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Localizing the Fantasy: A Look Inside the Video Game Localization Process

Localization. One of those words that gets thrown around all the time in the gaming world. Games aren’t translated, per say, they’re localized. Yes, this does, of course, include translation, but it also comprises numerous things that gamers playing a freshly localized copy of Death Zombie 89 or Free Fantawilly would never realize. Admittedly, many […]

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The Pro Translator’s Checklist, Part 1

This is the first part of a list of ten DO’s that a professional translator should always remember when taking on a project. Some of these may seem quite obvious –even for a beginner – but many translators either forget or don’t bother to think to follow them in the first place. 1. Always remember […]

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Interview – Localization of Demon’s Souls

Creating games for current generation hardware still continues to be a risky proposition for many small to mid-size developers due to cost and the potential repercussions of putting out a product that fails to reach its perceived target market. A flourishing genre on the PlayStation 2, the selection of RPGs developed in Japan for current […]

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Video Game Localization

Video game translation and localization – namely that of games originating in Japan – have come a long way since the days of Zero Wing*. Back in the 80’s, it was common to come across unnatural, incorrect, and sometimes just plain ridiculous translations in video games. Video game translation and – namely that of games […]

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Translation-based Smartphone Apps: What’s The Score? (Part 1 of 2)

Already for some time, with the rise in popularity of the iPhone and other smartphones, there has also been an increase in the number of translation– and language-related applications as well. How – if at all – do these apps affect the translator and his work? I have no idea. So I decided to do […]

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Non-Game Elements Of Game Localization

  When localizing a video game, the biggest part of the project is obviously the localization of the language and content of the game itself. However, there can be many other aspects of a game localization job that many people don’t even consider when thinking of such projects. One element of video game localization is […]