Somehow, it had not registered with me until then that almost every game I grew up playing was the product of Japan.
I was fascinated, and wanted to learn the language in order to truly understand the makeup of the games that had become a passion of mine.
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Playing a Strauss concerto or a Beethoven sonata represents, for me, the culmination of countless hours of practice and hard work deciphering fingerings, tempos and pitches.
When I first read I recognized in Nabokov’s writing the same lyricism that I always strive for when playing French horn.
I saw the same passion I so often feel “in the moment of music.” I immediately fell under the spell of Nabokov’s enchanting prose and artfully chosen words.
This concept hit me after reading an article about Nintendo’s team of expert translators.
An incredible amount of human power and money goes into writing a game’s story, first in Japanese, then translating it into every other major language.