When Penny locks herself out of the apartment, she comes to hang out with Sheldon in his as he plays Age of Conan. Penny, frustrated by her recent failures in life soon plays and becomes addicted to Conan.
Sheldon becomes insecure over his intelligence because of a smarter 15-year-old prodigy Dennis Kim. He decides his work is useless and he aims for the Nobel Peace Prize by creating a "Nuevo Jerusalem."
Sheldon: Why do you have the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on your right buttock? Penny: It's not "soup," it's "courage." Sheldon: No it isn't. But I suppose it does take courage to demonstrate that kind of commitment to soup. Penny: How'd you see it? You said you wouldn't look. Sheldon: Sorry. As I told you, the hero always peeks.