I’m talking about Civilization 1 (or 2). Many, many, many years ago when dinosaurs ruled the land and Civilization 1 & 2 were the best games on earth. That’s when I spent countless number of hours building my very own civilization.
And at some point I noticed something cool. I noticed a language file! There it was. Staring right at me under the game folder.
It didn’t take me long to ignite my game developer mode and off to modding I headed. I started localizing the game to Finnish. Sometimes it was slightly difficult, since the language file supported only ascii characters, and Finnish has few extra characters (Ääää and Ööö), but I did manage to avoid the blows pretty well. I Didn’t use “A” instead of “Ä”, but rather tried to use other Finnish words instead and got language file translated.
When I launched the game, and saw my version appear there… it was a great feeling.
Instead of translating your game, maybe provide players tools to make their own translations?