Massively OP’s 2017 Blooper Awards: Schlag meme of the year

Massively OP’s not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards conclude today with our blooper award for Schlag meme of the year, given to and in honor of MOP commenter Schlag Sweetleaf, who’s well-known as a snarky and insightful mememaker in the chatter under our articles. I know I’m not alone in frequently skimming the comments hunting for his jokes.

And the winner is…

Being Uncle Owen in MMORPGs

This one might be playing hard to the judges, but you have to admit it’s hilarious. Runner-up:

I have a few others!

Don’t miss last year’s winner, “Core Values” – this one still cracks me up even a year later.

What would you pay for a Schlagbox?!

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you’re at it. Thanks for playing along with our bloopies this year!

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Mr Poolaty

I’ll miss you sir!!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

early one, and one of my favorites. Daybreak was money for me;p

miss you as well mr.poolaty

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Melissa McDonald

I think they chose the right one, but I’ve liked quite a few of them.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Ty Melissa, If memory serves me right, you and Koshelkin had a hand in the creation of this meme-journey. Sometime back in April of 2015 I believe. At any rate , you were always one of my favorite contributors to this site. Your Haiku still resonates with me. Keep fighting the good fight;p

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Jack Pipsam

niceme.me

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Bruno Brito

Schlag is better at meme’ing than i’m good at drawing.

Q u a l i t y y e a r

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Schlag Sweetleaf

your stuff is amazing Bruno. I hope you keep at it

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Bruno Brito

H O L Y

Damn, looks better than WoW.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

you’ve really gotten good bruno

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Bruno Brito

I wish i could say the same for my scanner =P

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Paragon Lost

Schlag is one of the many reasons I love to come to MassivelyOp to read the articles. Also, it’s always an honor and amusing to be Schlagged. :) Happy New Year everyone.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I’m happy you kept that.Blessed are the peacemakers:)

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Rees Racer

Before I ‘retired’ to the family business, I was a writer (and later producer) of network television news. Granted, many headlines were not as gratuitous or exploitative as some places in the world, but I learned to be quite literal to counter the growing sensationalism. Indeed, part of the reason I left that business was due to the direction of it all…worldwide.

My point is this: I appreciate(ed) all of Schlag’s posts so much…as my brain had become so attuned to my own attempts at objectivity…and I’d seemingly lost some of my humour in it all. Never has anyone been so clever and laugh-out-loud (b/c LOL is insufficient) funny as our Sweetleaf.

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Armsbend

It seems that schlag brings out a bit of the truth in all of us(?)(!).

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Cyclone Jack

I laughed then, and I laughed again. That one always reminded me of this:

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McGuffn

Somehow when I saw this previously I never noticed this was a 2 pack of figures.

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Justin Olivetti

“I wish I could be half as witty as a timely Schlag meme on my own pieces”
~ Justin Olivetti

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Your comments in the podcast about your process when writing for MOP were most illuminating

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Paragon Lost

I love their podcast and I blame Justin and Bree for getting me hooked on listening to podcasts!

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Sorenthaz

Jeez, has it really been a year ago since the first Schlag Meme award was done?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Ty for flying that avatar still:) looks good on ya.

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MesaSage

Thanks for all the laughs!

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ichi sakari

pleased and honored to get a spot in anything Schlag-related

Happy New Year to all

my favorite Schlag piece …

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connor_jones

Great stuff. From what I understand Roberts ran an auto dealership shortly before embarking on Star Citizen. It’s also worth noting that I think Schlag is one of the few friends of Massively who can get away with being critical of Star Citizen without incurring the wrath of the brethren. ;-)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I’ve had a few dust-ups that ended up on the cutting room floor:P I honestly hope SC delivers something of exceptional quality to gamers, I do have my doubts though.

In case of ridiculous SC money grab: BREAK GLASS

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connor_jones

So then when viewing that nine voices of Star Citizen chart, you most likely fall into the ‘agnostic’ category. ;) That said, you would make an amazing political satirist. Cheers! :)

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mistressbrazen

Let me pile on and add my thanks for the times I’ve had to get up and close my office door so I could laugh heartily at one of the Schlag memes. You always have a home here if you need it and may there always be light on your path, wherever the next one leads you.

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semugh

haha grat!

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kofteburger

It’s treason then.

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rafael12104

Well. First, Schlag your humor and on point satirical memes are second to none. You are what the old political cartoonists used to be but even better because you have covered this hobby we love. Thank you!

I don’t know if you were ever influenced by old cartoonist like Ben Sargent, but essentially they were and are doing what you do without the creative use of animation, graphics and real photos. I prefer yours, btw. :)

So stop by anytime. And if you decide to take on broader topics regarding the circus landscape that is our political atmosphere, please let us know. It may sound like a stretch, but if Ben Sargent can win a pulitzer, I don’t see why using, your technics, creativity and skill, you couldn’t have the same influence.

For the record, it is impossible for me to choose one meme as best of the year. There are too many. So, I’ll just choose a category: The Loot-Box, Lock-Box debacles.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

One of my favorite lockbox/memes, I love anything Dune.. Thank you for the very kind words Rafael.

Leaderboard: Do you buy lockboxes in MMOs? Take the ‘purity’ test

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Armsbend

That’s two Lynch’s in one thread!

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rafael12104

Quite right! LOL. And illustrates my point above. :)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Thank you Bree & MOP. I have had a lot of fun making these for the site for what I believe is going on 3 years now. Really haven’t felt the need to even play an MMo as doing this really provided a great substitute. Hard to wrap my head around the sheer number of those images out there.

It has been a lot of fun RP-ing this guy and hopefully helping the site in clicks/pageviews etc. Would be curious if you have any data as to what ,if any , help the “memes” have provided. At any rate, it has been my pleasure to add whatever it is I do for the site. I do believe it is ,however, time has come to”diminish and go into the West” so to speak:)

Thank you Massively and Happy 2018

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Michael18

Thanks so much for all those fun and witty memes over the years!

My personal favorite, of course, has to be this. I truly felt honored.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Thanks Michael, I hope you are still working on your 3d animations. Good luck to you.

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Liraven

Always enjoyed your memes and your perspective Schlag. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. :)

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Paragon Lost

You have been an absolute treasure Schlag. I’d rather you didn’t head off to Valinor, we still need you in Middle Earth.

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Skoryy

Thanks for the all the laughs! Happy trails and Dream well, my man.

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wratts

Thanks for all the laughs, Schlag. Sorry to see you go if you’re going, but best of luck!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

” I do believe it is ,however, time has come to’diminish and go into the West’ so to speak:)”

…at this point, my pigtails can’t get enough of those gifs, Mr. Schlag. They’ve sorta become our de facto editorial cartoons for this site so to speak (noting your reference to a one John Tenniel). So I would find it very disparaging to see any of your contributions “diminishing and going into the West”. That would be very sad for all of us. :(

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I have always percieved you as the ” Grande Dame” of these boards Uta:) May your pigtails always be pink.

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Utakata

*Pulls another grey strand of hair from the right pigtail*

Working on that! But thanks! <3

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Bryan Correll

Hmm, I called it in the 2018 predictions article: http://massivelyop.com/2017/12/21/massively-overthinking-our-mmo-predictions-for-2018/

Schlag Sweetleaf will announce that image memes are passé and that he will be redirecting his creative energies toward interpretive dance.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Ya got me Bryan,;p

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A Dad Supreme

Most I’ve seen Schlag type in three years. I thought he didn’t have more than three fingers and a thumb. :P

Always seemed to jive with his sense of morality and ethos, so was almost always great to see what he would cook up.

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Armsbend

Good luck in your travels Schlag. Maybe make it around here on the really big stories :)

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thirtymil

Thanks for all the laughs Schlag – likewise anyone else who has put together a meme, witty comment, or vitriolic-but-well-warranted rant that improved the quality of my day. Your effort is most appreciated.

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pepperzine

On a somewhat related note, this reminds me of the commenters who have disappeared over the years. What ever happened to Karl Hungus? Madda? Somuchmass?

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starbuck1771

The names have been changed to protect the innocent! :P

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I would like to go on record as saying I believe Knox Harrington is Karl Hungus. This meme of Knox’s cracked me up and is a perfect find as Karl was great at doing.Also, the initials of both are eerily similar;p

Star Citizen has put out yet another expensive concept ship, and it’s a tank – literally

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Knox Harrington

Uli Kunkel is Karl Hungus, the cable repair porn star. I’m just a video artist.

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Utakata

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Knox Harrington

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Utakata

Karl Hungus is a reference to The Big Lebowski. Knox Harrington is a reference to…? o.O

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Schlag Sweetleaf

My favorite “Uta”, a reworking of a Botticelli;)

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Utakata

You make my pigtails at times swell bigger than they should be. <3

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

Huh. Now that’s interesting… o.O

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Elementary , my dear Utakata;)

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Amorey

I felt very honoured when I got my very own meme made by Schlag . Thank You kindly for that and Happy New Year to all <3

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Was my pleasure Amorey, that eye featured in one of my own personal favorites as well..

Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor expansion is officially live with a launch trailer

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Armsbend

My personal favorite:

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Sorenthaz

Personally I’m a fan of his Black Spirit edited images. /cough

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Always enjoyed Black Spirit themes , my personal favorite

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I would rate your stock a “strong buy” in 2018.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im not SWG player so I have no clue what that winner meme even means.

My favourite is this one from this topic: http://massivelyop.com/2017/05/22/ashes-of-creation-aims-to-be-biggest-mmorpg-kickstarter-of-all-time/

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starbuck1771

You’ve never seen the first star wars movie? It is a commentary on a comment made by Nancy McIntyre in an interview about SWG’s NGE where she said Nobody wanted to be Uncle Owen. Needless to say that comment caused a ton of backlash.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I liked that one as well, Oleg. My favorite SC/Roberts was this one. Had intentions of making a series out of it;)…

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McGuffn

I’m glad you’re taking time to repost some of these, I missed several of them the first time.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

You paid me a very nice compliment for this one back in 2016,McGuffn. Thank you.

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Armsbend

“Schlag’s proposal for how to best use the Marvel IP”

Hmmmmm…not sure you got the full picture on that one Bree.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Yes, that is awkward to say the least.Kudos, Armsbend , you cracked me up with that one:)

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Armsbend

In my heart I’m going to secret this away as a dual award. I’m going to pretend that we shared a lifetime achievement award after years of work. Having never met or worked together.

I need to start bookmarking my favs I can’t remember ’em all throughout the year. Love your work babe!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

These are the tools I have used for the most part..

https://www196.lunapic.com/editor/ ..for basic image manipulation

http://www.online-image-editor.com/ .. good for use with moving gifs/animations

https://ezgif.com/ ..great site for breaking down gifs frame by frame and making mini”movies”

http://www.screentogif.com/ for screen grabs of that “perfect” gif

snipping tool has been very helpful as well.

I would add, all these are free to use, I have done my best to support the sites on their social media and click the occasional banner ad and such

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Sorenthaz

Welp, now MOP is going to have to step up its meme game.

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Utakata

Shhh! You need to make your audience believe you handstitch those all together lovingly pixel by pixel and frame by frame! >.<

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Sorenthaz

Muh immershun!

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Rheem Octuris

However I do have to give him props for adding in the MOP’s Best game of 2017 award on the fictional box cover.

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Armsbend

For reals – mine was a stupid joke until he made it funny.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

it was funny before i messed with it, you have real skill as a writer imo,

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