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April 19th, 2010 by bushing · 20 Comments

Now that I’ve established some context, maybe this will make some more sense. The more games we have to try to run on our SPG/unSP emulator, the easier it will be to find and fix bugs, so when I had the opportunity to do so, I picked up a V.Smile Pocket on eBay that came with 11 cartridges, and I made some hardware to dump the cartridges.

There actually aren’t many strings in these cartridge images; mostly some library ID strings like “TVSYS TVLCD1.0″ (apparently the internal name for this product), “OursLib V1.2.25 generated by TV3, 2005-05-24″ and build dates. This makes the few strings that do exist jump right out. One of the games (Elmo’s World – Elmo’s Big Discoveries) has a list of “bad words”, which presumably is in there to keep you from entering them in as your character name. (The Wii’s System Menu had a similar list, if I recall correctly, but we never actually found a place where it was used.) It’s a fairly short list of 101 4-letter words (in alphabetical order), and many of them are quite appropriately forbidden for a toddler’s video game. Some are pretty tame — here’s all the ones that begin with the letter ‘b’:

b.s. bare barf boff bong bonk boob bras brat bums burp bust butt

Well, whatever, it’s just some silly game, right? It might just be part of some standard library they use. (Nevermind the fact that there’s nothing like it in 9 of the other games that I looked at.)

However, the game that is included for free when you buy the system — Alphabet Park Adventure — is special. It has some strange strings at the beginning:
**! 80092000201101
078800 V.Smile\084080 Wall-E Save the World\info.xml
078800 V.Smile\084080 Wall-E Save the World\info.xml
078800
80-92000-201-001
2008-08-26 V1 M04
000000-1FFFFF
200000-3FFFFF
0123456789ABCDEF
crack
violate
TV 1.0
TVSYS TVLCD1.0

(I guess they cut-and-pasted a template from a Wall-E game, and maybe there’s some checksumming routine — there are 0×400000 words in the cartridge. Your guess is as good as mine as far as “crack” and “violate” go.)

From there, it just gets surreal. There’s a list of 1,023 “bad words”, varying from the tame to the bizarre. They’re in order first by word length, and then by alphabetical sort order within that length. This means that the longest words (well, phrases) are at the end of the list. I’ll provide a link to the full version of the full list below (warning — NSFW, by definition), but I’ll except some of the funnier ones here.

As far as I can tell, the list has a few straightforward categories:

  • Obscene words
  • Vulgar slang
  • Drug references
  • Racist epithets

All of those seem fairly reasonable. Then it gets strange:

  • Medical terms for anatomy, etc
  • Political terms that the Chinese don’t like
  • Words that I had to go look up in the dictionary
  • Phrases that have no real bad meaning in English, but might have some obscene connotation in Chinese

Here are some of the last group here that seem most strange. The oddest part is, I can’t even find a single place in the game (and it’s not a very big or complicated game) where you can enter any strings in at all — it’s mainly picking between 2 or 3 possible letters to fill in a blank. It’s also only in my US version of the game, and not in bmx’s French version.


bra bum gin god god gun hag hex jig jun pip pox s&m sod std war wog won

gods jeon kill lama lord lure reds spaz vamp wuss

bantu beano bosom bowel chiez chuck civil jesus leper merde nonce nymph ovary pinko ponce s.o.b satan satyr snafu state uteri vulva

a-hole accost adisms bandit bazoom be-all canuck carnal cervix chaste christ cuddle despot devils dwarfs ethnic forces geisha get-in libyan maoism plwert rabies racist rouble russki tyrant uterus virgin yoruba

apphism asexual atrophy end-all f.o.a.d fascist geishas illicit inbreed lamaism leftism lucifer marxism midgets necking offense olisbos onanism rapture ratitse "red raf" "red rag" redskin russkis sadists satanic schmima synovia tibetan tyranny vachiez virgins warlock warlord wedlock witched witches

biopsies bundling campaign colonist despotic flattery flirting funkiest gangster impotent intimacy leninism lucifers lustierl movement procurer red-bait redskins succubus trysting tyrannic warlocks warlords witchery witching wizardry

anarchism anarchist blue-skin bolshevik communist demimonde democracy despotism despotist dissident elopement endocrine exploiter "idea lewd" infatuate "live show" plutocrat socialist splittism splittist tyrannize

abiotrophy antichrist capitalism capitalist chauvinism "colour bar" demimondes democratic despotical greaseball hegemonism "jerk water" kuomintang "mao zedong" militarism repatriate semifeudal "sex lupine" sex-appeal tyrannical tyrannizer warlordism witch-hunt

antichrists antifrition "bandit gang" bourgeoisie "brute force" "creep joint" greaseballs "hair circle" officialism sovereignty "sugar daddy" "sun yat-sen" "third world"

asexualitand bandits'lair concupiscent "conjugal bed" depucelation distributism distributist extramarital hysterectomy insurrection "iron curtain" "ku klux klan" "mao tse-tung" menstruation "stool pigeon"
"white racism" "white terror"

"conjugal rite" "dalkon shield" "white primary" "han chauvinism" "lustful excess"

"white backlash" "chiang kai-shek" insurrectionary "the proletariat" "white supremacy"

bandit chieftain
marxism-leninism
sexual inadquacy
sovereign rights
chinese civil war
sexual perversion
white supremacism
white supremacist
concentration camp
cotius intermammas
mao zedong thought
the xi'an incident
white man's burden
knee-chest position
nocturnal pollution
the communist party
the return of macao
the eight route army
the republic of china
chinese-british street
the return of hongkong
great-nation chauvinism
nationalist party (kmt)
the communist gangsters
tibet autonomous region
national autonomous area
tiananmen square massacre
big-nationality chauvinism
the communist youth league
national self-determination
national liberation movement
subversion and anti-subversion

Anyone know how I can get paid for making up word lists like this? The full (NSFW!) list is available here.

Tags: Other consoles

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nitro2k01 // Apr 19, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Hahaha! You know what I think these are? Standard keywords defined by the Ministry of Public Security and otherwise used to greylist sites in the Golden Shield, a.k.a. the Great Firewall of China. Incidentally I would guess that Hackmii is currently 404′ing in China.

  • 2 11rcombs // Apr 19, 2010 at 4:45 am

    subversion and anti-subversion <– WTF? I kinda like subversion…

  • 3 11rcombs // Apr 19, 2010 at 5:14 am

    @nitro2k01: Well, that actually sounds about right. Heh, I’d say that list being public is something good for the Chinese.

  • 4 Arikado // Apr 19, 2010 at 5:43 am

    That list is probably more fun than the game itself.

  • 5 tona // Apr 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

    That’s pretty amusing. What if the list is not meant to appease the censors, but to avoid them? Secret messages being sent in shitty electronic games sounds good to me.

  • 6 SquidMan // Apr 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    that’s pretty awesome. who knew they hated Mao enough to block maoism and “Mao Zedong” as well as “Mao Tse-Tung” :P

  • 7 nitro2k01 // Apr 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Squiddy: Oh, they officially declared Mao’s teachings obsolete a couple of years ago. But apparently “the communist party” is in the list. That’s weirder. And “the republic of china”… What’s the problem there? That you’re implying that China is not a People’s Republic? I’m also noticing that ye ol’ ghawd exists twice in the list. Is this a mistake or did they really add Mr Skybeard twice?

  • 8 SquidMan // Apr 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

    nitro2k01, oh, I had no idea they did that. Whatever :P Anyways, yeah, they probably added god twice just because they hate the notion of christianity that much :P (note they block jesus and christ)

  • 9 Wack0 // Apr 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Now I find it apt to quote a term that for somereason isn’t in the list, but could very well be:
    WTF? ;)

  • 10 Wack0 // Apr 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Oh and BTW, I thought the Wii’s list of bad words were so you couldn’t enter them as the name of your Wii, but maybe not. (That’s what I heard anyways)

  • 11 FatD // Apr 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    @nitro: The Republic of China, as opposed to the Peoples Republic of China, refers to the nation of China before Mao’s revolution. The nation that is now reduced to the island of Taiwan, which is not recognized by China.

  • 12 Zack Fulpington // Apr 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    @Arikado: Probably.

    Also, can you guys have a mobile theme for this blog? I think the latest WordPress has one preinstalled.

  • 13 simonkagstrom.livejournal.com/ // Apr 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    @nitro2k01: The republic of china is Taiwan, as in “Taiwan ROC”.

    From now on, I’ll name all my in-game characters “great-nation chauvinism”.

  • 14 me.yahoo.com/nande_kudas… // Apr 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    hex & god XDD

  • 15 belajjal // Apr 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    @Nitro2k01, I’m currently located in China and, so far, this site slips through the Golden Shield.

  • 16 launchpad.net/~tepples // Apr 23, 2010 at 5:35 am

    @nitro2k01 “The Republic of China” is the government that left for Taiwan when the People’s Republic took over the mainland.

  • 17 NotAWiiHacker // Apr 23, 2010 at 5:49 am

    HAHAHa! Good good at hacking the V-Smile! I love the list of words! “Political terms that the Chinese don’t like” I couldnt stop Crcking up after reading that! Nice job! Bet the people who made that list had some fun….

  • 18 SiLo // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Oh man, this is gold. I like “sex lupine”, which appears a terribly translated version of 色狼 (se lang — literally ‘color wolf’). Though the meaning is more correct, it refers to someone who is a “pervert” or very sexual (usually not a good thing).

  • 19 socram8888 // Jan 5, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Do you have the pinout of these cartridges? I have few of them here and I want to dump them

    Also, do they work at 5V or at 3.3V?

  • 20 ary // Dec 26, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Any info about v.smile hacking? how to dump cartridges… the emulator…

    cound be posible to put a micro sd reader in the place of the ROM chip on the cartridge?

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