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Language barriers have a net positive effect on the video game industry

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Started: 5/16/2009 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Resolution: Language barriers have a net positive effect on the video game industry

==DEFINITIONS:==

Video Game Industry: The industry that specialises in the development and promotion of video games.

Video Games: An electronic or computerized game played by manipulating images on a video display or television screen. [http://dictionary.reference.com...]

Language Barrier: barrier to communication resulting from speaking different languages. [http://dictionary.reference.com...]

==CON ARGUMENTS:==

===1) The cost of translating games===

Translating a game from Japanese to English, French, Italian, Spanish is quite a costly process. First and foremost, translators need to be hired to translate the text. After that, you need voice actors, which do not come cheap. Most games easily have thousands of words of text. The cost of translating is outlined here : http://www.clarktranslations.com.... The cheapest goes at $.14 per word. $.14 x 5000 = $700. This must be done for several languages, and 500 words would be considered a low amount of text.

An article here outlines the cost of a translator: http://www.gamespot.com.... A voice actor got $500,000 for game voice-over, and on average $760 for a 4 hour session of recording.

There also must be software to accommodate different words, e.g. Chinese Kanji, Russian Cyrillic, etc.

They must also translate the game manuals, covers, and back to accommodate different languages.

The above costs would not be needed if there weren't language barriers. Ergo, the language barriers are detrimental to the video game industry.

===2) The cost of promoting the game overseas===

After translation, the video game makers must then promote their game in an area with a different language. They must hire someone to promote the game in that area. They must also hire people to translate the advertisements into a different language, sometimes changing them altogether to accommodate the different words (e.g.Changing from English Latin words to Chinese Kanji).

Ergo, the cost of this also detrimental to the video game industry

===3) Quality of the finished product===

When translating from language to language different words can mean different things. Therefore, grammar can be off because of differing sentence structure and grammar, or words are off due to strict translation. This makes the game worse than it is.

Ergo, the ruining of the finished product is definitely detrimental to the video game industry.

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Language barriers are somewhat problematic. Having to hire translators and jigger with some of the code just provides some extra jobs. It's a bit of a hassle but it's like saying that gravity makes football a less entertaining sport. While it may be true, you can't really do anything about it.

So for the most point your argument is moot.

As for the claim itself, the language barriers are priceless. The above video overcomes everything in all the annoying problems encountered with producing games for different languages and places language barriers on the net positive side of the spectrum.
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Posted by Pandadeux 7 years ago
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Apologies to tatarize if I can't complete the debate, my account has been banned for some reason.
Posted by I-am-a-panda 7 years ago
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Looks like I got very insightful.
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
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They'd have to either be VERY crazy or VERY insightful to be able to prove this.

It would be a more open debate if you expanded this beyond the video game industry.
Posted by I-am-a-panda 7 years ago
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Anyway, I'm sure someone crazy ro smart enough will come along.
Posted by I-am-a-panda 7 years ago
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Interculturalism
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
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How could there be any possible positive effect of the language barrier?
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