Strafe Left: The Formative Years #30

By Tim Stone on May 18th, 2008 at 9:58 am.

This one appeared in PC Gamer UK at the start of 2007.

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34 Comments »

  1. Acosta says:

    hahaha, awesome.

    : Testicles
    h Hellhamster
    violet v Fruits of the Forest Golem
    M Mouse
    m Mammoth

    Genius.

  2. Yhancik says:

    Ahahah :D I think that’s my favourite (so far) !

  3. Lucky says:

    Definitely my favourite.

  4. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Alas, poor Roguelikes. I knew them, Tim.

  5. James T says:

    “Is it true Bamber, did you do a ‘Disney nasty’?”

    Excellent.

  6. Sander says:

    I’m sure some of the previous ones are technically better jokes, but this one made me laugh the most yet. Still not nearly getting all of it (what’s a Bamber? I’m guessing there’s more balls involved, possibly feet?) Thanks Tim.

    PS quoting is deeply pointless, but dude, toad stool? Smegma? Snort (in a good way).

  7. phuzz says:

    ahahah!

    Z Zombie
    N Sleeping Zombie

    fantastic

  8. Weyland says:

    Smegma :-D

  9. Arsewisely says:

    Bamber Gascoigne used to host University Challenge.

    Fruits of the Forest Golem. heh.

  10. Saul says:

    The three toad stools are where the genius really shines through.

  11. Alex Grose says:

    The best Strafe Left so far!

    L Lizardman
    L Lizardman Sergant
    L Lizardman Captain
    L Robert Kilroy-Silk

    HA!
    Also Fruits of the forest Golem!

  12. Flint says:

    This is amazing.

  13. drunkymonkey says:

    Hahaha, the black bear one made me laugh out loud.

  14. Andrew Doull says:

    I know what you mean about the giggling. I’m considering adding accents to my roguelike at the moment; and this is great inspiration.

  15. Mr Peckerston says:

    d wild dog
    p circus dog

    I love this more than all the other strafe lefts put together, thanks for posting it!

  16. Nikica says:

    ö, orc wearing helmet made of testicles

    LOL, Epic.

  17. Dorphat says:

    wow. That’s brilliant!

  18. po says:

    Could have done with a toad’s tool to finish the set.

  19. Pod says:

    Excellent.
    I don’t ‘get’ the A, a or á ones though :(

  20. sbs says:

    That has to be my favourite along with the Thief arrow types one.

  21. Jahkaivah says:

    I want a pet Hellhamster.

  22. Arnulf says:

    Had to laugh at M Dame Judi Dench :D

  23. Optimaximal says:

    & – Sand Amper tickled me.

  24. Dogun says:

    The black bear got me best.
    I can’t count the number of times I’ve been killed by monsters the same color as the background.

  25. MPK says:

    Even better than the Thief one. I remember having a good giggle at this one when it was first out.

  26. The Shed says:

    Jesus, I didn’t even giggle much till I read the comments about the giggling; now I can’t frickin stop.

    Don’t ask me why, but the Smell of Cabbage, and Hobgoblet got me best. Sniggering like an idiot. Pure the best one yet.

    “Arnulf says:

    Had to laugh at M Dame Judi Dench”

    Awww, Jesus!

  27. PleasingFungus says:

    Most excellent. Surprised no-one commented on the Helipad.

  28. Sum0 says:

    I just love the idea of bright green patches of Cabbage Smell dispersing throughout the dungeon, covering everything in its wake with the smell of cabbage.

  29. Janek says:

    I suppose Cabbage Smell would be better than the bright purple patches of miasma wafting through your average Dwarf Fortress.

    (And yes this is indeed probably my favourite Strafe Left. Orc wearing helmet made of testicles gets me every time)

  30. Seth Tipps says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who immediately started laughing at this. I suppose it should be no surprise; I know most of you are huge dwarf fortress fans, but still. Giggle is totally accurate. Perhaps even snicker.

  31. Biggles says:

    Oooohhh…. so tempted to try and make something playable out of this…

  32. Arnulf says:

    I think it’s the most funny when you catch the meaning of the joke a short time after you’ve read the symbol and its meaning. I probably laughed more about my own slowliness in comprehending than over the clever connection of M and Dame Judi Dench. And Mr Stone obviously speculated about some culture knowledge about current Bond movies.

    It’s this short period where you recognize you’ve tripped over something curious but couldn’t quite grasp it. And then it dawns on you suddenly.

    I know, analyzing jokes is lame, but I like how this is built up. It starts quite the innocent. And, bam, with 3 buttocks it catches you completely off guard. Much like a Monty Python skit which mostly start also as if nothing out of the ordinary would happen. At least if you begin reading from top left down the column first.

    Addendum: just realized that the line B Chest before is the actual, real opener here. Talk about slow…

  33. Zeh says:

    Ah, I remember seeing this on PC Gamer. I almost choked when reading it. Fantastic.

  34. dazed says:

    and that, ladies and gentleman, is what constitutes high humor to me.