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  • The terms 1-UP and 2-UP once universally signaled player 1 and player 2 that their turn was up, or about to begin. Within a decade after the release of Super Mario Bros., however, it universally shifted to "extra life/lives".
  • Players of vintage games will find GAME OVER screens in jarring places — this is because it used to be taken literally, encompassing both beating the game and running out of lives. Now it only means you've run out of lives, or sometimes getting a bad ending.
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  • Often, mistranslations of the older games have reintroduced the words in their archaic meanings. For an example, Masami Tabata is listed in the credits of the NES [Famicom] game Hi no Tori: Wagaou no Bouken as "Nice Gay Masami".
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, during the board game challenge, Gruntilda calls you a "furry geek". Neither word is by itself ambiguous, but put them together...
  • Rome: Total War has "Lesbian Rebels". As in, they're rebels from Lesbos, not... well, you know.
  • Mortal Kombat character Noob Saibot, created long before the term "noob" was even invented.
  • One of Wolfgang Krauser's quotes before you fight him in Fatal Fury Special is, "Challenge me, ya hot spunky kid. I hate spunk."
  • The second Dark Seed has this line, about the two characters behind the game's Knights and Knaves puzzle:
    Mike: I don't think Ik and Uk are going to molest me anymore.
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  • Quake I has an enemy called "Vore". Nowadays, the word refers to a fetish involving characters swallowing each other whole.
  • The egregious use of Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe in Dragon's Dogma leads to plenty of this, expect to hear a lot about stuff and places being queer. Final Fantasy XIV is another frequent offender for the same reason.
  • Grand Kingdom uses the original definition of "fetish", an object with supernatural power, for the Shaman class's weapon of choice.
  • In Soul Reaver 2, the Elder God at one point warns Raziel that Kain will "seduce and deceive" him. Raziel also has a habit of describing the Reaver's overcharge as it "becoming aroused."
  • And then there's the title of an old space strategy game, Spaceward Ho!.



  • In one scene in L.A. Noire, the main characters comment on an item related to the movie "Gay Cowboys". This may be a reference to Brokeback Mountain, though in the game's time period the title is perfectly innocuous.
  • In the description of the legalize gay marriage edict for Tropico, your advisor uses the old definition of gay, thinking that the new law would allow happy people to get married.
  • Done quite deliberately in the ZX Spectrum text adventure Bored of the Rings (which may or may not have had some connection with the book of that name), which at one point had Fordo (the protagonist) meet up with a few "manly" (that was exactly how it was put, quotes and all) pop stars of the day. Stick around there too long, and you got "Fordo felt a queer sensation" followed by his accidentally dying of AIDS a few turns later.
  • Deliberately lampshaded in Two Worlds II: Modern English is the language of all characters except for one, who goes for extremely exaggerated Middle English, leaving the game's hero wondering what exactly he'd just heard. At one point, the odd character starts talking about his experiences with leading a "gay life" - i.e., having a happy existence. Shown in about 70th second of this video.
  • Very early in BioShock Infinite, you will come across a barbershop quartet giving a performance of "God Only Knows". There are signs nearby that proclaim the group as, among other things, "Columbia's Gayest Quartet".
  • One target in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag tells his minions to leave no bush unmolested. He basically means "leave no stone unturned" but one suspects Abstergo will censor that part.
  • In the first Baldur's Gate game, one of Imoen's selection quotes is "You're a queer fellow".
  • When confronted by a giant pink cat boss in Shadow Hearts: Covenant, protagonist Yuri exclaims "That's one big pussy!"
  • In the "Harvest Scramble" DLC for Fire Emblem Awakening, a character (who is also a boss in a side-mission in the game) directly references and says that they're "Having a gay old time".
  • Moraff's Dungeons of the Unforgiven (a 3D but turn-based graphic adventure, which didn't do very well because it had the misfortune to come out at about the same time as Wolfenstein 3D) had "Lesdidian" warriors. Yes, they were female.
  • The description for the homosexual trait in Crusader Kings II says "this character is a bit queer..."


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