Translating your App/Game - do you do it??

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Translating your App/Game - do you do it??

Postby johnpeat » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:17 pm

While I was developing my game, I was aware that one-day I might want to get some translation done and so I externalised all my strings like any good programmer would - and I chose fonts which had a full European characterset.

What I'm wondering tho - is how many people actually do this and how much benefit did you see?

My game is free, so spending money on a professional translation wouldn't be something I'd be keen to do (I've had an estimate of about $20 per language which would hurt a bit!!).

I can't really DIY it as I have only a VERY basic grasp of French and some 'tourist' German and Dutch - not enough to avoid making a fool of myself!! :)

I considered Babelfish - most of what I need are short/simple phrases - but I know I'd end-up with something embarrasingly stupid in there ;0

I'm sort-of assuming that having the major languages represented (French, German,Spanish) would help promote my game quite a bit - I know Russian implies an extended charset I may not be able to support and 've not really given any thought to the more complex translations like Asian languages...

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Even if I do this, I worry that I'll just get a lot of questions from people in a language I don't speak - it's hard enough to understand some of the questions I get IN ENGLISH! :)
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Re: Translating your App/Game - do you do it??

Postby blundell » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:00 am

Check your new 'statistics' page on the android devloper market. Are you getting the foreign DL's the rest of the market is?

Have a read of: http://blog.radioactiveyak.com/2011/03/ ... r-fun.html

I'd translate it with babel fish, then have somewhere saying if they find error's please contact you. That's how I got my Chinese fixed :-)

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Re: Translating your App/Game - do you do it??

Postby johnpeat » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:30 pm

Thanks for that - very interesting. The Stats I was getting were nonsense until yesterday - data missing in bits and weeks out-of-date - but they seem clear now.

Seems I'm getting at least - if not more - than my fair share of most European markets but not a lot from Asia (unsurprisingly) - which suggests I'd be better placed to look at that aspect first.

Only downside is I've NO idea how I'd go about supporting or even testing Chinese - esp as I use some Custom Fonts which don't extend to even Simplified Chinese (tho most of my text uses onboard fonts)

More thinking needed!!
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