What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is some "potty humor" and cartoon violence depicted on the site. Families who visit this site will be disappointed that, despite the appealing cartoon characters, it's not for children.
What's it about?
Homestar Runner is an armless, beanie-copter-wearing character with a job at a tech company, a speech impediment, a heart of gold, and an odd assortment of friends. For example, there's his sometime girlfriend, Marzipan. She's a pony-tailed tofu-loving animal rights activist, who sings happy songs. Down the street are the Strong brothers: Strong Mad, Strong Bad, and Strong Sad. Middle brother Strong Bad wears a wrestler's hood mask and boxing gloves. He also sings, runs his own country (a vacant lot), and answers user email, often making fun of their grammar. Users learn about the main characters and plenty of other secondary ones through more than 50 cartoons that feature running gags, inside jokes, and seasonal plot lines. The site also has more than 20 oddball games, and there's a store where you can buy official Homestar merchandise.
Is it any good?
Homestar Runner has achieved cult status on the Internet, with thousands of fans tuning in for new installments every week to see how absurd things can get. Only at HomestarRunner.com will you hear about hamburger shampoo, the parsnip shortage, and how to appeal to the ladies by sanding off your nipples. Told you it wasn't for kids -- but teens and college students are addicted.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how this site has no advertising. Why do you think the creators decided to keep it ad-free? Also, who's the audience for this site? What's the appeal of the super-low-tech games? Who's your favorite character, and why?