That's cool. I can understand. I just feel like the newer spell names fit the more whimsical nature of the series a little better.
I think the official spell names fit the contemporary localizations overall very well, because everything has that whimsical, silly, goofy kind of style. When you increase the pun usage from the japanese by 2000%, use all these over the top accents, have really fluffed up writing even when there isn't accents, I think the light hearted and silly style of those spell names fits perfectly.
I don't really agree they fit with our text, which has some fun or silly elements now and then per the Japanese, but is overall a lot more serious in nature.
The original Japanese spell names rarely sound silly to that audience. They sound exotic, mysterious, cool, powerful. That's what our native Japanese partner has conveyed to us. While we were impressed that the contemporary spell names structurally
achieved some equivalency with the Japanese system with expanding prefixes and suffixes, the feeling was just far too different. Furthermore, the meaning in the official English names is generally a little more apparent than how the Japanese names worked. People complain sometimes that they look at ours and don't immediately know what they do, but that was an intended equivalency to the Japanese system. The player was supposed to get a new spell and say: hmmm what does this do? All that was intended was a hint.
PS: we decided to remove the spell name in game pics from the publish pages of these patches. Not that we aren't proud of them and want to bury them (far from the case), but we notice that people tend to look at those, get confronted by all these very different new names all at once, many of which not being immediately clear on their meaning or function, and they tend to make snap judgments. The right way to experience these spell names is in the games, one by one as you receive them or the enemies use them. Will be making those image edits soon.
Regardless, you are doing a great job, and thank you for giving my favorite JRPG series the love it deserves! Final Fantasy is given too much attention, and DQ too little, great to even that out a little LOL.
Strong agree. Even though I use a Final Fantasy handle and have done a couple Final Fantasy related hacks (mostly for the sake of my own OCD), we've focused on DQ because, yes, the franchise needed more love in comparison.