This week's diet is in honour of retrogaming, and mistranslated fun:
All Your Cake Are Belong To Us!
Back in the heady days of the early 2000's, this scene from the not-so-well translated video game 'Zero Wing' was huge as an internet meme.
Here's the original intro sequence on YouTube, posted by TOMGC:
And I loved it, because I was doing something similar at the same time: I was working as a QA tester on a fantastic role playing game that was being translated from Japanese, first into an English version for North America, and then into French and German for a European version as well.
I saw the story emerge from Japanese through patches of English, into the polished final product. And then I got to improve on my school-level French and German, learning cool words for magic and fantasy items and characters: Magical amulets and talismans, deadly spiders, Princes of Hell and Angels of Light. Mein Handy and Mein Supercooler Lederrock! I loved that project so much!
So I've always been fond of 'All Your Base Are Belong To Us': so much so that I've even been given it on a T-shirt [ See on Etsy | CafePress | Amazon UK ] 🙂
I love these unexpected ways that my almost-teens and toddler cross paths- they all love the Munchkin cards, in their different, completely conflicting ways.
Have you ever had that kind of flu where you feel really achy and miserable? That's what my two-year-old has this week. 'Drooling Slime' might be more accurate, but I think Pukachu says 'Sick Munchkin' better (Tweet this!)
Drooling Slime, from Munchkin, by Steve Jackson Games.
He's been so close to the edge, poor little guy, I'm starting to wonder if there's some kind of flu strain called Depression Flu (my version), or for his age, Tantrum Flu.
This morning he was furious that I threw his snotty tissue away.
Super fun. And now he's asleep 🙂
So looking through the Munchkin cards was much more fun. Munchkin is by Steve Jackson, who I first heard of as the author of Fighting Fantasy interactive game books (anyone else played those?).
Officially, it's a nice Dungeons and Dragons-inspired comedy game with funny cards and lots of cool expansion sets (we've got the space-themed Star Munchkin too). The rules are a little bit complicated, but much easier than Magic the Gathering. And the cards are fun to look at too.
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