It's in reference to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_your_ ... long_to_us
The verbiage under Origins at https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/all-your ... long-to-us
looks right. Early 2000's sounds about right. I think I first saw it on FiringSquad.com (when it looked like https://web.archive.org/web/20000306094 ... squad.com/
) or AnandTech. People were like, WTH? Did the site get hacked.
The video under Spread looks about right complete w/the poorly localized video game + photos afterward.
At the time, I had no idea where all that came from and a guy at work told me how it came from the poorly localized game Zero Wing. Part of "localizing" software for a given region can at minimum be translating all the text into another language.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AAl ... /Archive_1
is correct about:
The TiVo personal video recorder says "All your tuners are belong: to US!" in the System Information display if backdoors are enabled and ChanDown is pressed many times.
I had the correct models of TiVo when the backdoor codes were known and I had them enabled.