Tiago – Proofreader

Meet Tiago, Proofreader, Synthesis Brasil.

1) What is your name and where do you work?
My name is Tiago Kern and I work for Synthesis Brasil. I currently reside in Porto Alegre.

2) What is your primary job at Synthesis?
I’m a proofreader, although I also work as a translator from time to time, depending on the project.

3) How and when did you enter the game localization industry?
I started working in game localization when I joined Synthesis – just after I graduated college, about two years ago.

4) What are you doing today?
I’m proofreading a batch for a new game. It consists of books and letters the players can find in-game.

5) What was your most demanding project and what made it so interesting?
The most demanding project in terms of fitting the context and translation was Ubisoft’s Child of Light. Since the text for this game is comprised of rhymes, it was a real challenge to translate it into Portuguese whilst trying to convey the same meaning and keeping the rhyme scheme.

6) What is your favourite game and why?
I guess it depends on my mood: my favourite game of all time is Squaresoft’s Chrono Cross, but then there are others I love, such as the Metal Gear Solid series, the late Tenchu series, Valkyrie Profile and Capcom’s fighting games. Regarding the current generation of games, I enjoy games like GTA V, Tomb Raider, Dragon’s Dogma…the list goes on 🙂

7) What do you love about videogames localization?
I love the fact that it helps to widen the player demographic. I have known people who never liked videogames because they couldn’t understand the language, but that is starting to change in Brasil due to the localization of AAA titles. Also, it’s great to work in videogames localization since gaming has always been a part of my life.

8) What do you dislike about videogames localization?
Deadlines, character constraints and the fact that we receive very little context.

9) Final question: what do you do when you’re not sitting in front of your computer?
I’m usually reading, rehearsing with my band, watching movies or spending time with my friends and family.