Darien sent in a question a while back about a line very early in Xenogears.
During the insufferable rock-paper-scissors minigame at the beginning of Xenogears on the PSX, one thing the RPS man sometimes says when you beat him is “oh-my-gobrino.” Oh my what now? I can’t say I’m familiar with that expression. Can you shed any light?
I’ve only played the demo for Xenogears – I think it came with Final Fantasy VIII? I can’t recall – but the fact that this is so early in the game made it easy for me to look into, so let’s take a look!
First, here are screenshots of the line in question:
|Xenogears (Japanese release)
|Xenogears (English release)
And here’s the text side-by-side:
|Japanese Version (basic translation)
|I lost?! Me?! This can’t be…!
|Me? Lose!? This’s ridiculous…!
|Oh my Gabrine!
At first, I thought the “oh-my-gobrino” line in English must’ve been a weird localization or in-joke, or possibly a way to avoid using the word “god” (although don’t you fight God later in the game?), but it looks like it’s in the original Japanese script too, more or less.
So that still leaves the question of, “What the heck is gabrine/gabrino?” but since I’ve never played anything more than the demo and this intro, maybe it makes more sense to others. My hunch is that this guy just says crazy things in crazy ways… he’s a pretty quirky character to begin with, after all. I did do some quick searching on Japanese sites but couldn’t find anything, so this is sadly still a mystery, I guess.
If anyone has any ideas on what this line is about, please share in the comments or let me know on Twitter!