Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Xenogears translation guide returns

I have started to put up various resources from the study guide, such as the Xenogears translation error guide, in the right sidebar.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Study Guide returns!

The "Study Guide for Xenogears and Xenosaga" was a Gears and Saga information preservation site that existed between September 2010 and October 2013 and was hosted by XenoTensei.

However, due to malware attacks on the site and "a domain registry mix up" the host went down in October 2013 and since that time I made a decision not to upload the study guide elsewhere despite getting some offers from kind people that were willing to host the site. The reasons for this were many, but the main one was that I wanted to revise and improve a lot of the content before putting the site back up anywhere and, being a bit tired of the study guide, the fans, and the series at the time, I decided to take a long break before making any final decision about what to do with the study guide.

However, just a little over three years have passed and I now have regained some interest in going over the original study guide material and putting the good parts back up on this blog where I will not have to rely on a host. There's been a need to recreate the study guide a bit from scratch since when the guide was originally conceived in 2009 there was still some rumors that Xenosaga might continue (see the end of the "History of Xenosaga" article) and when the site finally went up in 2010 the release of Xenoblade had generated much confusion that I felt forced to deal with on the study guide. In addition to that were feedback from the fan community as well as a series of new translations that kept expanding the guide - with the result that the content ended up a little all over the place and has since that time been in need of reorganization. Add to that some new perspectives during the past three years the study guide has been down and it became even more important to put the material back together in a new way.

Right now I have only put up the translated interviews since it'd be a shame if Gwendal's translation work was lost, and the History of Xenogears and Xenosaga article since that seems to be the most popular one from the study guide. As time goes by I will probably get to most of the other information as well, but don't expect it to be back up soon. I'm not in a rush to put it all back up and some of it might get thrown away, or will need some improvement and revisions and updates. I also need to familiarize myself with this blog format. But for now, enjoy what has been restored.