I’m going to backtrack a little bit on the Luca/Lucas stuff. If you read nothing else in the post, read this – I apologize for how that last post came off. I wanted to send a message to some of the naming “purists” that my decisions wouldn’t be influenced by them, but instead I ended up taking it out on all of you who have been nothing but supportive. So I’m sorry about that.
Today’s update is going to be text only. Sorry for those of you looking for a screenshot.
First, let’s talk about my jackassery. If the most recent post seemed out of place, it’s because I directed it at the wrong people. Or at least that’s how it looks on the blog… On other forums, specifically Namco’s Tales of Series Forums, there have been several individuals who opposed even “Luca” because it wasn’t Ruca. It was impossible for them to believe that the “official name” created by the Japanese might not have actually been the intended name. I had just grown tired of such comments and that came out very strongly in the blog post. That, of course, left me looking like an idiot because the people who post on my blog (and most people in general) have been nothing but supportive. So while I did have a reason for posting with the tone I did, I realize now that it was totally unnecessary. I’ve always encouraged input from those who follow my projects. Other people can see things that I often don’t and catch my mistakes. My projects wouldn’t be where they are now if people weren’t there supporting me and telling me when I slip up. So please don’t think that I don’t want input, because I really do. Sometimes negative comments pile up in my mind and we end up with posts like we had the other day. Feel free to tell me when I’m being a jackass, I’m usually aware of it myself, so it doesn’t take much to set me back on track.
Next, I want to revisit the Luca/Lucas issue. Both are viable options at this point and I’m going to take back what I said about changing the name. I realize that this seems silly after making such a big deal out of the name change. The fact is, changes like this happen every day behind the scenes. The mistake I made here was presenting it as fact before I was completely sure of myself. Since then, I’ve talked to several translators and several knowledgeable parties. The general conclusion was that it could very well be an Italian name. Many of Regnum’s inhabitants have Italian names (and Luca’s last name certainly seems Italian). So for right now, his name is Luca. It might end up being Lucas in the end, it might not. It really depends on the results of the research I do on the names. In the end, all that I care about is that the game is translated accurately and properly. No matter what else happens, as long as I can do that, I will personally be happy with the project. So just know that is the method to all of my madness.
Finally, let me apologize just once more. Some days, I’m a jackass and I’m sorry for that. I’ll do my best to avoid posting on the blog those days. I realize that it’s not possible to please everyone, but with input from all sorts of people, I still hope that this project will be able to extend its appeal. So please, keep contributing. I’ll do my best to remember that what I’m supposed to do isn’t to start random drama over details, it’s to translate. Thanks for sticking with me even through my idiocy. >_<