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Localisation of games into Chinese seems to have turned a corner (inc. game recommendations)

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Takeshi
On 6/22/2019 at 6:54 PM, StChris said:

Regarding new Chinese-made games, a new game, ahem, "inspired" by Nintendo's Zelda Breath of the Wild, Genshin Impact, was announced earlier this month and now the beta has been released.

 

I just started playing this game recently. It is great; it's the first Chinese game I have truly enjoyed playing, and it feels just as polished as any other major Japanese game. Having Chinese voice is an extra plus.

 

On 4/19/2020 at 4:31 AM, NinKenDo said:

One problem I've had with Chinese games, specifically Starcraft II as an example, is getting Chinese characters displaying in Wine. It has been a massive pain. When I finally, finally managed to do it, the game wouldn't launch. So yeah, bit of a random point, but something to keep in mind for people running Linux. I recommend people on Linux go down the route of emulating classics rather than PC gaming, but this definitely shrinks the available game library significantly (and also forces you toward games in Trad characters, but that's no issue for me).

 

I have never had problems getting umm Japanese text running in wine. Probably getting Chinese is the same. You need to enable Chinese locales in your system first (the process is very distro specific), then just prefix wine with LC_ALL=zh_TW or something when you run it (replace TW with CN for simplified), I'm sure it would work. The reason the characters are not displaying is probably because the programs are not unicode, and if you try to run a non-unicode program in an English (or other) locale, it won't know what the language is, so it won't read. This is ironically an easier problem to solve in Linux than Windows itself.

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ThomasSimpson

You raise a really important topic of localization of the game, the developers justify this by saying that localization does not affect sales in any way and there is no point in localizing the game. I'm a first-year student and I'm learning Chinese. And at the moment, I took up the free localization of a little-known pixel game.I think it will be a great experience.

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roddy

Interesting looking game popped up on Steam today, Dyson Sphere Program - looks a bit like Factorio in space? Anyway, full Simplified Chinese interface, and developed in everyone's favourite hilly city, San Fran... nah, kidding, Chongqing.

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roddy
On 7/18/2019 at 11:29 AM, roddy said:

Here's one for someone else to take a look at: Shenzhen I/O. Looks to be a game based around designing circuit boards - with the instructions manuals in Chinese.

 

Picked this up today as it was cheap and out of curiosity - looks a lot of fun, if you like programming electronics. Which isn't to dismiss it, it's well designed and well-written (although I was playing in English, so can't vouch for the Chinese).

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StChris

The China Steam store opens today. The international version of Steam has been something of a loophole for smaller Chinese developers, allowing them to avoid having to go through the official approval/censorship process. While the regular version of Steam is still available for now, it seems inevitable that it will get block eventually. I hope we still continue to get Chinese language games on regular Steam. Here is a good article about it:

 

https://www.pcgamer.com/why-chinese-developers-are-worried-about-steam-china-launching-next-week/

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