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Authenticity is commonly discussed by scholars specialized in game localization. Their discussions range from the challenge professional localizers face to the role of using materials in the classroom to train new localization professionals. This paper discusses the issue of localization practices and game authenticity, addressing how game developers and localization professionals debate this issue. To do so, the paper defines localization and authenticity and presents a literature review on the theme. After that, we present the results from interviews and fieldwork at game conventions on three different themes: culture and authenticity in games, game changes during localization process, and authenticity definitions. We conclude that the discussion between authenticity and localization should be based on the localizer’s language so the research about this topic can be further investigated.


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Keywords: authenticity ; game studies ; localization ; Science and Technology Studies ; video games
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