all your base are belong to us - 10 may 2003
in case anyone was wondering....
YOUR BASE video
YOUR BASE history:
Toaplan creates the Zero Wing video
Toaplan releases a port for the Sega Genesis console with
the addition of an intro scene, which is then translated
into english (very poorly) and released in the United
Toaplan goes out of business.
Someone from a Zany Video Game Quotes website notices
the poor translation, and highlights the game.
Overclocked.org does a humorous voiceover of the Zero
Wing intro in a fake Wayne Newton voice.
Dozens of game-related messageboards begin to post quotes
from the parody, and images altered to show the phrase.
Most of the threads lose interest and die off quickly
as the trend is pronounced dead countless times.
The Flash movie/video is released with images from the
threads and music taken from the original game to which
someone had added the phrase "all your base".
"All Your Base" explosively expands to the general (non
game messageboard-reading) public.
The original site for the video is shut down within hours
due to excessive traffic, and moves to PlanetStarsiege.
Lycos ponders how "All Your Base" was transformed from
obscurity to a top 50 search practically overnight.
Mainstream media begin to notice the trend, and stories
appear in Time Magazine, USA Today, Fox News, The Los
Angeles Times, Tech TV, Wired, and many others.
As the 'remix' used in the video goes from 58 hits a day
to several thousand per day, mp3.com notices the track
has been ripped directly from the video game and pulls
the music off their site due to copyright violations.
It is later returned unchanged.
The trend continues to grow as it expands into nearly
every corner of the web.
Large websites like Angelfire and Hewlett Packard sneak
"All Your Base" references into their designs.
Your Base" is pronounced dead several times every day,
yet it's 15 minutes of fame continue for some reason...
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