Strafe Left: The Formative Years #52

By Tim Stone on October 19th, 2008 at 9:37 am.

An edited version of this cartoon appeared in PC Gamer UK #183.

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  1. KindredPhantom says:

    A great Strafe-Left.
    It will soon be approaching the 1st year anniversary of Strafe-Left appearing on RPS!

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2007/10/27/strafe-left-the-formative-years/

  2. Mike says:

    Edited in what way?

  3. Yak Jazz says:

    The one which includes the star of David?

  4. Larington says:

    There are some ones there which might be regarded as (in?)sensitive, like for example the enola gay one.

    The ghandi one made me laugh out loud though.

  5. SPEEDCORE says:

    My PCGAMER STILL HASN’T ARRIVED!!! :( :( :(

    That was a good strafe Left.

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    Man Raised by Puffins says:

    @ Yak Jazz: Yup, and the last line was cropped off.

  7. Turin Turambar says:

    Wow. One of the best.

  8. Jiki says:

    Sensitive? There is no such thing on the internet.

  9. Rob says:

    So was it this one, well, the censorship of this one, that led to the end of Strafe Left?

    Brilliant comic, this one.

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    Man Raised by Puffins says:

    @ Rob: Yes.

    Here’s the censored version for anyone curious.

  11. Tei says:

    @ = pwn

    George Orwell @ Uk. (CCTV cameras, state controled email spy, etc..)
    Postmodernism @ Positivism.
    Internet @ all science fiction writters (ciberpunk includeds)

    Now that I think about it.
    Georwe Orwell @ all

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    AndrewC says:

    City Workers @ Family Heirlooms

  13. Andrew says:

    This is possibly my very favourite Strafe Left, purely for the gag density.

    Such a shame it was the last one.

  14. CrashT says:

    Heh the first time I saw that I never even noticed the timeline on the side.

  15. Rob says:

    @Man Raised by Puffins

    Oh the shame, I even posted in that thread. What has video gaming done to my memory … (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it)

  16. The Hammer says:

    Ow, yes. I can see why this one got censored, what with the Star of David one.

  17. Cunningbeef says:

    Love surrealism (pipe) surrealism.

    You’re a wonderful man, Tim.

  18. Mr Fishe says:

    I’ve always loved strafe left. Not just funny but clever too. I hope we get to see more someday soon.

  19. FunkyLlama says:

    Wasn’t this the one that resulted in Tim removing Strafe Left from PC Gamer over censorship?

  20. Matt says:

    Love the Kerouac one.

    And who’s to say SL can’t continue on this here site?

  21. Vanderdecken says:

    @FunkyLlama: Already answered by Puffins above. Yes, it was, and Puffins links the censored version of this that appears in the mag (the ‘Hitler (gas) [star of david]‘ is missing, and the last line is cropped out) and the comment in which Tim acknowledges that this is the last Strafe Left ever published in PCG.

    And the best Strafe Left I think I’ve ever seen.

  22. arqueturus says:

    Genius I think.

    Strafe Left very obviously has a spiritual home on RPS. Lets home it keeps popping up every now and then.

  23. Rook says:

    Ohhhhh, controversial.

    Though it’s pretty interesting to see people complain about it, when most of the computer games you play are based around the more troubling aspects.

    Rod Hull’s Tower Defence here I come!

  24. Larington says:

    I do hope that Strafe Left might get a rebirth here, it certainly deserves it.

  25. Steelfist says:

    That is my favourite SL ever.

    Also: the subsciber’s cover of the new PCG is fucking awesome.

  26. CrashT says:

    @Steelfist:
    Yeah PipBoy for the win.

  27. karthik says:

    I’m not particularly sensitive about this issue (what with my nationality being Indian, etc), but the correct spelling would be Gandhi. Unless SL’s talking about someone else entirely.

    Otherwise, very amusing.

  28. Andrew says:

    Pretty sure that’d just be an ironic Internets Username mis-spelling.

  29. fishmitten says:

    Never seen this before… It’s really, really good!

  30. Pseudonym says:

    Speaking as someone I suppose that censor thought would be offended (being an Israeli), I would have probably been more troubled had the holocaust not been mentioned in a history of the 20th century (however humorous it is).

    Good job Tim, hope you find a new home soon.

  31. ZenArcade says:

    The Willard/Kurtz one warms my heart.

  32. Dreamhacker says:

    kulax=gulag?

  33. ZenArcade says:

    gulags where tools he used, why would he dominate a gulag?

    Surely gulags dominate people? Oh i don’t know.

  34. Rob says:

    He’s going for Kulaks, rich peasants rather unpopular with Stalin and his merry band of Communists.

  35. mrrobsa says:

    Simply awesome. Pity about the censors having their funnybones amputated.
    I wanna strafe further to the left!

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    Arathain says:

    This is cartooning at its best. The funniest and cleverest in a great series.

  37. KindredPhantom says:

    Hey Tim how about putting new versions of strafe left onto RPS?

  38. scout says:

    I haven’t seen some of those kill icons in TF2 – how do you get the radiation one? Or is it fake?

    Any timeline that mentions South Park as a historical event on a par with the Polio vaccine gets my vote.

  39. Tei says:

    Lets continue with XXI…

    Taliban (dinamite) Buddha Demolition
    PC Gamer (knife) strafe left
    Jihadish (knife) world trade center
    Bush (carpet bombing) Afganistan
    Bush (carpet bombing) Irak
    Taliban (dinamite) Comic’s
    Sony (delay) LPB release date

    It seems whe are at a cold war against freedom of speech, and losing.

  40. Mike says:

    Yeah, you make a good point, Tei, but I’m with Andrew on this.

  41. Gorgeras says:

    Missing ‘kills’ are the Holocaust and the bottom line including South Park and Rod Hull.

    Yes, the bigger insult is that the Holocaust is *removed* from history, even if it’s a joke version of history. It’s especially insulting to me because my grandfather died in Beslan. He fell out a watchtower.

  42. Optimaximal says:

    He fell out a watchtower.

    Was it a clumsy, painful death?

  43. Tim Stone says:

    This is pretty much the last SL in my locker. Besides a couple of Christmas cartoons (which I’ll post on Jesus’ next birthday) and one or two embarrassing misfires that really aren’t worth archiving, that’s it.

    Thanks for all the kind words over the last year. If anyone knows of a site or mag in the market for expensive, poorly drawn PC gaming cartoons with an English lilt, please get in touch.

  44. Nimic says:

    Strafe Left is excellent, and this was probably the best of them all.

  45. Nick says:

    *sniff* Thanks for the comics Tim, I miss them.

  46. Newblade says:

    Really great.

  47. Pijama says:

    Tim, draw for RPS! I am sure the Hivemind can work a deal with you… :D

  48. Erlam says:

    This is, by far, my favourite Strafe Left. I’m constantly laughing my ass off – thank you!