I started seeing this a week ago. It’s all over the place now.
A description of the phenomenon is in http://www.salon.com/tech/inbox/index.html/index.html. After understanding the origins, I agree it’s quite funny. I don’t know exactly why, but it’s quite hilarious, more so than you expect out of bad-translation humor.
I’m not questioning where is comes from, it’s nicely explained in the salon.com piece.
What I want to know is, why now? It’s a game from the late 80’s. How come this joke has now exploded onto the internet? Can anyone explain this?