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Author:  DRW [ Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Looking for proofreader for a game

We're working on an NES action adventure that has a good bunch of text. And I would need a proofreader since I'm not an English native speaker.

I need someone who is really proficient in the English language and who can spot errors or stuff that sounds strange. We don't want our game to sound like one of those poor translations.


Remember the cutscenes in "Ninja Gaiden"? That's the kind of language quality we're looking for: Clean, correct, well-sounding English.

So, you should not only be a native speaker, but you should also know the written and spoken language very well.
I.e. if you ever used the words "should of" in a sentence, you're obviously not qualified. :mrgreen:


The game will still take a few months until completion, but of course we have to do things simultaneously, so I'm already looking for a proofreader now.

Most of the main dialog is finished and I will probably send you the first version in the middle of January.
Apart from the main story dialog, we will also create dialogs for random non-playable characters, sidequests and all that stuff which will happen one by one and will be send to you in pieces.

Before I send you the texts themselves, I'll send you a general outline of the story. (But that one doesn't need to be proofread, it's just for information purposes.)


You job is only to proofread our stuff and to change the words and sentences if they sound weird to a native speaker.
But don't worry, you don't need to create texts from scratch, so we're not looking for an author who writes the plot for us. (I.e. if the game was in German, I wouldn't need anybody for that job at all.) It's really just about the language.


In the moment, the text is about 3800 words long and consists entirely of spoken dialog.
I assume you could probably double this amount for all the additional texts that will still get into the game.
So, as you see, it's not that much. After all, we also have to keep the ROM space of an NES game in mind.


If you take the job and proofread all the texts that we send you, you will get the following things as a reward:

A cartridge complete with box and manual of our first game "City Trouble". (You'll get this one as soon as all the in-game texts are finished so far. Check the link in my signature to see that the game is still for sale, hence I can easily get one to you.)

A cartridge complete with box and manual of the very game you proofread, the adventure. (You'll get this one as soon as it's for sale.)


Alright, if you want to do this, write me.
But please be aware: We do expect a text that is really error-free. I.e. if I show the corrected text to another native speaker, I don't want him to find 20 more language issues.


Edit: Manual and box will require proofreading as well, but this comes much later.

Author:  tepples [ Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

"There are three ways to handle this, but two of them are probably things I really shouldn't do. Which is the one I should, of the three?" DQ

Sending PM anyway.

Author:  DRW [ Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

:mrgreen:

"should of" ≠ "should, of"

Author:  Erockbrox [ Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

"should of" ..... lol

I don't think there is anything wrong with the phrase "should of".

Here is an example sentence:

When I was younger, I had this one girl who really liked me, but I wasn't that interested in her. Now that I'm older I feel as if I should of at least gotten a hand job from that girl if I only had only asked her because she probably would have done it.

Author:  tepples [ Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

Erockbrox wrote:
Now that I'm older I feel as if I should of at least gotten a hand job

That's a misspelling of "should've", short for "should have". The full verb in this sentence is "should have got(ten)".

These are correct:
  • "could've", "would've", "should've", "y'all'dn't've" (you all would not have)
  • "kind of", "sort of"

Author:  DRW [ Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

Erockbrox wrote:
"should of" ..... lol

I don't think there is anything wrong with the phrase "should of".

Unless you're just making a joke:

That's exactly the reason why you wouldn't be qualified to proofread anything.

In what concievable way can "should of" be a valid variation of "should have"? "Have" is a verb, like in:
I have
You have
He has

How would you do this with the word "of"?
I of
You of
He ofs
?

Author:  Jedi QuestMaster [ Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

There are times when speech in writing is intentionally incorrect to emphasize how people actually speak, but 'should of' isn't one of those instances.

ie.

“Whatcha gonna do?”
“Get 'em!”
“I wouldn't've known.”
“Who'da thunk?”
“Git a job, kid!”

This also helps further decrease character length. :wink:

Author:  tepples [ Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

Jedi QuestMaster wrote:
“Git a job, kid!”

git: 'a' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.

Author:  nitro2k01 [ Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

Code:
$ Git
bash: Git: command not found
$
*NIX rejects the English language's use of letter case, though.

Author:  DRW [ Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

O.k., now the thread is slowly drifting into off-topicness. Can you please move your IT jokes elsewhere?

Author:  Joenes [ Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

I would love to proofread the game script for you. I have the skills you require, and I have been looking for a way to contribute to this forum or its members efforts.

Please let me know how I may be of service.

Author:  DRW [ Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for proofreader for a game

Thanks. In the moment, I already have two people who decided to do this. But I'll keep you in mind if I need someone else.

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