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{{about|toon}} {{for|arcade machine|TROGDOR! Arcade Machine}} {{for|game on the arcade machine|TROGDOR!}}
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[[Image:indabasement.PNG|200px|thumb|"We're, uh, doing The Cheat's taxes."]]
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'''Arcade Game'''
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Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat play a ''TROGDOR!'' arcade game in the basement.
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Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat play a Trogdor! Arcade game in da basement.
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'''Cast (in order of appearance):''' {{Film|Homestar Runner}}, {{Film|Strong Bad}}, {{Film|Strong Mad}}, {{Film|The Cheat}}, {{Film|Trogdor}}
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'''Cast (in order of appearance):''' [[Homestar Runner]], [[Strong Bad]], [[Strong Mad]], [[The Cheat]]
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'''Places:''' [[Computer Room]], [[Basement of the Brothers Strong]]
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'''Date:''' Monday, March 17, 2003
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'''Running Time:''' 1:41
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'''Page title:''' Quite Exciting This Computer Magic!
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{{dvd|Everything Else, Volume 1}}
== Transcript ==
== Transcript ==
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''{We start with a familiar scene, Compy. Except Strong Bad isn't there, and there's a Post-It on the screen saying "in da basement  -sb".}''
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''{We start with a familiar scene, the [[Compy 386|Compy]]. Except Strong Bad isn't there, and there's a sticky note on the screen saying "in da basement  -sb".}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER''': ''{offscreen}'' Strong Bad! ''{walks up to the computer}'' Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again? Oh. You're not here. I'll get to the bottom of this! ''{sits down at the computer and starts typing. While he says everything correctly, he misspells stuff}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{offscreen}'' Strong Bad! ''{walks up to the computer}'' Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again? Oh. You're not here. I'll get to the bottom of this!  
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<pre>Dear Stong Bah,
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''{He sits down at the Compy and starts typing. While he says everything correctly, he misspells "Strong Bad".}''
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Where are you?
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Your friend
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Homestar</pre>
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''{Homestar notices the note.}'' Oh! "In da basement. From SB." Ohhh, that must stand for Stong Bah. ''{he stands up and heads for da basement. Upon arriving he finds Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and the Cheat playing TROGDOR! the arcade game.}'' Hey guys! Whatcha playin'?
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<blockquote class="email" style="background-image:none">Dear Stong Bah,<br />
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Where are you?<br />
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Your friend,<br />
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Homestar</blockquote>
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'''STRONG BAD''': Uh, playin'? No, we're, uh, we're doing the Cheat's taxes.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' ''{notices the note}'' Oh! "In da basement. From SB." Ohhh, that must stand for Stong Bah.  
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'''STRONG MAD''': W-2!!!
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''{He stands up and heads for the basement. Upon arriving he finds Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat playing TROGDOR! the arcade game.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER''': Booring. I don't wanna play that.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Hey guys! Whatcha playin'?
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''{Homestar walks off. The game blips.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Uh, playin'? No, we're, uh, we're doing The Cheat's taxes.
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'''STRONG BAD''': Argh! Stupid peasant. ''{He kicks the arcade machine, which says in a computer voice "Trogdor!"}'' Whoah! Pretty cool! ''{He kicks it twice more, with the same results.}'' All right, who's next? ''{The Cheat makes Cheat noises.}'' Okay, fine. ''{Strong Bad gets off the stool to let the Cheat on, but he just looks at Strong Bad, makes more noises.}'' Oh, right. Here ya go, little buddy. ''{He lifts him onto the stool and the theme music begins playing. As soon as it's over...}''
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'''STRONG MAD:''' W-2!!!
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'''STRONG BAD and STRONG MAD''': TROGDOR!
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Bo-ring. I don't wanna play that.
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''{The game says "Trogdor!" and the Cheat begins playing.}''
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''{Homestar walks off. The game blips with the "SWORDED!" noise from the game.}''
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'''STRONG BAD''': Whoah, nice move! You're the master!
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Argh! Stupid peasant.
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''{He kicks the arcade machine, which says, in a computer voice, "Trogdor!".}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Whoa! Pretty cool! ''{kicks it twice more, with the same results}'' All right, who's next?
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{The Cheat noises}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Okay, fine.
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''{Strong Bad gets off the stool to let The Cheat on, but he just looks at Strong Bad, and makes more noises.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Oh, right. Here ya go, little buddy.
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''{He lifts him onto the stool and the theme music begins playing. As soon as it's over...}''
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'''STRONG BAD and STRONG MAD:''' TROGDOR!
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''{The game says "Trogdor!" and The Cheat begins playing.}''
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Whoa, nice move! You're a master!
''{[[The Paper]] comes down with a link to play the Trogdor arcade game. After a little while, Homestar comes back with a stack of papers.}''
''{[[The Paper]] comes down with a link to play the Trogdor arcade game. After a little while, Homestar comes back with a stack of papers.}''
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER''': Hey, can you guys do my taxes next? ... You guys? ... Man, that's one big adding machine.
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'''HOMESTAR RUNNER:''' Hey, can you guys do my taxes next? ... You guys? ... Man, that's one big adding machine.
== Easter Eggs ==
== Easter Eggs ==
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*On the Monday following [[the show]], there was no new [[Strong Bad Email]].  Instead, there was a post-it note that said "In da Basement".  If you clicked on it, it took you to the aformentioned toon short. 
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*If you wait for Homestar to come by and ask them to do his taxes - after he says, "Man, that is one big adding machine" you can click on the [[TROGDOR!]] game to make it say "[[Trogdor]]."   
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*When [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]] is using [[Strong Bad]]'s computer the contrast knobs are missing, but you can click on them.
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*You can click on the top of Homestar's pile of papers to see his expenses:
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*If you wait for [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]] to come by and ask them to do his taxes - after he says, "Man that is one big adding machine" you can click on the [[TROGDOR!]] game to make it say "[[Trogdor]]"   
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*You can click on the top of [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]]'s pile of papers to see his expenses.
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<blockquote>Homestar Runner's<br>
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*When you have [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]]'s expenses displayed, you can click and hold on the last item in the list "straps and practice" to see a picture of something that looks like a hand-drawn baseball card.
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2002 Expenditures<br>
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$150 - [[pork]] [[b/w]] [[beans]]<br>
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$2,000 - [[witch's brew]]<br>
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$4,000 - refinance my [[Homestar Runner's Hat|hat]]<br>
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$2.07 - [[Marzipan]] gift<br>
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$1,000 - [[Fluffy Puff Marshmallows|Fluffypuffs]]<br>
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$500 - monthly protection<br>
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to SB<br>
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$500 - monthly protection<br>
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to SM<br>
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$500 - monthly protection<br>
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to The C.<br>
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$75 - straps and practice</blockquote>
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:*When you have Homestar's expenses displayed, you can click and hold on the last item in the list "straps and practice" to see a picture of something that looks like a hand-drawn baseball card. It bears a resemblance to the [[Kewpie Dan]] drawing from [[The House That Gave Sucky Treats]].
== Fun Facts ==
== Fun Facts ==
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*'''Homestar's Expenses'''
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===Explanations===
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::$150: pork b/w beans
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*Strong Mad says "[[Wikipedia:Tax forms in the United States#W-2|W-2]]!", which is an [[Wikipedia:U.S. Internal Revenue Service|IRS]] [[tax]] form.
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::$2000: witch's brew
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*An [[wikipedia:Adding machine|adding machine]] is a [[wikipedia:Calculator|calculator]] with a printer.
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::$4000: refinance my hat
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*Homestar paying Strong Mad, Strong Bad, and The Cheat "monthly protection" suggests that the three are [[Wikipedia:Bagman|bagmen]] for a [[Wikipedia:Protection racket|protection racket]].
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::$2.07: gift for Marzipan
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::$1000: Fluffy Puffs
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=== Trivia ===
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::$500: monthly protection to Strong Bad
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*The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "[[Floppy Disk Container#manhunter new york|manhunter new york]]".
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::$500: monthly protection to Strong Mad
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*The top paper in Homestar's stack of papers says "Important Document #402".
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::$500: monthly protection to The Cheat
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*Homestar's total expenditures for one month (as listed) add up to $8727.07.
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::$75: straps and practice
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::It comes out to $8727.07.
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=== Remarks ===
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*Pork b/w beans is a reference to the Strong Bad Email [[helium]] , in which [[Marzipan (character)|Marzipan]] and [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]] discuss the subject briefly. The abbreviation "w/" for "with" is not used, instead it's "b/w" which was used on old vinyl records and singles to refer to the B-side ("b/w" = "backed with").
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*On the Monday following [[the show]], there was no new [[Strong Bad Email]]. Instead, there was a post-it note that said "In da Basement". The note included a link to the aformentioned toon short. 
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*[[Witches' Brew]] is, of course, a reference to the holiday toon [[Pumpkin Carve-nival]], in which one [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]] uses the phrase excessively.
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*In 2002, Homestar paid a total of $18,000 for "protection", as he paid Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat $500 dollars each per month. His other expenditures make up less than 29% of the total $25227.07.
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*[[Strong Mad]] says "W-2!" when [[Strong Bad]] lies and says that they're doing [[The Cheat]]'s taxes. W-2 is an IRS tax form.
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*The Cheat plays the game [[Left Handedness|left-handed]].
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*The page title "Quite exciting this computer magic" is a quote from the movie "This Is Spinal Tap". One of the band members says it while playing Atari in the tour bus.
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*Some of the sounds used in this toon are slightly off from their game counterparts. The peasant burnination sound is higher pitched and the squished peasant sound is played faster.
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*The top paper in [[Homestar Runner|Homestar]]'s stack of papers says important document #402 (zoom in).
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*Strong Bad has two identical stools (one for his [[Strong Bad's Technology#Computers|computer]] and one for the TROGDOR! game.)
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*"Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again?" refers to [[50 emails]].
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*There is a metal plate at the near bottom of the machine, which is used as a door in most arcade machines to protect the coins collected. However, there are no coin slots, and The Cheat did not put in any coins to start a new game. This would indicate that the machine has been set to free play mode, in which coins are not required to start the game.
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* The disk in the [[Floppy Disk Container]] is Manhunter New York. This was an adventure game for DOS, Atari ST, and Amiga, released in 1988.
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*"Straps and Practice" is also the name of a song by [[Matt Chapman]]'s band, "The New You".
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=== Glitches ===
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*At the start, the Compy's contrast knob is there. When Homestar comes in it is missing, but you can click it anyway. It doesn't do anything either time.
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*When Strong Bad kicks the arcade machine, the kicking sound effect comes as his leg is pulling back, not as it is hitting the game.
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*The clickable area on the "Back" text at the end of the toon extends much farther to the left.
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=== Inside References ===
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*[[Pork]] [[b/w]] [[beans]] refers to the Strong Bad Email [[helium]], in which [[Marzipan]] and Homestar discuss the subject briefly.
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*"Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your [[Strong Bad's Fondue Pot|fondue pot]] again?" refers to [[50 emails]].
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*This is another mention of the [[Witches' Brew]].
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*This is another instance of the misspelling [[Stong Bad]].
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*Homestar says "Bo-ring" the same way he says it on the [[Legal]] page.
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=== Real-World References ===
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*The page title "Quite exciting this computer magic" is a quote from the movie ''[[Spinal Tap|This is Spinal Tap]]''. One of the band members (Viv Savage) says it while playing a game similar to [[Wikipedia:Missile Command|Missile Command]] on a TRS-80 Color Computer in the tour bus.
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=== Fast Forward ===
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*Cans of "pork b/w beans" would later be seen in the Strong Bad Email [[business trip]].
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== DVD Version ==
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*The expenses and "straps & practice" Easter eggs are now viewable separately from each other by pushing the angle button on your remote.
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*Instead of clicking on the arcade machine to make it say "Trogdor!", after Homestar comments on it being a big adding machine, the "Trogdor!" sound plays automatically once.
== External Links ==
== External Links ==
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*[http://www.homestarrunner.com/arcadegame.html watch "Arcade Game"]
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*[[HR:arcadegame.html|watch "Arcade Game"]]
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*[http://www.homestarrunner.com/arcadegame.swf view the flash file for "Arcade Game"]
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*[[HR:arcadegame.swf|view the Flash file for "Arcade Game"]]
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[[Category:Toons]][[Category:Homestar Runner Filmography]][[Category:Strong Bad Filmography]][[Category:Strong Mad Filmography]][[Category:The Cheat Filmography]]
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[[Category:Shorts]][[Category:Not Quite Strong Bad Emails]]

Current revision as of 21:26, 7 September 2019

This article is about the toon. For the arcade machine, see TROGDOR! Arcade Machine. For the game on the arcade machine, see TROGDOR!.
Toon Category: Shorts
watch 20X6 vs. 1936 Lookin at a Thing in a Bag
"We're, uh, doing The Cheat's taxes."

Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat play a TROGDOR! arcade game in the basement.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Trogdor

Places: Computer Room, Basement of the Brothers Strong

Date: Monday, March 17, 2003

Running Time: 1:41

Page title: Quite Exciting This Computer Magic!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1

Contents

[edit] Transcript

{We start with a familiar scene, the Compy. Except Strong Bad isn't there, and there's a sticky note on the screen saying "in da basement -sb".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} Strong Bad! {walks up to the computer} Hey Strong Bad, can I borrow your fondue pot again? Oh. You're not here. I'll get to the bottom of this!

{He sits down at the Compy and starts typing. While he says everything correctly, he misspells "Strong Bad".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {notices the note} Oh! "In da basement. From SB." Ohhh, that must stand for Stong Bah.

{He stands up and heads for the basement. Upon arriving he finds Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat playing TROGDOR! the arcade game.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey guys! Whatcha playin'?

STRONG BAD: Uh, playin'? No, we're, uh, we're doing The Cheat's taxes.

STRONG MAD: W-2!!!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Bo-ring. I don't wanna play that.

{Homestar walks off. The game blips with the "SWORDED!" noise from the game.}

STRONG BAD: Argh! Stupid peasant.

{He kicks the arcade machine, which says, in a computer voice, "Trogdor!".}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Pretty cool! {kicks it twice more, with the same results} All right, who's next?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Okay, fine.

{Strong Bad gets off the stool to let The Cheat on, but he just looks at Strong Bad, and makes more noises.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, right. Here ya go, little buddy.

{He lifts him onto the stool and the theme music begins playing. As soon as it's over...}

STRONG BAD and STRONG MAD: TROGDOR!

{The game says "Trogdor!" and The Cheat begins playing.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa, nice move! You're a master!

{The Paper comes down with a link to play the Trogdor arcade game. After a little while, Homestar comes back with a stack of papers.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, can you guys do my taxes next? ... You guys? ... Man, that's one big adding machine.

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • If you wait for Homestar to come by and ask them to do his taxes - after he says, "Man, that is one big adding machine" you can click on the TROGDOR! game to make it say "Trogdor."
  • You can click on the top of Homestar's pile of papers to see his expenses:
Homestar Runner's
2002 Expenditures
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$150 - pork b/w beans

$2,000 - witch's brew

$4,000 - refinance my hat

$2.07 - Marzipan gift

$1,000 - Fluffypuffs

$500 - monthly protection
to SB

$500 - monthly protection
to SM

$500 - monthly protection
to The C.

$75 - straps and practice
  • When you have Homestar's expenses displayed, you can click and hold on the last item in the list "straps and practice" to see a picture of something that looks like a hand-drawn baseball card. It bears a resemblance to the Kewpie Dan drawing from The House That Gave Sucky Treats.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

[edit] Trivia

  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "manhunter new york".
  • The top paper in Homestar's stack of papers says "Important Document #402".
  • Homestar's total expenditures for one month (as listed) add up to $8727.07.

[edit] Remarks

  • On the Monday following the show, there was no new Strong Bad Email. Instead, there was a post-it note that said "In da Basement". The note included a link to the aformentioned toon short.
  • In 2002, Homestar paid a total of $18,000 for "protection", as he paid Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat $500 dollars each per month. His other expenditures make up less than 29% of the total $25227.07.
  • The Cheat plays the game left-handed.
  • Some of the sounds used in this toon are slightly off from their game counterparts. The peasant burnination sound is higher pitched and the squished peasant sound is played faster.
  • Strong Bad has two identical stools (one for his computer and one for the TROGDOR! game.)
  • There is a metal plate at the near bottom of the machine, which is used as a door in most arcade machines to protect the coins collected. However, there are no coin slots, and The Cheat did not put in any coins to start a new game. This would indicate that the machine has been set to free play mode, in which coins are not required to start the game.
  • "Straps and Practice" is also the name of a song by Matt Chapman's band, "The New You".

[edit] Glitches

  • At the start, the Compy's contrast knob is there. When Homestar comes in it is missing, but you can click it anyway. It doesn't do anything either time.
  • When Strong Bad kicks the arcade machine, the kicking sound effect comes as his leg is pulling back, not as it is hitting the game.
  • The clickable area on the "Back" text at the end of the toon extends much farther to the left.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The page title "Quite exciting this computer magic" is a quote from the movie This is Spinal Tap. One of the band members (Viv Savage) says it while playing a game similar to Missile Command on a TRS-80 Color Computer in the tour bus.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Cans of "pork b/w beans" would later be seen in the Strong Bad Email business trip.

[edit] DVD Version

  • The expenses and "straps & practice" Easter eggs are now viewable separately from each other by pushing the angle button on your remote.
  • Instead of clicking on the arcade machine to make it say "Trogdor!", after Homestar comments on it being a big adding machine, the "Trogdor!" sound plays automatically once.

[edit] External Links

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