Stolen Pixels #86: Left 4 Dumb: Part 9

By Shamus
on May 5, 2009
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Herein is a treatise on the ribald expressions of individual accomplishment against those which are ostensibly one’s own peers within a fiercely competitive environment.

(AKA teabagging.)

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  1. K says:

    As much as I love L4D(ead/umb), I think it’s time to do comics on a new subject ;)

  2. Medo says:

    I think that teabaging was first made popular in Counter Strike, not in Halo. I am not sure though.

  3. Simplex says:

    Hello Shamus,

    It was fun playing with you on Left 4 Dead. Twentysided steam group was the reason I bought this game (that, and the Freaky Friday/Saturday free trial). Hope we can play again soon.

    Now to the point. According to Wikipedia entry for Left 4 Dead, the zombies in this game are not… zombies (in the strictest sense):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_4_Dead#Infected_characters

    >>An important distinction is that the Infected are not traditional undead zombies, but rather living humans infected with a rabies-like pathogen. In an interview with 1Up.com, Mike Booth commented on the concept of using a pathogen as an inspiration for the setting:
    “Even though we obviously pushed well beyond the realm of believability with many of our “boss” Infected, the core idea of a mind-destroying, civilization-collapsing pathogen is more horrifying to me than magically animated corpses, precisely because it is plausible.”<<

    I know this ruins the joke in the comic (that the now-dead foe was also dead before he was killed) but I just couldn’t resist pointing out this little factoid :)

  4. ClearWater says:

    Not that I have an account or anything to comment with, but the comments for this strip on the Escapist seem to be disabled.

    Edit: either I was asleep or they’ve just been enabled. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  5. Snook says:

    “You’re doing it, so no.”

    Awesome.

  6. Stargazer says:

    As much as I like comics about other subjects, I think it is good to keep up doing Left4Dumb ;)

  7. toasty says:

    Awesome comic… love ’em all.

    Since this is my first comment I might as well give some sort of introduction: I got into this website via the DM of the Rings, and after reading that I stopped coming here. However, since then I’ve returned and have been checking here somewhat regularly for new updates and stuff. So yes, I love your blog and your work with the Escapist, its all very nice and very high quality. Keep it up.

  8. Slycne says:

    @ Simplex

    A rose by any other name… =)

    Exposition aside, it’s obvious they are created to be zombies even if not in the literal sense.

  9. Simplex says:

    I also think of them as zombies. I didn’t even know they’re not supposed to be zombies until I read that Wikipedia article.

  10. Gregory Weir says:

    They are zombies; they’re just not undead.

  11. Derek K. says:

    My all time best gaming moment was coming up behind someone teabagging my corpse and shotgun blasting him in the head.

    Best. Kill. Ever.

  12. Microphobe says:

    Zoey’s expression in the second panel is the best I’ve ever seen in a videogame. Perfection.

  13. Namfoodle says:

    I still remember that YouTube video where the kid had made a Halo costume and realistic cardboard models of a bunch of weapons. He filmed himself doing the reloading animations from the game and followed it up with some teabagging – like he thought that was an intregal part of the game or something. Just Wrong.

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