#18 Ollie Scarborough - You don't need to force yourself into a certain routine; creativity is something that comes from being in your element.

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#18 Ollie Scarborough

You don't need to force yourself into a certain routine; creativity is something that comes from being in your element.

We’re back after an unexpected hiatus to talk to freelance translator and localizer Ollie Scarborough,), who became enthralled with narrative-based video games after playing Ys I on Master System. His interest in games led to him pursuing Japanese language, fan translation, and eventually a career in localization with a number of well known publishers.

Also, we talk ribald German Zelda localizations, right-wing fan translators, the Finnish Cabin, the internet of yesteryear and how fan communities existed, more Night in the Woods praise, being the dick you want to see in the world, Ollie calls me out for not understanding the brilliance nuance of Suda51, and we find out happens when you get two quiet introverts in a room together (spoilers: the entire podcast).

Intro Music "A Cruel Angel’s Thesis" by Yoko Takahashi
Intermission Music “Theme of Jamie” by Konami Kukeiha Club (from Snatcher)
Outro Music "Fly Me to the Moon” by Yoko Takahashi

#17 Anne Lee - There's an ongoing conversation on what we can and can't do as researchers in Australia.

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#17 Anne Lee

There's an ongoing conversation on what we can and can't do as researchers in Australia.

Anne Lee (Chic Pixel) joins us this week to share tale of her terrifying encounter with Oddworld posing a rocky start to her relationship with video games, eventually followed by an enthrallment with Final Fantasy VII and a lifelong fascination and academic interest with Otome and Boys’ Love media. Now working within the industry as a translator and localizer, we discuss questions of licensing and regulation posed to visual novels and H-games, and the bittersweet reality of creativity under NDAs.

Also, we talk Chic Pixel’s Community Game-A-Long, practicing Japanese through Tokimeki Memorial Girls’ Side 2, having problematic faves, her work as marketing consultant for JAST BLUE’s upcoming Sweet Pool localization, and why Falcom is cool as heck.

Follow Anne on Twitter @apricotsushi and Instagram @apricotsushi. If you want to know more about Otome, be sure to read her excellent overview of Koei’s Ruby Party imprint at Waypoint.

Also, be sure to snag Cat Painter (iOS/Android), which Anne localized!

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe