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All your base are belong to us

"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 - fueled in part by the use of the phrase in an online music video by the Gabber group The Laziest Men on Mars - 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 poorly translated from another language.

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.

On April 1, 2003, in Sturgis, Michigan, seven men aged 17 to 20 placed signs all over town that read "All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time." They said they were playing an April Fools joke by mimicking the famous Flash animation which depicted the slogan ubiquitously. Unfortunately for the young men, not many people got the joke. Many residents were upset that the signs appeared while the U.S. was at war with Iraq, and police chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be "a borderline terrorist threat depending on what someone interprets it to mean." [1]

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