Sorry to disappoint, but I don't need a lecture.
...to be played truely... ...the spirit of the intial series...
Sorry for making assumptions.
Irony aside, no sarcasm intended here.
To your first point, incorrect. The cost of reproducing literature back in any time period BEFORE and even during the advent of the printing press would lead any sane person to learn how to properly use contractions and abbreviations in their writing. And this would logically move into daily speech, especially with commoners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbreviation
I don't see how this at all relates to my first point (that the English used back then would be unrecognisable to us, and thus speech patterns and vernacular were a moot point), but sure, okay. If you'll read the article, it states that abbreviations began more common use during the standardisation of the English language - from the 15th to the 17th century, as Old English and Middle English began dying out. The very languages I argued FE people would talk in.
If you check the source they cite for this, it is further explained that the use of abbreviations and contractions in the English language was largely born from scribes using shorthand when writing down the long-winded and exhausting speeches used in the medieval period. As in, FEland.
Also, Middle-English was on its way out after the 15th Century, but however developed into what is regarded Early Modern English on the British Isles which is what is represented in most dialogue recorded during the later 15th and early 17th century. Keep in mind that Old English is in fact a very strong relative to ancient Nordic languages as it WAS part of the Anglo-Saxon language tradition.
Cheap shot. Otherwise, nothing really to say here. I don't particularly see how it pertains to the discussion.
The fact that Fire Emblem neglected this fact, is probably due to the fact that they didn't really care about how European Medieval was truly spoken compared to how their history was in Japan. Why this point is even being talked about I don't even know.
Because the use of modern speech, slang and values allows the player to better relate to and understand the story?
The vernacular back then in feudal times was much much different than now.
I don't know, you brought it up.
I'm extremely curious as how you developed a reasonable list of old figures of speech, and in fact, the examples you have listed seem to be quite extreme in my mind. It should and would have been unbecoming for a young lord or noble to speak in such a way, much less the unrealistic relationship that the lords and nobles seem to have with each other in most FE games. However that fact can not be changed and must be enforced as to keep with the games tradition. The language much be confluent and streamlined in such a way that it keeps to the same pattern that is used with a bit of spice.
The examples listed include;
Melanie, a street-raised cut-purse and cut-throat whose lack of morals is only offset by her wide array of skills
Zephyr, an aloof Pegasus mercenary with her head in the clouds - who addresses' Melanie's language on multiple occasions (though usually because the 'boss' is coming)
Fargus, a pirate. As in kill-an-entire-ship-of-merchants-then-drag-their-wares-back-to-port-to-be-spent-on-drugs-and-hookers, wanted-in-six-countries, rapist, coward and drunkard
Mazda, a corrupt and rather drunk Captain of the Bernese royal guard who is used to having whatever he wants thrown at him
and Uther, the rebellious young prince trying to prove he isn't who his father wants him to be, who just witnessed Mazda and his boys cornering and harassing an innocent woman
I truly don't see the need for much profanity at all, as the English language today has -many- words and phrases that would be better suited for the job.
puts it better than I do;
The otherwise excellent English localization for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance was tarnished somewhat by the use of the word 'dang.' Seeing as the game's plot involved genocide, racism, and a touch of implied homosexual lust, it seems odd that they decided to dumb down the language. Actually, a lot of otherwise good Nintendo games fall victim to this.
Particularly jarring when the commander, in danger of being slaughtered along with his friends and family at the hands of the villain, growls "dang it!"
However, if Ike dies on Endgame, he says "damn", thus showing perhaps he was just THAT tactful a person.
You're entitled to your opinion, I have to say this now. Lately, I've just been in a competitive mood for some reason.