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Localisation for Mobile Phone Games

Project Title: Localisation for Mobile Phone Games
Supervisory Team Dr Matt Smith & Mr. Richard Gallery
Researcher: Ms. Leonie Troy
Contact Details: 01 8851098

Project Description:

Today mobile phone games are developed over a short time span. Because of the additional work and complexity that localisation requires, such games are frequently produced without localisation in mind.  In recent years automation and standardisation of localisation has been developed and promoted by the Localisation Industry Standard Association (LISA) and Oasis. Mobile phone game localisation involves various types of language transfer on a small scale, which challenges the localisation process. Our work investigated the workflow for the localisation of a mobile phone game into Spanish and German using a LISA Standard TMX (Term Base Memory Exchange) and the Oasis standard XLIFF (XML Localisation Interchange File Format). Using Unicode the game was also localised into one Altaic language (Korean) and one Semitic language (Arabic). The localisation results have been compared and contrasted using software testing and statistical analysis carried out using a range of methods.

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