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Working With Bungie without working AT Bungie?

As Recommended by Recon Number 54, here's the relocation of my thread: One of the new Jobs at Bungie is "Localization Editor - Spanish (Castilian)" and I've been wondering: Has Bungie ever hired personnel who don't necessarily have to work AT the Studio? (Someone who lives in another country but still manages to work with Bungie). Here's what he had to say about the topic: [i] "They are ALL about in-person synergy (even Skip participating in round tables had the POSSIBILITY of an unexpectedly good outcome, at least the possibility). It was experimented with Bungie-West and I don't think that was the sort of studio that the team wants or works best with. For example, I don't think that _________ would be either inclined (or blessed if they wanted) to telecommute. Marty Staten Jones anyone" [/i]

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  • If Bungie is looking to internally hire for localization, as opposed to farming/contracting it out (which stop me if I am wrong, but that is pretty much typical) then I would speculate that Bungie is going to have ongoing content that is going to require regular and updated localization. If the content is going to be that dynamic and constantly increasing and being developed/shipped, then I would suspect that they would want their localization folks in-studio, especially since they are hiring for those tasks personally instead of contracting/farming it out to an agency or other external party. In other words, they may like/prefer/want and even NEED their localization specialists to be involved in development and story/dialog choices in an ongoing and collaborative realtime manner. Of course that is me using my consultant-speak to speculate wildly. I certainly don't know anything, but if they are hiring internally for something that is more easily (and cheaply) outsourced, I would imagine they are doing so for a very serious reason.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] John Shortcutt1 That's true. In part, It'd be easy because it's a matter of translating, which in my case it's even easier due to the fact that Castillian Spanish is my native language. On the other hand, I'd be managing sensitive information, and they wouldn't risk having those details leaked. Still, I wonder if an NDA would help.[/quote]This. Being an employee of Bungie Studios, they'd obviously have your name and know exactly who it was leaking stuff considering it's not like giving a studio tour where they're showing the same thing to 5-10 different people at the same time. Even if they send/give the same thing to every translator, they could easily change a word to a synonym here or there to basically tag each script so they would know who leaked what where and when.

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  • Err, the only '[i]job[/i]' that is off US soil is being a Forum Ninja I guess. Although, that's just volunteering.

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  • That's true. In part, It'd be easy because it's a matter of translating, which in my case it's even easier due to the fact that Castillian Spanish is my native language. On the other hand, I'd be managing sensitive information, and they wouldn't risk having those details leaked. Still, I wonder if an NDA would help.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Lobster Fish 2 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CrazzySnipe55 I feel like "localization editor" for Castilian Spanish would probably be one of the very few positions where you'd be allowed to work off-site. Of course, at times you'd probably have to be willing to fly in for a week or two at a time because nothing beats in-person meetings, but as the job is just essentially translating and making the words make sense in Spanish Spanish, I definitely think there's a good shot this could be one of those few where you could work off-site.[/quote]What about being supervised so Bungie knows you're doing your job right?[/quote]You're just translating words into Castilian Spanish. You're not just doing it all on your end and not sending in your work. Clearly doing something like this on a Google Doc or a more sophisticated software of that kind would solve this problem.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Lobster Fish 2 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CrazzySnipe55 I feel like "localization editor" for Castilian Spanish would probably be one of the very few positions where you'd be allowed to work off-site. Of course, at times you'd probably have to be willing to fly in for a week or two at a time because nothing beats in-person meetings, but as the job is just essentially translating and making the words make sense in Spanish Spanish, I definitely think there's a good shot this could be one of those few where you could work off-site.[/quote]What about being supervised so Bungie knows you're doing your job right?[/quote] Also for security reasons it may be necessary to have the code and all that sensitive information secure.

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  • I'm not sure how comfortable the marketing department would be sending a script over the internet to a staff member who doesn't want to relocate after all the leaks. I think they'd probably pick the guy who's willing to move to WA. over the guy who wants to work from home.

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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CrazzySnipe55 I feel like "localization editor" for Castilian Spanish would probably be one of the very few positions where you'd be allowed to work off-site. Of course, at times you'd probably have to be willing to fly in for a week or two at a time because nothing beats in-person meetings, but as the job is just essentially translating and making the words make sense in Spanish Spanish, I definitely think there's a good shot this could be one of those few where you could work off-site.[/quote]What about being supervised so Bungie knows you're doing your job right?

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  • I feel like "localization editor" for Castilian Spanish would probably be one of the very few positions where you'd be allowed to work off-site. Of course, at times you'd probably have to be willing to fly in for a week or two at a time because nothing beats in-person meetings, but as the job is just essentially translating and making the words make sense in Spanish Spanish, I definitely think there's a good shot this could be one of those few where you could work off-site.

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  • If you work at Bungie, you have to WORK AT BUNGIE. That has been the general thing employees have said.

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