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Posted: Jul 31st 2008 9:17PM (Unverified) said

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Good plan! The Russians lived with Communism all those decades, so they won't know any better. When your game fails in the 1st world countries, hit up the 2nd world!

Posted: Jul 31st 2008 11:57PM (Unverified) said

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It's wrong, it should read:

"Задавите ваших противников!"

But the whole sentence is quite lame anyway,
it sounds quite stupid in this context,
rather meaning "run your enemies over!" meaning kill them with a running vehicle.

So I'd say don't use babelfish for that :)

Posted: Jul 31st 2008 9:43PM (Unverified) said

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I'll admit I don't speak a word of Russian, and yes, I used Babelfish. ;)

It was supposed to be "Crush your enemies!" and it even translated back into English as such. Ah well. ;)
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Posted: Aug 1st 2008 1:24AM Jeromai said

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Does a mammoth count as a running vehicle? :)

Posted: Aug 1st 2008 3:26AM (Unverified) said

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It should say 'раздавите' if you don't want it to have death-by-vehicle meaning :)

The game has been sold in the shops in Russia nearly since official launch. So talking about 'bringing low-quality MMOGs to poor Russians' is ridiculous. It's already here, for better or worse. By thw way, the price of the lowest-tier version (DVD and account key only, no box) is around $15. Envy us :)

Oh, and some newsflash for the non-educated: Russia isn't a communist country by at least 17 years already. I'd say it wasn't communist even before that - socialist, rather.
I'm impressed with the power of propaganda in the western world - after having lost its ground nearly two decades ago, it still works somehow. You live and learn :)

Posted: Aug 1st 2008 7:24AM (Unverified) said

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What Nafs and Alrick said. Though I have to add, I wouldn't say 'раздавите' either. You imply that you're going to kill them solely by putting rather something heavy on them. Crushing is breaking as referred to breaking bones. Additionally, 'противник' is a somewhat modern word you'd probably use in tactics. I doubt that a barbarian would refer to his enemies as 'противники'. IMHO you'd be best off with:

''сокрушите врагов ваших!" ("crush thy foes") is somewhat better, but still somewhat corny. I think, a Russian would prolly say "в атаку!/в пред!" ("charge!") or more likely, in the given context, "мочи козлов!" ("(rude, but not vulgar) kill those bastards", literary "wet the goats").

Eitherway, it's no biggy here. :P I think it's much more embracing when a 80 million dollar film can't hire a bum for 5$ to check their Russian/German/French/whatever.

PS: And, yeah, Noctivagus, go and watch "Red Dawn" or something.

Posted: Aug 1st 2008 8:38AM (Unverified) said

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It's the thought that counts, right?

I speak English and Spanish fluently, and French just barely well enough to be understood. I'd love to learn Russian but there are 6,000 languages in the world and only 24 hours in the day. Hopefully I'll get there eventually!
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Posted: Aug 1st 2008 9:22AM (Unverified) said

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Hehe, I believe you misunderstood me, Samuel. I thought it was pretty funny header and considering the fact that 95% of the readers don't understand Russian anyway, it's not like there was any point to check. You could use one of the suggested lines in the future though. :P (I'm not sure if you really want to learn Russian. It's not really a walk in the park and unlike a good deal of other languages, you'll really have to spend ages on it to read any of the higher literature. I speak it, along with another half a dozen languages, because I'm a linguist. There's really no point of overdoing it.). But as I've said, it was not a critique and, from my point of view, a rather neat move. ;)

The only thing I don't get is: why can't the film producers get anybody to check their scripts? It's a matter of a couple of dollars, in an 80 million project, and they still manage to speak Bablefish-ish.

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