WELCOME to the personal home page/blog of Matthew La France. Please enjoy your stay.
After my last, albeit relatively old post, I went and started getting back into translation again. I have to say, it's really nice to be back into it. A lot has to do with changes I'm making in my life that are helping me to feel more like myself again, so I have energy to put into some things that I'm passionate about.
Anyway, on Esperknight and Filler's Video Game Translations I've made a couple of small updates about the Ah! Megami-sama game for PC-FX, and Team Innocent for the same system.
In addition to that, I've been working on some old projects that have been kicking around my HDD forever. One is Galaxy Robo. I don't even remember who I was working on that with it's so old. I'm currently shopping the technical work out to Dynamic Designs. Barring that, it looks like Gideon of Aeon Genesis has offered to help with the project if Bongo` isn't interested so I'm hopeful that that will move forward one way or another.
Additionally, I've been doing some work on the remaining script for Welcome to Pia Carrot 2, and I've gotten additional translation support for Ah! Megami-sama which I may post about more on Esperknight's and my shared site.
If that weren't enough, I just watched all of the second season of City Hunter (City Hunter 2 aptly), which is great. I kind of forgot how much I love City Hunter and how easy it is to watch. At any rate, I was checking out the PCE game and it looks very nice.
Appears to be a short action adventure game with good music and graphics and just enough text to be fun to translate, while still being a fairly small project. I'm shopping around for some technical help with that right now. I may even try building a table file, and possibly dumping the script for that myself. It's been an awfully long time since I messed around with that.
At any rate. You can see I'm tremendously gung-ho about projects all of a sudden. To tell you the truth, it feels like coming home. I'm looking forward to making some great progress. In addition it looks like Aretha I and II are still forging ahead at Dynamic-Designs, so I'm excited to see what 2015 holds for fan translation releases. I hope all will check back to this page and related pages often!
Thank you! I appreciate that people stop by with kind words, encouragement, and curiosity about my translation projects. I figured I'd put something up to address recent comments since this will probably be up for a while.
I'm feeling that "real life" type of pressure to grow up, have a real job, and do something with my life. Honestly, fan translation is the best thing I've done in my life, and I'm proud of it, and plan to continue doing it.
For the past couple of years, in my spare time, I've been focusing on studying Japanese and actually getting better. I passed N3 last November, and I plan to shoot for N2 next year. I did some professional video game translation too, that was cool.
To an extent I feel like my life can be measured out by the translation projects I've worked on. How many years has that been? How many could I do before I die? I love the projects I've done, but I don't want them to be all I've done. I can't neglect my life and my own growth.
So I haven't been working on projects for a little while. Will I? Yeah. Do I? Sure. I pick away a scripts here and there. Dynamic Designs has two large RPGs I translated (one partial) that they are working on editing and play-testing for release. I've managed to finish first drafts of scripts for Team Innocent, and Ojousama Sousamou. Until those finished projects get out there, I feel like I've done enough for now.
Recently, I hear Eien ni Hen did editing on the script for Team Innocent, so a big thanks to her for that. I'd love to see some of these PC-FX translations get somewhere. While I can't say when, and I won't say soon, I will say I'm not leaving this world without getting a few more PC-FX translation patches out there for others to enjoy. Hopefully at least a couple more of my dream projects like Gunnm Martian Memory as well.
To those wanting to help, all I can say is thanks. Right now it's more a matter of me mustering the will and being focused, as well as having technical support. Esperknight has been a great friend and asset, and I suspect we'll continue working together as time goes by.
If you are really passionate about these projects, get out there and work on them yourselves. That's what I did, and that's what I do. Get the skills, find people to work with, make it happen. Barring that, all I can ask is that you be patient and wish me the best. When I want it badly enough again, trust me, stuff will happen.
I just fired up my Sega Saturn to play an Japanese import game and I found an odd error. "Download failed - no connection" flashed on the Action Replay screen repeatedly.
Turns out simply cleaning the contacts on the Action Replay cartridge solved the problem, but I thought I'd put this up in case it helps someone else out.