2009年3月12日木曜日

Adventure games anyone?

I "acquired" Final Fantasy 7 last week. It's so much fun, going on big adventures and fighting against the evil Sephiroth, among other things...

Do you know how many useful verbs are used in a game like FF7? It's one thing to read a sentence and look up all the verbs to get an idea, but it's an entirely different thing when the sentence is from a strategy guide: "岩が転がってくる通路では、岩の隙間に入れるように進む。" and then you actually make your character do what it says here.

You know that feeling where you know what the words mean, but you don't know what the words mean? Like, you haven't gotten that deep connection to it yet? You say rough and it sounds like it has a very rough and scratchy sound associated with it, obviously. But have you ever said a word over and over again to the point where it sounded completely unfamiliar with you? Like sponge, say sponge over and over again:

sponge
sponge
sponge
sponge

After a while, it gets really weird. "This is a word? What the hell?". Right, so what about with Japanese? Have you ever said a word over and over to memorize it?

転がる
転がる
転がる
転がる

It really doesn't make it sound more familiar. Actually, just the opposite. You know what does give us that familiar sound with a word? Experience. Or, more specifically to us, video games. Play more video games. What could be better than video games, man? They're fun, they have stories, characters, lots of words, all sorts of great stuff. They're a great substitute for the life in Japanese you haven't lived yet.

I'm close to finishing FF7 and I started playing ゼルダの伝説 - ムジュラの仮面 (Note: I do not own an N64). This is addicting, and is in Japanese. Mentat also recommends Persona 4 to me, which I might check out.

One last note: use a strategy guide. They're so great for further Japanese learning. Search 攻略.

One more last note: Give me an Ikebukuro Jingle Key-Chain please. (http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/)

9 件のコメント:

  1. Whow, you just unlocked and old one memory of mine, from a distant past. I remember now how I also played FF7 years ago and I had to crack these "walktroughts" in English.

    Btw, not only persona 4. I've not played the 3 yet, but the 1 and 2 are awesome. Megame Tensei series is also great.

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  2. I am on the third disc of FFIX, and I often came across things I skipped reading. However, they came up over and over again, and for some reason, I was able to guess the correct reading/meaning for such words on my own. It was a kind of strange phenomenon.

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  3. I can't stop playing dating sims *guilty pleasure*

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  4. I picked up legit copies of FF7, 8, and 9 in Japanese a while back, but have yet to start any of them. I was worried about efficiency and accessibility--how long does it take to input a sentence from the game into Anki, especially if you don't know the reading of a kanji? IIRC there isn't any furigana on the PSX games...

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  5. 1. The point of doing something in Japanese is to be doing something that also happens to be in Japanese. It's a big problem if you're avoiding doing something because worried about inputting sentences.

    2. There aren't. Being able to read text without furigana is an issue not exclusive to games, try it. If you use the 大辞林 you will rarely be led astray with the readings.

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  6. The real problem is I've got tons of things I enjoy doing in Japanese (part of why I'm learning the language!). Playing games, reading manga, novels, wikipedia. Playing games w/o furigana just seemed inefficient as I can't copy-and-paste from the TV to online dictionaries to get the meaning, and (in my case at least) the TV is a good distance away from my PC, where all my Japanese learning tools are. I was wondering if that was an issue for you as well.

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  7. I've always loved FF7 and to play it again in Japanese is a damm good idea!

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  8. nice Ikebukuro thingy!
    currently playing Mario RPG 3

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