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By [WYZ]

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03-10-2003, 19:20


It's hard to believe now, but Konami's Contra series was once controversial. In the late 1980s, the name alone rankled lefties, who somehow thought that the game promoted Ronald Reagan's foreign policy in Nicaragua...

http://www.thelost80s.com/games/arcade/c/main.shtml

There was a version of Strider "political" arcade game on MSX?

By jalu

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03-10-2003, 20:53

The kanji's on the MSX opening screen say CONTRA, just like SALAMANDER.

A little offtopic: I really never knew that is is possible to write out roman/western words in Kanji...
And I really wonder why Kanji is used where kana would suffice? Maybe someone can shed a light on this?

By anonymous

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03-10-2003, 21:24

Kana is the japanese way, Kanji is the chinese way.
All chinese names (even western ones) are 3 or 4 kanji big, the kanji's are an approximation of the original pronunciation.
Since kanji's have several pronunciations (the Japanese use two readings, while AFAIK the chinese have more) you can play with them a bit. IIRC the title of Salamander has the kanji for snake in it.

By jalu

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03-10-2003, 21:39

So actually they're just using Kanji's for words that sound like western words? It seems I was looking for a way more complicated explanantion for it Smile

By BiFi

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03-10-2003, 22:42

I won't stop you Smile

By wolf_

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03-10-2003, 23:49

contra or gryzor .. the topic was about atmosphere Smile

By anonymous

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04-10-2003, 00:00

Atmosphere... Aliens, Terminator... Not Rambo...

By Sama

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04-10-2003, 01:51

So actually they're just using Kanji's for words that sound like western words? It seems I was looking for a way more complicated explanantion for it Smile

Nope, this is the only explanation. There are, however, more pronunciations of some kanji in Japanese as well. It depends on the kanji. And if I remember correctly, the kanji for snake (hebi) is used in the Salamander title indeed (the last character, of which the on-yomi (Chinese reading) is 'da').

At the moment, I don't remember with which kanji the title Contra was written, but as far as I know there is little or no meaning to the kanji used. It probably just looked cooler than using katakana Smile

By Haze

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04-10-2003, 17:11

Atmosphere... Aliens, Terminator... Not Rambo...
Agreed, definately not Rambo-ish. But basically that's because of Virt (Jake Kaufman)'s excellent Contra-remix. Tongue And yes, that remix is all "hard-rock guitars, synths and blazing drums".

virt.ph34r.net/music/v-contra.zip, I believe.

By Yukio

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18-04-2004, 22:44

Contra is a word, it means:
adv contra, contrariwise, adversely. • prep against, counter to, contrary to, versus.

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