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.

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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.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

Fun fact. That camera behind the sign picture was taken at Kuwait Airport by a popular blogger in the country. 

serphtensei
serphtensei

Duwang would like to have a word with you.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

@tempertress Do you like Japan and Korea? What did you get to do over there? And what words have you learn over there?

Duck_Zero
Duck_Zero

"Conglaturation" from Ghostbusters (NES) was a pretty good one.

Bacca7
Bacca7

Bionic Commando on the NES has a few including, "This base will explod in 60 seconds."


KaSeRRoR
KaSeRRoR

I remember the Pro Wrestling days... The best MeMe EVEEEEEEEER! You Are Winneeeeeeeeer!

>=) 

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

The I Am Legend spoof was nice :P

endorbr
endorbr

FAIL and EPIC FAIL are just part of my lexicon.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

Hey tempertress or Zorine: Did y'all forget about the 2nd Fatal Frame Highlights or is it just hidden somewhere?

Llednar7
Llednar7

This guy are sick as said by Aerith in Final Fantasy VII 

bfa1509
bfa1509

I seed no errers in this vidoe.

proceeder
proceeder

Well one possible reason for all these mistakes could be....

(@ the risk of being swarmed by complaints)

.......here it comes.........:

English SUCKS as a language when it comes to grammar!

mr_azim
mr_azim

Finally, a cute girl on GS.

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

Has "Fail" been around that long? I'm getting old... :( 

JJB03
JJB03

When I think back to the dialog in Devil may cry 4, that had some either really bad translation issues or it was just really crap dialog. For example, when nero and dante stop fighting each other as Dante is like 'mmm, nero? nice name' and nero is like, 'yours too'.

ilantis
ilantis

Anyway games translated from english to other languages are still pretty f**ked up XD

Eg Halo 4 had the worst translations ever and in Skyrim many items have unpronounceable names that don't make much sense (sweetroll => small candy , Dragonborn => Blood of dragon ...)

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

@tempertress In real life, do you have trouble talking to people in different languages like French for example?

Oh yeah! Despite the translation touble on Chrono Trigger, I love that game now.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have played tons of games with grammatical errors. Of course, pretty much all of them were way back in the day. The best one has to be "All your base are belong to us".

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

The original Ninja Gaiden games for NES were full of them!

Chronologo
Chronologo

Nes Ghostbusters ending had a lot of awful grammar errors, but I'm not sure if they were translation related