First I have to apologize to thousands of Chinese players who will face language difficulty in upcoming times. I should respected their needs to keep it underground. I didn’t mean to undermine access to Chinese localization and I am not part of any conspiracy. Should I really meant to do anything evil, I could post in an alt, but I didn’t.
I also have to apologize to my corp, alliance and coalition for making them lose hundreds of potential members to the language barrier.
So back to the topic:
The Chinese localization of EVE is disabled on Tranquility client for years, although there are files containing data of Chinese localization in the TQ client. Some monkey patching technique can exploit a loophole to access that localization. The most popular unofficial tool for accessing Chinese localization is snip. However, on March 15 its developer announced that they will discontinue this project because CCP had closed that interface. Some says CCP will remove Chinese localization files as well, but I didn’t find any source for this claim.
In another channel the EVEModX developer complained about me posting in CCP threads making CCP aware of their tool.
I don’t know if is any causation between these, or CCP just closed the loophole by coincidence. But you know how average netizens perceive correlation and causation, and as a result there are many people angry about me on Tieba.
This was my post on CCP security thread:
My response which CCP did not respond to:
I was asking CCP because I felt a gradual change in CCP’s stance toward Chinese localization, or players’ impression towards that stance. At the age when Chinese player population was just starting to boom, I found that many people advise fellow Chinese players not to show any signs of using Chinese localization because that might risk you a ban. However, as time passes more people are confident about using Chinese localizations, they are dragging Chinese links, making videos of Chinese localized clients without being banned. So I think CCP should be not that harsh on Chinese localization. I asked CCP and CCP response was “I do not think that localizing the client language provides an unfair advantage”. I wanted to be more clear so I asked if he really understand what this localization tool does, and there was no response.
Though CCP Peligro says that “I do not think that localizing the client language provides an unfair advantage”, I am also cencerned that this modding tool has possible extensions snip to other functions that are not so good, like autopilot to 0, and changing Wormhole names to “hole to null” etc (though for some reason I didn’t mention those in those two posts). This could be a rationale for CCP to close that loophole, if it is not bad to localize the client language. I believe this is probably a shared loophole which is impossible to separate function of localization from other bad functions. So CCP is likely to go for the simplest solution: close that loophole.
Dear CCP, though I know this is likely not a high-priority issue, I really need your words for the future of Chinese localization. Will there be any plan for Chinese players to use the client in Chinese after you have said “I do not think that localizing the client language provides an unfair advantage”? Am I wrong to ask for Chinese localization?
Removed links of a program and Pictures containing chat log ~Buldath