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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 9:17PM mmogaddict said

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No they didn't.

Gold sellers and Bots ran rampart for ages. You have precisely 1-3 months to 'fix' a game at launch, and these days 3 months is even getting to long to put up with peoples patiences.

That first few weeks of a games launch IS make or break.
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:45PM Nintendesert said

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Regardless of the actual nationality and background of the Westernization team this has turned into a PR fail of epic proportions. The MMO player base in the West has already been burned many times by Eastern games that haven't 'got it' when it comes to what Western players want.

This has done nothing to allay those fears.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 8:46PM mattward1979 said

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Im sure they will do a fantastic job, and I really am looking forward to this game!

But for those that think there wont be something lost in translation:

I am an Englishman. I speak English better than people from other English speaking countries (USA etc)

I have never met someone from another country that speaks English better than someone born here that has learned the language from an early age.

I will NEVER speak another language better than someone born in the country that the language is native to!


Dont get me wrong, the previous statements in NO way exclude the Westernisation team from being eminently qualified for the job, and in fact I really want to get my teeth into this game.

But people need to wind their necks in!

Aion did a "Decent" job of translating, but Decent was nowhere near enough.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 9:02PM Laren said

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Everyone is always so quick to blame 'the grind' on Aion's failure. The grind was a symptom of a larger problem... lack of content. What do you do when you have no content? You make it harder to level and gear up so people have something to do.

I quit Aion not because of the grind, but because I was grinding for no particular reason. "oh boy, I hit 300 armorsmith... k wait... so what?" "Yay, I got level 30 and a nice blue piece of gear and new wings... woot... ok, back to killing mobs." Eventually you question wtf you are doing and cancel. This is true for all mmos, but the better ones push that question off for much longer. The better ones make you feel part of the world and make you want to "see the next thing".

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 9:56PM Its Utakata stupid said

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I guess their "cocktail dress code" doesn't extend to their female employees.

Posted: Oct 19th 2010 10:15PM cic said

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Zing!
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Posted: Oct 19th 2010 11:31PM Somnicide said

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Good god, the amount of misinformation and assumptions in this comment section makes me want to blow my brains out.

1st: This is simply BHS's wing of westernization that help out with translation and localization of game symbols, naming and culture differences. They help En Masse with the translating part of westernization. En Masse is in control of westerning TERA in regards its design decisions, gameplay decisions, and testing schedule.

2nd: Yes, western and eastern TERA will be different. No they will not be radically different. The differences will mostly be in terms of PvP/PvE servers (Korea will only have one type), PvP mechanics, Skill balancing, Numbers (drop rate/exp rate), quests and crafting. These (while smaller) can very much make or break a game.

3rd: Koreans dont actually love grinding. They just dont care about it. That coupled with the fact that they mostly play in internet cafes with their friends as opposed to by yourself at home (like westerners) makes it less a tedious task and more a chill social experience with friends. They also prefer to work for their rewards as opposed to westerners who just like the endless hamster wheel of pats on the back and illusions of progress (quest exp jumps as opposed to continuous exp from mobs).

4th: The above is a general stereotype. Not all Koreans are that way, some vastly prefer more western games. They're all different. Lets try not bringing racism into this.

5th: En Masse's westernized version of the game is what Europe will be playing.

6th: As a tester of TERA and someone who is looking forward to this game more than any other....I dont approve of this article. It was created to show the Korean audience a bit about localization, and wasnt meant for western audiences. It was NOT a post by En Masse, but a translation by a third-party fan site. Nevertheless, it isnt good PR for TERA in the west.

Posted: Oct 20th 2010 12:39AM (Unverified) said

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Can someone please westernize this comment.

(sorry i couldn't help myself)

Posted: Oct 20th 2010 3:34AM claytondora said

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wtf is culturalization. I've enjoyed the content of foreign media and not felt somehow lessened because the content wasn't altered to fit my western tastes. All I can get out of what they are saying is censorship. "We removed all the stuff western players are to squeamish to have in their game".

Posted: Oct 20th 2010 6:41AM tekert said

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Man, like i guy said on the first couple of posts. I hate quests, I prefer killing complicated "things" with friends, a more hardcore oriented game, everytime I read western is no wait, i hope they dont change it too much, I want it as close as korean in terms of difficulty, pvp. Lore. what a useless thing, who reads quests or care about that 2%?, so much work for marketing really.

Posted: Oct 20th 2010 9:39AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Allow me to try, Gamestuffed...

"I'm an idiot. I have no idea what I am talking about. Laugh out loud!"

Posted: Oct 20th 2010 11:17PM (Unverified) said

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Oh, one thing that seems to have been missed up to this point.

The art assets for The Exiled Realm of Arborea are not going to be "westernized". What you see in all these screenshots? The player characters models, textures, armor, and world will be identical regardless of what client you're using to play.

To claim the client will be "westernized" without considering the art assets is amusing at best, and a deal breaker at worst. Just translating the text is insufficient to claim "westernization".

But good luck with that , EM/BH, what could go wrong?

Posted: Oct 21st 2010 11:54PM (Unverified) said

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This is great. All the people mindlessly babbling about how great Tera is going to be and how it's going to be perfectly tuned for "western" audiences are the same people who were singing the praises of Aion a year ago.

How did that turn out for you guys?

Posted: Oct 22nd 2010 2:25AM (Unverified) said

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They're still playing aion, so they can't comment at this time.
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