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  • Colbert Bump:
    • The one-two punch of Kotaku and The AV Club writing articles on Petscop the same week managed to boost views of the series by absurd amounts.
    • Interest in Petscop in the Spanish-speaking community increased when videobloggers Dross Rotzank and Jordi Wild each dedicated a video to it.
    • Game Theory brought in a sharp influx of observers with their video, which drew ire from the community for focusing on outdated readings of the series.
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  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Though the game contains a few references to the real-life Candace Newmaker case, it becomes clear that those references are used as allusions or stand-ins to give in-game people, places and items specific contexts. Unfortunately, this has also led many casual observers thinking that Petscop is just "that child abuse game," especially after the original Game Theory video came out.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Naul (short for "Newmaker Paul"), for the player character within the game, in order to differentiate them from Paul, the person playing the game.
    • Pyramid Head, for the red version of Paul that appears in Petscop 12.
    • The Proprietors, the nickname given to the people that run the youtube channel, who are unknown characters with an unknown title.
  • Meaningful Release Date: In-game, you can change your mind and return a child to the Child Library up to six months after taking them home. Rainer also went missing between June and December of 1997 and 2000, a period of six months. According to the channel description, the owners received the game on Christmas Day from Rainer. Petscop 11 was uploaded on Christmas 2017, six months after Petscop 10.
    • Episodes 22, 23, and 24, which all featured the prominent number set of 9 2 19, came out on September 2nd, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time... or 9/2/2019.
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  • Meme Acknowledgement: After months of fans making theories, some more serious than the others, about Paul being kidnapped and put into a car. In Petscop 22 Paul is talking to a friend and questions the logistics and rationale of playing Petscop in a car.
  • Schedule Slip: There's no consistent timing with the video uploading. The longest wait between two videos was the one between Petscop 10 and 11, with 6 months; by far the shortest was between Petscop 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21, which were all released within a 24 hour stretch on April 20th and 21st, 2019.
  • The Wiki Rule: Lo and behold!
    • There's also another one here but it's a WIP.
  • Word of God: The ending of Petscop 13 sounded to some like Paul was being kidnapped and getting put into a car. This lead to some theories that Paul was kidnapped in a car. But in Petscop 22, Paul is talking to his friend, and something his friend asks him, if he's in a car probably, triggers him to say this: "Why would I be in a car? I'm playing Petscop! Why would I be playing Petscop in a car?" This was probably put in the episode to make fun of this fan theory, and indirectly say it's not true. Another cool thing to note is that this is the first and last time Paul directly uses the word Petscop, and it confirms the pronunciation of Petscop, which was previously ambiguous and heavily debated
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