1) What is your name and where do you work?
My name is Michael and I’m working with Synthesis Germany in the beautiful city of Hamburg.
2) What is your primary job at Synthesis?
My primary job at Synthesis is to manage projects and do the finalizations of translated files. Therefore, I’m a Junior Project Manager;)
3) How and when did you enter the game localization industry?
I entered the game localization industry by chance in August 2014. I’ve worked as a translator before, and my wife showed be a job advertisement from Synthesis Germany, so I tried my luck (as I’m absolutely into videogaming) and here I am now!:)
4) What are you doing today?
Today, I consider myself lucky to be in one of the greatest jobs on planet Earth!
5) What was your most demanding project and what made it so interesting?
Really large projects (in the sense of AAA game projects) are yet to be assigned to me, but I was given responsibility for an important client recently, and I’m grateful for that chance! The
requests we receive from this client cover a wide array of topics and are RPG-related, so I absolutely love it!
6) What is your favourite game and why?
My favourite game (series) of all time is probably the iconic Mega Man series, since it is demanding, unique and has an awesome soundtrack. Strangely enough, I’m not normally into jump’n’shoot games, but rather RPG’s.
7) What do you love about videogames localization?
That you cover a wide variety of topics and genres for all ages. This job never gets boring!
8) What do you dislike about videogames localization?
The biggest turn-off in videogame localization are character limitations, especially when you would need twice the characters when expressing something in your native language appropriately.
9) Final question: what do you do when you’re not sitting in front of your computer?
When I’m not sitting in front of my computer – whether for localization or gaming – I spend time with my wife and my dog, go out meeting friends for dinner, go to the movies and I’m a passionate Pen & Paper-game master. I’m also a bass player, but I’m not in a band at the moment.