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6011496 No.6011496 [Reply] [Original]

Why are all of the menu options in japanese games often in English?

>> No.6011502

It looks more edgy and smart.

>> No.6011508

Same reason why most English games have Japanese menus.

>> No.6011516

Because English is universal language.

>> No.6011564

They do?

>> No.6011858

Yeah, it's transliterated though. Like start comes from the Japanese スタート.

>> No.6011861

Both of you are fucking retarded.

>> No.6011864

Japan loves English actually.
Wait, not the people, only the language.

>> No.6011890

Because they think it is cool. See: Hellsinker

>> No.6011919

You mean global.

>> No.6011953
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Too bad all of this text isn't in English.

>> No.6011962

>Butthurt Martian

>> No.6011969
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My theory is that it has something to do with the early microcomputer era. The programmers had to become at least somewhat familiar with English so they could program with software and tools that were all English language. They probably learned commands like START, OPTIONS and the like. It then probably just became the de facto standard in the industry.

Either that or they're just Engrish-loving gooks. It's anyone's guess.

>> No.6011980

Better question: Why does ZUN give his games an English subtitle, that also usually is only marginally related to the actual title?

>> No.6011987

Japan briefly considered adopting English as their written language after the war. Of course the notion got shot down in flames due to cultural sentiment, but still they can at least see how much more elegant a system it is than kanji/kana (aka one of the very worst writing systems in the world).

Also since "big successful company" there almost always means being international, aka doing business in the U.S, if they have English everywhere they feel that it makes their products look more refined and well-known. China is EXTREMELY big on this idea and is known to hire white people to just stand around at conventions in order to give the impression of being international companies.

Although, I don't think that's why ZUN uses English. Many Japanese have semi-adopted English on their own, period, in the guise of "super official / important titles or terms are written in English". Hence things that Japan doesn't even want us to see or deal with (like Touhou) have bits of English sprinkled into fanwork and merchandise.

>> No.6011988

It's like asking why white guys get tattoos of Japanese characters to look badass. Nobody knows or cares.

>> No.6011989

Why do we talk about Japanese things on an English board?

>> No.6012005

English board using Japanese software in an Emulation of Japanese boards.

>> No.6012006


They didn't consider English as their written language. They considered replacing their alphabet system with the standard English alphabet. Still Japanese, just written phonetically in English.

Leaving Japan and joining Europe? Sounds good to me, aniki

>> No.6012007

It's shit as a language, but it looks pretty.

>> No.6012013

ZUN wants his games to be a mix of Eastern and Western.

>> No.6012017


then why does he despise white people?

>> No.6012024


Thanks, that's what I meant to say. I didn't care enough to correct myself though. Maybe if moot ever puts in an edit-post option, I'd correct typos/clarify things if I needed to.

>> No.6012020


>> No.6012022

How touhous other than Marisa are western themed?

>> No.6012035

All of EoSD, iPods, Cola, etc.

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>blondes aplenty


>> No.6012046

Just delete the post and repost it. Why do you need an edit? No one is gonna read your post again to know. Might as well post it again.

>> No.6012051

It takes a while before you can delete your post.

>> No.6012054

>then why does he despise white people?
He doesn't?

>> No.6012071

All blondes besides Marisa are dangerous, inhuman beings. Marisa herself is an insane kleptomaniac. He can't like blondes that much.

>> No.6012074

so? Although I hate moot for adding that recently. What the fuck was he thinking. Eliminating ghost age-ing or something?

>> No.6012084
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Last time I saw a corresponding hair color chart, blonde was in fact ZUN's most common hair color choice.

Also interesting is that you can sort of see traits or personality trends depending on color. This is NOT accurate to every character at all, but, as far as I can see...

Gray = neutral, composed, powerful (that's mostly due to lunarians)
Black = feisty, rambunctious
Purple = demure, calm
Blonde = ethically ambiguous (aka white devil)

>> No.6012094

And what does "?!" imply?

>> No.6012102

By "They" I assume you mean the allied movement that forced Japan to become more western? Because anyone who has dealt with Japanese for more than 5 minutes would realize a romaji-only Japanese would suck hard.

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>> No.6012140
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All touhous are dangerous sin ridden beings.
Nonetheless ZUN loves every single one of them.
ZUN loves you too, just the way you are.
He just loves Marisa, Aya and Sanae more than you.
Probably Cirno too.
And Reimu of course.

>> No.6012143

Any color = probably an asshole

>> No.6012145

that is the most autistic chart I have seen.

>> No.6012151

Don't pretend you've never obsessively sorted Touhous before.

>> No.6012161
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>Silver is labeled lunarian
>The only lunarian in the group is Erin.
That chart kinda makes me frustrated.

Do you have the one for the heights, for repostal purpose next time a whine thread comes up.

>> No.6012163

I've only done it by good and bad characters, i.e. Not Marisa and Marisa, respectively.

>> No.6012229
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This is the height chart based on ZUN's email. Pretty old.

>> No.6012258

Wow, are you sure there isn't a more recent one?

>> No.6012617

>Yukari taller than Ran
Nooooo ;_;

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>> No.6013745

testing to see if post, apologies for spam :x

>> No.6013780

Isn't there a picture that showed all of the heights of all the touhou characters?