Our Bravely Default Isn't As Young And Undressed As Japan's

An image that's been circulating since early last month when Square Enix's Bravely Default came out for European 3DS demonstrates how Japan's nearly naked 15-year-olds become Europe's slightly more sensibly dressed 18-year-olds. » 1/03/14 11:17am 1/03/14 11:17am

Bringing Chinese Games to the West Is a Lot Harder Than You'd Think

Every time I visit Hong Kong or Taipei, I notice that more and more console games are being translated for the Chinese market. Be it English to Chinese or Japanese to Chinese, it seems much of the focus is now on creating games that the Chinese can play. On the flip side, Chinese game companies have been trying, and… » 1/28/13 7:15am 1/28/13 7:15am

You Can Play Warface With Russian Players Right Now, But You Might Get…

Crytek's near-future military shooter for the PC, Warface, is currently live in Russia, with a closed beta in China. But the game plays differently in both regions. » 6/07/12 5:30pm 6/07/12 5:30pm

Poorly-Dubbed Trailer Lands Uncharted 3 in Trouble with Brazilians

As English-speakers, we take for granted a lot of things: One, that every game will either be originally published in our language or localized for it (and woe betide those that aren't...) Two: That the voice acting, if incompetent, will at least sound poorly acted and not read off a page. » 9/03/11 11:00am 9/03/11 11:00am

Localizing Exclamations In Final Fantasy XIII

"Gnhhh!" ... "Whhhhaaaah!" ... "Bah….ah...gahhhhhh"... "Hmmmf!"... "Ehiehhh" ... "Mhaemm!".. These grunts, sighs, squeals and miscellaneous other vocalizations compose roughly 1/4 of the dialogues in the early hours of Final Fantasy XIII. » 8/16/10 9:00pm 8/16/10 9:00pm

Swastika Gets Wolfenstein Pulled from German Shelves

Nazi imagery is a big nein-nein in Germany, and the localized version of Wolfenstein was supposed to have removed all of it. A small swastika slipped through, and Activision is said to be recalling the game from shelves there. » 9/22/09 1:40pm 9/22/09 1:40pm

World of Warcraft is Back Online in China

After a two month hiatus, World of Warcraft has resumed full operations in China, where a switchover in local operators had been held up by government regulators and content changes. » 9/21/09 1:00pm 9/21/09 1:00pm

UK Scribblenauts Has Ice Lollies And Nappies

UK Scribblenauts buyers won't have to fuss with our quaint colonial terms, with developer 5th Cell going out of their way to make sure that no one confuses football with football. » 9/14/09 12:20pm 9/14/09 12:20pm

Codemasters Fills Russia With Love

Times have sure changed from when I was a kid. Back when I was growing up, Russia was an evil empire hell bent on my country's destruction, but now I've grown up, and the rest of the world has grown up, and Russia is just another big area filled with potential gamers. Gamers Codemasters is planning on catering to as… » 11/11/08 1:40pm 11/11/08 1:40pm

Eternal Sonata's Localization Producer Talks PS3 Changes

One of the coolest things about the Official PlayStation Blog is when they let the people who worked on the games post their thoughts on the process. Take today's posting by Stephanie Fernandez, the localization producer on Namco Bandai's Eternal Sonata for the PlayStation 3, which upon release this week will be the… » 10/20/08 12:20pm 10/20/08 12:20pm

The Export Problem: East to West Localization, Collaboration

With a quickly expanding domestic games market, and more companies thinking of making the leap to Western markets, Asian companies are facing some serious issues in the next few years: competition to become gaming 'hubs' for foreign companies, how to localize for foreign markets (something Japanese companies have… » 9/27/08 12:30pm 9/27/08 12:30pm

First Wow, Now Age of Conan: Russian Faints From Excitement

If Russia were a 5-year-old boy wearing overalls he'd be jumping up and down right now laughing hysterically, waving his over-sized lollipop about in glee. (Yes, that's how I picture Russia) Funcom just announced that they have signed an agreement with 1C to fully localize the voice and text for a Russian version of… » 7/31/08 11:00am 7/31/08 11:00am