Translating game to other languages.. a few Qs

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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:03 am

I'm currently working on translating my game to German, French and Spanish and I have a few questions for native speakers of those languages.

If you went to Steam and purchased a game that supports your language. When you installed it, would it be typical for ALL text elements of the game to be in your language? Or is it common for some elements to be in English?

Take the game title for example. My game's title is Cluckles' Adventure. Would you expect the game title to read in your language? Or would it be common for it to be left as it's English translation? Like, apparently the title translates as follows:

German: CLUCKLE’S ABENTEUER
French: L'AVENTURE DE CLUCKLES
Spanish: CLUCKLES’ ADVENTURE (My translator left it the same for Spanish?)

So would you expect the main game title, shown on menu screens etc to be written this way, or left as the English version?


How about buttons, like 'Start Game'. Would you expect these to be written as:

German: SPIEL STARTEN
French: COMMENCER LE JEU
Spanish: COMENZAR JUEGO
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:47 am

I thing it is heavily dependent on the language and the translator.
Working with a translator that understands your game, will get you a good translation (he might suggest, that translating the title is unnecessary).
Btw i would have help with with the title if i knew those languages.
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:32 am

No, don't translate the name of your game! At least not in german! The name is like a brand. You wouldn't translate the name of your company either, would you?

There are two exceptions I think:
If a game is for kids who are too young to speak english. "Cluckle's Abenteuer" sounds childish.
Or names like "Kill them all" (Töte sie alle) COULD be translated.

Examples from movie names:
Doctor Strange -> untranslated
Deadpool -> untranslated
Finding Dory -> Findet Dorie (translated)
Arrival -> untranslated
Pets -> untranslated
Ice Age -> untranslated

You see: even Ice Age and Pets where not translated because they're more like brand names than titles.
As a german I would say: don't translate it into german! So rather ask the people before translating ;)

This applies for the title! Ingame you could translate everything down to the buttons.
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:51 am

Hi @Noisefever thanks for the advice.
Ok then. Sounds like I should leave the game title as is, but all text in the game (menus, cutscenes, UI, buttons) should be translated to German.

I have all the text translated already. In some places it will be challenging to get the words to fit in the available space. It seems a short sentence or a few words in English can be a bit longer when translated, especially in French!
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:07 am

Artpunk wrote:Hi @Noisefever thanks for the advice.
Ok then. Sounds like I should leave the game title as is, but all text in the game (menus, cutscenes, UI, buttons) should be translated to German.

I have all the text translated already. In some places it will be challenging to get the words to fit in the available space. It seems a short sentence or a few words in English can be a bit longer when translated, especially in French!


I can help you out with german ;)
Just let me know!
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:16 am

AndreasR wrote:I can help you out with german ;)
Just let me know!

Hi Andy. You mean to read over the translation to see if its accurate? I could share a link?
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:35 am

Artpunk wrote:
AndreasR wrote:I can help you out with german ;)
Just let me know!

Hi Andy. You mean to read over the translation to see if its accurate? I could share a link?


Yes ;) Just send me a PM.
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Post » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:41 pm

The tittle on spanish is: Las aventuras de Chuckle.
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