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For the past year or two I’ve been working on a project called Legends of Localization, which takes a look at different video games and how they were localized, what differences exist in different versions, where the translators messed up or did a great job, and all sorts of neat stuff.
My latest entry is one for the MOTHER 3 fan translation and serves as my translation notes. I just updated the notes with the start of Chapter 1, which you can see here:
As always, there’s a lot of stuff in there! I hope it’s interesting and educational. It’s pretty crazy looking back after all this time – sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday but other times it feels like it was a different lifetime altogether 😯
The tough part of doing these notes (and other Legends of Localization entries) is that each page takes so much time to create. I’d really like to be able to put more time into these LoL projects but can’t justify spending the time unless it can help pay the bills somehow. I’m hoping to turn some of them into books eventually… but I wonder if there’s any other way to monetize Legends of Localization somehow. Does anyone have any ideas?
Doing YouTube videos is one option, but I don’t know exactly what I’d be able to do videos of. Ads on the site itself probably wouldn’t make very much (especially since most readers here are savvy and have ad blockers 😛 ) If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, let me know! Legends of Localization is something I’m really passionate so I’d like to be able to focus on it more, you know?
While on the subject of Legends of Localization, this isn’t entirely EarthBound-related but it’s still relevant so: would it be better if I spin Legends of Localization off from my personal site and make it its own dedicated site?
That’s actually how EarthBound Central came about – I just used to post lots of EarthBound stuff on my personal blog but eventually just made an EarthBound-dedicated site. I don’t know if people would care enough for a LoL-dedicated site though. Let me know your thoughts!
I asked this elsewhere, but would it be a good or bad idea to allow people to comment on individual LoL pages? Should I make a forum or something instead? Let me know – it’s hard for me to tell what other people want.
New MOTHER 3 patches and stuff
After the recent announcement of what Shigesato Itoi’s “MOTHER revival” is, people have been asking if I’m going to release the new MOTHER 3 translation patch now. I’ve been thinking about it too but haven’t come up with a decision yet.
While working on the translation notes, I’ve noticed lots of little things that I’d like to improve on. So ideally I’d like to get through the notes first and then update the patch.
But at the same time, I’d like to release an already-updated patch and all the tools/files so that people can translate the game into other languages more easily and not have to rely on me or Jeff for things.
It’s a weird situation and I’ll probably take some more time to decide what to do. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for this MOTHER 3 patch/files thing though, let me know!
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