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Ola, como estão? It’s your dear host and South American unofficial representative Nior, and as tradition demands it, I hope you’re all doing juuust fine this wonderful Thursday, so let’s get this messy show on the road.


It’s been a pretty uneventful week so far guys. Other than sending the car to a mechanic to fix some paint scratches (pro tip: owning a car is expensive, don’t do it) nothing much happened. So instead let me talk about the one game I played this week(besides FF 14): Celeste.

Confession time: I’m not a big fan of platformers but this game won me almost instantly. I’ve heard many good things about it and didn’t think it would live up to the hype, and in a rare twist, it does! I literally can’t complain about anything. It accomplishes everything it set out to do and more: The pixel art is beautiful, controls are precise and responsive, the music more than enhances the atmosphere and it has a surprisingly relatable story about dealing with depression, anxiety and the uncertainty that is living. Seriously, this game is bound to pop in many people’s GOTY list and all praise it will receive is well deserved.

But my biggest surprise was finding out that this game was localized to perfect Brazilian Portuguese with slangs and mannerisms that only a local would know (likely because it had an actual Brazilian working on it). And it was great! I rarely play games in my own language because more often than not, little things are lost in translation (I recent example would be the sneakers joke in Black Panther. Few people got that in the session I went), but Celeste nailed it and I wish more games could follow this example.

And that leads me to today’s main question:

What are your favorite (or most hated) examples of localizations?

Please listen to the rest while playing. It will be well worth it.

Other questions include:

  • Do you speak a second language (mandatory Spanish classes don’t count :P)
  • Friday 13th quickly approaches. So what’s your favorite scary movie?

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