Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Meeting of Cultures

Alternate Title: "Lost in Translation"

One of the key aspects of Final Fantasy XI is that it is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game). This means that players from countless countries can come together in the same game in the spirit of cooperation.

It also means I have to deal with three times as many stupid people.

Now, GM calls are usually handled by a GM from the same country as the player placing the call. This helps with communication and customer satisfaction.

Plus, I get enough stupidity from the english player base.

Occasionally, however, I will receive a few GM calls placed by Japanese players.

I don't mind this. I bear no ill will toward the Japanese peoples. But stupidity in another language is still stupidity and must be treated accordingly.

So they get fed to a ryuu instead of a dragon. It all works out.

Early this morning, I was just about to end a late shift, when I got a call from a Japanese player.

GM Call Description: Suminasen, michi ni mayoi mashita. (( The Boyahda Tree )) e no ikikata o oshiete kudasai.

In case you don't speak Japanese, this roughly translates to "Excuse me, I am lost. Can you show me how to get to Boyahda Tree?"

Now, does that sound like an emergency? Does it sound like something to bother a GM over?

I don't care what language you speak, that was just plain stupid.

And stupidity must be dealt with.

[GM]Dave>> Ohayo gozaimasu. O genki desu ka?
Player>> Hai, genki desu. Anata wa?
[GM]Dave>> (( I'm sorry. )) (( I don't speak any Japanese. ))
Player>> (( I don't speak any English. ))
Player>> (( Please use the auto-translate function. ))

Here, I am faced with a choice. I can:
a) use the auto-translate function carefully to convey my ideas
b) use the auto-translate function to horribly frustrate this player

If you're reading this blog, I'm pretty sure you know the choice I made.

[GM]Dave>> (( word )) (( Up )), (( Home point ))!
Player>> (( What? ))
[GM]Dave>> (( Ready to start Skillchain. ))
Player>> (( I don't understand. ))
[GM]Dave>> (( I'll follow you. ))
[GM]Dave>> (( I'm playing solo right now. ))
Player>>
Demarinasai.
Player>> Anata wa dame desu.
[GM]Dave>> (( That's interesting. ))
Player>> Urusai, baka yaro.

Now, I'm don't speak Japanese, but I know the important words (read: curse words).

This is unacceptable.

[GM]Dave>> (( Help desk )) (( Do you need it? ))
Player>> (( Yes, please. ))

*warp*

Jormungand hits Player for 10,825 points of damage.
Player was defeated by Jormungand.
Player falls to level 52.

Player>> Chikusho!
[GM]Dave>> (( Can I add you to my friends list? ))

Remember: stupidity is universal.

And so are dragons.

14 Comments:

At 1:08 PM, Blogger sevenpointflaw said...

I love how Jormy hits hard and hard each time he is fed. I suppose it makes sense, what with all the interuptions to his schedule. I'd get more and more frustrated, too.

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger thejap said...

ur a dumbass, u got the whole translation dipshit

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger thejap said...

u got the whole translation wrong u dipshit*

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger [GM]Dave said...

thejap synthesized an Irony +1.

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Terria said...

Funny how people can't just laugh at this stuff and realize it's for comic relief.

Someones always gotta be the downer :3

<3 the blogs [GM]Dave. Keep posting please^^

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger Kewlguy said...

Dude! Seriously you're my hero. Stupidity deserves punishment. It's the only way to get the stupidity to stop. You're awesome! Eliminating stupidity one character at a time.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Tsuki said...

Great. But can someone translate what the JP is asking for? It would be funnier. :P

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Razu said...

OMFG Greatness [GM]Dave, you are a god among retards. please i gotta meet you i wanna get smaked by dragons.

 
At 8:00 AM, Blogger jakinthebox said...

Hilarity! <3 You are truly a GM God among Mortals!

If ever I'm in the mood to get banned I will send a GM tell asking jut for GM Dave.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Fircefairy said...

Dave I love what you said about level 75 arrogance! I am 75 THF and 70 MNK,and I honestly HATE people that use the *I am high level* bullcrap!As if THAT makes you somehow magically a better player?uuummm NO..it means you sat your butt in a chair for countless hours!

 
At 1:27 AM, Blogger Anifanatic said...

[GM]Dave, you are truely, truely a shining example of why I still have faith in MMOs. *applause* Continue, please.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Kilgore said...

BEST. ENTRY. EVER.

That was so pointlessly cruel. I LOVE IT.

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Irakuu said...

[GM]Dave>> Ohayo gozaimasu. O genki desu ka?
Player>> Hai, genki desu. Anata wa?
[GM]Dave>> (( I'm sorry. )) (( I don't speak any Japanese. ))
Player>> (( I don't speak any English. ))
Player>> (( Please use the auto-translate function. ))

Dave: hello adventurer. how are you?
player: hello, im great. ????? ??
and the rest is just gibberish to me

 
At 11:15 PM, Blogger Irakuu said...

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