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[QUOTE] Also I imagine that if we had a game translated as a joint Iggy/Maou/Professor/mmcafer effort, it would be a translation of unprecedented quality. Small note about hiring rabid fans of a work to translate said work a few years after the original work was released: you run the risk that the fans would translate FOR fans, highlighting elements of the characters that have gained traction into the fandom while slightly adapting or downplaying elements that didn't get popular. At worse, this makes something that's really annoying for a total newcomer (which, if it's the first time a work is translated, should be most customers) because of the amount of private jokes ("this sentence has TOTALLY become a meme in Japanese, so I'm going to write it so it becomes a meme in the target language as well") and weird Flanderization of the characters even though it should be their first appearance. Hiring fans to work on their choice property has always seemed like a mistake to me, at least for translation. Moreover, many such fans have a very limited cultural scope and have poor vocabulary in the target language, since they seldom read anything outside of their field of immediate interest. Which is not to say you should hire people who dislike videogame to translate them, of course. Casual fans of the property would be the best, since they have the knowledge of the content without necessarily spending their time on Tumblr dedicated to it. Actual translation talent is par [/URL][/b][/s][/i][color=660000]-- Message too long, Autoquote has been Snipped --[/color][/QUOTE] Specifically the reason why I think of this is because the problem of lack of greater knowledge outside of the specific domain of the property shouldn't be a problem with that group! The breadth of subject expertise and knowledge would be pretty terrific, and the standards for what constitutes "good" writing would be extremely high. Alternatively, if you just became an editor team that'd probably be great.
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