Darin said...

The moral?Learn how to ride your bike without your hands?

Rob Zacny said...

You do this too?

A month or so ago, the gaming laptop burned out during an episode of "Entourage". My work laptop had vertical lines all over the monitor. We both had work to do, we were having a terrible week, and we plunged into a black mood.

Until we cruised by the Fail Blog. We watched the entire catalogue and, somewhere amidst all the schadenfreude, we started to feel pretty good about life again.

Paul said...

I'm so pumped for WOTLK!!! :p

Getting my CE on Friday.

John Lynch said...

Didn't Darwin say these kinds of people would be phased out by evolution or something?

MrCHUPON said...

Did "Epic Fail" make it into South Park (maybe during the WoW episode)? I don't remember, but my guess is that's the source.

evilkumquat said...

I just got back from an hour of waiting in line for WotLK; I spent the entire time talking to a total stranger who happened to play Horde on the same server I do.

Install is at 90% now and I can't tell you how thrilled I was to learn it is all on a DVD and I won't have to babysit the tray.

I can't wait even more to see how long I can play until being booted for server restarts and quick fixes.

Jeff, I'm saddened to learn I won't be able to read about your take on the launch.

You were the reason I kept my subscription to CGW much in the same way Seanbaby is the reason I keep my subscription to EGM.

Chris Tilton said...

I always thought EPIC FAIL and EPIC WIN should have died a while ago.

Hunter Red said...

It's just like "bling bling". It was an underground word for a while, used only by those in the know. Then it started growing in popularity, then exploded into the mainstream. Soon, only posers and douchebags will use the phrase "fail", and that is when the English language will cycle to a new slang. I nominate "cell".

CrazyLikeCatfish said...

It's like the 'no homo' phrase, it'll come and go. Weird though, I saw 'no homo' printed on a t-shirt. It's only a matter of time until we see 'epic fail' on one.

feitclub said...

I always feel guilty when I use "netspeak" in the real world, but using FAIL and WIN as adjectives is too much fun to restrict to the keyboard.

Stray Neutrino said...

The reason people haven't been weeded out by Darwinism is that we have too many safety mechanism in place. I think one of the most pivotal decisions of saving lives was the adoption of Alternating Current (being able to change the voltage using transformers) versus Direct Current(1 million volts direct from the tap, baby!).

Blame Tesla.

darvoid said...

What a Dumbass. That log should have ended up in his ass!! Oh yeah, the moral of the other one...Race motorcycles instead. They go much faster!!

Slapshot said...

LOL the bike race one is great. Reminds me of when a NFL receiver high steps towards the end zone like he has an easy TD only to drop the ball before he crosses.

btw Jeff my six year old son said "that was epic!" the other day when we were playing WoW. Apparently, it's spreading to the 1st grade.

John Rivett said...

stupidity CONFIRMED!

SnakeLinkSonic said...

I decided a long time ago to stop using terms and memes like that when I start seeing them on commercials and movies. It gives me indigestion...I'm not sure why.

~sLs~

MSUSteve said...

As far as I'm concerned, everyone else can have "Epic Fail". I think it's quite possibly the stupidest and most annoying phrase on the internet.

The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt said...

I wonder when the Internet meme that entails spelling every word fully will hit.

John Lynch said...

If we're banning "Epic Fail," then we need to do away with "lolwhat" and variations of "/facepalm" too. It'd only be fair to the internet.

-Wearfannypacks- said...

Best fail of all time here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5woNs9WRE

Anonymous said...

I believe the moral is along the lines of "don't count your chickens before they've hatched." Hmmmm . . . now why didn't our youngsters know that one? ~ Hamilton

thechosen2nd said...

No you CAN'T ride your bike with no handlebars/No handlebars...

Anonymous said...

What I find interesting is when parents start borrowing from the vocabulary of their offspring.

At my place of work the word 'sweet' is used way too frequently - and any person old enough to know who Marsha Brady is should not be voicing the word dude.

Dude is not something I want my boss to be calling me.

How the hell did that fucking word become so popular anyhow?

piratebrido said...

You don't know when Epic Fail passed into the modern zeitgeist? That is the very definition of Epic Fail!

Though does your daughter know you know what it means? Frankly Jeff I do not care for you blatant disregard for the generation gap! Your job has given you a paddle to keep you from going adrift in these modern tides!

Michael Adamek said...

And...that makes my Friday.

Slapshot said...

btw Jeff, it was nice to hear your voice on Legendary Thread...it was like old times ::sigh::

So Demian the next 1UP escapee huh? I had a chance to meet him at Blizzcon, he was very gracious.

Peter Fall said...

hahahaha! that was wicked rad!

you were on Legendary Thread, Jeff? ya gotta tell us these things! tell us if you're on the Brodeo.

Kyle said...

Jeff, based on your recaps of previous nights' meals, you're clearly not getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet!

Try drinking more fruit wine and hard cider.

Robert said...

Was happily surprised to hear Jeffs voice when they called you up at Legendary Thread. Too bad they didn't talk that much to you, just made you listen. :P

@Peter Fall, There is no Brodeo anymore, only pieces of it left... I miss the sense of that the people on it was ordinary people that could just as well be your buddy. Now some there are just full of themselves and negates the whole podcast.

Jeff Green ought to be online more, so he could've joined Shawn on GWJ! (Now the best cast around)

Kevin said...

Lol! Nothing's better than to see people's worst moments of their lives catured on camera.

Steven said...

WoW?

That game is still around???

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epic fail said...

lol - there's actually an http://www.epicfail.com too... it's going really mainstream it seems.

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