Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, artist and author of Penny Arcade
Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon has already highlighted the key points of Penny Arcade's recent run-in with feminist blog Shakesville, not to mention the e-mails they've apparently received from readers who are upset about last Wednesday's comic.
Marcotte does not interpret PA's joke to be "a 'rape joke' in the classic sense of the term, which is a joke where the punch line expresses the idea that raping is awesome."
I happen to agree with her interpretation:
The joke of the comic was that the moral universes painted in video games are often horrific in a way that contrasts with the light-hearted nature of gaming. That strikes me as a perfectly appropriate thing to make fun of, tame even.
Follow us on Twitter for updates and links to general coolness