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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:01PM Atnor said

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I dont care about the ethnic makeup of the westernization team, but I'm sure they will do a great job.

However, I think I'm at a point where honestly, the fact that a game "needs" to be westernized, and not "western" by default, from the ground up, is a HUGE turn off for me.

It's become a big plus in my mind, in my reaction to a new game, that a game come in and be designed and built with an American/Western mindset straight from the beginning.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:26PM (Unverified) said

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Agreed. This is feeling more and more like Aion MKII with every new bit of "information" we've been given. Mostly screenshots of "Look at this bit of pretty." I know it's still in development and all, but compare it to other big name games that are currently in similar stages of development, and TERA has more self-generated "news" than any of them. I'm sure they are just trying to keep people coming back and checking the site, but it's getting to a point where, even though I did for a long time think it would be good, I've gotten burned out reading about it.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:47PM paterah said

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Roflmfao...."self-generated" news....did you know that the previews and hands-on of TERA at the gaming conventions have been 100% positive?
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:18PM TheGreatMachine said

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I knew what I was getting into reading the comment section for this... even still yeesh.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:24PM Lateris said

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If a game is too grindy is that viewed as too hard or that it just takes to long to level?

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:35PM (Unverified) said

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Just being Asian doesn't mean they are not American or western.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:38PM (Unverified) said

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"Asian companies make asian grinders. Even more so if the "westernization" team is comprised of Asians."

How do you they are not Asian-Americans?

How do you know they are not more "westernized" than you?



Posted: Oct 19th 2010 7:58PM (Unverified) said

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Unless I missed somewhere the release of the nationality information on the team,

I have to say alot of the comments here range from ignorant to near racist.

Believe it or not there are milions of Asian-Americans.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:38PM DiscoJer said

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You can see their names, which are Korean.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 10:36PM (Unverified) said

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2nd generation Asian Americans would usually have asian parents hence... they get asian names... but they also can have english names... Like me.

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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 10:47PM (Unverified) said

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"You can see their names, which are Korean."

It isn't the 1800s. People or their relatives that immigrate here often keep their names. Total adoption of European style names went out a long time ago.

There are plenty of Americans with Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, etc... names.

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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 11:15PM Damn Dirty Ape said

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Are we really going to start crying political correctness on this gaming blog? Really?

Ugh. Some people try too hard to be offended. There is nothing wrong with 'westerners' questioning an all eastern localization team considering some of the horribly botched up localization jobs that have happened throughout the years (Someone set us up the bomb!).

Let's face it, different cultures have different tastes in gaming. There is nothing wrong with that. Having said that, I strongly believe that all asian grinders suck and I want no part of any of them. There is nothing wrong with the eastern market loving those types of games to pieces, but history has shown that they fail in the western markets. Conversely, I could care less whether or not Koreans like Halo or Madden 2010 and wouldn't be offended if they told me those eastern games were garbage.
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Posted: Oct 20th 2010 8:31AM Snichy said

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I agree with Damn Dirty Ape. I have read all these comments and none of them are racist. I think some people need to look up the meaning of "racism" or simply lighten up and stop reading insults into free opinion.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:18PM (Unverified) said

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I find the concept of a "westernization team" to be very... perplexing.

We all know, or at least all MMO vets know, that they aren't going to release 2 versions of this game. The systems will be the same, the words may be different. The classes, the leveling, the gameplay will be the same in Berlin, Los Angeles, or Tokyo. Their might be different terms for things, but they aren't going to make a raiding system for the East and a separate totally different raiding system for the west. There won't be a quest system for the West and a grind system for the East (not that either part of the world would want such a particular system).

That would be making two games, managing two totally separate forks of code. It's not gonna happen. So unless this team is actually changing the development path of the *entire* game, not just the western fork, I don't see how they can be anything other than translators, despite their claims to the contrary.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:42PM Danieros said

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This nailed it.

Translating words is all cool and all, but in the end it will be like Aion any many other Asian games that came with this almighty "Our game has been perfectly Westernized!" speech , resulting in the frustration of dozens, even hundreds of thousands of players because they expect a dumbed down version when compared to the Korean one, not simply a beautifully translated one (yeah, you can say there were over 9000 pages of text that had to be translated, people will still call your game too "Asian" because of their image of "time sinks" and above-average effort for equipment, thanks to World of Warcraft and its huge influence over the Western market).
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 11:32PM paterah said

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Ding, ding, ding. We got an idiot here!
There will be in fact 2 different clients for this game. And I mean totally different. West is going to have more quests, better explained lore, you know...those things that actually matter for the "westerners". But hey bitching is fun!
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 11:35PM paterah said

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And obviously a different code. TERA's western client is being worked seperately for some years now with a totally different development course.
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Posted: Oct 25th 2010 8:30AM Solp said

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herlike_rm: I don't know what to say to you other than... did you read his post? Have you played "westernized" MMO's before? Are you just dense?

Oallen is right, anyone that's played a few "westernized" MMO's before knows the score.

We're getting a translation job, without a shadow of a doubt.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:30PM (Unverified) said

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Aion should have succeeded. Their dev team was attentive. When they needed fixes for server queues and gold sellers, they worked quickly to fix the problem.

So why couldn't they fix the big problem Aion had? Everyone in the community knew the problem and no one fixed it. Aion was too grindy for the west. People do not want to grind in the western market. Aion could have made A LOT more money if someone on its development team quickly HALVED the exp tables for every level.

Instead Aion hemorrhaged tens of thousands of users after the first 30 days.

Why? Because making a radical choice like HALVING exp tables was too intimidating of a choice. It was drastic and it literally was a make-or-break decision that broke the game, community and brand.

Please learn that we do not want ANY grind in the west. We barely like leveling at all, but we will absolutely refuse to grind mobs in the way that most eastern/asian games promote. Please learn from past failures and learn to understand the western demographic, for your own sakes.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:42PM DiscoJer said

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Because then people would complain about a lot of content.

Grind isn't in games because people like it - it's there to keep people busy.

And IMHO, LOTRO, a thoroughly western game, has as much grinding as any from the west. XP grinding for your character. Then XP grinding for your legendary items. And reputation grinding for over a dozen factions. And then deed grinding (which is pure grinding, just kills 100s of monsters of a given type). And then the raiding in the game is also grind based - you need to do some over and over and gear up for later raids.
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