Gaming Meme History - Lost In Translation

A WINNER IS YOU! Jess McDonell wraps up some of the best memes that have come out of bad video game localizations.

Discussion

159 comments
brande77
brande77

You are wrong that Metal gear's "I feel asleep" is a TRANSLATION error. It is a typo, the correct line should read "I fell asleep" as it is said when a guard wakes up. Whomever was typing in the English words accidentally wrote feal instead of fell, a typo/brainfart is all. No one noticed it prior to release.

jessie82
jessie82

i hate the word epic especially that its gotten so common that even newsreaders use it..

Muzzer27
Muzzer27

All those translation errors are indeed funny, but what's wrong with ''the messiah of Earth"? I mean, apart from the simple fact that it might have no sense whatsoever, is there a clear semantic or grammatical error?

lionclaw20
lionclaw20

" I am magneto master of Magnet!"

thefrank86
thefrank86

Fail-  (intransitive verb)

1. To prove deficient or lacking; perform ineffectively or inadequately:

2. To be unsuccessful:

3. To receive an academic grade below the acceptable minimum.

4. To prove insufficient in quantity or duration; give out:

5. To decline, as in strength or effectiveness:

... I think "Fail" has been around a little longer than video games.  Yeah, I know, but I think its popularity is due mostly in part by people using it completely separate from being a gaming meme. 

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

"I am Error" is also referenced in Metal Gear Solid 2, when the GW projection of Campbell starts to malfunction. I think it was also sort of a throwback to "I feel asleep" and "the truck have started to move!" from the NES Metal Gear. Could the malfunctioning Patriots AI posing as Big Boss have been responsible for sending Snake against Big Boss during the Outer Heaven mission of 1989? 

...admit it, a few of your minds just got blown. 

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

She seems really bored in this video. I've seen more enthusiasm coming from a Steven Wright performance.

GamerBaboo
GamerBaboo

no matter how many times I see it , "All your base...." phrase always cracks me up.

mled
mled

As always, this was a fun vid.

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO USSSSSSSS!!!!

PWNNNNNNNNNNEDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!

irongladiator75
irongladiator75

I loved the NES's "Engrish" in some of those games, good times!.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Ya know i really hated the idea of these ads for random crappy sites being under every video now.

But then i saw The 20 Hottest Moms Associated with Sports and i forgave it.

jonmar
jonmar

lmao hadn't heard of "You are the messiah of Earth" before. That's pretty awesome.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

@tempertress After reading all the other depressing news about games and Aliens:CM; I was feeling pretty bummed out. But, this definitely cheered me up. Thanks. 

destemido
destemido

as far as gaming memes go, to me, there's nothing like "balls of steel" =)

gibbey531
gibbey531

Way too many people say "fail" or use "fail" to often, I'm under the impression that out of all little quips and sayings in history, "fail" lost it's funny factor the quickest.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Why are you milking old gaming memes? Please stop that irritating head tilt. How do these videos justify a paycheck?

nathanmaxtro
nathanmaxtro

You spoony bard!


(Seriously, that wasn't mentioned?)

Hig1134
Hig1134

Great vid Jess! You're beautiful!

willzihang
willzihang

You need to do a video all about MMO vernacular. Hopefully you might inject a little criticism into it when people use somewhat pointless and annoying terms such as 'moar' instead of 'more'.

SsangyongKYRON
SsangyongKYRON

Great Video Jess, thank you.

I remember Suikoden 2 had some typing errors or mistakes in grammar... Not sure.

tempertress
tempertress moderator staff

@Muzzer27 It was funny because they were shooting for 'hero' and didn't realise Messiah means a totally different thing. Like... a Jesus thing.

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@thefrank86  You are right, she was just referring to it as a gaming meme though. The word itself has been around for a long time, just not as a meme like it is now. 

tempertress
tempertress moderator staff

@Dirk_McHardpeck That's just my dry, cynical personality seeping through ;) I spilled spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@PinchySkree Just an FYI, you do not have to watch these videos. Unless Jess has a gun to your head? 

Violetto
Violetto

@PinchySkree God, I know right? If only all women were completely mute and motionless, so we couldn't interpret their minor actions as annoying (oh and thanks for ruining the video for me, now I can't un-notice this)

TirOrah
TirOrah

@nathanmaxtro I know! That's such a classic. 

Unfortunately the only other mistranslation I know of is Aerith's 'This Guy are sick."

the4sakenone
the4sakenone

@nathanmaxtro Nice man can't forget a Good final fantasy quote can we!

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@SsangyongKYRON  I don't remember Suikoden 2 being that bad, Haven't played it in years. Great game though. I loved the first 2 and liked the 3rd one a lot. 

angeloti83
angeloti83

@tempertress nevertheless you´re the cutest gamer i´ve ever seen ;) i´d watch anything you do ;)

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@SsangyongKYRON I was referring to that bad as in grammar wise. I probably should have made that clearer. Loved the Suikoden series, My sister who has never been a gamer also played the heck out of that. I need to play the newer ones, just haven't gotten around to it.