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Witaj w przyszłości łatania gier spod szyldu Touhou.

Jest to nasza próba nowego podejścia do tworzenia łatek, która jest...

Gtk-ok.svg wielojęzykowość– wspiera tłumaczenie gier na jakikolwiek wybrany przez ciebie język
Gtk-ok.svg dokładność– natychmiastowe wydania odzwierciedlające aktualny status tłumaczenia
Gtk-ok.svg otwarta– integrujemy wszystkich w proces tłumaczenia i hackowania
Gtk-ok.svg długoterminowa– dzisiejsze tłumaczenia dla przyszłych gier

Robiąc to wszystko, oddalamy się od klasycznej tradycji romhackowania i pojęcia odosobnionych grup tłumaczy i przynosimy łatanie gier bezpośrednio dla fanów.

Jeżeli o tym pomyśleć, większość niejapońskiego fandomu Touhou obraca się wyłącznie wokół wkładu małej ilości tłumaczy. Ten projekt uhonorowuje ich wkład do fandomu i wspiera ich w bezprecedensowy sposób.

Motywacja

There are quite a number of reasons to undertake such a project. This is a list of them in the order they came up.

Dokładność

The whole idea was born after witnessing yet another translation debate on touhouwiki.net. After a while, you realize that Touhou translations never seem to be final.

No matter how long a particular translation of some aspect has endured, years later, someone with perhaps a bit more knowledge of Japanese culture can come in, debate it, and eventually have it changed. During these debates, people are sometimes shocked about how little sense the original translation made or how it distorted the original meaning, and thus, the general perception of the content. That's why touhouwiki.net's policy openly encourages this process.

In the end, the wiki page everyone looks at is edited and the correction is made. And all of this would be fine if we were merely translating pieces of literature.

But we're talking about games here. The English patches stay frozen at a certain state and are never updated - because their original developers continue to believe in their own translation, they considered the job done as soon as they've released the patch, or even have long abandoned this fandom in case of the older games.

Our idea: Let's build a new patch system from scratch, which will tie the translations closer to the patches, and see what else this leads to.

At a first glance, we don't look very different. We, too, use a wiki system where translations can be edited by anyone. But not only do we provide a convenient translation interface to make this process as simply as possible, our pages are also written in such a way that they, after some initial configuration, can be automatically parsed and converted back to the original game formats.

After every edit on Touhou Patch Center, the patches themselves are automatically updated with the latest translation state.

This way, we get completely rid of situations where an old patch differs from the text in the wiki. Then, even common fans not interested in the patching process will be sensitized for the fact that Touhou translations may be debated for years to come - but now, these changes reach them immediately.

Prędkość

The former privilege of playing Touhou in English has now turned into an expectation. Patches are now demanded by the fandom, and they are expected to be finished in a reasonable amount of time.

We're going to satisfy this demand by completely separating the technical modification and hacking process from the translations. The time this process takes depends on the complexity of the game's programming, our experience & knowledge of the game's data formats, and the useless encryption applied on those.

This is going to become very apparent once ZUN releases a new Touhou game.

For new games, we will release a working, self-updating patch as soon as the basic hacking work has been done and the content has been put up for translation. For a typical ZUN game, this takes no longer than a couple of hours after we get our hands on the executable.

And this is the only "release date" that will matter. The fandom then experiences how the game is incrementally translated as they play it. A certain translation patch then only is done once the translators, working independently of the administration, have finished translated everything. Yes, this means that our patches will stay unfinished, slightly incorrect, and a bit ugly for quite a while. But for the majority of Western fans who have little to no knowledge of Japanese, it will be better than having no patch at all.

Wielojęzykowość

Now we have an automatic engine to quickly patch the games... but then, why should we limit ourselves to just translating into English?

As we supply the entire automatized infrastructure required to patch the games anyway, we reduce the adaptation to any other language to the mere input of the translated text and the editing of some graphics. Thus, we can effectively promote translations to languages where an "old-school patch group" would have never existed or been considered necessary.

Existing patching groups can benefit from this system, too. By working with us, they'll...

  • save the hacking work and the resulting duplication of effort
  • receive permanent hosting on our server
  • and their translations will get more exposure
  • while retaining full credit for their work.

In the true Touhou spirit of "more of everything is better," we are open to host translations into any language people want us to have. No matter if it is a widely spoken world language, a regional dialect, or even a constructed language.

Just start translating into your language, and you will have a working patch in no time.

Ale... po co? Po co to całe szaleństwo?

Do you remember the time when Touhou was the best thing ever?

When it seemed like a never-ending source of varied and high-quality content, made possible by the intense dedication of people like you and me?

No? But we sure do. And we want to savor this feeling.

You have certainly heard the legends that there is fanart of new characters 20-30 minutes after a new game's release on the respective doujin convention. So why should you wait up to 2 months for an English patch, and that was it? With our system, the fans themselves can instead openly display the same amount of dedication to patches that we have seen in fanart for a long time.

This project is supposed to be a benchmark of what can be possible - when everyone can work and immediately contribute under optimal circumstances, without the need of unnecessary middlemen. All this would clearly be overkill for any other franchise. But in view of the Touhou fanbase and its own pride, it will certainly be significant, and worth the time of everyone involved.

This will be the Touhou main game translation project to end all Touhou main game translation projects.

Other advantages

Patch stacking

Our engine allows to use an unlimited amount of patches at the same time, sorted through a priority list.

Let's imagine you have a thorough understanding of English, but would rather want to play a certain game in Spanish. Unfortunately, the Spanish translation of that game hasn't been finished, but the English one has. In this case, you would download and activate both the English and the Spanish patch and put the Spanish patch on top of the English one. Now, all text that has been translated to Spanish appears in Spanish, and the rest appears in English - all while running on top of the same, unmodified game executable.

In addition, you are also able to select the types of data each patch is allowed to modify. To use the above-mentioned example again, you can, for example, keep spell cards or music titles in English to keep a common ground for forum discussions.

As with the whole engine, this is not limited to languages only. Every single patch that uses this engine can be re-used and combined with other patches. Thus, our engine could also be used to implement things like hitbox display removal, Vsync patches, replay desynchronization bugfixes... the possibilities are endless.

This turns our engine into a full-fledged Touhou modkit, allowing you to fully customize your Touhou experience.


No duplication of game data, no installation

In our case, this is more of a necessity resulting from all the other features than a clear feature or design goal on its own. This also comes with the nice additional benefit that the game directory stays clean and unmodified - instead of being crammed with lots of modified data files and patch loaders.

O tej stronie

O nie, kolejna Touhou Wiki

Z wyjątkiem że nie jest to kolejna Touhou Wiki. Nie mamy artykułów dot. postaci, lokacji, albo 9001 zestawienia albumu Embodiment of Scarlet Devil i nie zamierza konkurować z innymi stronami chcącymi być encyklopediami dot. Touhou, nie zważając na język.

Naszym celem jest rozprowadzanie wielojęzykowych tłumaczeń oryginalnych danych gry Touhou. Jesteśmy po pierwsze repozytorium danych, a dopiero po drugie wiki.

Terminologia

Touhou Patch Center (skr. thpatch)
Nazwa tej strony i modułów konwersji danych od strony serwera.
Automatyczny Patcher Zależny od Społeczności Touhou (skr. thcrap)
Nazwa silnika łatki - tzn. cały kod napisany dla tego projektu.
Tak, to zostało tak skrócone umyślnie. Rozmyślaliśmy o zabawnym kontraście dla dobrze zrobionego kawałka oprogramowania z nazwą pokazując rzeczywisty niesmak twórcy dla tematu.
Touhou Patch Wiki
Pierwotna nazwa strony - stworzona na szybko po odseparowaniu projektu od Niemieckiej Touhou Wiki. Przy spoglądaniu na inne istniejące Touhou Wiki ta jedna tylko ma wielkie zamieszanie. Nie używajcie jej.