Taoplan, 1998

“All your base are belong to us” comes from the opening scene in the Sega Mega Drive version of the 16-bit video game Zero Wing. The phrase was an awkward translation from the original Japanese version. It became a very popular catchphrase that swept across the Internet, but its first appearance is hard to trace due to Web sites closing down. The “All your base” phrase and the dialogue scene went viral on forums in 2000. The introduction sequence of the video game contained many more hilarious broken English phrases (Engrish) like “You know what you doing” and “Somebody set up us the bomb”.