11 March 2016 - Forum Rules
Started by animalia, October 12, 2011, 10:34:19 AM
Quote from: Nightcrawler on October 12, 2011, 01:41:26 PMThis kind of thing comes up every few months. I'm going to entertain the question this time and explain some things.It typically takes several hundred hours to do a quality translation for a given person or small group.It would be pure business to get someone to work on a game they weren't interested in (If they were interested, they'd already be working on it). Because of that, you'd need to have a lot of money.You'd have to pay one or more people. An average fair software engineering rate in the US for each hacker might be around $75/hour or equivalent salary of 50K/year. Then you have translators which may charge .05 to .10 or more per word. Depending on your script, this could be substantial. Most people have full times jobs. So, if you want it quickly or with deadlines, you'd probably have to supplement their full time wages or risk waiting months or even years.Legality. I am not a lawyer and offer no legal advice, but what you ask is likely illegal in many countries. Whether it be unauthorized translation or copyright infringement potential, adding the involvement of money certainly doesn't help.General community ethics frown upon the involvement of money in our hobby so we can continue to be in the rights holders good graces, and not be seen as a threat.For the reasons listed above, it would be very rare that anyone would answer your request. In the event someone did answer your request, it would be a rarer case if you had the financial resources to entertain it.The only alternative I know of outside of the ROM hacking community would be to approach the current copyright holders and attempt to get the game officially translated. I believe they may be cooperative if you tell them you are willing to finance the project and would assume publishing risk. It would be rare that one had the financial resources to sustain this avenue as well.Either way, it would likely be several thousand dollars at the cheapest rates with potential to go to many thousands. I am only versed in US industries and denominations. You may be able to find cheaper rates in other countries.
Quote from: Klarth on October 12, 2011, 08:21:50 PM$75 an hour? Maybe I should ditch the engineering route and find a programming job...j/k. Btw, $75/hr is a $150k annual salary, not $50k.
Quote from: Nightcrawler on October 13, 2011, 10:46:56 AMRomsstar:How is it a hobby when you're paying them to do a project for you? It's no longer a hobby and they are no longer doing it for fun. Nobody is going to do a few hundred hours of work for you without adequate compensation, regardless of skill level. What do you mean by 'REAL professionals'? Many here are engineers or programmers professionally. We have several professional translators as well. The people found in this community are probably amongst the most highly skilled in the world when it comes to reprogramming of classic games for translation. That's a very specific skillset. Are you saying the people here are not skilled? Are you saying you expect their work is only worth say $10/hour and not as valuable as 'standard' rates? Good luck getting anyone to work for you with that mentality. That's just another example of why it doesn't happen.
Quote from: Deathlike2 on October 14, 2011, 03:16:55 PMRome was not built in a day.
Quote from: Gideon Zhi on October 14, 2011, 05:36:14 PMROM was not built in a day.*cough*
Quote from: Auryn on October 14, 2011, 06:21:51 PMOh....how depressing, I was expecting some supreme knowledge that Master Gideon would share with us and then ... only this
Quote from: RedComet on October 15, 2011, 01:08:52 AMOne of my classes now is a sort of intro to assembly language programming and I'm constantly shaking my head at all the people who whine about how "hard" it is.
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