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.
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China Is Using Potato Chip Bags to Sell Bob Dylan Lyrics
Marketing gimmicks, they are a-changin'.
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.
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.
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."
‘Russia’s Google’ Is Collecting a Database of Rare Languages
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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.
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.