"All your base are belong to us" (often shortened to "All Your Base", "AYBABTU", or simply "AYB") is a broken English phrase that began an internet phenomenon in 2001 and 2002, with the use of a Flash animation. The phrase is taken from the first part of a European Sega Mega Drive version of the video game Zero Wing, made in Japan by Toaplan. The words in the game were translated into English so quickly that they did not make very much sense. The words "All your base are belong to us" were at first popular on the Something Awful message forums.
Words of the game[change | change source]
|Original script||English version of the game[a]||Literal translation from Japanese[b]||Idiomatic translation[c]|
||Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb.||Engineer: It seems someone planted explosives.||Someone planted explosives on our ship.|
||Operator: Main screen turn on.||Communication staff: The "vision" will come to the main screen.||A visual is coming on the main screen.|
||CATS: All your base are belong to us.||CATS: With the cooperation of Federation Forces, CATS has taken over all of your bases.||With the cooperation of Federation Forces, CATS has taken over all of your bases.|
||CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time.||CATS: Treasure what little time remains in your lives.||Treasure the little time you have left to live.|
|艦長：たのむぞ。ZIG！！||Captain: Move 'ZIG'.||Captain: I ask of you, ZIG [units]...||I'm counting on you, ZIG...|
||Captain: For great justice.||Captain: ...let there be hope for our future.||...for our survival!|
Notable media references[change | change source]
The phrase and similar phrases from the game has been shown in articles, books, comics, clothing, movies, radio shows, songs, television shows, video games, webcomics, and websites.
- In the year 2000, Jeffery Ray Roberts, a Kansas City computer programmer and part-time deejay aged 23, and his musical band called The Laziest Men on Mars made a techno dance tune called "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", which used some of the Zero Wing video game music by Tatsuya Uemura with a voice saying "All your base are belong to us."
- On February 23, 2001, Wired magazine wrote an article about the phrase being in the Flash animation, in many e-mails, Internet forums and T-shirts showing the phrase.
- On April 1, 2003, in Sturgis, Michigan, seven people aged between 17 and 20 placed signs all over their town that said, "All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time." They said it was an April Fools' Day joke, but not many people who saw the signs had seen the phrase before. Many people who lived in the town were angry because the United States was at war in Iraq, and police chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be "a terrorist threat depending on what someone interprets it to mean."
- In February 2004, businesses and schools in Raleigh, North Carolina were closed because of bad weather and they used an internet service to report it. Some North Carolina State University students and members of The Wolf Web in Raleigh, North Carolina took control of the internet service and showed the phrase in a news ticker on the television channel, News 14 Carolinas live news broadcast.
- On June 1, 2006, the video website YouTube was closed to fix some problems. The phrase "ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US" was shown until their problems were fixed. Some users believed the site had been taken control of by students but YouTube said "No, we haven't! Get a sense of humor!"
- On September 22, 2008, on the MSNBC show Countdown with Keith Olbermann, a Princeton University Professor called Paul Krugman said that what the United States Congress said about giving the banks money from the government was similar to the leader of the United States Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson saying, "All your decisions are belong to me."
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Alex Tufty Ashman (2007-02-13). "All Your Base Are Belong To Us". BBC. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
- Julian Dibbell (2008-01-18). "Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World". Wired. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
- Toaplan (31 May 1991). Zero Wing (in Japanese). Vol. Sega Mega Drive. Taito. Scene: Intro sequence.
- Toaplan (1992). Zero Wing. Vol. Sega Mega Drive. Taito. Scene: Intro scene.
- Taylor, Chris (2001-02-25). "All Your Base Are Belong To Us". Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
- Benner, Jeffrey (2001-02-23). "When Gamer Humor Attacks". Retrieved 2006-05-15.
- Doyle, Holly (2003-04-04). "Men arrested for 'All Your Base' prank". WWMT — Digital Channel 3. Archived from the original on 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2006-06-17.
- Poulsen, Kevin (2004-03-05). "Wags hijack TV channel's on-screen ticker". The Register. Retrieved 2006-05-15.
- Sandoval, Greg (2006-06-02). "YouTube: Our humor, not our hack". CNET News.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2006-06-02.
- Original broken English translation as it appeared in the released video game.
- The direct translation from the original Japanese game text has been created by Wikipedia editors with the help of native speakers.
- English translation edited for clarity to native English speakers, as opposed to a literal word-for-word translation.