Roggan?Explanation One of the speeches when selecting a villager.
The image of the king from the cover became an "advice animal" style meme, often lampshading strange logic of the games. Text accompanying him included "Attack stone castle. It catches fire" and "10 elephants fit in a boat. 11 archers don't."
Altered Beast: WISE FWOM YO GWAVE! Explanation This line in uttered in the beginning of the game and ends up sounding like it's said by Elmer Fudd due to hardware limitations.
NEVER GIVE UP. Explanation Said when using a continue in the Arcade version only, as the Genesis version did not have enough space to recreate the quote.
WELCOME TO YOUR DOOM! Explanation The Big Bad's line before every boss fight.
What even is that thing? Explanation Whatever it is, it is not traditional fire.
Oh GOD, I have to go into this next room. Explanation Is pretty much the unofficial tagline for the game. Every time the player enters a new room, they have to face a brand new horror. Or sometimes, nothing at all.
Oh shit, I have a bag of Milky Ways! :D
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!! Explanation The video in question is taken from three friends playing simultaneously while chatting. One of them finds a bag of Milky Ways right before something scary happens to another, making it sound as though the player was in mortal terror of said candy.
The floor is made of terrible!
Go to (pick any level), NOPE. Explanation Another popular gif shows a player opening a door only to be confronted with a monster emerging from the shadows. Their reaction is to simply shut the door and briskly walk back the way they came.
Similarly, there's the shortest Let's Play ever - "Hey guys, this is my Let's Play of Amnesia, and-" *Door blows open in front of him, guy closes program* "oh shit, nope, never mind."
Beyond: Two Souls: "Game Overs are a failure of the game designer" Explanation Taken from an interview with developer David Cage, and has since become something that he'll never live down.
Borderlands: In Claptrap Web Series, we meet Steve. HEYOOO!!!*shot*Explanation Hey says that in response to Claptrap's "Hey Steve!", and shoots a fellow bandit down.
'YOU WOKE THE WRONG DOG! AWW YEAH!
Nine Toes! (Also: he has three balls!)Explanation First actual 'Boss' you face in the game.
ROAR FOR ME PANDORA!!!Explanation Moxxy. Need I say more?
Borderlands 2: Butt Stallion Explanation Early on in the game, Handsome Jack calls up the player to talk about a pony made of diamonds that he bought that he plans to name "Piss-for-brains" in honor of the player. He later settles upon the name "Butt Stallion". Comparisons to Rarity are inevitable.
Civilization: Nuclear Gandhi.Explanation The fanbase regularly enjoys giggles from Gandhi lacking his real life Actual Pacifist qualities. Officially an Ascended Meme as of Civ V, which gives him a "Use of Nukes" rating of 12... out of 10.
Our words are backed with NUCLEAR WEAPONS!Explanation This threat was tacked onto dialogues (even friendly ones) in I and II when a civilization had the capacity to build nukes. Especially memetic and entertaining when it's Gandhi, as in the page image◊.
Spearman vs. Tank. Explanation Sometimes obsolete units get lucky with the RNG. Sometimes they get really lucky, as in the classic example of spearmen (one of the earliest, weakest units) defeating modern-era tanks.
"Don't pursue Lu Bu!" Explanation Also from DW3, a warning from Yuan Shao at the Battle at Hu Lao Gate. Despite being a Bonus Boss for the second story stage, Lu Bu is the most powerful character in the entire game. This has generally held up through the games' numbered iterations to the point that if you kill him in DW7, you get the achievement "Okay, you can pursue Lu Bu." In later games in the series, Cao Cao utters this line instead of Yuan Shao.
"In death, my soul will be my brethren!" [sic] Explanation From Guan Yu's death scene in 3 (again!), Guan Yu forgets a certain preposition between the words "be" and "my". Hint: it's not on, in, to, by, for, at, of, from, as...
Epic Mickey: KILL THE MOUSE TAKE HIS HOUSE KILL THE MOUSE TAKE HIS HOUSE Explanation Back when the first details of the game were released, it appeared as if Oswald (Mickey's jealous half-brother) was going to be the villain. 4chan picked up the ball and turned Ozzie into a funky Disney mix of Liquid Snake and Alma, with him constantly dripping ink/blood. The meme is his Madness Mantra, which appears to be derived from House of Mouse.
"This... can't be happening!" Explanation Characters say this to themselves after recovering from the effects of a low Sanity Meter
"CHARLEMAAAGNE!!" Explanation Holy Roman page boy Anthony desperately wants to save Charlemagne from a sinister plot. Even his death doesn't prevent him from sobbing about it.
"MAY THE RATS EAT YOUR EYES!" Explanation From one of Maximilian Roivas' magnificent insane rants.
Needs more Pargon. Explanation The Pargon rune is used to empower magick, but due to the game's spellcasting system an upper-tier spell can have four out of its seven component runes be Pargon, turning once-ominous incantations into Narm.
God of War: Kratos plays the lottery and loses. ("Rage of Sparta" begins to play in the background) Explanation Rage of Sparta is the music track that generally plays whenever Kratos kills one of the gods in the third game. People have started to apply it to whenever Kratos gets pissed enough to kill something.
Hitman: Allan please add detail◊Explanation An infamous detail for a crate holster in Hitman: Blood Money, presumably a note to one of the programmers to add details before release. Spun off into its own meme to refer to unfinished moments in other video games.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage For The Future: ZA WARUDO.Explanation Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, originally a manga comic, got made into a Playstation game. One of the characters has a special attack in which he screams "ZA WARUDO" (the closest Japanese transliteration of "the world"), throws a bunch of knives at his opponent, crushes them with a steamroller, then stands atop the steamroller and lets out a primal scream that has received memetic mutation of its own, usually spelled "WRYYYYYYYYYYYY!" The whole thing can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bti1b77_Hjc.
Limbo: BEAR TRAP! Explanation From the first major section of the game, the Forest. Finding one is usually a player's first death in the entire game.
Metal Slug: RAWKIT LAWNCHAIR! HEAVY MASHEEN GUN! SHAWTGUHN! Explanation The "announcer's" Gratuitous English pronunciations, upon acquiring each weapon.
Real-Time Strategy (more than one game): "Im in your base killing your d00ds!" Explanation Originated in on-line multiplayer RTS games such as Command & Conquer and StarCraft I, probably when a player retorted with the line while a newbie was scouting to the exclusion of managing his base, and asked where his opponent was. Often used for lolcats to be in your something doing something.
I FUCKING TRAVELLED THROUGH TIME AND JUMPED ON A DINOSAUR AND USED IT TO KILL MOTHERFUCKING ROBOT ZOMBIES.Explanation Part of a Neogaf post from someone who had played a demo of the game at E3, which ended up being noticed by the developers.
Steak can be attached to a baby to attract lions. Explanation Line taken from a very interesting ESRB rating description.
"WHERE'S SULU?" Explanation Early on, players had a massive problem locating the character Akira Sulu (in case you're wondering, yes, he's related to Hikaru Sulu). It became an Ascended Meme when Q complains about the player character using it as a command prompt.
KURLAND HERE. THIS IS KURLAND. Explanation In the mission "Boldly They Rode", players would be interrupted during a spacewalk by the character James Kurland, who'd always speak up with either "KURLAND HERE." or "THIS IS KURLAND". It got old quite fast.
ACTING!Explanation The mission "A Step Between Stars" has a Star Trek Shake that is just a little over the top.
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! Explanation Whenever posters on the forums get overly dramatic about how the game is going and declaring that the game is dying, it's not uncommon at all to see players reply with that phrase. It's even got it's own thread.
If it's evil, you can pretty much guarantee that Sanger...Sanger Zonvolt! WILL CLEAVE IT!!!.Explanation Sanger's Catch Phrase (Ware wa Sanger...Sanger Zonvolt. Aku wo tatsu tsurugi nari!; "I am Sanger...Sanger Zonvolt. The Sword That Cleaves Evil!") and used as part of his Memetic Badass credentials.
Ibis is Love.Explanation Ibis Douglas won the 2006 RPG Saimoe Tournament and is generally considered SRW's Moe champion, so much so that aside from the phrase, threads revolving around Ibis are referred to as "love threads" on certain Imageboards.
Did they blow the budget on the Nu Gundam?Explanation Developer Banpresto jokingly stated in an interview following the release of Super Robot Wars Z that a significant portion of the budget for the game was invested in the attack animations of the machine. Upon the release of Z sequel Hakai-hen, fans indeed noticed an Animation Bump, specifically the Nu. What was once a gag by Banpresto has since escalated to fan expectations of the Nu in future appearances pulling off further impressive visuals than the last.
In similar manner, Wufei is Nataku's Factor; also known as Fifth Team Leader of the Katou Organization.Explanation In Super Robot Wars L, Wufei joins the Katou Organization and fights for them at the beginning of the game. He fits in the group so much it's hard to tell if he's not one of them without prior knowledge. The point drives home when the player requires Wufei to convince Soubi Nakajima in order to recruit him, an act that, by SRW traditions, is always done by characters from the same series (in this case, two other pilots from the Katou Organization). Can you tell how Wufei is not one of them?
Shou(ko) (Ha)zama, the female Aura Battler.note If the player fulfills the requirements to reacquire Shouko Hazama, after the sequence where she self-destructs to destroy the Festum in Scenario 13, she'll be brought to Byston Well (where the cast of UX are coming back from) instead, and continues to fight for the people there, even being called a "female Aura Battler" (which is a sign of whether she's rescued or not). The kicker? Her name can be broken into that of the above, in line with Shou Zama, the male lead of Aura Battler Dunbine.
Praying to GoD. Explanation "GoD" is the name given to the games' economics management engine, which among other things deletes underperforming NPC space stations. Closely related to Random Number God in effect.
Briefly, a picture of Bernd Lehahn, one of the developers, at his computer, posted during the announcement of X Rebirth. The image on his computer screen started getting Photoshopped into all sorts of things ("this is what Bernd is really looking at"), including a picture of Bernd at his computer. This became a Discredited Meme after the people with Photoshop basically ran out of ideas.
Blast Processing. note a marketing buzzword for the Genesis allegedly having a faster processor than the SNES.
"Bits=Power of Console" note A notorious misconception started with Sega advertising the Genesis as 16 bit over the 8 bit NES, and was promptly imitated by NEC's Turbografx 16, Atari Jaguar and Nintendo 64 for their marketing campaigns—the idea has long been discredited, but it still lingers today among newcomers to games and nostalgic fans, thanks to Sega's ambitious marketing of the term in their heydey.
You sure? It looks like Conflict Frogs to me. Passible War Tadpoles. Though it could be Internecine Anurans. You know, the sequel to Pugna Bufonidae?
GIMMICKS ARE DUMB, I SHOULD BE BANNEDExplanation On the image board /v/, Battletoads was once so often used as a prank answer to any query that any mention of it was filtered to that phrase, necessitating the use of the euphemisms mentioned above.
Also, to this day people still call up Gamestop Locations and asking for info on the upcoming Battletoads game. There is no upcoming Battletoads game. Go to youtube, and you'll find videos of manager's reactions over the phone.
YOU SEE THOSE TOADS BUSTING OUT OF THAT WALL LIKE THEY DON'T GIVE A FUCK? IT'S LIKE THEY WERE BATTLING OR SOMETHING! Explanation Commentary of a promotional image showing the three toads busting through a wall.
No, it's Doom 3.Explanation Probably a case of "Ask a stupid question..."
The game itself counts as a Running Gag meme, due to the fact that it has taken all but forever for the game to be released.
"Duke Nukem, Forever Delayed" Explanation When it was announced that the game would be delayed after finally getting a solid, firm release date, the fans immediately jumped on this, resulting in the aformentioned Incredibly Lame Pun.
Conveniently, "Duke Nukem" sounds like "do que nunca" - portuguese for "than never". From this, the "antes tarde Duke Nukem" (a pun on "better late than never") joke is created.
Moonbase Alpha: Aeiou!Explanation (all) From a video showcasing abuse of the game's text-to-speech function for fun and profit.
John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Explanation Comes out as a big, long "Uhhhhh" that ends with a short "ooh" not featured in videos.
Here comes another Chinese earthquake ebrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbr
?!?!?!?!?!?! Explanation Comes out as "question mark, exclamation point, question mark" and so on until the second-last symbol, which it reads using the final symbol as punctuation. Similarly, putting in !! will produce the equivalent of "exclamation point!", and "?!" becomes "question mark!"
holla holla get $ Explanation Another example of what may happen since the software reads symbols as-is. This comes out as "Holla holla get dollar".
9999999999999999999 Explanation Long numbers are read out in groups of 3 digits each, e.g. nine-nine-nine, nine-nine-nine, etc., if they are more than 18 digits long (higher than 9 hundred and so quadrillion, and so on). This continues until there's a group of 5 or fewer digits left to read, for which it reads without a break.
Colgate EX Kim! Brush your teeth with JUSTICE!Explanation One of Kim's win poses is a Twinkle Smile from his Eternally Pearly-White Teeth. Fans took this further by giving Kim his own line of toothpaste which would allow everyone the world-wide to have Kim's smile.
DeJap's Fan Translation for Tales of Phantasia featured, most prominently, adult humor that was never in the game to begin with. The most well-known line comes from this line of dialogue delivered by Klarth as the party is traveling on a boat to the next continent, as Klarth is asking the hero, Cless, which one of the girls he's going for, "Mint has that quiet elegance about her, but I bet Arche fucks like a tiger." Any Phantasia fan will tell you that Klarth is probably right.
...or the equally infamous "INDIGNAYSHUN!" from the Game Boy Advance port of Phantasia.
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?!
Tales of Vesperia: BLAH BLAH BLAH! TIDAL WAVE!Explanation When Rita hits Overlimit, she can cast spells without casting time and, at high enough overlimit, without cost. This is easily abusable.
"Prepare to die, eggbear!" Explanation At the beginning of the game, Karol uses this line when trying to... well, kill an eggbear. Later, Yuri (and by Yuri, we mean Troy Baker) mockingly imitates him. Troy Baker + high pitched voice = meme.
"HOO HAH EAT THIS! HOO HAH EAT THIS!"Explanation How Senel said his words during his normal 3-string attacks in English (and you'll have him say this A LOT). Needless to say, it gets repetitive and has been used to refer to the level of some repetitive voice actings in Tales games.
Ore-sama wa Championda!Explanation Kongman is the champion of the arena. He likes to remind everyone of this.
Tales of Graces: "Tomodachi nanda! TOMODACHIIIIIIII! HUAAAAAAAAARGH" ("Friends... URRRRRRRRGH! GWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!") Explanation After Richard was defeated by Asbel and company at the Strahtan desert ruins, he is left behind in the vast sands, realizing that the power within him can hurt his friends, Asbel and Sophie.
Don't overdo it... FIRST AID! Explanation Kratos says this every time he uses First Aid, and he uses it on Lloyd more than you could imagine.
Each character in the game has a particular food they dislike, but Kratos and Lloyd's mutual dislike for tomatoes has been transformed into an absolute phobia by the fandom. It's only expanded on in one skit, yet countless pictures and videos have been made making fun of it.
BAZONGAS!!!Explanation Teepo often utter the word 'Bazongas' for Elize's lack of breasts. And then there's the skit where Alvin and Rowen trolled Jude into screaming "TEACH ME ABOUT BAZONGAS!!". Afterwards, 'Bazongas' always seem to follow the game in mentions...
You guys are so zetta slow when it comes to adding Sho Minamimoto from The World Ends with You! Used in a similar manner as Slowpoke to mock someone for posting about an old topic.
Must... resist... emo urges! Explanation "Another Day" presents us with a considerably more upbeat Neku, whose love of Tin Pin Slammer prevents him from being the antisocial jerk he is at the beginning of the main game.
There's a party in my mouth! Explanation Beat's often considered ridiculous line for when given his favorite food.
Pac-Man: Waka Waka Waka Explanation The onamotapoeia created for the noise Pac-Man makes when it moves.
We thinkHalo is a pretty cool guy. eh kills aleins and doesn't afraid of anything. Explanation An absurdly popular snowclone due to its highly exploitable nature, applied to absolutely everything. In fact, it's so exploitable that we had to close our "Pretty Cool Guy" page before it overran the Internet.
Very good, TVTROPES! BUT YOU NEED... MORE... EXAMPLES! Explanation A reference to the distinctive and... enthusiastic style of writing in the Interactive Fiction game You Are A Chef!
BRB, reinstalling Deus Ex.Explanation A reference to how fondly remembered the game is, even over a decade later. Whenever someone mentions it on a forum, someone else is compelled to play it once again.
Oh my god, JC a bomb!
A bomb!Explanation This exchange between the pilot and the main character is the most notable instance of voice acting failure in the game.
My vision is augmented.Explanation JC's explanation for why wearing Sunglasses at Night isn't a problem for him.
My pimphand is augmented.Explanation A certain non-lethal double takedown in Deus Ex: Human Revolution has Jensen knocking two opponents together then backhanding them both at once. Naturally, there are many YouTube videos demonstrating this on Detroit's prostitutes.
The Recut single-handedly spawned a few memes, including unforgettable phrases like "I might as well start using coke." and "Old Men are the future."
"The industry, as a whole, has grown up." Explanation A quote from a developer explaining the rationale for dropping the old health pick-up model for a regenerating bar. Used by many a sarcastic forumite, especially when discussing game evolution.
ICARUS HAS FOUND YOU!!! ICARUS HAS FOUND YOU!!! ICARUS HAS FOUND YOU!!!
I never asked for this.Explanation Deus Ex: HR's Adam Jensen never wanted to be augmented. It's also a phrase that's extremely applicable to lots of things.
I'll never stop looking. Explanation One of Jensen's lines from a trailer. Often used to rejoice.
AAADAAAAM, I TOLD YOU TO STOP READING THIS IN MY VOICE, SON! Explanation David Sarif's surfer dude accent is quite...distinctive, and is most obvious when he says the character's name.
Yume Nikki: UBOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Explanation Uboa is a monstrous character which has a small random chance of appearing when a light switch is pressed in a certain house, in one of the game's most famous creepy scenes. When he pops up, the music turns into what vaguely sounds like someone muttering "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa".
A simple complaint about a bad pick-up group experience on the City of Heroes message board turned "Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls" into the game's official meme. The boards went wild when then-head developer Statesman used it on the message boards. Then it morphed into a badge earned by defeating 200 members of the Skulls gang. It was incorporated into the official site's backstory for the gang. Most recently when loading screen messages were added to the game, a random message of "Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls" will occasionally appear.
Futanari Cat Girl looking for ERP in Pocket D on Virtue.
"this is how it start's jerk hacking (dupin rares)... pretty soon it will be gone to the americas..."Explanation A forum post by a non-English speaking player complaining of people (jerks) cracking the game's code (hacking) and artificially replicating valuable loot (dupin rares). His fears that the game would be "gone to the americas" were never sufficiently clarified, as the resulting comedic backlash ensured this was his last public post.
GOOD HEAVENS, JUST LOOK AT THE TIME. Explanation Said while standing next to a clock with the word "RAPE" replacing the numbers.
Have you seen a little girl? Explanation Harry asks every character in the game if they've seen his daughter, almost to the point of a Catch Phrase. Used to demonstrate his stupidity and/or determination.
Probably a doghouse, though I'm not sure since there's no dog around. Explanation Harry says this while standing in front of a dog house after encountering several monster dogs. Used to demonstrate his stupidity, especially with one image depicting a dog leaping at him AS he's reading it!
There was a HOLE here. It's gone now. Explanation A drawing on a wall that James encounters. Used to summarise to Mind Screw nature of the series.
SHIT GETS RUSTY, ALL THE DOORS ARE LOCKED. Explanation Summary of the town after it switches to its Dark World.
My mother was a bitch.Explanation Said by the same breed of dog (a Shiba-Inu taking the place of Cheryl) from Silent Hill 2's UFO ending, Just for Pun.
Cheryl? Cheryl? Cheryl! CHERYYYYYL!! Sweetie?
I love my daddy. I love my daddy. I love my daddy. I LOVE MY DADDY. I LOVE MY DADDY.
"It was FORETOLD by GYROMANCY. Explanation Which is basically just spinning in circles.
Star Control 2: "Hold! What you are doing is wrong! Why do you do this thing?" Explanation The famous words spoken by the Mael-Num to the newly-genocidal Black Ur-Quan just as they were embarking on their "Eternal Doctrine" (read: genocide). The words piqued their conscience just long enough for their slightly-less genocidal brothers to stop them (though actually this is ancient history by the time the player gets involved). Y'see, the green Ur-Quan weren't that much better than the black Ur-Quan. Now used as a gamer's in-joke to call out any idea for being too outrageous for consideration.
The *fat words* Orz *spits* are most *squishy* and make *campers* *enjoy the sauce*! Explanation Orz speech is very entertaining to both write and read.
The Cheetahmen, the protagonists of one of the games featured in the compilation Action 52, have quite the Earworm of a theme song. Oddly, despite the fact that Action 52 was an American production, this has become a bigger meme in Japan.
And then there's the banner that appeared in the attract mode of so many '80s arcade games (most notably NARC), "Winners don't use drugs!" Usually used when somebody says or does something to make you believe, well, they're not a winner.
Toasty!Explanation In Mortal Kombat II, sometimes when you hit an opponent with an uppercut, Dan Forden (the series' sound designer) would pop up and sing "Toasty!" This is one of the keys to unlocking a secret fight with Smoke.
GET OVER HERE!Explanation Scorpion shouts this when he hurls his spear at an opponent.
I HAVE NEVER SEEN A KANO TRANSFORMATIONExplanation Refers to an Urban Legend of Zelda about being able to make Shang Tsung transform into Kano in Mortal Kombat II. The message comes from a counter in the Arcade's test mode reporting the number of Kano morphs. The phrase itself was one of two captions that appeared in Nightwolf's Friendship in Mortal Kombat 3 where he turned into Raiden, an MK 2 cabinet dropped down beside him and this caption or the other "NO BUT I KNOW HOW TO DO A RAIDEN TRANSFORMATION" would appear.
"IT'S OFFICIAL...YOU SUCK."Explanation One of Shao Kahn's taunts.
How appropriate, You Fight Like a Cow. Explanation Swordfights in Monkey Island games are handled through witty repartee. By the way, did you know that the above exchange was penned by Orson Scott Card?
From Darius: WARNING! A HUGE BATTLESHIP _____ IS APPROACHING FAST.Explanation The warning screen used to signal the appearance of a boss. There are perhaps one or two games in the entire series that do not use this.
Boss fight Engrish is common in ST Gs. Treasure's RS games feature "NO REFUGE" before boss fights. Radiant Silvergun gave us "BE ATTITUDE FOR GAINS ... ", followed by three pieces of advice for boss tactics (which were "1. BE PRAYING 2. BE PRAYING 3. BE PRAYING" for the final boss). Ikaruga dutifully informs you that "The big enemy is approaching at full throttle" before bosses.
X has dysentery.Explanation One of the most common diseases to die from.
Here lies andy. peperony and chease. [sic] Explanation An epitaph found on a tombstone in a popular ROM for the Apple II version of Oregon Trail. Most likely a reference to the old "What do you want on your Tombstone?" ads for Tombstone frozen pizza.
Thanks to Facebook, we also have "I tried to ford the river and my f@#$%^& oxen died!"
Aquaman drowned. Explanation One particular, infamous Let's Play of the game where the characters were named after superheroes. The son, named Aquaman, drowned while crossing a river.
SimCity: You have too many roads. Remove some to save on maintenance.
YOU CAN'T CUT BACK ON FUNDING! YOU WILL REGRET THIS! Explanation If you ever reduce the budget for Transportation, the advisor for that department takes it badly and yells this in all-caps.
"Suffer like G did?" Explanation The imp from the first level of House of the Dead 2 taunted you with this line, but his squeaky and high-pitched voice made it instant Narm, turning it from a threat into a question. It's a hilarious way of sending up the games' laughably terrible voice acting.
"FUCK YOU!"Explanation Taken from the pre-boss banter between Dante and Poison, which had the two exchanging "FUCK YOU!" for a bit. Generally used to mock the writing of the game.
Doom: PROTIP: To defeat the Cyberdemon, shoot it until it dies. Explanation The PROTIP meme started in Game Pro magazine, where every tip shown in their game reviews was labeled as a PROTIP. This specific instance, however, was a hoax by Doomworld co-founder Linguica, and was never in an actual issue of GamePro.
Dawn of Bald. Explanation Most characters are bald, leading to this.
HAIRESY!Explanation The above swiftly died after Dawn of War II, in which most characters possess immaculately maintained hair, leading to this accusation.
The Narmy voice acting for the Soulstorm expansion spawned several memes. The most prolific is "SPESS MEHREENS! WE HAVE FEHLED THE EMPRA!" This one even infiltrated the original tabletop game, with Space Marines and The Emperor constantly referred to as Spess Mehreen and The Emprah respectively.
We...we should take away... their METAHL BAWKSES! Explanation More Soulstorm goodness. Though less popular, Metahl Bawx is sometimes used to describe the Rhino transport. Now an Ascended Meme, as the Orks in Dawn of War II periodically refer to enemy vehicles as 'metal boxes!'
"FOR THE DARK GAWWWWWDSSS!!!" Explanation The laughable voices of the Chaos Cultists (not exclusive to Soulstorm, though) are popular for similar reasons.
SSIIIIIIIIIINNNNDRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII! Explanation Bale yells this after Sindri betrays him. Popular with YouTube Poop.
Vance MOTHERFUCKING Stubbs, who lost 100 Baneblades and still won the Kaurava campaign. Explanation A General who claimed to have 100 Baneblades at his disposal, which goes against well-established canon, but loses them at the beginning of his stronghold mission. Despite this setback, he canonically goes on to win the Kaurava campaign.
*Bomb Squig growls*Explanation Bomb Squigs are the Orkz' suicide troops and pack a helluva punch. They also travel in packs and have no qualms about assaulting you while you're stuck in melee with 20 of their green buddies. Oh, and they do enough damage to kill you outright if you've taken more than 3 hits.
Drive me closer, I want to hit them with my sword!Explanation Started out as a bit of snarky text added to some of the first game's artwork showing a Commissar in a tank pointing while holding his sword up. Added in the sequel as a random bit of dialog officers can say when they enter a tank.
Faxanadu: This is not enough golds. Explanation Golds (with the trailing "s") is the unit of currency in Faxanadu's world.
A small-scale one, but worth listing nonetheless: anyone who'se played Caesar II knows when "Plebs are needed!"
Among Spore players, some have taken to worshipping Spode, imitating the over-the-top words of the Zealot class. Of course, many more would like to see Spode blown to bits.
Psychonauts: "I am the milkman. My milk is delicious." Explanation The lines spoken by the Milkman as he reveals himself at the end of the Milkman Conspiracy level.
PROBABILITY OF MISSION HINDRANCE, ZERO PERCENT!!!!
"War. War never changes."Explanation The Arc Words for the entire Fallout series.
YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!YOU ARE OVER-ENCUMBERED AND CANNOT RUN!Explanation Fallout is a game that lives and breathes on salvaging random crap from the wasteland. Unfortunately, your character can only carry as much as his/her strength allows before they become overloaded and slow. The sheer amount of goodies to be found and sold means this is going to happen A LOT.
Well this game's pretZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
MY (ship) WAS EQUIPPED WITH THE FOLLOWING
If some of the lines from Eversion such as READY! TO DIE and BEHIND YOU aren't already memes, then they should be.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3 actually uses memes in the game. Upon purchasing a boomerang, the shopkeep adds "Best. Rang. Ever." The puppet ruler of the gameworld also shouts, that "I, for one, welcome our new Quinkan overlords!"
In the web game Pandemic 2, the objective is to create a disease that kills everyone on Earth. To stop the infection, the regions in the world close their ports upon signs of a pandemic. However, the island nation of Madagascar is very close-happy with their one seaport, making infecting that island nigh impossible. This led to jokes about Madagascar closing everything at the slightest sign of a new infection.
Politican: President Madagascar! A man in Brazil is coughing!
Sunset Riders: Marry me with my money...Explanation Yet another arcade Mondegreen: the first boss, having been defeated, is actually saying 'Bury me with my money'.
Secret of Mana: WE'RE GOING BACK TO POTATOS TO GET MY FUKING POWER WRISTExplanation Originally posted on 4chan (or similar) describing OP's decision to switch his friend's accessory for something better during a bathroom break, because the Power Wrist had the worst defense but increased strength by one point.
Good job covering that left flank, 8-Ball!Explanation One of the dead soldiers under Sgt. Dwight Boykind was apparently nicknamed 8-Ball, and the Sgt. compliments the corpse on covering the left flank.
Plumbers Dont Wear Ties: "TAKE YOUR DAMN CLOTHES OFF!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]In one scene, Jane's boss, Thresher, orders her to strip down to her underwear in order to get a job at his company.
AN UPSIDE-DOWN FUCKING CHICKEN MASK!Explanation Halfway through the story, the narrator berates you (again) for making Jane do "sick" things, such as agreeing to her perverted boss' proposal, in order to proceed. While he's talking down to you, he puts on a chicken suit, and the picture is flipped upside down. The Angry Video Game Nerd's reaction to this turn of events is priceless.
"Do girls actually like guys who are really aggressive?I don't THINK so HELLZ YES."
Modern Warfare: RAMIREZ! DO EVERYTHING! Explanation As with most games, the player character (Ramirez) has to do absolutely everything himself, but Modern Warfare 2 actually contains another character telling him to do it, leading to endless jokes.
FIFTY THOUSAND PEOPLE USED TO ___ HERE...NOW IT'S A GHOST TOWN.
Interestingly, the TV miniseries Band of Brothers had a moment (in the "Replacements" episode) where Sgt. Martin yells "Ramirez!" and points at a picket fence, which Pvt. Ramirez then runs towards and takes down with his body.
Mocap Dog AKA Collar DutyExplanation Many jokes were had at the expense of the Player Character's new Canine Companion after the announcement of Call of Duty: Ghosts
Battlefield: ENEMY BOAT SPOTTED! (repeated hundreds of times on a map with no water)
Be advised, the Battlefield 3 Alpha build has the phrase "Be advised" involved in most of the voice responses, over.
Be advised, I'm advised of your advise of the Battlefield 3 Alpha build having the phrase "Be advised" in most of the voice responses, over.
Dwarf Fortress: X cancels edit, interrupted by Rhesus Macaque. Explanation An Interrupting Meme, based on how Dwarfs can easily be interrupted from whatever they are doing by Rhesus Macaques or any number of other things.
DEM DORFS MAN. DEM FUCKIN' DORFS.
2CAT! LMAO!Explanation Cats in the game are Explosive Breeders and can quickly turn into pests.
WELCOME TO FUCKING BOATMURDERED! HOPE YOU LIKE MIASMA! Explanation Boatmurdered was a popular Let's Play with had contributions from many people, that due to epically poor management became a spectacular Wretched Hive, then a steaming crater.
This is a wiki edit. All craftstropership is of the highest quality. This object is adorned with bands of fancruft and menaces with spikes of flame. Explanation The format the game uses for item descriptions. "All craft(X)ship is of the highest quality" and "menaces with spikes of (material)" are especially common.
"You look like a mighty warrior." "I'm FOUR!"Explanation The response you get in Adventure mode if you ask a child what their profession is.
Footkerchief is the search engine.Explanation Footkerchief is a Big Name Fan on the game's official forum who's famous for being able to find if basically any question someone asks has been answered by Toady somewhere before.
"They have no nervous system. All they can feel is hate!" explanation A popular description of Giant Sponges, the new carp - they have no limbs or organs, so they're nearly unkillable, but their size lets them destroy dwarfs without any effort on their parts.
FUCKHEAD! Explanation One of Travis' one-liners after dispatching a Mook with his beam katana.
MISTER SIR HENRY MOTHERFUCKERExplanation Travis' derogatory nickname for the Irish assassin Henry (who, unbeknownst to him at the time, is his twin brother). Henry, having just kill-stolen by interrupting Travis' duel with Letz Shake, infuriates Travis to no end. Travis mocks Henry with this line in an Irish accent right after Henry leaves. This would soon become Henry's nickname among the fandom.
CHICKEN SHIT.Explanation Another taunt. Same guys as before.
MOEH~explanation Travis, being an Otaku, is heavily obsessed with Japanese culture. This cultural fascination is passed on to Travis' self-proclaimed pupil Shinobu in Desperate Struggle. Who has no idea what it means, and even asks.
I'm not gonna go easy on you just cause you're a girl. Come on, show me something special. Do you love money like I do? Come on, show me some- FUCK YOU! Do you love money l- FUCK YOU! Do you l- FUCK YOU!Explanation In Desperate Struggle, Shinobu takes over as a playable character for a short period of time. The first is Million Gunman, a greedy man with a Money Fetish and a colorful vocabulary.
HOLY SHIIIIIIIIT! Explanation Charlie usually belts this out in response to you kicking his ass.
You don't want this to become No More Heroes Forever, do you? Explanation The last boss and the bonus boss shatter the fourth wall in the first game, with the former commenting on how if she didn't say her life's story in fast forward, the game would be delayed or banned. The quote also doubles as one of the manyTake Thats in media to Duke Nukem Forever.
STRAWBERRY ON THE SHORTCAKE! Explanation One of Travis' one-liners during a Super Mode, all of which are based on deserts/berries/characters from his favorite anime.
Iji: "You promised me a pony... With missiles!" Explanation This is one of the more infamous lines said by Iji while under the effects of a secret unlockable, the Scrambler, which scrambles game dialogue and replaces it with either random nonsense or hilarity.
Mushihime-sama: RECO-CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!Explanation Palm's death cry in Mushihime-sama Futari from Stage 3 onwards. Reco is a plot-critical friend of Palm and the other player character.
COUGAR!! RROAAAWW! Explanation The only warning you get before you are killed by a Cougar.
Microsoft's E3 2010: Skittles and the dancing guy.[[/labelnote:Explanation]]A meme generated from a hilariously bad and cheesy presentation by Microsoft when revealing the Kinect. When the company demoed a Kinect game that lets the player interact with cute baby animals, they had a little girl play the game by interacting with a baby tiger and acted like as if she really was touching and being touched by the animal that she called Skittles. The "dancing guy" was an over enthusiastic man that was a bit too into the game he was demoing, Dance Central.[[/labelnote]]
ANVIL GOD! Explanation With clever use of rotating anchors and anvils, players discovered a method of creating a wild amalgam of anvils that easily tossed nearby mice around. This was later incorporated into an official level.
This bridge looks legit. Explanation Many levels require shamans to create bridges to the cheese. Between weak architectural design, an imperfect physics engine and good old-fashioned trolling, they can't always be expected to work. The meme can be used both straight and sarcastically.
FUCKING WALLJUMPERS Explanation A glitch in the game allows mice to jump repeatedly from most walls to gain height with enough skill and timing. The developers decided to leave it in. Still, it becomes almost certain that experts will get to the cheese first, and some players are bitter.
Gleany? WTF is a Gleany? Explanation An unlockable adjective. Almost no one seems to know the definition.
Tetris: I am the man who arranges the blocks... Explanation A video about the complete history of the Soviet Union sung to the melody of Tetris quickly spread across the internet. The line would constantly reappear throughout the song, and now you can usually expect to find it several times in the comments for any video related to Tetris or Korobeiniki.
"WHERE'S SULU?" Explanation Sulu is the first quest giver, located in an office near the starting point. New players got overwhelmed with the huge social area and never found him. Eventually became an Ascended Meme.
Franklin Drake must die! Explanation An NPC who tricks the player character pretty thoroughly into doing his bidding more than once. Some people weren't too happy about it.
"K-7 has been cloaked as part of a Klingon plot!" Explanation A glitch caused the aforementioned station to disappear, prompting the joking explanation from the developers which also became an Ascended Meme.
Bonnie-kin, Bonnie-kin... Explanation The first mission with voice acting, which was released near Halloween, and involved exploring a dark, creepy abandoned section of a space station. The voice comes out of nowhere and seriously scared a surprising amount of people.
Our ships are crewed by tribbles! Explanation due to misunderstanding the game's UI, some people thought an "able crew" meter, which will drain and refill as the ship is attacked, represented hundreds of red shirts dying and being reborn constantly.
Noun Tribble Explanation the first few special rewards for helping test new content were Borg tribbles and Undine tribbles. A holographic tribble came later. Now, anytime there's speculation for a new limited availability item, the first guess is always some kind of tribble.
[Inconsequential minor detail] ISN'T CANON! I'M QUITTING! Explanation The Star Trek fandom looking way too hard at 3D models and threatening to Rage Quit over tiny inconsistencies with the TV program.
LEGO Island: GREEN RED BRICK, YOU STAY! Explanation On newer computers, the sequence where the Infomaniac asks if you really want to quit the game glitches a lot. Leaving it at the right moment may cause him to get stuck looping one of six known phrases and then appear floating around the island.
The boss is... anything! Explanation The first time that The Unintelligible Jamba spoke, his goons reacted with "Uh-oh!" and a translation: "The boss is... seriously angry!", respectively. Jamba's goons did this every time he spoke, and every time after the first the translation was very non-Uh-oh-worthy.
Minecraft: Wake up on an island. Punch trees. Get wood. Explanation One of the first things the player must do when starting up a new game is finding wood. The character in the game is capable of punching a tree until it separates into wood blocks. Don't ask how it's possible.
Don't want to kill you, they just want to be held.
Creepers also happen to go oink. Explanation Creepers were originally a pig model that failed.
Everything related to Rana. Explanation Rana is a removed female character who wears a frog hat.
Thomas the Sheep. Explanation Someone wrote a story about them building a machine designed to suck mobs into an underwater basin and drown them. He caught a Sheep, and it looked at him as if he was saying "How could you?" right before being sucked in. He made a memorial and named it Thomas; he quickly became a prophet to the community. Shortly after, Notch added Cows which are both annoying and had a case of pushing someone into a lava pit. Someone called their god "Mooch", and it quickly became a religious war with Sheep vs. Cows.
From the game over screen: Game Over! Score: &e0 Explanation The &e0 part was a botched coding in displaying your score upon death where the &e is supposed to be the code to make the text yellow. This was remedied by the full release of the game, which now has an actual score system.
HerobrineExplanation A popular creepypasta claiming that Notch's dead little brother haunts the game as a blank-eyed Steve? clone named Herobrine.
Klonoa: WAHOO! Explanation Outside his own name, this is pretty much the only word he says that isn't spoken in his "unique" language.
RUPURUDU! Explanation Typically translated as "Let's go!". Klonoa sometimes says this when he's about go on his next adventure.
"Klo'a" Explanation What his name sounds like in his language whenever it's spoken.
"Joke" Explanation Joka's name sounds like this when it's spoken.
The entirety of "Stepping Wind" ("Wahoo Stomp" in the U.S. release), a vocal song from Klonoa 2 can be considered this. It's a rock song done entirely in "Phantomilian" (although a remixed version with Japanese lyrics also exists).
Ar Tonelico 3: Buri Hamachi, Buri Hamachi... Explanation Buri Hamachi videos are set to a looped segment of a song from the game called "EXEC_HYMME_BATTLESPHERE/.#Saki extracting". A part of the song sounds like the singer is saying "buri hamachi", buri and hamachi both being words for the Japanese amberjack. Thus, Buri Hamachi videos involve a dancing character holding a fish. The stripping at the end comes from the "Purging" game mechanic, in which female characters strip to their underwear to power up their magic.
Double Dragon: "Bimmy and Jimmy" Explanation "Bimmy" is a typo that appears in the NES version of Double Dragon III in the opening prologue of the 2-Player mode. Curiously, the 1-Player mode spells "Billy" correctly, since it loads a different string of text.
APPROACHING SOUND BARRIER! Explanation A sound byte played seemingly at random during gameplay in the shovelware title M&M's Kart Racing.
Because of this, the first web site dedicated to ZX Spectrum game endings was named the Congraturations Archive.
"You bought an N-Gage, didn't you?" Explanation A mocking phrase often used on GameFAQs around the time of the N-Gage's release.
"Sidetalking" Explanation The original model N-Gage phones had their speakers on the edge of the phone, supposedly to prevent people from smearing the game screen by holding it against their face. People quickly realized how stupid this looked, and started taking photos of themselves holding other objects (cameras, keyboards, other game consoles, etc.) to make fun of it.
Mondo Medicals: CANCER?! DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT A CANCER IS?! CANCER IS A SMALL PIECE OF DEATH THAT SLOWLY TAKES OVER A BODY! Explanation One of the many more-or-less nonsensical speeches delivered by the mysterious, shouting man seen in cutscenes between levels.
Hyperdimension Neptunia V: Are you even -trying- to enjoy the game?Explanation The quote comes from IF Prez. Whenever the player finishes a chapter, there will be a grading score similar to how reviewers grade video games. This is what he says whenever you fail to complete a lot of Quests in the game. Oh and trust us, they're hard.
Various nicknames and jokes regarding Microsoft's controversial Xbox One:
Xbox, go home you're drunk.Explanation The Xbox One can be controlled by vocal commands, which includes features like turning the console off, going to the home menu with "Xbox, go home", etc. Thanks to the bad display of the Xbox One, many people quickly made fun of the vocal command feature. Yes, people tell nonhumans to go home for being "drunk".
The Xbone.Explanation A fan nickname given by combining "Xbox" and "One", but it can also mean how boned the console is due to the bad PR by Microsoft. Recently ascended with a domain name purchase.
Xbox Done. Explanation A fan nickname that surfaced after their dreadful presentation at E3 2013, since the general consensus is that the Xbox One doesn't seems to have a leg to stand on with the high price and draconian DRM policies.
Xbox 180. Explanation The inevitable nickname given to the Xbox One after Microsoft completely rescinded the DRM policies that were giving the console its awful reputation.
"Why's it called the Xbox One? Because Microsoft took 359 steps back."
Also, there are various jokes about the console looking like a VCR, such as showing mock pictures of upcoming games in a VHS format.
Various gifs pasting "Sony" (and sometimes "Nintendo" as well) over someone beating up or destroying someone or something with "Microsoft" pasted over it. Often described as as a "Summary of E3 " Explanation Sony's E3 presentation went over extremely well, in contrast with Microsoft's less than stellar one.
#dealwithit Explanation Former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth's response to rumours of the next Xbox demanding a constant internet connection.
Hatoful Boyfriend is The Medic's favorite game. Explanation In "Meet the Medic", he's shown to keep pigeons which are just as enthusiastic about gore as he is.
Hatoful Boyfriend is Nikola Tesla's favorite game. Explanation Tesla wrote love letters for a pigeon that roosted near his flat.
For a while, due to a translation error accidentally saying Dr. Shuu had hands, there was a minor meme in which Shuu would be drawn or photomanipulated as a bird with human arms and hands sticking out of his body.
Duke's declaration in Episode 10 that he is a terrorist has caused people to comment on how interesting Duke's life must be. It's become a meme that Duke is a detective by day, a marriage counselor by evening, and a terrorist by night.
Additionally, "because [I'm/he's/she's/it's] a terrorist" seems to be becoming the Retsupurae fanbase's answer to A Wizard Did It. This one is arguably the biggest meme the games have produced so far, to the point that some people have already begun to see it as an Overused Running Gag.
Ted's rendition of "Amazing Grace."
Ever since Retsupurae riffed on "Sir Basil Pike Public School," it's common to make jokes about Ted's actions in Ambition based on his role as a math teacher in that game. Examples include:
"I hear Mr. Hartrup's class really blows."
"Really? I've heard it's a blast!"
"He does have a rather short fuse."
"All his lesson plans tend to go out the window."
"[insert command here], or I'll blow us all to Hell!"
"Well, I hope you're jamming with whole-wheat bread."
A minor one is "I know that _______________________, because my bike has a unique bell."
AN AWESOME PRAYER IS CONFLICT WITH US — KEEP YOUR DIGNITYexplanation The Boss Warning Siren.
YOU GOT INSANITYexplanation An excerpt from the Nonstandard Game Over resulting from timing out the Segment 7 boss with only one life left. The full text reads: "SPIRIT OVERLOAD. YOU GOT INSANITY. YOU MUST RESHAPE ONESELF FOR ONCOMING ASPIRANTS." The boss's final attack involves transferring its memories to the player character, driving them insane (with the heavy implication that the player is transofrmed into a Prayer themselves).
The Hungry Pumkin [sic] — from an edutainment Minigame Game teaching basic English, this specific minigame involves a Pumpkin character ordering various foods and eating them whole — including entire glasses and the tubs that fries come in. Maybe it's the phrases he says ("I'M VERY HUNGRY!"), the rude behavior ("NO! I DON'T WANT THAT!" in addition to leaving the restaurant without paying), the appearance of the Pum(p)kin, or all of the above, but this has gotten a small following on the web. Particularly on YouTube Poops.
TV Tropes: The Review.Explanation Comes from Polygon's review of the PlayStation 4, which had several flashy graphical representations of the unit for no real reason. Other news sites started mutating it pretty quickly after it was published.
The creepy doctors.Explanation In between levels, Captain Novolin thinks of his doctors, who inform him of various guidelines he must follow. Their Uncanny Valley appearances pushed them straight into meme territory.
"Hello, [name]! I have diabetes. Is there anything I need to know before [verb]ing this [noun]?"Explanation In the sixth level, the Captain encounters a ranger, and immediately tells him he has diabetes - a particularly narmy exchange.
"Check you feet".Explanation Right after the above exchange, the game promptly tells you to check you feet for blisters and sores.
"This is a doomed timeline." (Or variations of that sentence.)Explanation The series' plot involves travelling to many alternate universes in order to create an 'optimal' timeline where the protagonists are able to accomplish their goals. (Usually, these other universes are ill-fated.) When the third game was put on hiatus, many fans declared that this meant ours was a useless timeline, and expressed their desire to leave for a better one.
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne: "Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry Series." Explanation While the Japanese and American versions of the game were close-ups on the Demi-Fiend, the European cover zooms out from the character to show Dante on the background and to put this very message on the cover, in one quite blatant example of Wolverine Publicity. The message became an exploitable and was plastered on almost every fake videogame cover under the sun.
Stay Tooned has Show Within a Show "Whinefeld," a parody of Seinfeld that consists of animated versions of Jerry, George, and Kramer saying "meh," "uuh," "uh huh," and such. It has gone on to become a huge thing on Youtube, appearing in a few Youtube Poops and the original clip having several remixes (most of them, however, appear to have been deleted for copyright reasons).