Translator upset after unintended KKK reference removed from English version of Japanese game

Translator upset after unintended KKK reference removed from English version of Japanese game

Making English versions of foreign-language games is a complex process requiring cultural sensitivity and originality. In contrast to literary translation, it involves audio, visual arts, and careful technical edits as well as the words. When a localizer working on Japanese title Akiba Beat was displeased by one edit, he cried foul and demanded to be removed from the project’s credits. The “egregious change,” as Tom Lipschultz called it… …had to do with a parody of the Japanese light switch company NKK Switches. A sign in the original Japanese version of…

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Nintendo programmer coded Game Boy classic without using a keyboard

Nintendo programmer coded Game Boy classic without using a keyboard

Nintendo programmer Masahiro Sakura coded the Game Boy classic Kirby’s Dream Land on a cartridge-based Famicom console and Disk System that lacked a hardware keyboard. According to a recent presentation given by Sakura, “values had to be input using a trackball and an on-screen keyboard.” Sakura, who was 20-years-old at the time, said he just thought that was “the way it was done.” From Game Watch’s report in Japanese, translated by Source Gaming: At the time, the development tool that HAL Laboratory was using was the Twin Famicom, a console…

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Kickstarting a new edition of Cheapass Games’s classic “Button Men”

Kickstarting a new edition of Cheapass Games’s classic “Button Men”

Carol from Cheapass Games writes, “In our continuing quest to bring back the very best classic Cheapass Games, we’re creating a new boxed set of Button Men, our strategy dice combat game. This time around, the characters will appear on cards, rather than pin-back buttons, but since they’re all 1950s era gangsters, the ‘button men’ name still works! The new format lets us provide 48 characters – and 30 high-quality polyhedral dice – in one affordable package. We’ll also make the old-style pin-back buttons available as game accessories. Button Men…

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‘Scanner Sombre’ arms you with lidar for a gorgeous, creepy explore-’em-up

‘Scanner Sombre’ arms you with lidar for a gorgeous, creepy explore-’em-up

 Something about the polychromatic pointillism of lidar imagery has always intrigued me, but as a writer I can’t say I have many opportunities to use the technology. That’s why I’m excited about a lovely looking new game from the creators of Prison Architect in which you are exploring a pitch-black cave with nothing but lidar. Read More Read full story

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Rumor: Nintendo planning SNES Mini

Rumor: Nintendo planning SNES Mini

If you’re wondering why Nintendo killed its always-sold-out NES Mini at the height of hype and demand, the answer looks like the obvious one: they’re apparently readying a new version based on the more advanced SNES platform, allowing more and better games. Nintendo will follow up its smash hit NES microconsole with a mini version of the SNES, sources close to the company have confirmed to Eurogamer. The SNES mini (or, to continue Nintendo’s official branding, likely the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is currently scheduled to launch…

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Why Sony PS4s get roach-infested so easily

Why Sony PS4s get roach-infested so easily

It’s not your imagination: Sony’s Playstation 4 really is unusually vulnerable to cockroach infestation. The reasons why remind me of airline disasters: a combination of several individually-trivial mistakes that combine to form something awful. But the results are so gross Sony won’t repair PS4s with roaches in them, writes Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio, sending mystified owners into the arms of disgusted local repair shops. Matt Zieminski, who works for console repair suite IFixit, told me that most of the time, the consoles aren’t sent in for roach cleaning—the users don’t know…

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Candy Crush and Moschino have joined unlikely forces to create some interesting fashion

Candy Crush and Moschino have joined unlikely forces to create some interesting fashion

If you’re one of the only people still left playing Candy Crush and have been dying to infuse your admiration into your look, we’ve got the perfect, unlikely fashion partnership for you.  To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the addictive Candy Crush Saga, King has partnered with uber-trendy Moschino to create… unique… Candy Crush-inspired swimwear, a backpack, and a phone case. Image: king/moschino Image: king/moschino Because this product comes from the Italian fashion house and designed by fashion designer and Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott, these ~sweet~ duds will cost…

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Review of new Pac-Man game also reviews the game review site it’s posted on

Review of new Pac-Man game also reviews the game review site it’s posted on

It’s not there anymore, obviously, but here’s an archived copy of Ben McCurry’s review of Pac-Man 256, into which is cunningly interpolated a review of Brash Games, the non-paying website it is posted on. [via Metafilter] The idea of Pac-Man 256 is derived from what happens in the original Pac-Man when you clear 256 levels; on level 257, the game becomes a garbled mess that becomes unplayable. A good example of a garbled mess is Brash Games; this very website that strips authors of their writing credits when they leave…

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