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The Hard Times is a satirical fake news website along the lines of The Onion with a focus on pop culture. The main Hard Times site focuses on music, in particular punk and other hardcore music, thought they also parody mainstream news. As such, many of their articles spoof music tropes and various subcultures.

Officially, the magazine was founded in 1976 by "a group of punk and hardcore kids from all the different sub-genres of the DIY hardcore scene", though it actually dates back to 2014. In addition to their main satirical arm, they also have a Hard Noise, a serious music journalism site focused on reviews and interviews on hardcore music.

They also have a Spin-Off site founded in 2017, Hard Drive (motto: "The Only Ethical Gaming Journalism on the Internet"), which focuses on video game and nerd culture content, in a similarly satirical bent. Hard Drive is notable for creating Ace Watkins, a fictional character who ran for President of the United States in 2020 on the platform of being the first gamer president. Hard Drive describes themselves as explicitly left wing in their politics.

In 2019, the site launched The Hard Times Podcast network, which hosts a number of comedy and music podcasts ranging from serious music journalism to complete silliness and everything in between.

In 2020, the founders launched another Spin-Off site, Hard Money, which parodies financial news and finance bro culture.

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Alternative Title(s): Hard Drive, The Hard Drive