Interview in German Gaming Magazine

A while back I did a quick interview for a writer for a German gaming magazine. The issue was published a few months ago and he sent me a scan of the article, except I’m not actually sure what it says about me 😛 I’d be curious to know, so if any German-speaking folks are out there, lemme know! The scan is here.

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3 Responses to “Interview in German Gaming Magazine”

  1. V-King says:

    Give me a few minutes or so, I will translate the part where it talks about MOTHER 3 and your involvement with it 😉

  2. V-King says:

    Okay, I did my best, and this is what I came up with. I hope you’re still able to understand it 😀

    The American Clyde “Tomato” Mandelin experienced this movement [of fan translators translating their favorite games themselves].

    Mandelin was fascinated by games as long as he can remember, but he only became interested in translating after a year of orientation in Japan, “I heard of several ROM hackers who needed help with some translation and I contacted them. I knew at once that this would be my dream job.”
    He gathered experience in the legal grey zone of fan translations – and he quickly gained a following.
    His localization of the Japanese cult game MOTHER 3 (2006, Game Boy Advance) is one of the most respected ever. Why would Mandelin sacrifice an enormous amount of hours for games, of which nobody had ever heard of in the west? According to him it’s exactly that, he explained: “When I see a game that’s really interesting and unique and I have the feeling that it should be played by people who don’t understand the Japanese language – that’s where I’ll start.”
    Later Mandelin’s hobby became his job. Today he’s working as a professional translator of Japanese programs.

    Also the small box with the MOTHER 3 screenshot says:

    MOTHER 3 was released in 2006 for the Game Boy Advance. The spiritual father of this series is Shigesato Itoi, who, in his motherland of Japan, is known as a texter for advertisements as well as an author – but less as a [game] designer.
    The MOTHER series are pretty quirky represantatives of the RPG genre: full of bizarre ideas, an extraordinairy poetic language and story, in which one has to save the world as well as your family.

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