Senior Online Community Manager Stephen Reid dropped by the forums this week to discuss SWTOR servers and languages. Would it bother you if your server did have a fair number of people on it who spoke something other than your primary tongue?
Read on for Stephen’s thoughts on the matter:
Before we get into definitions of what’s racist or not, and get this thread locked…
While we can’t discuss this in much detail – yet – it’s safe to assume there will be servers that will be designated as being ‘officially’ French, German and so on.
That said, in this day and age it’s always possible that foreign language speakers will appear on a predominantly English-speaking server, for any number of reasons. If that happens, you should be tolerant and respectful of them. We’re all gamers, just trying to game.
We’re not planning, however, to force all languages together in one giant multilingual global chat channel.
For North American servers that I’ve played on, there have occasionally been larger populations of Portuguese and French speakers, and sometimes Spanish speakers as well. Personally, I loved the opportunity to learn a smattering of those languages here and there. EVE Online for example, is essentially one “server” that houses people from all over the world. My own guild, Mongbat, is home to a number of polyglots, and that’s been a very positive experience as well.
Have any of you had any bad experiences related to language issues? What about really positive experiences?
On a related note, be on the lookout over the next few days for another language-themed post by yours truly. I’ll give you a hint: Bounty Hunters should be pleased…
And for anyone unfortunate enough to not be acquainted with the title, may I present Monty Python’s Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook sketch. Did you know that the language site Omniglot has an entire page devoted to this phrase? Wondrous, I tell you!
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