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Classic internet: All Your Base Are Belong To Us

Updated on December 16, 2013
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In 1989, a side-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game was rocking the Japanese arcades, it was known as Zero Wing. It found success in both Japan and Europe. Taito took on the success of their prize creation that was going on throughout the east and decided to port the game on Sega Mega Drive (Europe’s version of the Sega Genesis, practically) and also PC CD-ROM in 1991 and 1992. However, for the Mega Drive version, you might notice something rather off-put. The Mega Drive version contained a cut scene before you play as ZIG and shoot-up aliens. For 1991, the graphics and the voices were descent but that wasn’t the problem. It was the English translation. You see, Sega of Europe (according to Wikipedia) poorly translated the cut scene: (this one is without the voices, it's the original.)

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' !!
Captain: You know what you doing.
Captain: Move 'zig'.
Captain: For great justice.

All Your Base become an internet meme. It is not exactly known how it really started up but according to Know Your Meme, an American living in Japan by the name of Steve Caires, posted screenshots on his website in 1996. From then on, animated GIF’s were popping up left and right on how the Engrish language really works. In 2000, started the Zero Wing Dub Project and a version circulated of Wayne Newton’s voice. Then in February 2001, the famous music video was finally released, courtesy of Bad_CRC. It made its debut on in flash format. For those of you who don’t know flash, it was introduced into the world by adobe. Most of your favorite Facebook games are made via flash. Of course, we didn’t have YouTube until 2005, so some animations were also made in Flash’s famous SWF format.

After the release of the famed music video which, as you may have noticed, contained many photo shopped pictures of the popular phrase, newspapers picked up on All Your Base, such as The San Francisco Chronicle and UK’s The Guardian. And later, AYB had found its mark on TV.


And after that, AYB did well with many people visiting the SWF file, myself included when my friend Brandon told me about it. For my own opinion, I think what they played on MTV at that time (and now too, minus the revision of Beavis & Butthead) was crappy. MTV just couldn’t stop smooching Britney Spears’ butt at that time. And I thought All Your Base should’ve been on cycle on MTV’s Total Request Live. Sadly, MTV and its hardcore viewers didn’t agree with me on that one.

With NewGrounds boasting the music video, people were pushing their own versions of All Your Base, especially after 9/11. All Your Base still has its presence on the web although the popularity of it isn’t as good as it was in 2001. But it remains a classic internet gem.

The Original now on YouTube

Know Your Meme


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