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RPG vocab

Postby Jumpman » Fri 04.04.2008 8:50 pm

Can Anyone give a list of words typically used in RPG games?
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby richvh » Fri 04.04.2008 10:19 pm

What kind of list are you looking for? Equipment? Could be huge, and will vary depending on the game. Monsters? Could be huge, and will vary depending on the game. Character parameters? Will vary depending on the game. Besides, this isn't a game guides site.
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby Qaantar » Fri 04.04.2008 10:41 pm

Some typical ones:

たたかう (戦う) -- tatakau = fight
まほう (魔法) -- mahou = magic
アイテム -- aitemu = magic
にげる (逃げる) -- nigeru = flee

Those are the basics. But seriously, there's hundreds of words. Grab a dictionary and start learning!
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby piepiepie75 » Sat 04.05.2008 12:43 am

Don't you mean "アイテム=Item?" :P

Anyways, just learning common words in general would help a great deal probably. If you know katakana, you'll probably be able to translate a decent amount of words without looking any of them up. If you're just looking to be able to play an RPG (As opposed to knowing the story, characters, etc.) then you won't have to learn too much, and you could probably figure out most of the mechanics and commands by experimenting.
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sat 04.05.2008 9:16 am

And if you want to actually understand the story, it's impossible to just learn a specific subset of Japanese for that. The vast majority of words used in RPG stories are just the same words used in any other form of Japanese. You tend to find a lot of archaic, extremely formal/polite, and extremely casual/slangy language in RPGs, though.
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby Qaantar » Sat 04.05.2008 10:21 am

Ha! Whoops, of course, aitemu = item :mrgreen:

It's true that most RPGs are very involved with their story lines, and they're usually using some strange set of vocabulary anyway (aside from slang...) that is unique to the plot-line. Fortunately most of those are explain in the story, but if you can't read the basics, it doesn't matter.

I have a nagging feeling the OP just wanted to know enough to navigate menus. As piesan says, learning katakana is probably good for that. Hey, even Final Fantasy used ファイア (faia) for "fire."
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby Jumpman » Sat 04.05.2008 5:35 pm

Thanks guys. I needed to know how to navigate menus, which Qaantar helped with with.
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Re: RPG vocab

Postby yukamina » Sun 04.06.2008 11:56 pm

I just started an old RPG today...so many new words already!
If you really want to understand the game, you need more advanced Japanese...

Anyway here's some other words that might help reading menus and navigation:

装備 そうび soubi - equipment
はずす hazusu - remove
攻撃 こうげき kougeki - attack
防御 ぼうぎょ bougyo - defence
剣 けん ken - sword(at least, I assume it's read 'ken')
アクセサリ akusesari - accessories
戻る もどる modoru - return
セーブ seebu - save

It's weird; after a while katakana words look more like their English equivalents than the romaji.
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