Strafe Left: The Formative Years #24

From February 04.

20 Comments

  1. Junior Master says:

    Wow, one I’ve never seen!

    Awesome, I love the way the joke slowly sinks in, but then I haven’t had my coffee yet.

  2. Alex McLarty says:

    Ah, the duality of war.

  3. Espy says:

    Oh dear, this one is painfully brilliant :D

  4. sana says:

    Huh? Someone explain, please.

  5. Driadan says:

    @sana: Check Wikipedia

    Great comic.

  6. Optimaximal says:

    Ahh, I get it!

    The ‘mod’ bit didn’t sink in because the only memories in my mind about Vietnam is Full Metal Jacket, where the guy who nicks Rafterman’s camera legs it on a Vespa…

  7. Raff says:

    Non getters: Battlefield Vietnam had scooters in it.

  8. Jochen Scheisse says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA I dont get it.

  9. Steve says:

    No need to be a dick about it.

  10. Sum0 says:

    Ah, nobody remembers Battlefield Vietnam, but the scooters were the best. Plus the in-built radio.

  11. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Driadan:

    …Oh.

    Mods. Heh. That’s pretty damned funny, actually.

  12. James T says:

    Best one I’ve seen here. Retroactively keep it up, Tim!!!!!!

  13. Jason Russell says:

    Bellboy !!!111!!! etc

    this definatly one of the best Strafe Left’s

  14. DigitalSignalX says:

    “By the early 1960s, mod had developed to include contemporary fashion and lifestyle elements, such as continental European clothes, Italian motorscooters and — to a lesser degree — a taste for French New Wave films and existentialist philosophy (popular also with beatniks)

    I suspect the term beatnik’s is more relevant in the US.

  15. Nick says:

    They are nothing like Beatniks though.

    (edit)

    Watch the 1979 version of Quadrophenia for a good idea of mods.

  16. Kieron Gillen says:

    I echo Nick. Mods were fundamentally a different thing to beats. They were dressed better, for a start.

    (As Nick says – watch Quadrophrenia. At the core, Mods were actually a movement based around an accepting of consumerism while rejecting traditional British values (Italian suits. American Music. Even stuff like the Who turning the flag into suits wasn’t patriotism – that was VANDALISM. All this stuff makes the latterday Mods as Patriotic symbol in Britpop all the more grating).

    KG

  17. Nick says:

    Plus they fought with Rockers, whereas Beatniks would run away whilst muttering existential poetry and saying ‘maaaaan’.

    Possibly.

  18. Dezro says:

    …okay, you guys need to make your RSS feed not horrible again.

  19. Ging says:

    There’s been no game since that has evoked quite the same set of feelings as vietnam, the sweet joy of sweeping over the other teams head with surfing bird blaring out of the chopper…

    It was always amusing to see the horror on the faces of the opposition during lan parties when they heard that tune and figured out it who it was on their way! :D

    Dezro: Horrible? Seems fine in google reader.

  20. Kieron Gillen says:

    Dezro: It’s a problem with WP2.5. We’re trying to sort it.

    (Can you explain what your problem is though, just to make sure it’s the one we think it may be?)

    KG