Perhaps, talking about professional video game localization sounds like Greek to to most of the people. Especially because the basic skills to work in this field are generally unknown to the avarage person. In this post, we are going to discuss them and solve some of the doubts that may arise:
Year on year, the number of video games being produced and subsequently translated is increasing, as the offer is growing and varying for all types of audiences. More and more people, regardless of age or gender, are investing their time in gaming, to have an escape from everyday life.
Due to this boom, the demand for professional translators specialized in video games has grown. In the same way, this field could be one of the most attractive for new young translators, who are enticed to this topic. It is likely that many of them have spent several moments of their childhood or adolescence enjoying and laughing while playing a video game alone or with friends.
But… how to become a good video game localizer? Read on:
The great virtue of video game localization is that you don’t need to have three degrees or study for many years. In order to specialize in this field, it is simply recommended to know at least two languages by heart and being a native speaker of the target language, love playing video games and most likely follow a course dedicated to videogame localization.
Many translators dedicate thousands of hours in finishing their technical, medical or engineering studies in order later make the leap to translation. But being a localizer requires playing, that’s about it. It is especially important not to play only one type of game. Combining role-playing games with platformers and/or sports games with strategy games stretches your potential area of expertise.
Yes, it’s that easy, play, study the dialogue, take notes…prepare a personalized glossary. Basically, take pleasure. The more hours of play the better.
One of the great perks is that your working hours fly by, as you’re playing games. If you enjoy it and commit to improving and advancing, it creates the perfect learning environment.
If you are a native speaker, love to play video games, have experience in translation and are looking for a job then send us an email with your resume.
As we have said, these are just some of the recommendations we can make if you are thinking of entering this world. If you are really passionate about it, don’t hesitate! Start working to dedicate yourself to the interesting video game localization. If you do not meet all the requirements, there is always time to continue training… as in everything in life, learning is
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