It’s recently come to my attention that some other projects are now using the tutorials I’ve written on this blog. This was always my intent and the primary reason why I’ve been documenting all of my findings while researching AWL.
I’ve now created a [Harvest Moon Translations Discord] where people can collaborate and discuss translating AWL, as well as other HM/SoS games into various languages.
I hope that having a dedicated server will offer people a common place to help work on these projects, and get in touch with others who might have helpful expertise, whether it’s knowing another language, or technical knowledge about the game in question.
Currently I’ve created channels for a few AWL, FoMT, and DS projects, but more will be added as they come up.
If you or someone you know would be interested in helping translate some of these games, feel free to [join]!
Update: QGCon 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. I look forward to QGCon 2021 pending future updates from the organizers.
Those of you following me on Twitter might have already seen, but I’m gonna presenting a talk at the upcoming 2020 Queerness & Games Conference (QGCON). This years conference will be hosted May 23-24, 2020 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
The conference is focused on the intersection of LGBT issues and video games. It brings together queer studies academics, video game industry personnel, artists, players, and more.
I’ll be presenting a 20-minute talk tentatively titled “RETROactive Queer Representation: Usage of Mods and Romhacks To Implement Queer Representation in Retro Video Game Media”.
My talk will be aimed at presenting and discussing various romhack / modding projects that add queer representation to retro games. I’ll be discussing why individuals might express interest in such projects, as well as the different hurdles that might be faced when working on such projects and the potential implications.
I’ll likely be staying in Montreal for about a week or so; a few days before the conference, and a few days afterwards. Please feel free to send me any of your local recommendations.
If any of you reading this are going to be attending the conference, I look forward to seeing you there. And if you’re gonna be in town but not at the conference, feel free to hit me up on the HMAPL Discord so we can set up a meet up!.
I’ve also begun the process of submitting the mod to romhacking.net, so that should be live within the coming days assuming everything goes as planned.
The only aspect that I might address for the lesbian mod would be the demo video that plays if you stay idle on the title screen. Currently the mod uses one of the demo videos from the Japanese release of Another Wonderful Life. This video has a few discrepancies when compared against actual gameplay.
Japanese button text
Some animations don’t match up (i.e. bouncy ponytail)