May 6, 2011

What Happen? What You Say? Someone Set Us Up The Bomb!

For great jus­tice!!! What hap­pen?  What you say?  Some­one set us up the bomb! All your base are belong to us! Bad Eng­lish?  Per­haps… but these phras­es have been spo­ken time and time again over the last two decades and have been used in count­less videos, online games and forums across the world.   They have even been used in pop­u­lar media and games like Half Life and Team Fortress.  You, your­self, are now prob­a­bly won­der­ing where they orig­i­nat­ed from.
A side scroller game released in 1989, Zero Wing, is the source for all this.  It has been referred to as one of the worst trans­lat­ed games of all time and with good rea­son.  If you lis­ten to the actu­al audio dur­ing the game it almost makes no sense.  That being said it’s amaz­ing how a bad­ly trans­lat­ed game can lead mass fol­low­ing of peo­ple say­ing the same thing to each oth­er.  When I used to play Team Fortress (the Half Life mod) I can remem­ber numer­ous time hav­ing that all famous phrase “all your base are belong to us” said to me and say­ing it to oth­ers over and over again.  It’s amaz­ing to think about how such a triv­ial thing can impact an entire cul­ture and not just in the gam­ing world.  I’ve heard this used in sports, cook­ing con­tests and gam­ing alike.  It’s amaz­ing to think how far that poor­ly trans­lat­ed game has spread its ter­ri­ble Eng­lish across the gam­ing indus­try and beyond. 
With­out fur­ther ado here is the orig­i­nal clip from the game, audio and all, along with a cou­ple oth­er videos that I found extreme­ly amus­ing and enter­tain­ing.  I hope you all enjoy. 

This one is my per­son­al favorite and in my opin­ion is the best out there…


  1. Kamiki - May 6, 2011 1:10 am

    Ah, such clas­sic quotes turned into awe­some music. LOVE IT!

  2. ScrotusKilmystr - May 6, 2011 6:39 am

    that rhap­sody videois great! not as god as the mup­pet rhap­sody but cool none the less I smell bad trans­la­tion t‑shirts should be made haha great read!

  3. CharcoalCoyote - May 6, 2011 8:26 am

    I actu­al­ly own a copy of Zero Wing. Apart from the Engr­ish, it’s a pret­ty fun game.

  4. thsoundman - May 7, 2011 1:13 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever played it. I real­ly want to just to know what its like.


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