Another video game joke is taking over the internet. Ah shit, here we go again.
Sometimes weird performances of inconsequential lines can live in your memory forever. To quote James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, they are so good.
One of those, for Grand Theft Auto fans, is CJ’s first lines in the game San Andreas. Right at the start of the game, CJ wanders into an inhospitable neighbourhood. His response is a muted, “ah shit, here we go again.” Even not having played the game, the understated reaction to his circumstance is pretty funny to me.
Fans had been joking around with that line on and off for years, but on April 3rd, Twitter user ChaoticGeekCG created a green screen version of the seen, saying they’d never seen a good one before.
Never found a good green screen of CJ saying "Ah shit, here we go again". So i made one for myself. Also sharing it to y'all pic.twitter.com/azZFDLDGnp
— Chaotic (@ChaoticGeekCG) April 3, 2019
What followed was an onslaught of people using the newfound format to tell jokes about the similarly exasperating moments they’ve had while playing games.
— Rene Wurz (@RealLuigikid) April 9, 2019
Me walking into the 39th wifi ganon f smash in a row pic.twitter.com/XoRZ9eITUi
— apathy (@ApathyCreates) April 7, 2019
When Dio comes back to life pic.twitter.com/WHbWaODnwO
— Rosa ???? (@Rosa_Wosa) April 7, 2019
Tfw you realize you can continue the Steamed Hams meme by using the CJ green screen meme. pic.twitter.com/OVrBaGPtZC
— Arkiel (@arktoons) April 8, 2019
When you see another CJ meme on your timeline pic.twitter.com/hdklcKbJcA
— Cilvanis | Stay Determined (@cilvanis) April 8, 2019
Here we go again pic.twitter.com/TAmCPCGOhR
— FBurning (@f_burning) April 6, 2019
When you drop the same place you died last game in Apex Legends... pic.twitter.com/Fgew3cyxup
— Fitba (@Fitba) April 7, 2019
When you finally defeat the main villain but there's a 2nd phase pic.twitter.com/X3SKH6iVke
— JC (@TrueJCGamer) April 6, 2019
Marth taking Fox to FD pic.twitter.com/75ckxUa6La
— Miffee (@Miffee_) April 7, 2019
when your old enemy joins Smash Bros. after disappearing for nearly 10 years pic.twitter.com/Z4JC2BlJYs
— Shane (@FourScore64) April 8, 2019
When you're forced back into the Velvet Room: pic.twitter.com/V9xOVSyu8W
— Lavenza (@LavenzaHeadpats) April 8, 2019
These iterations on the joke are getting more elaborate as time goes on. Some of them, like the one with Donkey Kong encountering King Krool in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, are really impressive. I think this joke is applicable to more than games, though. I’m moving pretty soon, and the only thing I can think of to say about that is, “Ah shit, here we go again.”