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Do You Come With the Car? February 18, 2009
Past Updates: 02.11.09 | 02.04.09 | 01.28.09

When is it More Than Transport? Mike 'JuMeSyn' Moehnke

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"How do you say that?": Names and Pronunciation in RPGs Jeremy Michael Gallen

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"Since many RPGs originate in Japan, they typically have to endure localization, long or short, easy or hard, with a main concern being the adaptation of the names of various characters, places, events, and so forth, to English if the game has a non-Japanese setting. A benefit of one of the main Japanese character sets, katakana, used mostly with foreign words, is that names are spelled how they're pronounced, which can in some instances make these names easier to adapt to English, should a localization team choose to directly translate these games."

From the Editor's Desk

School has started up again, and I'm pleased to say that it doesn't seem like drastic changes have been made to my classes. On the other hand, I can easily see the end of May being the death of me thanks to how all my final assignments have been structured. However, I still have plenty of time, and these assignments are ways away. The newest ordeal I will be facing is working the Canadian National Auto Show this upcoming week, while going to my regular job, my one day of classes, and updating the column. I'll manage to get it all done. One thing I love about working the Auto Show is I can do my school work and play my DS. I figure while I'm there I'm going to try and finish up Rune Factory 2, Final Fantasy IV DS and maybe The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass... and I'll work on my thesis! I can't wait to have sections of my thesis done.

On the gaming front I did not accomplish much this week thanks to school. I put in some time with Rune Factory 2, and Persona 3. I've hit about 60 hours, and experiences some tramatic plot points that had me close to tears. I didn't realize how much of this game is an emotional roller coaster. Sadly, with the Auto Show coming up I will probably not get to play anymore of this until the exam period starts. However, maybe next week I'll come back with news that I've completed some games. We shall see!

If you've noticed the title of the column this week, this is my lame attempt at a Valentine's Day column. I myself think Valentine's Day is pretty lame, and I'm missing out on it because I'll be working the Auto Show. My boyfriend is okay with the idea considering we never do anything anyways! On the editorial front we have a staff piece and a fan piece. Anthony Dyer discusses the problem of youth heroes and how he wishes more RPGs would feature adult heroes and heroines. My piece, however, discusses the difficultly in finding good and well established romantic plot in RPGs. The piece is spoiler heavy, so read at your own discretion. My editorial is also dedicated this week to my dearest friend, Shayla, because the subject matters discussed in this piece are things I recognize that she would appreciate.

That's it for now! Remember to submit, submit, submit, and I shall see you all next week!

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