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Zakamutt

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    Zakamutt got a reaction from kokoro in VN of the Month December 2003 - Saya no Uta   
    kivandomtl BTFO
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from kokoro in VN of the Month December 2003 - Saya no Uta   
    kivandomtl BTFO
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from kokoro in VN of the Month December 2003 - Saya no Uta   
    kivandomtl BTFO
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Shining Song Starnova (Western VN Review)   
    I wonder if they changed any of the things I memed about in the trial https://twitter.com/i/moments/887601776240857089
    ...probably not any of the weeb language, to my despair... Oh well, I'm a JOP, it's not like LiS would ever make anything I'd want to read at this point.
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    Zakamutt reacted to Dergonu in Reading Ginharu Very Slowly #15   
    Excuse me, this is supposed to be you reading very slowly. How dare you make two posts so close together! Refund please!
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Biman1 tl is shit confirmed   
    On one hand, from a technical standpoint this totally matters. On the other, from a meme standpoint nobody knows what the fuck a dot-space-I is and the effect is very similar. In conclusion, biman totally has double spaces despite it not having double spaces.
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    Zakamutt reacted to Narcosis in Baldr force loc trailer linked on 4ch; hoax?   
    I'm not tl'ing this
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    Zakamutt reacted to alpacaman in Cooking with Zaka: Lazy-ass pork wine stew   
    Every dish that is basically just meat cooking in its own juice is tasty as long as you don't add too much of the wrong ingredient because it contains plenty of everything that makes food taste satisfying: salt, fat and sodium glutamate (the bouillon only amplifies this in your recipe). And adding more complex notes like red wine or something smoky or spicy can turn a dish that's just satisfying into something really tasty.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Plk_Lesiak’s Shovelware Adventures: straight Sakura eroge, part 1   
    Sakura Nova was actually written by a Japanese writer, this dude (tfw I know the guy who translated it). While it still turned out not very good, the unusually high quality might be due to the writer having some experience.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Top 5 Yuri Game Jam VNs (free)   
    Having read one route of Plain, I would recommend against it - if you're not starved for choice - on account of bad prose and lukewarm plot. For busy vn devs: read the first scene then ditch it; the mode of presentation is interesting, though probably only surprising because VNs put so little effort into it a lot of the time (those versed in Fapanese can try みにくいモジカの子 or something instead).
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    Zakamutt reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Fuwa Chronicles - 1   
    This text definitely exposes the weaknesses of Fuwa's "reaction" feature. I was going to click "confused", then considered both "sad" and "like", but no single option can truly express my feelings about this. 
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Beichuuka in How good should your translation be before editing?   
    @Decay
    I've actually heard the statement that the VN industry not hiring TLC is due to them having to be cheap due to the niche nature of the market, so I'm not sure if that goes for all industries. I've seen "revision" of translations thrown around as the actual professional term on some translators' blog(s). I do think that it's a sane policy to try not to need it in the first place, though.
    With that said, though it seems this made the rounds with professionals (thanks verde ilu), I'm probably more interested in the fan translation case (I mean, it's what I do... a few hours every year...). I've worked with TLCs on several projects simply because I'm not that good, and certainly wasn't that good, when I was translating back then. That said, I used them for their superior Japanese comprehension (including help on lines left blank due to not understanding them!), not for their writing skills.
    Clephas' conception of the editor-TLC is certainly a way to turn out a passable product if the stars align in proper order, but it always gives me this niggling feeling that either the TLC is doing too little and letting bad lines slip by or should simply dispense with the first translator since they're just re-translating all the lines anyway. It's also hard to get someone both motivated and competent, and the best have a tendency to leave bad translators in disgust. Some projects I know seemed to spend their entire lifespan looking for TLC and not really finding it, eventually finishing tl, and just going without it in the end.
    Going back to fan translation: fan translators are generally not paid, and in some sense this actually gives them an opportunity to create the best quality product. Professional translators generally lose profit by translating slower, and pay is not in high supply for VN translations much of the time. As such there is always a tension between quality and quantity that a fan translator does not necessarily feel. I can understand how professional translators might be forced to cut corners to make ends meet, get destroyed by ridiculous deadlines, and make contextual errors due to not having the time or ability to compare with the original. I can also see why it would make sense to hire much-cheaper editors and have your translators do light, quick work from a business perspective. But none of this has to apply to fan translation. It will make you slower, sure. But it will make you better.
    In the end, maybe I should be questioning why exactly I hold my ideals anyway. A lot of the reason I try to work with the philosophy I do is that translating stiffly is just not fun for me. What delights me is writing, coming up with clever ways to convey ideas in different languages. It's hard for me to even understand the people that turn out real stinkers. If I had to push out stuff like that for 30,000 lines I'd feel like killing myself on a regular basis.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from MaggieROBOT in BL terms and their use in the west   
    I think tachi and neko are more common for yuri, it's mentioned in Kindred Spirits actually kek. That said I personally don't like the whole power thing and would like couples to be more equal...
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in BL terms and their use in the west   
    I'm amazed at your level of not reading the post tbh this is high skill
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in BL terms and their use in the west   
    I'm amazed at your level of not reading the post tbh this is high skill
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    Zakamutt reacted to Narcosis in Dawn.   

    My personal favourite.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Zander in Dawn.   
    tbh the issue is so transient that any motions I'm not already taking (for example, I'm attending a university program which I feel is constructive and will probably get me both a job and daily interaction of some sort) are wasted effort. Literally it felt better once dawn ended and morning began, and that's basically just waiting 'til nature decided to turn the brightness slider up a bit
    you've been memed, boi
    probably
    The ending was definitely a meme since I actually felt better after writing the thing.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Dergonu in Derg's life in Japan - Cockroach vs Pringles -   

    (´・ω・`)
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Flutterz in Reading Ginharu Very Slowly #10   
    I might be getting spoiled on bethly's route by reading this, but at least I'm getting interested in the imouto www
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Flutterz in Reading Ginharu Very Slowly #9   
    I'm sorry Bethly but yuzuki in a miko outfit has you beat on the moe scale, goddamn
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    Zakamutt reacted to Flutterz in Reading Ginharu VERY Slowly #5   
    It's a visual pun, because 遥か
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Narcosis in Permit Me a Rant on the Term "Overrated"   
    The problem with mindless praise is that it is ineffective at making creators' works better as it does not point out what made the work good in the first place. I imagine Narcosis, an aspiring salty vn writer, is also thinking about the "hugbox" effect that exists in certain places to shield creators from any criticism - considering there is or at least was at some point a specific badge to put in your profile if you want honest criticism of your work at Lemmasoft, it's not like his fears are entirely unwarranted.
    It's a p. decent mirror with the problem of mindless bashing not helping you make your work better by pointing out what was bad.
    It's not like either has no information content; one tells you to stop making things in your current fashion, another tells you to continue in similar fashion. However, they would appear suboptimal from a creator's perspective.
    Outside of a creator's perspective, mindlessness on either side does not promote thoughtful discussion or trying to understand people that think different to you, and instead encourages forming groups around liking or not liking something. This is certainly one way of enjoying fiction, but not everyone appreciates it very much - not to mention polarization is where nuance, oh sweet nuance, goes right out the picture. We could use less of it, wherever we are.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Parallelize And Conquer   
    As a counterpoint to your part on parallel structures, the first example smells a lot like an unrefined rhetorical figure: the tricolon - the easiest example of those might be "I came, I saw, I conquered." In the words of Mark Forsyth in The Elements of Eloquence: "Tricolons sound great if the third thing is longer." I kinda feel like you're either riding a bit hard on the parallel structure part, or not explaining it in enough depth - here's a rewrite that plays with the rhythm of it in a different fashion:
    She's got good grades, great looks, and she's very popular among the students.
    I kinda cheated with the italics changing the meaning, not to mention removing "all" which might be significant as well, but hey I'm trying to prove a point not be useful ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Point is, I make sure to stress very to (imperfectly, sadly) mimic the initial stress structure of each third of the sentence.
    ...With that said, rhetorical figures are often employed to make things memorable or stand out, which is not necessarily your aim at all times.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Parallelize And Conquer   
    As a counterpoint to your part on parallel structures, the first example smells a lot like an unrefined rhetorical figure: the tricolon - the easiest example of those might be "I came, I saw, I conquered." In the words of Mark Forsyth in The Elements of Eloquence: "Tricolons sound great if the third thing is longer." I kinda feel like you're either riding a bit hard on the parallel structure part, or not explaining it in enough depth - here's a rewrite that plays with the rhythm of it in a different fashion:
    She's got good grades, great looks, and she's very popular among the students.
    I kinda cheated with the italics changing the meaning, not to mention removing "all" which might be significant as well, but hey I'm trying to prove a point not be useful ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Point is, I make sure to stress very to (imperfectly, sadly) mimic the initial stress structure of each third of the sentence.
    ...With that said, rhetorical figures are often employed to make things memorable or stand out, which is not necessarily your aim at all times.
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    Zakamutt got a reaction from Narcosis in Permit Me a Rant on the Term "Overrated"   
    The problem with mindless praise is that it is ineffective at making creators' works better as it does not point out what made the work good in the first place. I imagine Narcosis, an aspiring salty vn writer, is also thinking about the "hugbox" effect that exists in certain places to shield creators from any criticism - considering there is or at least was at some point a specific badge to put in your profile if you want honest criticism of your work at Lemmasoft, it's not like his fears are entirely unwarranted.
    It's a p. decent mirror with the problem of mindless bashing not helping you make your work better by pointing out what was bad.
    It's not like either has no information content; one tells you to stop making things in your current fashion, another tells you to continue in similar fashion. However, they would appear suboptimal from a creator's perspective.
    Outside of a creator's perspective, mindlessness on either side does not promote thoughtful discussion or trying to understand people that think different to you, and instead encourages forming groups around liking or not liking something. This is certainly one way of enjoying fiction, but not everyone appreciates it very much - not to mention polarization is where nuance, oh sweet nuance, goes right out the picture. We could use less of it, wherever we are.
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