Strafe Left: The Formative Years #40

By Tim Stone on July 27th, 2008 at 12:23 pm.

From Spring 2006.

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  1. Ben Abraham says:

    Can anyone tell me what game this is poking fun at?

  2. dartt says:

    I’m guessing Tomb Raider: Legend which a quick google reveals to have had a Peru level and a 2006 release date!

  3. Razerious says:

    Yeah, it’s definitely Tomb Raider. “Extra trinket ledges, banner poles and exposed chains”

  4. Calabi says:

    Looks like any game where you explore ancient ruins to me.

  5. Theory says:

    There’s a few lines in the Peruvian tomb that talk about how you’re only seeing “the bones” of what the place used to be like. Perhaps added in response to this comic? :P

  6. Fat Zombie says:

    I was going to say Prince of Persia, but whatever.

  7. TychoCelchuuu says:

    I’m not sure the Prince of Persia ever made it to Peru.

  8. Ted says:

    I have yet to get the joke in a single one of these comics.

  9. ScubaV says:

    Ted: Yeah this comic is pretty bad, needs an explanation for almost every one which kills any attempt at a joke.

  10. Pbryanw says:

    @Ted & ScubaV: You forget that we used to get this comic for free in our monthly UK PCGamer (okay, I know, £5.99 isn’t free).

    The point is, it’s not there to make you laugh, it’s there as a tribute to one man’s iron will in churning them out for all the years it ran. Any laughs you may get are a bonus.

    It’s a national treasure and became an institution in the hallowed pages of PCGamer (well, until it got replaced by more K. Gillen, and let’s face it, who needs more of him :) )

  11. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Well it made me snicker most months. It seems the problem with reposting them now is that it’s less apparent which game is being referenced as the strips have lost most of their context. I can’t say I’ve had much trouble identifying the references myself though, in part due to me having seen all of the strips the first time around.

  12. Andrew says:

    I immediately got it. I’m afraid to say you guys need to have you game knowledge passes revoked, it’s so obviously Tomb Raider (any of them, who cares where? :) ).

    Funny stuff, not the best but made me laugh :)

  13. Arathain says:

    Strafe Left has always been one of my favourite parts of the magazine.

    My wife’s comment about the strip: “I think it’s funnny, and I’m not a gamer.”

  14. Lh'owon says:

    I think you need to read Strafe Left in a way that some people seem (sadly) to be uncomfortable with.

    Average comic: Read -> Laugh
    Strafe Left: Read -> Think -> Laugh

  15. Pace says:

    Well put Lh’owon, though the true first stage is to play the game(s) being referred to. Without that, they’re usually impossible to understand. The ones I get though I usually really like.
    (After some thought.)

  16. spd from Russia says:

    It just looks like a generic level design process. lead designer and art grunt :)

  17. The Shed says:

    As Andrew said. Less subtle/ clever than the others, but still worth a grin and a burst of laughter.

  18. Alarik says:

    Brilliant :-)

  19. Nick says:

    Don’t understand =/= bad

    Silly people.

  20. Zeh says:

    I pity the fool who doesn’t love Strafe Left.

    Keep it up, guys.