By Tim Stone on July 27th, 2008 at 12:23 pm.
From Spring 2006.
20 Comments »
27/07/2008 at 13:19
Ben Abraham says:
Can anyone tell me what game this is poking fun at?
27/07/2008 at 13:27
I’m guessing Tomb Raider: Legend which a quick google reveals to have had a Peru level and a 2006 release date!
27/07/2008 at 13:39
Yeah, it’s definitely Tomb Raider. “Extra trinket ledges, banner poles and exposed chains”
27/07/2008 at 14:14
Looks like any game where you explore ancient ruins to me.
27/07/2008 at 15:53
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
27/07/2008 at 16:31
Fat Zombie says:
I was going to say Prince of Persia, but whatever.
27/07/2008 at 16:39
I’m not sure the Prince of Persia ever made it to Peru.
27/07/2008 at 20:05
I have yet to get the joke in a single one of these comics.
27/07/2008 at 20:19
Ted: Yeah this comic is pretty bad, needs an explanation for almost every one which kills any attempt at a joke.
27/07/2008 at 20:30
@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 :) )
27/07/2008 at 21:12
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.
27/07/2008 at 21:39
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 :)
27/07/2008 at 21:40
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.”
27/07/2008 at 21:52
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
27/07/2008 at 22:24
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.)
27/07/2008 at 22:29
spd from Russia says:
It just looks like a generic level design process. lead designer and art grunt :)
27/07/2008 at 23:05
The Shed says:
As Andrew said. Less subtle/ clever than the others, but still worth a grin and a burst of laughter.
28/07/2008 at 07:00
28/07/2008 at 14:00
Don’t understand =/= bad
29/07/2008 at 00:41
I pity the fool who doesn’t love Strafe Left.
Keep it up, guys.
Arbitrary claymation giggles
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Shame it's an MMO
Wandering around an alien city
What I Play When I'm Not Well
The journey, not the destination
Simulation & wargame blather
The year of the PC monitor...
Don't push me, push a lane pusher
No, the FPS
This is a sneaking sandbox
Operant conditioning chamber incarnate
So I just click this and... ah
Loving the alien
Like writing... but it moves
The Syndicate remake we need
(From Outer Space)