File this away in today’s things I wish I didn’t have to write about. Apparently, changing your language settings in Minecraft to Afrikaans, the language spoken in South Africa and Namibia, causes the top button to tell the player “you are a N**GER”. The reason for this is crowdsourced translation, in which players help out the community by submitting translations for the game in different languages.
Mojang’s Jens “Jeb” Bergensten tweeted the following today:
There are certain things that are particularly vulnerable to hurting people when done through crowdsourcing. Translation is definitely one of them, being that a player who is thrilled to find out a game supports their language is unlikely to suspect being called a terrible slur upon loading up the game. I’m happy that Mojang have banned this user, and I’m not really wanting to tell an indie developer how to spend their limited funding, but I would suggest not crowdsourcing something as important as localization.