Play is Work

It’s no secret that I work on a million things at all times, so lately I’ve been trying to slow down a bit so my old bones can catch up to my brain. In particular I started playing the new Zelda game in Japanese… but even then I wound up taking screenshots of every piece of text I came across. I probably wouldn’t have bothered with taking screenshots, but boy is that screenshot button on the Switch controller the handiest thing I’ve ever come across. I do wish it saved in png format though…

Anyway, I’ve been playing the game super weirdly and spent about 200 hours before I finally went and continued the story/talked to Impa after leaving the plateau. During that time I explored everywhere, usually by taking the totally wrong way on accident, and talking to everyone/fighting everything. It’s been a ton of fun, and I made it a personal rule right from the start to NOT use the Shrine Sensor thingy. I think that alone made it twice as fun for me.

Poe’s been playing the English version as well, taking screenshots here and there. I don’t have any specific projects for this game in mind, but screenshots are the lifeblood of Legends of Localization. I’m sure they’ll come in handy at some point!

New LoL Book Takes You on a Tour of Bad Translation

Last week, we released our latest Legends of Localization book!

It’s the debut of our new line of  bite-sized LoL books that focus on a single subject instead of a single game. This one takes a look at bad video game translations from the 1970s to today, AND we go much deeper than the well-known “All Your Base” mistakes (although “All Your Base” is definitely featured). There are games in there that I’ve never heard of, like a Gundam text adventure and a bunch of obscure arcade games.

Buy it over at Fangamer!

Let’s Tour a Book Factory!

While at SGDQ, we realized that we were about 2 hours away from the corporate headquarters of Bang Printing. They’re our favorite book printer, and they’ve printed every LoL book to date. So Kari Fry, Ryan Novak, and I drove up there to take a tour! Here are some pictures from that trip:

Fresh off the press

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Super Mario Sweater?

Lately I’ve been researching all the Japan-exclusive Famicom games. I just came across a Mario game I’ve never heard of called I am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater. It’s a “game” on the Famicom Disk System where you design sweaters with Mario characters. You could edit the measurements of the sweater to ensure the perfect fit, then send your disk to a company and they would make the sweater you designed! :O

Decorate with Boxes

But they’re COOL boxes! For one reason or another, Fangamer ended up with a bunch of empty Super Famicom boxes. They were used to decorate a hallway in the new office: