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Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« on: October 07, 2013, 09:29:57 PM »
Okay, a bit of backstory for what I have in mind. Y'see, I had the fortune of finding a way to translate Visual Novels on the fly without cracking the games. This method would allow me to play games without having to break the immersion... though I thought to turn this opportunity into a chance to fan translate Visual Novels with a group.

The first game I thought to do this with is Princess Lover... and, believe me, that game needs a translation patch fast! I already spoke with Cherry about if he wanted to help out... he said yes (on the stipulation that he was making the patches).

Anyone else up for the task involved with this job?

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 11:18:41 PM »
Well, I'm quite happy to help, but we do need someone who can speak Japanese for this to be remotely viable.

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 11:43:04 PM »
Well, under normal circumstances, true... but I have access to a program that I'd be more than happy to share with you guys that is made for doing this sort of thing for us.

...you guys need the link, don't you?

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 12:06:08 AM »
Erm, I hope you're not suggesting machine translation. That's a good way to get us laughed at.

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2013, 12:18:39 AM »
Not strictly, but this program can be coupled with a native English speaker (and a native Japanese speaker potentially), to make the translations smoother.

...then again, my only luck with translation is machine translation, which I find annoying (though I want to improve my Japanese a lot more than that).

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2013, 12:38:25 AM »
I can't see how you can translate something without someone who speaks the language you're translating from. Programs can help, but they can't replace a human who knows both languages.

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2013, 12:45:25 AM »
*sigh* I know what you mean there.

...okay, y'know what, I'll look for someone who could be of assistance there. I don't want people to laugh at us for this.

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2013, 12:55:33 AM »
Yeah, it's definitely a good idea to find someone who can translate instead of risking machine translation. There's a lot of intricacies even the better machine translators miss, and even the best machine translators leave a lot to be desired at this point.

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2013, 01:11:53 AM »
Yeah, I understand that part.

*sigh* I may as well search for a good translator soon, before anything else happens in regards to this idea.

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Re: Anyone up for Visual Novel translation?
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2013, 06:33:59 AM »
First off nice community idea Xam however aside from my own lack of interest (particularly due to an absolute lack of knowledge in patch coding and lack of Japanese as a second language) I feel that perhaps creating a wholly original work would be a better time sink for the community.

good luck you guys, I'm out