Huh. I actually remember going onto Wikipedia several years back and typing in "Cake is a lie" as the article title to try to understand the meme (someone on another board had suggested "Cake is a lie" as the motto of the Millennial Generation when we were coming up with mottos for different generations), and being taken to an article about a video game. I didn't remember the title of the video game, though. I do remember that it was a puzzle-solving video game whose main character was a black-haired girl named Chell or Chelle or Chellz or something like that, and that the protagonist was praised for being a female video game character who wasn't made to look Stacy-sexy to appeal to straight gamer boys.LinguistCat wrote: ↑30 Mar 2021 04:11A lot of memes were started by Portal, like "The cake is a lie" and a few others. There's even a song, "Still Alive" that was fairly popular online for a while after 2007. Probably just not your time?
I don't recall seeing the word GLADOS, though.
While I do recall a lot of pop culture from 2007 (Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Ingrid Michaelson, and similar artists first became popular around this time), I stopped playing video games around the time I was 15, and for the next several years knew about video games (Pokémon, Star Fox, Banjo-kazooie, etc.) mostly through my brother, who still plays them to this day. Then I moved out and I mostly heard of the big-name video games like GTA, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Fortnite that people were referencing all over the Internet. I befriended Tyler Thunder, a teen-age gamer from the National Youth Rights Association, a few years back over our shared interest in youth rights and now I also hear of the video games he likes, such as No Man's Sky (though their conlangs are literally ciphers! ), Shenmue, and Red Dead Redemption.
As for anime, I mostly know the animes that my brother would watch on Cartoon Network -- Pokémon, Sailor Moon, Yu-gi-oh!, Sakura: Card Captor, and the like. I've heard of Naruto and even reference it in a song in my rock musical, but I've never seen it. And the movie Unico, since my sister and I would watch it as children.
I get the feeling that my preferred popular culture is not the culture that is popular on this board (here there's a lot of nerd and geek culture like video games and anime, and a lot of heavy metal). I don't see Ingrid Michaelson, Third Eye Blind, Nirvana, Muse, Bastille, or Colbie Caillat referenced here too much (although once eldin raigmore referenced a KT Tunstall song when discussing Tunstall's Scottish pronunciation of "calm" and "palm", which I thought was awesome), and I don't really see people discussing Beavis and Butt-head or Daria (although Elemtilas and I have mentioned The Simpsons a few times).