Translation

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
last week in art

China Is Using Potato Chip Bags to Sell Bob Dylan Lyrics

Marketing gimmicks, they are a-changin'.
Nathaniel Ainley
6.12.17
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
machine learning

‘Russia’s Google’ Is Collecting a Database of Rare Languages

Including Elvish.
Becky Ferreira
4.13.17
Internet

This Job Could Be Yours If You Speak Fluent Emoji

A London-based translation company is looking for someone to help it make sense of emoji.
Samantha Cole
12.13.16
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
Stuff

Cuban Humor Owes Everything to Fidel Castro

Most Americans don't realize this, but 'el Líder Máximo' was the inspiration for—and butt of—a lot of very excellent jokes.
Yoss
11.30.16
Google

Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation

"Rather than be defensive about the possibility of being replaced by a machine translator, I am aware of the remarkable feats of which machines are capable."
Arthur Goldhammer
11.24.16
the vice reader

Bob Dylan Is the Perfect Nobel Winner

As a translator of one Nobel Prize contender and the former student of another, I'm not outraged. In fact, I think he's is the perfect choice.
Jennifer Croft
10.13.16
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
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