Localization

Games Features

An Online Feud Killed a Gaming Oddity People Had Waited 21 Years For

The strange world of fan localizations—a land of eternal hope and broken promises—dashed the excitement of fans ready to play this obscure 'Twin Peaks'-inspired game.
Patrick Klepek
8.6.19
Games News

This 'Twin Peaks'-Inspired Open World Game Came Out in 1998, and Now It's Playable in English

Thanks to dedicated fans, you can finally play the Lynchian 'Mizzurna Falls' in English.
Matthew Gault
7.31.19
Games Features

The Near Impossible 20-Year Journey to Translate 'Fire Emblem: Thracia 776'

Nintendo's heralded strategy series is now completely playable in English, thanks to the tireless work of fans battling what the community dubbed the "translation patch killer."
Patrick Klepek
7.29.19
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
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