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Can you forgive her?

¿Podrás perdonarla?Now on presale: POP!: 10+1 relatos musicales! Order today on the online store for Editorial Café Con Leche and it will dispatch on the release date, June 26th.

Each of the Spanish-language short stories in this anthology is based on a pop song:

1. Vidal Fernández Solano – Hoy no me puedo levantar (Mecano – Hoy no me puedo levantar)
2. Diana Gutiérrez – Waterloo (ABBA – Waterloo)
3. Manu Riquelme – El diario de Mandy Hill (Lesley Gore – It’s My Party)
4. Anna Roldós – Buscamos batería (Roxette – (Do you get) Excited?)
5. José Manuel Sala – La ruta (New Order – Blue Monday)
6. Ariza Piñeiro – Flores pisoteadas (Alaska y Dinarama – Perlas ensangrentadas)
7. Laura López Alfranca – Hola (Hombres G – Marta tiene un marcapasos)
8. Yolanda Camacho – Porque te vas (Jeanette – Porque te vas)
9. Álex Hernández-Puertas – ¿Podrás perdonarla? (Pet Shop Boys – Can You Forgive Her?)
10. Ignacio J. Borraz – El tiempo que tuvimos (Los Rodríguez – Sin documentos)
10+1. Alberto López – Sense Eyes Killed The Holo Star (The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star)

My contribution -track number 9- takes its inspiration from Can You Forgive Her?, a 1993 single by my favourite band, Pet Shop Boys. It combines two aspects of the song that seemed so far unrelated: the lyrics and the video.

Like every anthology in the bestofthebest collection, the book includes an introduction by Diana Gutiérrez. So far I’ve had the pleasure to contribute a story to each volume in the series: Reformas en el dormitorio opens Cuando calienta el sol and  La metamorfosis de Gregoria Sánchez closes Instinto animal.

If you would rather read Pop! on a digital format, it will be available very soon on the link above, plus all the usual platforms.

Here is the full cover, created by Yolanda Camacho:

Pop! Cubierta completa

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I’m proud to announce that I’ve been part of the localization team for the game everybody is talking about:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Reviewers worldwide have labelled it a masterpiece (with a 98% score on Metacritic) and in Spain they’ve also stopped to praise the dubbing and even sometimes the localization in general.

The Spanish texts are absolutely fantastic and the dubbing is top quality, to the point that you often feel like you’re watching an animation film. (3DJuegos)

Localization: 10 (GamesTribune)

It’s also fun to see how a walrus-related pun we used to laugh about in the office has become one of the screenshots most shared on social networks. I hope you will enjoy the game too!

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Paper Mario: Color Splash localization reviews

This week sees the release of one of my latest translation jobs, the fantastic Paper Mario: Color Splash, one of the funniest games I’ve had the pleasure to work on. My recommendation brings company: reviews are pretty positive and many are pointing out the success of the Spanish localization team. Thanks, it’s been our pleasure!

Paper Mario Color Splash

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But the most outstanding element is, without a doubt, its humor. Every character has something to say -in Spanish, as you’d expect- and we’re probably facing one of the best translations ever made for a title in this genre. The attention to detail in both language and grammar is magnificent. We often come across examples of very local topics and sayings. (Vandal)

Baldo carries most of the weight of the script, complementing Mario’s permanent silence with frequent gags and jokes. / The large variety of situations and the fine sense of humor bring the series back to its heyday. / The hilarious situations will often make you smile: humor is present from the first moment to the last. (Meristation)

Strong points: The script and its adaptation to our language are an absolute pleasure. (VidaExtra)

Strong points: Humor embellished by a very good localization. (GameReactor)

Soon the gags appear and converations take a humorous turn. The careful localization provides jokes that are clearly adapted for Spanish speakers. (Hobbyconsolas)

… some really witty wisecracks. (Revogamers)

The localization is flawless. (Juegos ADN)

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Major update

Several aspects and sections of the web have been updated in the last few days:

  • The music player is finally compatible with iOS devices
  • Amazon links now redirect to your region
  • Corrected a number of links and videos embedded with outdated code
  • Added several poems
  • Updated my portfolio of translated video games
  • Updated the fiction section with info on the latest anthology in which I have been published: Instinto animal
  • Translated several sections previously only available in Spanish
  • Added one more way to make donations towards server costs: Paypal.me

In the next few days I plan to keep adding more samples of my work.

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