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RoxStar
11-29-2003, 11:00 PM
What does All your base are belong to us mean?

Acrylic
11-29-2003, 11:17 PM
It was a mistanslation from Japanese to American. It think it was supposed to mean something like "All your bases now belong to us." Thats what someone told me.

snowman21
11-29-2003, 11:18 PM
"All your base are belong to us" is a stock phrase arising from an interesting translation used in the Sega Genesis version of the Japanese video game Zero Wing (the arcade version of Zero Wing does not include the quote). It is sometimes abbreviated AYBABTU.
The phrase is simply one line from the game's introductory cut scene, which is subtitled and poorly translated. In late 2000 and early 2001 a huge number of altered pictures, GIF animations, and Macromedia Flash animations exploiting the popularity of this phrase swept over the Internet and just as suddenly seemed to slow to a crawl. It has been used as a caption for almost any photograph since the heavily overloaded word "base" (along with homonyms such as bass and compounds like base pair) seemed to make the phrase mean almost anything.

It is one of the most commonly quoted examples of Engrish, which is the use of English-like phrases in Japanese.

The cut scene transcript goes as follows:


In A.D. 2101
War was beginning

Captain: What happen?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb.
Operator: We get signal.
Captain: What!
Operator: Main screen turn on.
Captain: It's You!!
Cats: How are you gentlemen!!
Cats: All your base are belong to us.
Cats: You are on the way to destruction.
Captain: What you say!!
Cats: You have no chance to survive make your time.
Cats: Ha Ha Ha Ha ....
Captain: Take off every 'Zig'!!
Operator: You know what you doing.
Captain: Move 'Zig'.
Captain: For great justice.
The final phrase "for great justice" appears also to have been adopted by various groups as their slogan, and there is also some adoption of "move 'zig'" (which resembles that of "Let's Roll" - a universal command to action) and "Somebody set up us the bomb" (basically "uh-oh!").

The AYBABTU phenomenon is constantly declared dead, yet it is still seen on the Internet. Some people who play multiplayer games like Counter-Strike have been banned from servers for constantly repeating this phrase.

Basically its a poorly mistranslated saying from and old game. It really has no meaning, but depends on the condition it is used in.

RoxStar
11-29-2003, 11:26 PM
I see. Wow, how much did they pay those translators? And did they even have an editor?

Breton
11-29-2003, 11:35 PM
By the way, here's the video that sparked it all:

http://www.scene.org/redhound/AYB.swf

Enjoy.

Sam Fisher
11-29-2003, 11:39 PM
I found that movie to be... frankly quite stupid.

Meh.

ZBomber
11-30-2003, 01:20 AM
Originally posted by Sam Fisher
I found that movie to be... frankly quite stupid.

Meh.

I found it funny :p

RockerD
11-30-2003, 02:00 AM
I found it funny aswell

heres some pics I found
http://www.whoopis.com/~mbates/zerowing/error.jpg

http://www.whoopis.com/~mbates/zerowing/metallianAYB1.gif

http://gothmog.homeip.net:8000/allyourbase/3dr404.gif

http://gothmog.homeip.net:8000/allyourbase/z4base.gif

http://www.mecha.net/signs/ayb/cats-mtg.jpg

http://www.mecha.net/signs/ayb/farside-ayb.jpg

http://www.makestickers.com/images/all_your_base_are_belong_to_us.jpg

fabulousjedi
11-30-2003, 02:09 AM
Somebody set us up the bomb!

snowman21
11-30-2003, 02:23 AM
i just watched the video. I thought it was funny, and somebody spent a long time on it. Its kinda sad actually. :confused:

Acrylic
11-30-2003, 02:30 AM
Its not sad snowy. Its happy. Its great. All your base are belong to us. It was a life style for me for a while. Now thats sad. The movie, is not.

Orca Wail
11-30-2003, 02:31 AM
All your Base is very sad...
*blinks*
...and very old...

I can't believe its still around...
..I remember my first AYB expirence...

...I was young and foolish then...
:D

RoxStar
11-30-2003, 02:34 AM
That was great! I wonder if I can download that song from somewhere....

Orca Wail
11-30-2003, 02:42 AM
the Laziest Men on Mars website. Can't remember the URL now...
...i'm sure anywhere on LimeWire or Kazza. or Na---
Na...
*weeps* Napster! wah!

RoxStar
11-30-2003, 02:52 AM
I remember the good old Napster... We downloaded and shared songs.... others got in trouble... *sigh*

BongoBob
11-30-2003, 04:29 AM
I have always wondered what that meant...
Clicky (http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/images/comics/20021101.gif)
Hehe

:)

Darth Groovy
11-30-2003, 07:14 AM
Another stupid nerd thing, like l337 speak...:rolleyes:

ZBomber
11-30-2003, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by Darth Groovy
Another stupid nerd thing, like l337 speak...:rolleyes:

NERDS RULE!

*Runs out of thread with Nerd Flag*

I thoguht it was classic. :p Somebody set up us the bomb! :p

snowman21
11-30-2003, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by Acrylic
Its not sad snowy. Its happy. Its great. All your base are belong to us. It was a life style for me for a while. Now thats sad. The movie, is not.

Oh, ok I'll take your word for it.

I honestly had never heard of that saying until like yesterday or something. So I was all like "hey, not knowing junk is annoying! I'm going to look it up!" And then I looked it up, and thats why I got that big ol' bunch of words in the third post. Don't I have a way with words?;)

RockerD
11-30-2003, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by Darth Groovy
Another stupid nerd thing, like l337 speak...:rolleyes:
4 words "Revenge of the Nerds" :cool:
nerds get girls :lol:
*goes to watch it*

ZBomber
11-30-2003, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by snowman21
Oh, ok I'll take your word for it.

I honestly had never heard of that saying until like yesterday or something. So I was all like "hey, not knowing junk is annoying! I'm going to look it up!" And then I looked it up, and thats why I got that big ol' bunch of words in the third post. Don't I have a way with words?;)

I've heard it awhile ago, when I first came to LF..... Obi and Matt (and C'Jais, too, I think) were saying things like
"All your bass belong to river"

*joins RockerD in "Revenge of the Nerds"*

Acrylic
11-30-2003, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by ZBomber
I've heard it awhile ago, when I first came to LF..... Obi and Matt (and C'Jais, too, I think) were saying things like
"All your bass belong to river"

I got a good one. :)

All your n00bs belong to satan.

Nah, just jokin' there.

ALL YOUR EYELASHES ARE BELONG TO ME!

*Withers away*

RoxStar
11-30-2003, 04:21 PM
I don't get it....

Acrylic
11-30-2003, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by RoxStar
I don't get it....

What I said...theres no point. Well, not really. I usually say eyelashes in real life for no apparent reason. o.0

IG-64
11-30-2003, 05:53 PM
why is it so freakin famous?

Orca Wail
11-30-2003, 06:37 PM
Not fameous. Just all over the damnm place...

...does that make it fameous?:confused:

IG-64
11-30-2003, 06:46 PM
but why is it everywhere? It was just a mistake.

Orca Wail
11-30-2003, 07:06 PM
*smacks you*
HAVE YOU NOT PAID ATTENTION!?!
..Read all above...

IG-64
12-01-2003, 03:51 AM
i still don't get it, so the translators just scerewd up and everybody just thought it was great?

Kain
12-01-2003, 05:13 AM
Its...so...mind...numbingly...stupid...and makes me want to hang the translator! Thats so retarted. "Dur, all your base are belong to us" WTF DO YOU MEAN?? I JUST MOWED YOU DOWN!! WHO CAN'T DODGE A TANK MAN?!?! ALL YOUR BASE ARE MINE!! SPEAK RIGHT IDIOTS!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!

*throws grenade and runs*


Too...much...Halo...must...sleep...

RockerD
12-01-2003, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by IG-64
i still don't get it, so the translators just scerewd up and everybody just thought it was great?

Esentially.......apparently Blizzard found it funny too because that is their instant victory cheat for WC3 :p

and somebodysetusupthebomb is their instant defeat cheat

Troopr-Undr-Fir
12-01-2003, 03:20 PM
Damn I thought those days were behind us...guess not :(

TiE23
12-01-2003, 03:39 PM
lol, this is great, next time I play AA when I win, I will say that :D

TiE

RockerD
12-02-2003, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by Tie 23
lol, this is great, next time I play AA when I win, I will say that :D

TiE

What's AA??? :confused:

Acrylic
12-02-2003, 02:37 AM
Originally posted by RockerD
What's AA??? :confused:

America's Army.

Hermie
12-02-2003, 08:35 PM
I just saw it on a Futurama episode!! Fry used a what if.. machine to see how the world would be like if it was more like computer games... so a lot of **** happens including Asteroids, Donkey Kong and so on, earth gets invaded because Fry couldnt destroy the last ship in a game of space invaders, lotsa old gaming people come out, among them is an green fellow wich I think is from robotron or something, says "all your base are belong to us" in a very robo-like voice

RoxStar
12-02-2003, 09:30 PM
Please don't start saying it again I just wanted to hear what it ws from a Swampie's perspective.

Zoom Rabbit
12-03-2003, 08:35 AM
This (http://www.planettribes.com/allyourbase/b/sign.jpg) is my favorite AYBABTU jpeg.

;) Enjoy.

Sivy
12-03-2003, 09:09 AM
isn't funny how things become world famous through the internet.. like a fat kid who thinks he's darth maul becomes an instant celebrity, and how a bad translation in a game becomes a well known saying.
makes me lol it does :D

jokemaster
12-05-2003, 02:55 PM
I remember once I yelled AYB in a paintball match. Everyone was like "What the hell?". I managed to take them out while they were looking at each other to see if someone knew why I had just yelled that.

At that's today's episode of impractical solutions.

Pie™
12-05-2003, 03:37 PM
How Handy!
Thats nifty to know!
i was wondering what that meant... :D

ET Warrior
12-05-2003, 05:25 PM
There was a car in my Dorm's parking lot with an All your base are belong to us bumper sticker. Me and my friend decided that the person who owned that vehicle was in fact a genious ;)


My guess is the translators for that game weren't so much translators as they were the japanese programmers, and they didn't have enough money to find a real translator, so they bought a Japanese-to-English dictionary :p

Zoom Rabbit
12-05-2003, 06:57 PM
When I first studied French (http://www.dewafelbakkers.com/images/frenchtoast.jpg) in school, I kept jumping ahead of the teacher and pulling new words out of the dictionary that I didn't know how to use yet...

I've said things even dumber (http://www.impressionmanagement.com/images/bush.jpg) than, 'You have no chance to survive make your time.' ;)

I always thought the humor behind AYBABTU was the poor english behind the revolutionary (http://www.javable.com/images/revolution.jpeg) statements. 'All your base are belong to us?' It's every american's worst nightmare to wake up one morning and find a message like that on the computer screen. :D

BongoBob
12-07-2003, 01:09 PM
I thought it was quite funny, and yet it can get annoying when someone that lames in JA says it over and over.
PS:Clicky (http://www.atzonegaming.com/all-your-base-are-belong-to-us.html)

:)

Pie™
12-07-2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by BongoBob
I thought it was quite funny, and yet it can get annoying when someone that lames in JA says it over and over.
PS:Clicky (http://www.atzonegaming.com/all-your-base-are-belong-to-us.html)

:) lol great movie :lol:

RockerD
12-07-2003, 01:21 PM
that movie has already been posted by Breton

Acrylic
12-07-2003, 03:58 PM
Originally posted by RockerD
that movie has already been posted by Breton

Your point?

I love that movie, and always will.

snowman21
12-07-2003, 04:53 PM
I like the machine voice cats uses when he says "HA HA HA HA....."
It sounded so funny!

XERXES
12-08-2003, 02:56 AM
I remember some counter strike servers that had it scripted so when terrorists planted the bomb...the "somebody set us up the bomb" .wav played.

BongoBob
12-08-2003, 10:24 PM
I'll have to use it on a UT2K3 Or Q3A game. I just love that. Not AYB, but Sombody Set Up Us The Bomb. I love that.

:D