Pinnguaq (Pangnirtung, Nunavut) and Hemisphere Games (Toronto, ON/Nelson, BC) are proud to announce that on June 20th 2013, Osmos will be updated and re-released on the Apple App Store in Inuktitut, the Inuit Language. Osmos is Apple’s 2010 iPad “Game of the Year” and the winner of dozens of accolades and awards in the gaming community.
Pinnguaq is a new startup based out of Pangnirtung, Nunavut that focuses on creating quality play experiences in Indigenous languages. Pinnguaq used “crowdsourcing” to bring together over 100 Nunavummiut (people of Nunavut) to translate Osmos, inviting them to interpret 15 random terms from the game through an online quiz. Over the month that the quiz ran the entire game was translated an equivalent of four and a half times. People from every community in Nunavut participated providing an authentically “made in Nunavut” feel to the translation. Now, after months of testing among Inuktitut experts across Nunavut, the game is ready for release.
This release is important because it is the first major game to be interpreted and released in the Inuit language. “We hope this is just the beginning” says Ryan Oliver, director at Pinnguaq, “By bringing quality, award winning games like Osmos to an Inuktitut speaking audience we’re hoping to show Inuit have a voice and are welcome in this industry.”
The video game industry provides 2.3 billion dollars annually to the Canadian Economy and it is Pinnguaq’s goal to make Nunavummiut feel like they have a place in what is rapidly becoming one of the most important industries in the world.
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