Another Elitist Bastard Letter
Yea, I'm back.
I just want to discuss the difference between our Final Fantasy II and Japan's Final Fantasy IV. One in the same, or bogged down amateur foreplay? I think the latter...
First off, America has been and always will be a quick buck, translation are nuances for most companies, a border between them and capital bliss. Most our rushed, given a specific file size to meet, meaning less room for Cultural Jokes and References, and done by an uptight translator that sits there with the script and Notepad and does his thing.
The Cure: Many emulators our translated by people that actually want to do it. Many college programmers and coders makes EMUs and spend time and effort on the translation, why and how? Because they aren't getting paid, they don't have deadlines, and they want to do this. A perfect example is Final Fantasy IV(of course the theme of this letter).
-FFIV Emulator Translation/Airship of Toria Scene : "If you want your whore back bring me the Earth Crystal.."
-FFIV Official Translation/Same Scene : "If you ever want to see Rosa again, you'll bring me the Crystal.."
Notice the difference in tone, the first sounds more volitile, with more hatred, more human. While the latter, while threatening, doesn't quite put the edge of insult the EMU quote does. Why is that, the college chump that coded that wanted to do it, he wasn't being put under a leash and paid.
While most gamers would say Dues is the hardest RPG boss to date, they haven't felt tension and nervousness till they face Zemorus, unpussified. I myself have beat him once, out of the trillion times I have tried. His Meteo and BIG BANG spells do to much damage, only a player close to level 99 has a chance. And his magical defense is indomitable, making Bahamut almost useless. He's the Omega Weapon version of Dues, shall we say...
Also many sidequests like the Adamant Armor and Crystal Sword[a meer secret in the American version] were bogged down with bosses and out of the way treks. Although they were all easy and most Americans could complete them, they were still removed for us, the infidels...
This one just pisses me off, Squaresoft was to lazy to include many of the key value markers of this game. The 'elitist' programmer's room with porno. The ArtWalls within the programmer's room. Many of the key cool things were just taken out! Many because of cultural differences or maybe because of laziness, but all I know was this was a very great experience many gamers did not feel.
FFIV is a masterpiece, but what we got was not. If you can get this emulated, do so, with utmost speed. It is all worth and in the words of the Rosa[ within the FFIV EMU I own ], "Same time as last night, Cecil?"