Yes, this is a reasonable argument because the context which made Nao-Koki said it has to do with the OP, who on numerous instances refused the option of learning Japanese. (And I apologize if I am putting words in your mouth, Nao-Koki. This is strictly my own speculation from what I can understand with the conversations going on in this thread.)Wait, what? I understand what you're trying to say but is this really a reasonable argument?
If you're really insistent on playing the games, you'd take the initiative to learn the language. I admit kanji is incredibly hard, but learning hiragana and katakana should be simple as the alphabet.
While translations may serve the purpose of allowing non-speakers to understand (and those with some understanding to understand more), there is a limit to how much Japanese could be learned if one heavily relies on translations. Moreover, the crux of the argument which most people have a problem with is that, instead of taking the advices from other members on this forum, the OP insists on not learning the language and chooses to complain about the lack of games that have been translated.
I agree with you that learning languages that are completely distinct from English may present a lot of difficulties, but at the same time, I would argue that telling someone to learn Japanese is not a process of alienation. I can understand everyone’s situations is different when it comes to their opportunity and their learning experience, but the question remains as to, “How much will translations help you in the long run if one does not take the initiative to learn?” If you look at the forums, we have a thread that provides resources for members to learn Japanese. http://forum.my-neor...h__1 We are by no means expecting or coercing everyone to learn Japanese, but we do encourage members to learn Japanese so that they could understand and appreciate the games when there aren’t any available means than to wait for translations. After all, no matter how good a translation is, there are some nuances that cannot be translated across languages. Besides, one could understand the context and background through their learning experience with the language. That said, it would be an alienation to the non-Japanese speaking gamers if they were made to play a game without any knowledge of the language and the culture itself. Therefore, I beg to differ on how you tangled kaho’s intentions with the “alienation by telling people to learn the language”.
MNR does not have the obligation to provide each and every translation for everything that is out there, while we are a community that helps one another, we also emphasize on personal growth and self learning. Despite that, no one in this forum ever tells one another to learn Japanese, because we understood the purpose and the intention of the forum. However, this “go and learn Japanese” event only happened here, because as many others have point out, the OP refuses to employ the alternatives suggested (which do not involve learning Japanese) to her and whines about her predicament. There is nothing in this thread which suggests the OP is willing to give the alternatives a try. That is why some people who have argued against the OP emphasized on the need to learn Japanese if the OP is truly in a dire need of accomplishing her goal. This is combined with the fact that the OP appears to be misinformed about details in some games she used as an example to establish her arguments, which is why Nao-Koki put it in a conditional statement as a polite way of offering a solution to the OP’s dilemma. Of course, provided that it is within the condition which the OP chooses to accept.