How the heck did “the cake is a lie” even get warped into a joke in the first place when it’s one of the first really shocking things you see in the game?
I mean like you have GLaDOS saying really iffy stuff before that, but “the cake is a lie” part is your first glimpse into what Aperture looks like past the sterile chambers–it’s all rusty and rotten and horrible and there’s mad scrawlings on the walls and evidence that someone has been living there on spoiled milk and beans. Plus the music changes when you find that room to make the atmosphere even more unsettling.
On my first playthrough, I was honestly scared when I first saw that room.
But for years people have been saying “the cake is a lie” like it’s some hilarious punchline, when that… wasn’t really the intention of the phrase to start with.