By Tim Stone on August 10th, 2008 at 1:30 pm.
From last summer.
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10/08/2008 at 13:33
A flamethrower won’t be of any help in that situation.
Noclip, however, is another matter entirely. Great one, this.
10/08/2008 at 13:42
Martin Kingsley says:
Agreed. Ultra-spiffy. Oh, the cumulative hours I’ve spent trying to bend the dev-console to my will.
10/08/2008 at 13:45
bah, fight your way out in a shower of death.
idkfa! idkfa! idkfa!
10/08/2008 at 13:46
10/08/2008 at 13:51
Fat Zombie says:
Hilarious, and also slightly creepy.
10/08/2008 at 13:52
half life had this form of console prompts, but so did a number of other games. The prison may just be a tool to tell the joke rather than a reference to a game.
10/08/2008 at 13:53
I’d say TF2, but the command to bring up console here is different.
10/08/2008 at 14:03
now THAT, is awesome.
I’d say HL2
10/08/2008 at 14:05
There is no knife in HL2
10/08/2008 at 14:08
Like the other guy siad about the prison, it’s most likely just a tool to tell the joke, does anyone know a game that includes health, armor, flamethrowers, rocketlaunchers AND machine guns?
TF2 don’t have armor.
HL2 don’t have knife.
Have fun figuring the rest out.
10/08/2008 at 14:36
It’s obviously a reference to the cult classic Dutch FPS “Zwart Brood”.
The prison escape section was notoriously glitchy and most people just noclipped out of the starting cell to get on with the rest of the game.
It was also infamous for having possibly the worst flamethrower graphics in any game, ever.
10/08/2008 at 14:36
ctrl alt makes it a doom 3 or quake 3 engine game
My bet is RTCW
10/08/2008 at 14:39
The Hammer says:
Guys. It’s just a general videogames joke. Not based on any game.
10/08/2008 at 15:28
I agree with Thiefsie, because RTCW started you out in a prison cell, had a ctrl alt ~ console and had all of those weapons available, although flamethrower only in MP.
10/08/2008 at 15:51
heres something else to do your noodle in – If the prisoner needed a pen to write no_clip on the wall, hows he going to key the command to undo it, since the pen has dropped on the floor.
Not that it needs any serious thought, just saying, is all.
10/08/2008 at 15:59
Grand Theft Auto 3?
10/08/2008 at 16:00
@Larington – I think that’s just him taking notes on what commands work and which don’t, like when you try to guess cheats in games.
10/08/2008 at 16:26
I think a lot of people found it funny for their own reasons, but a lot of people didn’t ‘get the joke’ of a gamer who by either being in prison or perhaps before they got there (and potentially why he was in the cell in the first place) found himself losing his sense of reality and starting trying to enter in codes to GTFO of prison. Ala the matrix or something. What game it comes from specifically isn’t as important as the general understanding that most games had these codes, it would have made just as much sense if a guy on death row started to do a Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right “B” “A” dance, hoping to survive it.
I killed the joke by posting this…
10/08/2008 at 16:53
This was one of my favourites. Go Strafe Left!
10/08/2008 at 17:08
Wolfenstein 3D! (Screw RTCW)
10/08/2008 at 17:22
Thats true, personally I interpret the positioning of the pen and the no_clip command as being associated, though I’m probably trying to read too much into the joke and should just appreciate it on face value.
10/08/2008 at 17:27
I love how he, as it seems, almost went mental trying to spell invisibility, but then had the noclip epiphany.
But then again, he maybe just saved noclip as a last resort, seeing as it’s probably widely regarded the most inelegant solution ;)
I still remember the first cheat I used in a pc game, ever: dnstuff
Aaah good times.
Also, I did the first noclip in years last week trying to avoid something I believed to be a bug in Bloodlines. In the Canals when you are on the way to the Nosferatu place, there is that Vampire which is in a fight with two monsters. According to a walkthrough you can actually help him survive and then meet him later on.
After failing to do so about 20 times I noclipped to the baddys, killed them, then noclipped back and triggered the scene, only to watch him standing on the corner for a few seconds until he eventually vaporized.
10/08/2008 at 17:28
I believe it is referencing Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue for the x-box
10/08/2008 at 17:31
‘ I interpret the positioning of the pen and the no_clip command as being associated’
Made me chuckle. Now you mention it, it does seem to indicate the wall was infact the ‘console’.
But yeah i think this analysis is going a bit farther than intended lol
10/08/2008 at 17:36
Cargo Cult says:
sv_cheats 1; save quick; load quick
10/08/2008 at 18:23
People are looking into this too deeply.
10/08/2008 at 18:34
The prisoner escaped by noclipping. It’s not a cryptic crossword!
10/08/2008 at 20:11
I’m just having fun with what I see before me, like someone trying to read more into the lyrics of a song despite the fact they know there isn’t anymore to read.
10/08/2008 at 20:39
Funny, I’m re-reading ish 177 right now. Yet another great Strafe Left.
10/08/2008 at 20:48
Hey, this one was actually clever! Seems he got it right too.
10/08/2008 at 21:19
WELL PERSONALLY, I think this is a deep profound statement about the human will to overcome oppression and facism and bla bla bla HE USED NO CLIP TO ESCAPE. End of.
10/08/2008 at 21:51
but as has been said, how does he use no_clip again to be able to touch things and walk on land and bathe and stuff
10/08/2008 at 22:05
Today on Rock, Paper, Shotgun: High-Functioning Autism Day.
Incidentally it’s a brilliant comic.
10/08/2008 at 23:50
Diogo Ribeiro says:
11/08/2008 at 00:51
that is just great!! haha
11/08/2008 at 07:00
This is by far my favorite Strafe Left yet.
It’s so nice to be in on an in-joke.
11/08/2008 at 12:26
James G says:
What people are clearly missing is that the guard has a question mark over his head, clearly indicating that he is in fact a quest-giver, and this is World of Warcraft.
Edit: Aww, it stripped out my fake sarcasm tags.
11/08/2008 at 13:56
I’d hazard a guess that it’s not meant to be any particular game, and that the “commands” are simply supposed to be familiar enough to anyone who’s used an in-game console for the joke to work.
SL can be hit and miss but this one is brilliant. Cheers for posting it!
11/08/2008 at 18:01
The Shed says:
Good job Larington. You should write a story. About that guy. Or do like a Skylark-esque battle between no-clippers. It’d be great.
Clever comic too.
EDIT: “and bathe and stuff”
Now THAT I lol’d at.
11/08/2008 at 22:14
“Today on Rock, Paper, Shotgun: High-Functioning Autism Day”
That was actually even funnier than the comic.
19/08/2008 at 20:52
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