Strafe Left: The Formative Years #49

By Tim Stone on September 28th, 2008 at 10:00 am.

Originally appeared in PC Gamer UK, Summer 07.

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  1. CannedLizard says:

    Medkits: the world’s favourite source of walk-over healing since 1991!

    Or, if you prefer: http://www.hlcomic.com/index.php?date=2005-09-07

  2. rabbitsoup says:

    o yes this has made me happy. great strip

  3. Optimaximal says:

    Didn’t Lazarus go bust in November 2001?

  4. Meat Circus says:

    MORPHINE ADMINISTERED

    Hey, we don’t need to stinking medkits now we live in the FUTURE. Our health automatically regenerates now, you know.

    And for the rest, there’s always our new friend Mr Sandvich.

  5. Mo says:

    Fantastic! Stared at the comic for a couple of minutes, and then burst into laughter. Showed it to a friend and watched him do the same. :)

  6. Gladman says:

    I don’t get it :/

    I never do get these

  7. Lorc says:

    It’s a reference to Boiling Point, Gladman. One of the more infamous bugs was that health kits would triple in size whenever a game entity passed over them. Obviously a plane full of passengers would cause all the medkits in the factory to inflate, destroying the building but cushioning the landing.

    However the same bug meant that inflated medkits were also mysteriously explosive when picked up – while they did no damage, they would trigger destructible scenery and vehicles. So while the ‘kits heal the falling damage, the resulting explosions demolished the plane.

    “Lazarus” (or rather Laza.rus) was of course the name of the file where the bug resided. Since there was no official patch, people had to open it up in RUSconfig and manually fix the error.

    And if you look closely inside the plane turbine, you can see the frozen jaguar that caused the plane crash in the first place.

    I hope this resolves any confusion.

  8. Sarin says:

    The flying ice jaguars in Boiling point were way overpowered.

    Great strip as always

  9. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Lorc:

    Holy crap. That’s pretty damn funny when you explain it. Which just shouldn’t happen, mind.

    EDIT: Waitaminute.

  10. The Shed says:

    I agree with Sarin.

    @Lorc: Thank’s for explaining. It’s even worse when you think you get it, but just don’t find it particularly funny; you showed us there’s far more to this strip than meets the eye. I own Boiling Point, too =( I shoud know

  11. Winterborn says:

    The strip was good, Lorcs comment and the resulting comments were great.

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