When it comes to game localization, publishers must consider a variety of factors that impact costs, such as word count, target languages, and translation rates. However, one crucial aspect that directly affects expenses is the level of localization chosen for a game. Let’s delve into the three levels of localization and explore how this decision […]
In today’s gaming industry, fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is of paramount importance. According to Newzoo, a staggering one in three players has not felt welcomed in gaming communities, with underrepresented groups, such as ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ players, facing even greater challenges. Recognizing the significance of addressing these issues, Marina Ilari, CEO of […]
Dubbing is a powerful process that can make a game more immersive and help the audience connect with the characters. Let’s take a closer look at it!
In this part two, we will look at the different types of voice-overs and outline the effects they may have on their audience, using a couple of my favorite examples.
Now, in a nutshell, there are three main types of voice-over: narration, ‘UN style’, and the rare ‘lektoring’.
Can you guess how many languages are supported in 2022’s Game of the Year winner Elden Ring? It’s a whopping 16, which is huge when you consider the number of gamers who can now explore caves full of giant ants and combat ‘fingercreepers’ – the Elden Ring’s answer to ‘giant spiders’ – in their native language.
It appears that only people in the business of translation or creating content for broader audiences truly understand how vital the localization process is. Others had to learn it the hard way – and it’s a common nightmare for new developers!
Many video game developing companies have an accessibility team or hire accessibility consultants, and since 2017, the yearly Game Accessibility Conference has taken place. In this event hosted by the International Game Developers Association Accessibility SIG, game developers, accessibility specialists, gamers with disabilities and many more gather and discuss how to implement accessibility across all sectors of the game industry.
Accessibility in the video game world can be defined as having the ability to play a game even under restrictive conditions, be it due to some sort of functional limitation or disability. Accessibility also plays an important part during game development, as it relates to the interaction between the game and the player.
Localization = Accessibility Just as it is important to Localize a video game based on different languages, it is also important to localize a game for people with disabilities. Even though the majority of gamers can play the average games pretty well, there are a lot of players that have a difficult time trying to […]