This particular Magic card represents kind of an inside joke among my friends and I.
Oh yeah, that’s Harrison Ford tactically rolling by the way.
You see, in most military action videogames, particularly of the more “arcade-y” variety; an evade command is usually made available to the player.
More often than not, said evasive maneuvers end up taking the form of a dodge or roll.
Due to game programmer’s lame attempts at making their games more “fair,” and thusly less prone to causing bouts of rage quitting among their players; dodging in videogames can often feel like an infallible technique, even in the face of hails of gunfire.
Ever since my friends and I played Syphon Filter way back when, and discovered that performing the lethargic roll maneuver over and over again was akin to playing the game with God Mode enabled; the phrase “Tactical Roll” has become a running gag in our crew.
The clip above basically sums up what Syphon Filter THE SHIT back in the day…
Basically, the idea is that whenever someone’s in mortal danger while playing a game, you shout “Tactical Roll!” thusly prompting them to attempt to dodge.
It’s true, a roll can be used to dodge most anything, but a “tactical” roll? That’s just plain unfair…
On paper, this probably sounds boring as shit, and most assuredly unfunny; but trust me, when you’re taking fire over your head during a game of airsoft and you hear one of your buddies shout out to you to do a “Tactical Roll!,” it’s freakin’ hilarious.
Anyway, just so we’re all clear, Peppy Hare’s cry of “Do A Barrel Roll!” in Starfox 64, and Will Ferell’s “Serpentine! Serpentine!” from the truly shitty Land of the Lost; had nothing to do with the inception of “Tactical Roll!”
A biter the Azn Badger is not…