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Surgeon Simulator on iPad's got your tongue - and 12 others

Surgeon Simulator on iPad has received its first update, turning the purposefully-awkward game about a terrible surgeon into a purposefully-awkward game about a terrible surgeon and linguist. The update adds new languages to the game, while also paving the way for an alien patient DLC, which will...

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NIS will teach you how to read Japanese with iOS 'Character Chowdown' app

NIS America and developer Yummy Yummy Tummy have partnered for an educational game that seems particularly well-suited for NISA fans: Character Chowdown, designed to teach the Japanese kana and kanji writing systems. Naturally, as you and the "Nommon" monsters learn Japanese characters (with the...

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Minecraft language update inadvertently contained racial slur (but it's fixed now)

Minecraft has demonstrated some magnificent feats of community creation, but now it's also offering a lesson in the volatile side of crowd-sourcing. Changing the language to Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa and Namibia, yesterday caused the title screen to display the phrase "You are a NIGGER." As...

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XBL language filter prevents harmless words from being used in Quarrel

Microsoft's language filter on Xbox Live is strangling the linguistic skills of Quarrel players, banning such words as "help," "train," "balls" and "shaft" from being played. While we can understand the potential risque-ness of some of these words -- especially "help," which we're sure was added at...

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Skyward Sword's language deciphered, turned into font

Did you ever wonder what all the writing found throughout The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword translated to? Neither have we, but fan "Sarinilli" did, and discovered that it's just our alphabet represented by new characters. A few of the Hylian characters represent multiple letters, but it's a...

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April Fools: The Old Republic localized into Wookiee language

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Hardcore Ratchet fan crafts Lombax Scrabble set

An Insomniac Games forumite named Paul Grzelak recently completed the labor of love you see above -- a stainless steel Scrabble tile set using the Lombax language from the Ratchet & Clank series. The set came about as a collaboration between Grzelak and Insomniac's Paul "Pacman" Haile -- a...

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PAX 2009: Brutal Legend lets you decide about the F-word

Tim Schafer showed us the opening cinematic for Brutal Legend at PAX, where they revealed the band that Jack Black's Eddie Riggs roadies for: Kabbage Boy. It's a band full of hipster d-bags (one guy wears a Phantom of the Opera half-mask) and they think they're metal. The only problem is that...

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Japanese survey links video games to learning English

Odds are, if you can read this blog post, then you know English. It's crazy, we know, but we've performed several calculations and experiments before coming to this conclusion. A Japanese company called iSHARE INC. wanted to get to the bottom of a similar issue, polling 413 individuals with a...

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DS Daily: Fluent yet?

A few months have passed since the last language trainer, My Japanese Coach, debuted on the DS, so now seems like an apt time to ask: if you bought one of the DS's numerous language titles, are you still returning each day to learn new lessons? Has the DS made you feel confident enough to converse...

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