There is no set order of steps in a game translation project, but this is how my game translation projects go these days.Read More
In video games, we get to meet characters who are larger than life, caricatures of real people. They dress in a very specific way, have their own strong personality and are sometimes further differentiated by having a nationality, an ethnicity, real or not, which can be associated with a corresponding accent.Read More
"Almost died first year I come to school and et them pecans—folks say he pizened ‘em and put ‘em over on the school side of the fence."
What impression does this line give you? Does the speaker sound male or female? Young or old? Asian or American?
This was a line by little Walter of one of my favorite books, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and the boy was speaking in a Southern American accent.
Just as in books and movies, whenever we meet characters in a video game, we automatically try to make sense of their background based on different cues: hair and skin color (hello, orc!), way they dress (are you a troll or a hobo?), weapons they carry (is this a scimitar you got there, or are you just happy to see me?), and the way they communicate.Read More
No piece of writing is good without a proper round (or three, or ten!) of editing and proofreading. Ideally, someone else will polish your writing, but even then it's advisable to give your own work another check. Whether it's your own work or someone else's—I've gathered some tips to help clean up written words and listed them in no particular order.Read More
If you're an aspiring game translator, you might have heard of the LocJAM, the game translation contest. It is a video game translation competition that is now in its third year. And it's getting bigger and more and more popular, with new languages being added every year. The cool thing is that—unlike in the usual game translator's projects—you have the chance to see your translation in-game immediately. This means that not only can you see your translation in context, but are also able to adjust your text accordingly and fix text bugs right away.Read More