Crippled and unrealistic names


#1

I really like the game, but there are a couple of things that I find quite annoying:

It may sound marginal, but it’s a shame that the game cripples names with special characters, rendering the common German surname Müller to Muller.

Also the name file is not really realistic. “Moeppel” is not a real name at all and the name file lacks older given names. Most of the people who carry names that are in the namefile are not even in their thirties. I already edited germannames.txt, but still all the Umlauts are missing. Is there a way to fix this?


#2

I suggest replacing the umlauts with alternative characters. The way I understand it, “Mueller” is a perfectly acceptable substitute for “Müller” in German, for example. Rather than dropping those names, or spending a lot of effort on reworking the text system to support letters not part of the standard English alphabet (which it apparently doesn’t), this would be the easiest thing to do.


#3

These characters will be correctly rendered after the next patch (1.09), and a full German translation is underway… :smiley: