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I do not know how to write any forms of japanese yet, but I am starting to learn, and I was looking at the screenshots of a few japanese video games and I was wondering:
1. Most of the characters were in katakana or hiragana, do japanese video games use only a mix of katakana and hiragana?
2. Is there any way to tell where one word ends and another starts, because all characters look evenly spaced?
3.in games where text is in a horizontal box(like a RPG) do you read from left to right as in english, or from right to left as in japanese.
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However, it really depends on the content of the game and the target audience. Any teen level RPG game uses Kanji to the full extent, but even then I've seen furigana used in the dialogue boxes and such for more advanced Kanji.
2. It really is just from context and knowing how to read. If you know what you're reading, you can easily differentiate without spaces. IfItypedlikethishowdoyouknowwhereonestartsandoneends. You do because you know the language.
3. In my experience all games' dialogue boxes have been horizontal and left to right. I'd guess this is done for space more than anything else.
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