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Game Localization

I have four years of in-house experience as an English-German software translator, tester, and project coordinator at Origin Systems. Since leaving Origin, I have continued working as a freelance translator and consultant with major entertainment software companies. My work has included:

  • Translating computer and video games for Origin, Electronic Arts, Firaxis, Looking Glass. Sonalysts, Mattel Interactive and Jane’s Combat Simulations and other companies into German.
  • Translating extensive software documentation (up to 250 pp), web pages and installation programs.
  • Coordinating projects, many of them with development teams in remote locations.
  • Training other translators
  • Testing localized software in beta and final stages.
  • Writing guidelines for development teams on designing translation-friendly software.
  • Coordinating audio recordings with German dubbing studios.
  • Assembling teams of foreign language-testers (F, I, G, S and other languages) and consulting with companies on linguistic testing

I can offer complete German translation services for a localization project, ranging from in-game screens, documentation, subtitles to websites and packaging texts. I have translated games containing over 200,000 words.

Games translated:

ORIGIN SYSTEMS  

  •  System Shock (classic first-person shooter)

  • Wings of Glory (WWI flight sim)

  • Wing Commander III (space epic/interactive movie)

  • BioForge (sci-fi action game)

  • CyberMage: Darklight Awakening (first-person shooter)

  • Wing Commander IV (space epic/interactive movie)

  • Crusader: No Regret  (sci-fi action game)

  • Crusader: No Remorse PSX (sci-fi action game)

  • Crusader: No Remorse Saturn (sci-fi action game)

  • Wing Commander Prophecy  (space epic/interactive movie)

  • Ultima Ascension (last episode of legendary fantasy RPG)

ELECTRONIC ARTS  

  • US Navy Fighters (modern jet flight sim)

  • Marine Fighters (modern jet flight sim)

  • Fighter Pilot (modern jet flight sim)

FIRAXIS

  • Sid Meier's Gettysburg! (real-time military simulation)

  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (turn-based strategy game)

JANE'S COMBAT SIMULATIONS  

  • Advanced Tactical Fighters (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • AH-64D Longbow (modern helicopter sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • NATO Fighters (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • Flashpoint Korea (modern helicopter sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • US Navy Fighters 97 (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • Advanced Tactical Fighters Gold (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • Longbow Gold (modern helicopter sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • 688(i) Hunter/Killer (modern submarine sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • Longbow 2 (modern helicopter sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • F-15 (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • WWII Fighters (WWII flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • Fleet Command (modern naval strategy sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • USAF (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

  • F/A-18 (modern jet flight sim, data supplied by Jane's Information Group)

LOOKING GLASS  

  • System Shock 2 (sequel to classic game System Shock)

MATTELL INTERACTIVE  

  • PokéROM: Pikachu (children's quiz game)

SONALYSTS 

  •  Sub Command (modern submarine sim, data supplied by US Naval Institute)

  • Dangerous Waters (modern naval sim, data supplied by US Naval Institute, translated game together with Christoph Niedermair) 

SUNFLOWERS 

  • 1503 A.D. (English translation of German best-selling trade and strategy game ANNO 1503)

  • 1503 A.D. - Treasures, Monsters and Pirates (Official expansion set)

CYBERFRONT 

  • Kollon (Puzzle game for Sony PSP)

BLACK BEAN  

  • The Day After  (Alternate history strategy game, translation of manual)

GMX MEDIA   

  • Will of Steel  (Tactical real-time strategy game)

THE ADVENTURE COMPANY   

  • Voyage  (Adventure game based on the novels of Jules Verne)

OBERON

  • Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet (Mystery game)

  BIG FISH GAMES 

  • Azada: Ancient Magic (Literary puzzle game)

  • The Treasures of Mystery Island (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Lost Secrets: Bermuda Triangle (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Rescue at Raijin Island (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Mae Q'West and the Sign of the Stars (Hidden objects game)

  • Reel Quest (Fishing game)

  • Amazing Heists: Dillinger (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Zulu's Zoo (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Becky Brogan: The Mystery of Meane Manor (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Strange Cases: The Tarot Card Mystery (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

  • Autumn's Treasures: The Jade Coin (Hidden objects/puzzle game)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GAMES

  • Herod's Lost Tomb (Hidden objects/puzzle game) 

2D BOY  

  •  World of Goo (Physics/puzzle game)

ALAWAR GAMES

  •   Alabama Smith in The Escape from Pompeii (Hidden objects game) 

NGMOCO

  •     WordFu (Word puzzle game for iPhone and iPod Touch)

  •     Rolando 2 (Adventure game for iPhone and iPod Touch)

  •     Touch Pets (Pet simulation game for iPhone and iPod Touch)

OVERPLAY

  •     Winemaker Extraordinaire (Wine trading simulation game) 

ZERO EMISSION GAMES

  •     Short Order Cook (Memory game for iPhone and iPod Touch)

DISNEY PLAYDOM

  •     Gardens of Time (Facebook game, Social Networking Game of the Year 2011)

  •     Blackwood and Bell Mysteries (Facebook game)  

SPACE APE GAMES

  •     Rival Kingdoms (RTS fantasy game)

APP ABOVE GAMES

    Armadillo Gold Rush (Smartphone maze game)