zero wing rhapsody

The Tar Cafe
All your base are belong to us (AYBABTU)—although many times declared dead for good—still is one of the most widespread Internet topoi. As an easter egg AYBABTU made its way into countless artefacts. Already in the tutorial level [containing even another ↑secret] of Max Payne it can be read on a coffee-shop sign [see above]. Now there is one more wonderfully creative example of artistical expression of gamer culture—Zero Wing Rhapsody [↑mirror] is “an anime-style musical remake of the infamous ‘All Your Base’/Zero Wing intro, with the words set to a well-known piece of music by Queen… with a few extra references thrown in for good measure, and completely redrawn graphics.”
Zero Wing Rhapsody
Some time ago I already brought up the issue of benchmarks for anthropological knowledge. Succesful social interaction is not the only possible one—being able to cognitively and emotionally embrace artefacts is another one. Knowing about “All your base” is the prerequisite for understanding Zero Wing Rhapsody. However, being able to decipher references is not enough. But if the rhapsody’s 16bit sound triggers memories and associations, if the whole animation paints a smile on your face, evokes an ambience, a feeling of being in sync with the creators and other recipients who embrace the rhapsody—then you have tapped yourself into a part of cyberculture.

And just for the flavor [via ↑ and ↑#213425]:

roses are #FF0000
violets #0000FF
all of my base
are belong to you

zero wing rhapsody via entry at boingboing | tnx to 2R for co-enjoying & offline-talk
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