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fchinaski

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#1

fchinaski commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

For the people saying they could use the original translation, please re-read the article: all DS remakes share the same style of translation that has been used since VIII, updating not only spell names an item names, but aiming to create different types of speech for each character.

As a professional translator, I can assure you that the PS1 translation is unusable. It has to be translated from scratch — simply updating the existing translation would result in a complete mess and it would prove more difficult to update it to the standards of the DS remakes than to re-translate it from scratch. They have to re-translate it not only because of this, but also because certainly the remake also has an updated script in Japanese.

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#2

fchinaski commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

@Peach64 I'm not sure that even 100% of this small amount of people will, frankly. It's easy to say "release it and I'll buy it in a heartbeat" (I'm not talking about anyone in this comment box), but SE have all reasons to be cautions when the DS remakes sold poorly in comparison to IX.

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#3

fchinaski commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

I remember that the SquareEnix blog published a post sometime ago asking fans of the company what would they want to see next on Western shores: the comment box was literally flooded with DQVII localization requests.

Problem is, people are very vocal when it comes to this kind of localization, but this doesn't necessarily reflect on sales numbers. I wouldn't be suprised if even more than half of the people that scream YES, PLEASE won't even buy the game if it happens or buy it later on when it's cheaper (which doesn't help either).

Having said that, I guess this gives us a LITTLE hope at least. I'm currently playing the original version and would gladly play the remake right after it.

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#4

fchinaski commented on Timespinner Looks Like an Awesome Pixel-Based ...:

It does look interesting, but I don't get overexcited with pixel art/retro feel by itself any longer. From what is shown, it can still be a pretty generic "homage" to the platformers/metroidvanias of yore. The kind of thing that when, say, Gameloft does, people tend to call a rip off, but when it's "indie" many choose to put their pink glasses on from the start.

Having said that, I'm not crazy about the fact that I'm seeing a lot, ahem, inspiration from Castlevania: SotN: in the sense of replicating screens and enemy placing. I expect more from developers than direct "homages" like that.

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#5

fchinaski commented on Shin Megami Tensei IV Confirmed For Q3 eShop R...:

I'm just glad it's getting here somehow. More and more I can see the benefits of digital-only — and this comes from a collector of older video games. Games such as SMT IV soon turn out to be a pain to find if they go retail, especially in some countries, and get overpriced on eBay in no time because of that. At least on the eShop it's always conveniently there. Retail is great for big releases, but for cult games it sucks if you're not at a big city and have to resort to buying on the internet, shipping fees etc. No game stores where I live would store SMT IV for sale. One copy or two would appear in the first few weeks and than it would be gone forever.

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#8

fchinaski commented on Nintendo of America is Cutting the Price of Fi...:

If it comes to Europe, I'll probably get NSMB2, but I'm still shocked to see that here in Portugal TLoZ: Ocarina of Time 3D, a remastered launch title, is still € 39.99 on retail and a whooping €44,99 on the eShop.

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#15

fchinaski commented on Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically ...:

@Lord Because voice chat is free and needs no maintenance right? This has nothing to do with the translation. Trust me, the translation is the cheapest investment of all elements involved. It's the overall cost of maintaining an online structure for a MMO in a console with a very limited install base (assuming that we would get the Wii U version, since the Wii is pretty much done for) that no one knows if it will flop or not that is the real culprit.

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#16

fchinaski commented on Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically ...:

@Chi As a translator, I'm pretty sure the translators were at the lowest possible end in terms of payment :/

Unfortunately, the DS remakes weren't able to repeat IX's stellar performance, and I was pretty surprised when Nintendo jumped in to distribute VI on the West. But due to low sales again, I can understand why they don't seem interested anymore. It's sad, but understandable. I guess VII for the 3DS would fare better nonetheless, since the 3DS seems to be doing very well thank you around here.

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#21

fchinaski commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

@russellohh Nothing to do with Brazil being terrible. It's the same as everywhere in the world where taxes apply: you get a note from the mail with the value and go to the nearest mail office to pay and collect the parcel. It's what I do here in Portugal also, whenever I have to pay taxes for somenthing I've ordered from the US.

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#22

fchinaski commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

@russellohh No taxes for you. When it gets there, customs can apply taxes up to 60% the value of the product. And when I lived in Brazil I never, ever received a game in a week. I have friends that are waiting for packages from October 2013 back there. It's not so simple as you're trying to make it.

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#23

fchinaski commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

Not to mention the need for international credit cards and/or PayPal accounts etc. I'm not defending piracy, but in Europe I can go to the nearest mall and buy used for 5 bucks, until a few years ago this was impossible in Brazil, and to my knowledge retail stores still don't have used game policies. Things are starting to change, but it's a slow process.

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#24

fchinaski commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

@kamifox1 No, no, no. Sorry, but even tough I live in Europe I'm from Brazil, and I can say for a fact that the majority of people resort to piracy because they can't afford to buy the games, or because they are so expensive that you can't just buy and resell easily if you don't like them, not because they want to play a handuful of games that were not released/distributed in their territories.

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#25

fchinaski commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

@andreoni79 "even niche ones like Project X Zone and JRPGs like Etrian Odyssey IV and Braverly Default"

I said that Project X Zone was niche, and that EOIV and BD were JRPGs. And SMTIV will come to Europe eventually. If you care so much for the collector's edition, you can buy it anyway afterwards, since the collectibles have nothing to do with the game per se (hence, collectibles). I understand the frustration, but, as I said, I'm past it — too many good games coming on and too little time for me to care.

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#26

fchinaski commented on 3DS Hack Removes Region Locking For Retail Car...:

Frankly, when they announced that the 3DS would be region locked I was pretty annoyed and thought that it was ridiculous etc. Now, seeing that the majority of titles are eventually being released in Europe, even niche ones like Project X Zone and JRPGs like Etrian Odyssey IV and Braverly Default, I stopped caring. Of course, I still would love to see the Dragon Quest series back on PAL territories, but this is a localisation issue, and not a region-lock issue — and, with so many games that I certainly won't have the time to play anyway, even if some games never get to be released outside Japan, tough luck, but I'll live with it.

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#30

fchinaski commented on Rumour: Nintendo Is Looking To Release The Wii...:

@Savino Nintendo is not necessarily being greedy. It's a different strategy, they don't want to go to the trouble of investing enough in Brazil and having to comply with our complex tax system and work regulations. It's easier to export from a short-term point of view, especially for a Japanese company. I just don't think it's wise in the long run.

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#32

fchinaski commented on Rumour: Nintendo Is Looking To Release The Wii...:

As a Brazilian living abroad, I can say that there's no single solution for piracy there, but one of the most effective measures would be to truly invest on Brazil as a booming market not only for consoles, but for electronics in general. Sadly, companies such as Sony and Nintendo still see Brazil as a second-rate market plagued by piracy issues, when Brazilians are more than eager to pay fair prices for original products.

Back in the 8/16-bit era, SEGA saw this opportunity and through a partnership with TecToy basically ruled the console market with the Master System and the Mega Drive. The NES never really entered the Brazilian market (except through clones, the best of them being the Phantom System — which was way cooler than the original NES — and VERY late with a licenced NES manufactured by Playtronic when the SNES was already in the market). The Super Nintendo had to be imported until 1993, when it was again licenced to Playtronic, but the Brazilian SNES was quickly smothered by the first Playstation.

Right now, the only company that's really taking the Brazilian market seriously is MS. They are manufacturing the X1 on Brazilian soil and will sell it at a competitive price. Sony wants to keep selling the PS3 there for some years, since they only managed to really enter the Brazilian market with it on the final years of it's cycle due to very stupid pricing and marketing, which they are repeating with the PS4.

Nintendo apparently doesn't really care, since Reggie stated that "Brazil's manufacturing industry lacks the technical capabilities to produce a Nintendo game system". Which is insulting to say the least, since Microsoft, Intel and even Apple manufacture their products there.

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#33

fchinaski commented on Video: Experts Believed Nintendo Was In Troubl...:

@WhiteTrashGuy I agree. Families aren't flocking towards the Wii U like they did with the Wii. Maybe, and just maybe, Nintendo missed the spot when they tried to make the Wii U a machine aimed to appeal to both casual gamers (families, mostly) and gamers that tend to prefer what MS and Sony have to offer. (I don't like this causal/hardcore division, but it exists to some extent). The latter will probably stick with Sony/MS, the former don't seem to understand what the Wii U is all about. Nintendo will fail in getting the Wii U across if they don't change their strategy asap — people need to know that the system can be as fun as the Wii and better in every way, or they won't jump in.

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#37

fchinaski commented on XSEED Aiming For November Release For Busty An...:

I understand preferring physical, as a collector I truly do. But when you refrain from buying a game you wanted just because it will be digital only, you indirectly hurt the prospects of future releases (digital or not) of the same games you love. In most cases, smaller companies opt for digital only on the West because the sales estimate wouldn't justify the costs for a physical release in all territories. In the end, as much as love to have a physical copy of my games, when a localization turns out to be digital only I'll buy it anyway just to support the effort of releasing a game that's really just for a small but dedicated niche, especially outside Japan.

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#39

fchinaski commented on Sonic Lost World Producer Admits "There Was a ...:

You gotta hand it to SEGA for never giving up on the blue blur though. Here's to hoping Lost Worlds will be great.

But I gotta say I kind of resent the fact that the 3DS somehow weak hardware will never allow for faithful ports of Wii U games. I reckon this will become more and more evident over the years, as the Wii U reaches its prime.

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#42

fchinaski commented on "Uninformed" Store Staff Are Hurting Wii U Sal...:

Yeah, because you should trust underpaid staff who probably hate their jobs anyway to make your choices. I know it's probably a fad, but there's a wonderful thing called internet these days. They say you can find information on it for free about basically everything. And, frankly, I saw a father on Fnac the other day who didn't know the difference between a PSP and a Vita. Ignorant consumers will always exist, as well as uninformed staff on retail shops. This alone will never determine whether a console is sucessful or not.

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#43

fchinaski commented on Weirdness: Uh-Oh, That Guy Who Likes To Microw...:

You know, I remember the joy of getting a video game from my parents as a kid. I didn't get that many, maybe three throughout my childhood/adolescence, but they where the most cherished things of my life at the time. The mere idea of these videos makes me think of that rich brat everyone gets to know at one point of their childhood. That spoiled little person that had it all and didn't value nothing he had, but simply took it all for granted. He was a pretty sad kid, actually.

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#45

fchinaski commented on Eiji Aonuma Wants it to be "Fun To Get Stuck" ...:

Right now I'm playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and it's downright irritating how the game manages to hold your hand ALL THE TIME in the most obnoxious ways and STILL get you stuck due to stupid design choices, such as the fixed camera and bad level design (objects that should stand out but don't because everything is brown or grey, for instance). It's really the worst of both worlds.

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#46

fchinaski commented on Hyper Light Drifter Confirmed for Wii U:

The Wii U is getting more and more interesting by the day. I'll be sure to get mine before the end of the year. And I'll make a point of buying every cross-platform indie game that interest me for it instead to support independent development for Nintendo.

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#49

fchinaski commented on Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Remake Coming to 3DS i...:

It makes me incredibly sad to see that the West will probably miss out on ALL of the newer DQ titles launched for Wii/Wii U/3DS, since there's not even word of DQ X coming out of Japan. As a DQ collector, I find disheartening that, after the series made an unexpected comeback to Western shores from the seventh iteration onwards, including spin-offs and the wonderful DS remakes, it will most likely plunge into oblivion again for us and become once more a Japan-only franchise.

Too make things worse and decrease the chances of both DQM remakes for the 3DS coming to the West, it seems that the monsters from DQM: Joker 2 Professional, which was never released on the West, can be transferred to DQM:TW3D — so at the most we would received a chopped down version of the first remake. I'm sure that DQM2 will have some sort of connectivity with previous games of the series, so it's kind of safe to assume that Squeenix would not go to the trouble to translate and release such interconnected spin-offs on markets where they'll probably not sell much.