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German Translations ignored?

posted by redlabour on - last edited - Viewed by 379 users

Hi,

where are the german Translations of all your Products? As i see the Announcement of Monkey Islands Comeback today at Steam i can't believe that there is no german Translation. I am shocked!

In Fact:

1. German Language is the second greatest market to sell Games (Germany, Switherland, Austria, Parts of the Benelux States) after the english Language. Otherwise you are ignoring over 100 Million potential Customers.

2. Germany was allways known (since the 80's) for the first and greatest (!!!) market to sell Adventures and Strategy Games.

3. There is no Movie, Book or Game that can afford it to ignore the german Language at the Market including a complete Translation (Text and Speech). A german Translation is a absolute must!

4. There is a wide range of German Actors, Speakers working on Translations for Movies and Games for a payable price at high Quality. It is a very great Industry at Germany in comparsion to other European Countrys like Spain, France, Italy etc.

5. Subtitles are the absolute minimum!!!

6. Even the first Fanprojects is to create a new Lucas Arts like Adventure (Monkey Island, Indiana Jones etc. - i guess you know them well so no Link seems to be necessary) where started by the german Community in german and (!!!) english language. If Amateurs can do it - a Company can't do so?

If you don't believe me watch for several marketing Statistics over the last 10 - 20 years or the sell Statistics from Lucas Arts at their old original Adventures.

I understand that the cost of Translation for Adventures like your Products is very high - but after watching and knowing the Facts - there is no reason to don't do it. :)

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  • @GaryCXJk said: Wait, I thought English was the second greatest market. Wasn't the greatest Japanese?

    @GaryCXJk said: What do you mean by "market"?
    The language spoken by the most individuals as a first language is Mandarin. The language spoken as a first language in the most countries is Spanish.

    English, however, is the language of business, and despite the fact that certain countries, whose first language is not English, are quite heavily populated, I would say it's a safe bet that English is the most widely dispersed language.

    My parents went on a month-long trip throughout Europe and the Holy Land recently, and they said that no matter where they went, if someone they talked to didn't know English, then said person knew someone else who did know Englsh.

  • @Chyron8472 said: English, however, is the language of business, and despite the fact that certain countries, whose first language is not English, are quite heavily populated, I would say it's a safe bet that English is the most widely dispersed language.

    My parents went on a month-long trip throughout Europe and the Holy Land recently, and they said that no matter where they went, if someone they talked to didn't know English, then said person knew someone else who did know English.

    Yes, that's why I said it depends what you mean by market. And specified "first language". English is definitely spoken the most as a second language or overall (first+second).

  • Either way, the Chinese are very marketable. Why isn't there any Chinese on the menu? Of subbing that is.

  • @GaryCXJk said: Either way, the Chinese are very marketable. Why isn't there any Chinese on the menu? Of subbing that is.

    The reason that Mandarin has the largest number of speakers is because China has such a huge population. By no means is it the most widely spoken language - when you talk about Chinese speakers you're usually talking exclusively about people who are from China. When you talk about people who speak English, however, you aren't just talking about people who are from England.

    These sorts of games might not be very marketable to a Chinese audience.

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    MRN

    Is it that much trouble to read the english subtitles?

    That's what I do....

  • @Avistew said: What do you mean by "market"?
    The language spoken by the most individuals as a first language is Mandarin. The language spoken as a first language in the most countries is Spanish.

    I could very well be wrong, but I doubt that either China or any Spanish speaking company tops the world in adventure game sales. I'm not saying Germany is second, but it doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility.

  • Considering the number of languages spoken in the world, I find it a little arrogant for someone to come along and demand that a small company translates their games for you. I don't go onto the websites of small Japanese developers and demand a translation.

  • Last time I said that I got a lot of backlash.

  • I totally understand wanting it in your own language, it's just the OP seems to have a sense of entitlement. Like it's a human right to have any game in your language or something.

  • @Sir Primalform Magnifico said: I totally understand wanting it in your own language, it's just the OP seems to have a sense of entitlement. Like it's a human right to have any game in your language or something.

    Are you new to these forums or something? Pretty much everyone here feels entitled to whatever they want.
    That's one of the reasons I haven't been as active lately.

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