I really don't want to start a flame-war, But i believe i got the rights to explain myself and what i meant with what i posted.
games everything - alaplaya - alaplaya.eu
(European publisher, their games are filled with non-english speaking people.
How do i know this? I play 3/4's of their games. I'm even struggling to be part of this whole german speaking guild, using a dictionary to translate words i don't understand completely and iv'e been with this guild for 4 months now, So i do try. But it's obvious which language that would have the priority if more non-german players played the game, and if it was more mixed.
(even though i can understand German very well, since it has common elements to my own language.)
Though that's to expect, it is afterall a European Publisher.
But this has happened to me in alot other games aswell, take for example room based games such as Lunia and others. You would see alot of the players start up "Language based rooms" for their own language, cause well...they don't speak English good enough, and because of this, deem it's not worth their time. No not because of latency problems, but because they can't be half-a**ed to even try.
It also doesn't justify being rude to other players, which is why they tend to spam chats in their own languages. I usually tend to ignore these people, but when it starts getting out of hand, then i just leave that game and move on to another one.
I value each language and find each one equally precious, but, let's face it, most of us learn English as a second language in school,
being too lazy to not even try,doesn't justify it.
While English is not an official language in most countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a second language around the world. English is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union (by 89% of schoolchildren), followed by French (32%), German (18%), and Spanish (8%).
In the EU, a large fraction of the population reports being able to converse to some extent in English. Among non-English speaking countries, a large percentage of the population claimed to be able to converse in English in the Netherlands (87%), Sweden (85%), Denmark (83%), Luxembourg (66%), Finland (60%), Slovenia (56%), Austria (53%), Belgium (52%), and Germany (51%). Norway and Iceland also have a large majority of competent English-speakers.
So, why do not more people type in english on MMOs, instead of typing in their own languages, causing confusion to other players?
I have no idea.
Iv'e also seen this happen in another game DOMO, by Gametribe. The GMs actually had to enforce rules that says you're not allowed to shout in other languages other than English in main chat. Which of course, made alot of people really angry. Alot of Bans followed as of this. I met alot of nice European players in this game aswell, but the majority, did not use/type in English.
I got all my experiences with this from many many many
different games i've played over the years, and sadly, "alot" of people with the suffixes "BR/GER/FR/PL" tend to kill a game completely.Disregarding rules, swearing, etc.
though iv'e met some good people too, so do not take it wrong. There are actually people out there that is really nice, it's just really rare to find them, cause they tend to...shy away from the others. And the jerks tend to stand out more.
Just because they are being rude/swearing in their own language doesn't it mean that it's less offensive.
Though i did read on the main site of Florensia, that shouting in the ingame main channel in other languages other than English is prohibited, so that's a relief.
[EU] LuxPlena Server
This international server is based on the European timezone. As players from different European countries are located here, the obligatory language in the Shout Chat is English.
The main reason, why most games wants you to keep chats in English, is because English is, like we all know,
the most used Language in the world.
(Not sure if Chinese has a higher population/speaking count.)
Not Dutch,Not Brazillian,Not French,Not German,Not Swedish,
Not Norwegian,Not Estonian,Not Polish etc. But English. Catch my drift? Most of us can't learn 50 Languages just to be able to communicate. But most us can learn 1 common language, that we can use to communicate between each other.
About the German Server, i believe they did this because Germany has a very high citizen/players count. And by looking at the loose numbers from above, around 51% of germany speaks English. This is 51% of all in the country. Now we take this number and apply it to the smaller amount, the ones that plays online games. The number will drastically decrease. This can also be applied to all the other countries, just with a bit different numbers.
In the Burgruen (Florensia) Server, you're not allowed to speak in English in the shout chat. Sounds fair right? :3
And, explain why the developers of Florensia decided to add 6 other languages to the client script,if the European players is so good as you say to understand and speak English~? Could it had been because...they just felt like it? That's gotta be it, they just felt like adding several thousand of translated lines into the game, because they sure know that the whole population would understand and speak in English.
I'm not talking about the casual use of your own language over PMs, but the ones that spam the chat, thinking they own the world, and disregard any other people, except the ones that speaks in their language.
Of course there's English people that do this aswell.
But atleast when someone you actually can understand do this,
then you have a chance to respond and counter it with proper means.
"Once Florensia get's popular, we'll be seeing more of the non-speaking ones."
Could aswell had been used in the similiar fasion following;
"Once Florensia get's popular, we'll be seeing more of the ones that destroys a game completely."
It's kinda the same when you, a foreigner, joins a Japanese/Chinese/Korean server and talk in English out loud. It's highly disrespectful. Because, if you join a Japanese server, it's obvious the Japanese language has the priority, right?
Perhaps i should had been more clear, but i didn't feel like posting an essay, which this funny enough turned into.
But i believe i had to type this much to just the cause of what i wrote.
Just to be clear,I'm not against any country out there.
To end this, Most of them may understand/speak english, but the majority, do not. This is present in many online games, and iv'e seen in many times. From FlyFF to Trickster, and so on. I did not mean to cause any harm, but this is what iv'e seen during the many years of playing MMOs. So yes, i got alot of experience with the situation.
Oh almost forgot;I'm actually European myself, and my first language isn't English aswell, but atleast i try. And i do know alot about my country/continent, it's the country with the pretty numbers "85%" next to it in the list above. We also learn 5 additional languages in school+our official language.(English,French,German,Spanish,Finnish + official language.). So, /gg?