You seem weirdly upset by a card game that is several years old... "Don't like it, don't play it!" is my motto!
My group of friends definitely got WAY more than one play out of it. We still bust it out occasionally, but yeah, eventually you "get" the joke or something. To be fair, that's how a huge number of games are. Eventually you just move on to something else.
I know zero about Tempkin other than his appearances on GB and he seemed like a funny dude then!