Sony boss upsets Arabic gamers

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With all the trouble currently occurring in the Arabic countries up north you would think corporates would tread gently when discussing issues directly related to these countries. Well Shuhei Yoshida obviously did not get that email and managed to upset a few Arabic gamers.

When asked via twitter if the PlayStation 4 would support Arabic, Yoshida simply answered

This set off a string of upset tweets demanding why not to which Yoshida then responded

In the end it really is just a simple case of people from different languages trying to converse in English. Granted Yoshida’s initial response was maybe a little curt but it was in response to the following tweet which you can’t say was overly friendly to start with

So I think this storm in a teacup can be put to rest now. The PlayStation 4 will not support Arabic on release but it will be available in Arabic-speaking countries.

I also don’t think this is a great surprise as the PlayStation 3 doesn’t currently support Arabic even though a petition with over 45 000 signatures exists requesting it. On the one hand I think the written Arabic language is a beautiful thing that would be a nice addition to the console yet I can understand the complexity of adding a language that doesn’t follow the same rules as most Western or Eastern languages.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer
  • TiMsTeR1033

    Ah who gives a crap about the Arabic gamers??

    • Zubayr Bhyat

      That is wrong on so many levels. Take that ignorant mindset elsewhere kthx :) They have money, therefore have influencing power over a product, especially one as important as the PS4.

      • ToshZA

        And in fact I have a friend in Bahrain who is a serious gamer. She’d eat you for breakfast for that comment Tim.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

          Eat him? Wow. Ok then. Moving on

          • TiMsTeR1033

            people in Bahrain must be hungry hehe

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            I dont know, the place sounds pretty Bahrain to me.

          • JHN

            win

          • ToshZA

            Upvote for you sir!

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Bahrain is awesome, an island Las Vegas (lots of South African expats there), although I personally like the splendour of Dubai and the emirates. :D

    • Skyblue

      No dude, just no.

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      Slaps Tim hard* Gamers are gamers boet, no matter where you are! Bad dog!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I guess my trolling skillz need serious work…. damn man you slapped me so hard i broke my office chair! lol

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          Bwahahaha ;)

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      EVERYONE SHOUT AT TIM FOR HAVING AN AN OPINION!!!!

      Fuck okes, its the internet, If you can not figure out what a troll is, rather stick to facebook mmmkay?

      • TiMsTeR1033

        atleast you saw it like that, Ive been slapped and eaten for breakfast lol

        • Hammersteyn

          Use this next time ;-)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Ek sal probeer om die internet te leer, wanneer ek verstan nie all die goed, maar my afrikaans is baie kak….

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            Inderdaad

          • TiMsTeR1033

            whats that mean?

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            Indeed

          • TiMsTeR1033

            damn learnt something new today ;)

        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          Fok die naaiers ;)

      • Sageville

        If you need to clarify that your comment was a joke, then it’s clear that it wasn’t funny.

        Personally, I have ZERO tolerance for bigotry of any sort even if it was intended as a troll or a joke.

        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          Then perhaps you misunderstand the idea of premise and satire. No ones bashing no one here friend, so perhaps take your high and mighty attitude and apply it to something like charity or taking care of the elderly.

          • JHN

            wow people put your big girl panties on. it was a joke

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Who man. No name calling! We are all aliens here, okay?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            :D Bow down before me!

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            NEVA!

          • Sageville

            Wow, that’s very condescending.

            Why do you feel so aggrieved by my personal opinion?

            You also like telling people to go away, to facebook or charity work, you must feel threatened, well don’t be, I’m not that scary.

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Yes you are! *hides under desk

          • Sageville

            Those nekkid pics weren’t meant for you!

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            0-O

    • Sageville

      Not cool dood.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        but I was trolling! :(

        • JHN

          its ok bro we still luv you

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          Ya, right… I know Gavin paid you to say something controversial so some pretend shit-storm ensues, thus allowing him to be Brenda, I mean, BATMAN of the week. Good job!

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            I want to be paid off too…could use the extra cash to buy a pie

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Screw the pie, put it towards GTA5V

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            Or make up the difference of the X1

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Only another $99.98 to go then… I er.. assume. *cough*

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            Wow, he’s cheap …… Timmy love don’t cost much

        • Sageville

          I know bru, but to the outside and new readers they may not know you like we do (unfortunately).

          I like to throw reminders about that stuff from time to time. Makes me feel like a Ultra-interweb cop, yeah thats how I roll.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            good on ya mate!

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Very true. I wrote an article recently (yes, I fucking rock) that included OVG in the main body. It made sense to because the community would know who I was talking about. But need to also realize that there are thousands of people who read the articles, and the comments, that do not know us all. So it is worth being very obvious if trolling, or pointing it out. Least people who come here think they’ve typed in 4chan by accident…

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Ah, you need to take the patented Jim Lenoir Trolling Master class. A master troll trolls to such an extent that they don’t even know they’ve been trolled.

          Also… never tell people they’re being trolled. You must own it, own IT! It’s all in the hips, trust, lift, tuck and duck! THRUST, LIFT, TUCK and DUCK!!! Now repeat after me, “THRUST, LIFT, TUCK and DUCK!!”

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            TWERKER JIM

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Strangely… my trolling technique works with twerking too….

    • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

      I see you pissed some people off…..You are becoming a man

      • RinceThisandCochon!

        It’s too soon! He can’t leave the nest yet!

        • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

          Fly Tim Fly. you are on your way to 4chan!

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            We don’t utter that word in LG *spits on floor

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            Bah, we spit on that filth. GARRRRRRGH PooWEE

        • TiMsTeR1033

          But Rince I wanna fly! *I BELIEVE I CAN FLY! I GOT SHOT DOWN BY THE FBI, ALL I WANTED WAS A CHICKEN WING SO THEY SHOT ME IN MY ……*

    • Jude

      Wow racist!
      No one cares about you either you scrub of earth

      • TiMsTeR1033

        seriously man was a joke even says it! even big EDIT scrub of earth has a nice ring to it like i give a shit.

  • Hammersteyn

    Maybe he was taking a dump and was caught mid wipe? As long as all devices has English I am happy. It’s bad enough that the French demand their language be used at the Olympics as well.

  • Kromas

    Learn English,Spanish or french as those are the three approved world languages and you will never have a localization issue.Then again Mass Effect in Afrikaans would be hilarious. “Hallo. Ek is Komandeer Suiphard en die plek is die plek is effen lekke’”

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      BWAHAHAHHA! Or Jack speaking it!

      • Kromas

        “I will destroy you!” should be translated to “Ek gaan jou opf*k!”

        • TiMsTeR1033

          op kak?

          • Kromas

            how did you get kak from f*k? :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            ek wil jou op kak!!! se maar nux ek sal jou dood skiet!! sker!! think thats scissors saw it in bakgat ;)

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            You want to poop on him?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            0_0 I said that! I would die in Pretoria seriously ;P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            If you said that in CT there would be any number of responses, depending on the place you said it :/

          • TiMsTeR1033

            explain

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You get some strange & deviant people in CT :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            hulle wil opkak op mense?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Ek sou nie verbaas wees nie of die antwoord ja was.

          • Kromas

            Yes … for me too poop on!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            O_O

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Hearing Afrikaans in Far Cry 2 was the funniest thing ever because it was completely unexpected.

      “Waar is hy? Ek het hom verloor.”
      “Yes!… wait…what did you just say?”

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

        “Ek gaan jou vrek skiet”

        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          hahahah this thread is killing me

      • No Longer SIR Twakkus

        I cant remember much of the game except for the Afrikaans merc’s. The first time I heard they where speaking Afrikaans I stopped shooting at them and just ran around them to hear all their scripts. Fun times!

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Well now we know THE REAL REASON the petrol price is going up. Thanks Sony. Thanks a lot -_-

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      hahahaha

    • Hammersteyn

      WIN!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      jy is verkeert die petrol gaan down wees

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Until a massive increase in October. dude. I work on Market Indicators for my company. Here’s a little gem for you:
        In July 2010 the cost of filling up a 50L tank on the coast was R401.50.
        In July 2013 it cost R643.00. Thats an increase of R 241.50
        Even typing this hurts my wallet.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          crap! so everything goes up except my salary!

        • No Longer SIR Twakkus

          FLIPPEN HELL!!
          What is the expected increase for coming years? Do you know?

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            The Syria crisis is going to hurt us. Big time

          • No Longer SIR Twakkus

            Think I am going to invest in a horse. At this rate it will be more economical than a car.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

          ;-(

        • Kromas

          Well then. Time to invent transporters.

    • OVG

      Comment of the week

    • Sageville

      LOL….and in this chart you can clearly see the correlation between the lack of Arabic in the PS3/4 and the price of Brent Crude….

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    In all honesty the fucktard who sent the first tweet was a bit rude. Language barriers aside, even the response was hardly noteworthy. People brewing bullshit on twitter just looking for a way to spend their day.

    Now dealing with the language/cultural barriers, both participants are from vastly different backgrounds, what might seem as rude for the one is completely a non issue for the other. With this in mind you can understand the possibilities of a complete breakout of a silly issue.

    Sony has every right to decide what and how they develop software on THEIR console. Yes ideally I would love an afrikaans pack for my PS but I aint going to troll a head exec to get it done. You go around the right channels rather than having a hissy fit on the internet. Yes They had a petition and they got 45000 signatures. Thats rad, thats how stuff is supposed to work. Doesnt necessarily mean you are entitled to getting what ever you want just because of the fact. Its a product/service you as the consumer buy, if you were not happy with the product why did you purchase it? Fucksake.

    #rantover

    • JHN

      yeah dude if you ask a question like an asshole expect to be answered like an asshole.

      • Devourer of Small Bunnies

        testify

        • JHN

          AMEN

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Preach it

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            TWERK IT! ok Ill go sit in the corner again.

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      LOL! Dude, has OVG been teaching you the ways of RAGE? ;) But agreed, if you ask a question like a cock, expect an answer in the same vein.

      • Devourer of Small Bunnies

        Ive always been a mean bliksem. And nothing pisses me off more than stupidity and narcissism. How this “pissed off” a whole continental region, fuck knows. I think journo’s are just causing KAK for the sake of hits (not LG, duh)

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          Agreed. I blame Gavin first, then Geoff, and then Zoe. The ring leader I believe is Darryn ;) But seriously, you see the way people speak on twitter and they are generally self declared entitled wankers.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            WHich is why i have used it like twice

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            Better than facebook though :P

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            It can be good. I follow a load of companies, and only people I think are okay.

        • Skyblue

          Arabic is actually a very course language so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just a translation mix-up of how he would have phrased the question in Arabic but done via Google translate or something. It does sound dickish though. When looking at the phrasing of the question and the answer I thought it was curt and very precise and cudo’s for actually responding.

          That said, unfortunately that part of the world, like South Africa, is largely devoid of tolerance for anything which can be even remotely construed as a slight against their various cultures.

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            Didnt know that, good point.

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      Also, Merican petitioned and got 25,000 votes to have a Death Star built and did they? NOOOOOOO, because that would be wrong!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        We don’t need to build one. The moon is already an artificial space craft that could easily be converted into a death star once the need for secrecy is over. TINFOIL HAT ENGAGE!

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          How would we move it though? Unicorns?

          • Sageville

            Lazers dood, it’s always Lazers.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Don’t be silly, we need the unicorns to ride into battle against the tooth fairies lest we’re overwhelmed and lose all our teeth, forced to spend the rest of our lives in indentured servitude.

          • Sageville

            is that somewhere near the Cape flats?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol

      • Sageville

        Don’t remind me, I’m still gutted!

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          I know man, ruined my whole week.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Mortal Kombat “Finish him” afrikaans translation “maak hom dood!”

    • No Longer SIR Twakkus

      Actually a more direct translation is: “Voltooi hom” ;)

      • Skyblue

        LOL!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        yeah man I failed Afrikaans soooo bad at school.

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Now say Banana Milkshake.
        heeheehee…….

        • TiMsTeR1033

          piesang melksommel

          • Kromas

            More traditional would be geel melkie as in yellow nesquik. Then again I prefer pienk melkie cause awwwweeeeee yeaahhhhh!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            so if I want a bannana milk shake in pretoria I ask for geel melkie?

          • Kromas

            well if you are asking specifically for nesquik. If you really want a banana milkshake don’t go to Pretoria :P

          • No Longer SIR Twakkus

            Ja, as jy baie snaakse kyke wil kry!

          • HvR

            wel in sekere plekke mag jy dalk ‘n moerse suprise kry.

        • Skyblue

          Hier kom die Piesang Melk Skommelaar!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            XD so filthy

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You complete me ;)

        • No Longer SIR Twakkus

          Really bro! I love you to, long time! Promise :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            spread the love!!! now spread AIDS!!!

      • Sageville

        Sounds dirty, like at the end of a full body massage and the boss tells your masseur to “Finish Him”…. and that’s where the term “Happy Ending” came from.

    • Skyblue

      That is kak Afrikaans bud, lets try -
      Bliksem hom in sy moer in!
      Trek sy gat deur sy oe uit!
      Sit die koek in sy suster in!… wait, I’m off topic

      • TiMsTeR1033

        ek wil koek en koffie he?

        • Skyblue

          Koeksusters en koffie klink nou fokken lekker as jy my vra.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            ek hou baie om koksusters te eet

          • Skyblue

            LOL, sounds you visit Thailand, a lot.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            HAHAHHAAAA koksusters are cross dressers. And you like to eat them?

            Koeksusters on the other hand….also don’t like em

          • TiMsTeR1033

            serious? koksusters are cross dressers?

            Whats a dwarf? a dwergie? sounds so wrong!!

          • Kromas

            Dawie die kabouter!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            a dwarf is a kabouter?

          • HvR

            Dwarf = dwerg or dwergie
            Gnome = kabouter

        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          Eks nogal lus vir huspot en n skaap boutjie.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            huspot? I got the rest

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            Its a mash of carrots and potatos. I think its dutch or old school afrikaaner kos.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            damn I can learn sooo much its scary…

          • No Longer SIR Twakkus

            You rolling old school Afrikaans tjomma ;)

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            Best believe :)

  • Rynier G Schoeman

    Pretty clear that mR ARAB isnt too hot in English so he kept it short. Im not seeing anything wrong here . Must I go make a scene about PS4 not having Afrikaans support?

    • Kromas

      Just a little note. Arabic is a second gen world language (not one of the top 3 and official but close enough to be called sort of a world language and actually is in some places.) where afrikaans gets spoken a bit in Namibia,South Africa and a lot in Australia (see what I did there :P ). Still I would love us starting a petition cause it is one of the most expressive languages out there. :P

  • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    wow….things are serious down here……Where’s the love people?

    • Skyblue

      Hugs?

      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        Hugging is for sissies, Real Gamers show love by serenading them with sweet Parlotones music

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          Darryn!

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            Angelic, little princess,
            I wanna wake up
            To your face every morning

        • Guest

          Disqus isn’t showing the hug… I’ll send you a link

          http://tshirtgroove.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/hugs-t-shirt.jpg

          Btw, your lyrics still apply !

          • Skyblue

            GEEZ, I am having an awesome day. First Chrome crashes like the cheap knock-off it is and now IE is messing me about while I’m installing Firefox, Damn!

            EDIT: soz about all the double posting but Disqus is also being the proverbial *@#$

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            Shame dude….I feel you pain, usually Chrome is the one that gives less hassles

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      I think we need to give an intervention man… http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/347026/best-cry-ever-intervention-o.gif

      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        LOOL love the Hip Hop Remix of that

    • TiMsTeR1033

      umar is that you!!!

      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        No I’m an Arab gamer, I don’t wana speak to you!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Who cares ;P

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            What, damn you! Let me write an angry tweet about this now!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            dont forget to say how angry you are!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            and now the circle is complete :D

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I dont like the new look Umar unless thats the real you then I rest my case

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            This is the real me…:(

          • TiMsTeR1033

            seriosuly? but you look like an anime dude

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            because I am!…da dummmm!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            holy crap!!! you must use alot of hair gel then

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Lies, you have yellow hair! Non of this emo BS! Do we like old Umar Avatar, YES! Do we like new Umr Avetar NO! What do we want!? Old Avatar! When do we want it!? NOW!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I can photoshop it out! you know what I can do!

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            sorry,no

          • RinceThisandCochon!
        • TiMsTeR1033

          then voetsek! humba wena you!

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            :( yay, you can go sek your own voet!!

        • Skyblue

          lol!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          YOU LOOK CHINESE!

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            BUT I WEAR JEAN PANTS

          • TiMsTeR1033

            you are wear a jean pant en dra a poopvanger?

  • HvR

    45 000 (even 90 000) isn’t nearly enough to justify the development expense this early in the development cycle.

    Went through that exercise with a small set of 300 short phrases and was a nightmare.

    They will have issues with the smallest fonts representing characters correctly and there is various dialects and combined with technical terms you find a translation that is understood in Turkey is unreadable in the northern parts of Africa.

    And since 80% of the games are only going to be available in English French or Spanish what is the point?

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      What you said.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I’ve noticed that if you ask Yosp nicely, he’ll go above and beyond to accommodate you, “be a dick”, and Shuhei Yoshida brings his own brand of trolling. Had that Mcintosh chap asked nicely, Yosp would have probably written a long tweet about the localisation process, and gone to great lengths to explain the problems they face with bringing Arabic to any console.

    As for Arabic itself, it’s a pretty cool language though, and if I had the time I would gladly learn it. Sadly, I am but one banana…

  • seriously

    What if it was,
    Ah who gives a crap about American gamers,
    You’d see triple the amount of replies

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