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November 4th, 2008, 10:39
The fifth and final part of the Hero's Diary for Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods is up at World of Gothic. The diary provides some story and lore background.
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November 4th, 2008, 10:39
If the English is as bad as the diary is, we're in deep shit for this game.

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Looks like the writer has a dyslexia.

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November 4th, 2008, 13:02
Well, remember that it is written from the Hero's perspective, so this "bad English" could be very well intended.

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November 4th, 2008, 13:22
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Well, remember that it is written from the Hero's perspective, so this "bad English" could be very well intended.
Germanic humour? Is this german version of the diary equally funny?
http://www.worldofgothic.de/gothic3/…=addontagebuch

To be honest it looks strongly as if the article was simply translated from german to english by som software translator without any post-correcting.

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November 4th, 2008, 13:25
No, I just thought the Hero might have a dyslexia. Or something.
Or a weird kind of slang dialect.

You can write like an actor acts. You just pretend to be another person.

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November 4th, 2008, 13:32
German diary:
Endlich bin ich in Gotha eingetroffen, wo Gorn nicht nur eine „Freiwilligenarmee“, sondern per Zwangsrekrutierung auch teilweise eine „Unfreiwilligenarmee“ aufgestellt hat
English diary:
Finally I arrived Gotha, where Gorn recruted not only a volunteers army, but also through pressed servicing a partially unvolunteers army.
German diary translated to english through babelfish:
Finally I arrived in Gotha, where Gorn also partly did not only set up one „to volunteer army “, but by forced recruiting one „involuntary army “

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November 4th, 2008, 14:12
Maybe WoG translated it. The English in the diary is so bad it's hard to believe somebody got paid for it.
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nerds …

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November 4th, 2008, 23:16
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nerds …

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Are you calling us nerds, Bateman, or the ones that translated this.

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November 5th, 2008, 08:48
This could be an Indian English dialect ;-)

.. which reminds me of Benny Lava :-D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA1NoOOoaNw

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November 5th, 2008, 15:04
nice vid!

I call all the translation-fanatics nerds; can't you guys just be satisfied with a game that doesn't use cyrillics. If a game succeeds in telling you where to find the ten goblins you ought to kill, everything is fine. If it has a journal that records a brief quest wrap-up, even better. Then you can click the dialog away.
Post #7 is incomprehensible for me, seems extremely nerdish. A bit more humbleness would be appropriate, obviously the poster grasped what the game wants to tell, yet he's complaining.

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November 5th, 2008, 15:12
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A bit more humbleness would be appropriate, obviously the poster grasped what the game wants to tell, yet he's complaining.

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Sorry but my brains simply freeze when I try to read stuff like this:
Where his brother Anog really works his ass off, is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and honestly anxious about the well-being of the citizens, his brother Inog really puts up in Geldern with being governor.
Finally I arrived Gotha, where Gorn recruted not only a volunteers army, but also through pressed servicing a partially unvolunteers army.
And no i didnt grasp what the diary wanted to say. I simply couldnt read it. Its just another episode on channel "Germans and the English Language".

I call all the translation-fanatics nerds; can't you guys just be satisfied with a game that doesn't use cyrillics. Post #7 is incomprehensible for me, seems extremely nerdish.
Perhaps you should read the diary yourself first before making an ass out of yourself.

Im all happy if games were written in non-cyrillic finnish (and then "babelfished" into whatever klingon you prefer ) but unlike som other rude persons I dont mind if they are english so that everyone else gets to enjoy them.

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November 5th, 2008, 19:36
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Sorry but my brains simply freeze when I try to read stuff like this:
I can read it.

Though the first paragraph sounds a bit distorted by lacking commas in the appropriate places.

By the way, could it be that you are unfamiliar with the term/saying "to work one's ass off" ?

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November 5th, 2008, 19:52
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
I can read it.
Though the first paragraph sounds a bit distorted by lacking commas in the appropriate places.
Perhaps after several tries but its still shitty english - I dont usually have to make a stop from reading just to understand what single paragraphs mean.

Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
By the way, could it be that you are unfamiliar with the term/saying "to work one's ass off" ?
I know the term very well believe me.

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November 5th, 2008, 20:34
I can't believe that some people are seriously trying to defend or find arguments in favor of this abysmal attempt of a retarded translation. This "translation" is actually so fucking amateurish that it isn't even bordering on funny. To put it bluntly .

By the way, could it be that you are unfamiliar with the term/saying "to work one's ass off" ?
If anyone is unfamiliar with that term then it's the dude or dudette who attempted to translate that diary .
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November 5th, 2008, 21:55
Okay, I just thought it could've been an idiom, kind of.

By the way, I could read it quite fluently … The only stops I had because of the missing commas.

I think that might be a sign of how bad my own English is, if I have almost no problems reading it …

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