Sega Fantasy VI

Only gamers will care about this post, and most of you have seen it already. But just in case one hasn’t…
Here is the link to the superbly rewritten ending of Final Fantasy VI using video game consoles and aptly titled fighting moves. I present to you Sega Fantasy VI:
Original Japanese:
http://sf456.hp.infoseek.co.jp/sf6.html
[UPDATE: 10/8/06] The English Version link on the original site no longer works. Here’s another one:
http://www.dontpressstart.com/pro/SF6/
As an important sidenote, all the music is available from the flash. Here’s a listing of the links:
Of course, the most notable remix is that wonderful Decisivie battle remix, available here:
http://www.ismusic.ne.jp/i_chu_dtm/ff6_kdb3_ichu.mp3
The page this artist (I-Chu) links his mixes off is this one:
http://members.ld.infoseek.co.jp/i_chu/music/music.html
Other pages to take note of:
http://www.jm-home.net/jmmidi/library/ (need to click on the blue link in the upper right and then it’ll change to a search for all mixes after date X, leave it as it is and you’ll get a listing of all his mixes).
http://www.lkjp.net/mp3.html
http://azupiano.net/top-i-music.htm
http://www.ismusic.ne.jp/ak-hir/midi.htm
http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~dork/midi.html
Yes, it involves a lot of clicking, as there are over 300 midis/mp3s between the links I just posted, but they can be quite good. So, there you go, enjoy if you’re into scrounging up every last remix on the net.
[UPDATE: 10/8/06] Apparently I-Chu isn’t posting his music online anymore, so that link above doesn’t work. His main page is here: http://members.ld.infoseek.co.jp/i_chu/index.html and I would read it to see what’s up, but I can’t read Japanese.

International Blunders

So my company is looking at going more International, and as a result we’re looking at our trademark names to avoid blunders. They gave us a list of blunders that other companies have made in taking their trademarks internationally. Since it’s funny, I thought I’d share:

Message to marketers: One man’s pizza may be another man’s pants. That is a lesson at least one U.S. advertiser would like to have known before trying to market his folded-over pizza, called a calzone, to Spanish speakers: to them, calzone means underwear.
Coca-Cola Co. ran into trouble in China when it tried to come up with characters that sounded like Coke. Depending on the dialect, the literal translations ranged from “bite the wax tadpole” to “female horse stuffed with wax.”
General Motors’ Chevy Nova didn’t sell well in Latin America, and it may not have helped that “no va” means “it doesn’t go” in Spanish.
An American airline operating in Brazil advertised the plush “rendezvous lounges” on its jets only to discover that rendezvous in Portuguese means a room hired for lovemaking.
Colgate’s “Cue” toothpaste had problems in France, as cue is a crude term for “butt” in French.
In Germany, Pepsi’s advertisement, “Come alive with Pepsi,” was presented as “Come alive out of the grave with Pepsi.”
Sunbeam attempted to enter the German market with a mist-producing curling iron named the Mist-Stick. Unfortunately, mist translates as “dung” or “manure” in German.
Pet milk encountered difficulties in French-speaking countries where pet means, among other things, “to break wind.”
Esso found that its name pronounced phonetically meant “stalled car” in Japanese.
Kellogg’s Bran Buds translates to “burned farmer” in Swedish.
China attempted to export “Pansy” brand men’s underwear to America.