Localization

Localization

How a Major JRPG Wound Up Getting Totally Re-Written Months After Release

Some games get patches. Other games, like 'Ys VIII,' have scripts thrown out after fans rip it to pieces—and the publisher agrees with them.
Patrick Klepek
11.29.17
Modders

The Modder Who's Finally Translating 'Dragon Quest' into Arabic

The NES isn't even capable of scrolling text from right-to-left, but that hasn't stopped him.
Patrick Klepek
5.18.17
Modders

The Modder Slowly Translating 'Stardew Valley' into a Language Most Games Ignore

Most games are released in English in Indonesia, leaving players to struggle through with their second language.
Patrick Klepek
5.11.17
Censorship

Localization Isn't Censorship, And The Difference Is Important

A localizer at XSEED had their name removed from an upcoming game over the deletion of KKK reference, raising fiery debates over intent and "censorship."
Patrick Klepek
4.27.17
Final Fantasy

What Happens When You Ask Google to Translate 'Final Fantasy'

There's a reason humans are still involved in translating video games, but it doesn't mean there aren't lessons to be learned.
Patrick Klepek
12.13.16
Gaming

Why Germany Banned 'Criminal Girls 2', A Game It Deemed “Harmful To Minors”

The organizations that assign game ratings don't usually explain themselves, but one game publisher took us behind-the-scenes.
Patrick Klepek
8.11.16
Criminal Girls

The Game Germany Deemed 'Harmful to Minors'

The organizations that assign game ratings don't usually explain themselves, but one game publisher took us behind-the-scenes.
Patrick Klepek
8.11.16
Gaming

Video Game Translators Are on Your Side, So Stop Hating on Them

Localization is a tough, taxing and thankless job, but because of it we can enjoy games that otherwise would have been lost to us.
Kate Gray
7.12.16
Gaming

Localizing Video Games for Different Markets Is a Minefield

The business of localizing Japanese games is anything but a smooth trip overseas.
Heidi Kemps
4.11.16
News

Here's Why Windows Users Quit With Alt+F4, Not Alt+Q

It actually makes a lot of sense.
Matthew Braga
12.10.15
short circuit

This Fan Project Fixed Final Fantasy VII, and You Can Play it Today

Square Enix already has gamers nervous about the direction of the Final Fantasy VII remake, but luckily there’s a fan-made overhaul project called The Reunion that you can play right now.
Nicholas Deleon
12.7.15