Next language in MTG?

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What do you think the next language MTG will be published in?

Arabic
3
30%
Czech
0
No votes
Dutch
0
No votes
Greek
0
No votes
Hindi
3
30%
Hungarian
1
10%
Malay
1
10%
Polish
1
10%
Swedish
0
No votes
Thai
1
10%
Turkish
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 10

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Next language in MTG?

Post by Alien_Starfighter_Pilot » Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:21 am

What do you think the next language MTG will be published in?

If you think it would a language not on the list, post a comment and I'll add it. :D
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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by GlobalBoosterHunter » Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:26 am

Tricky...

Not sure how many different Arabic languages there are but Islam forbids games of chance, so probably not a big market.

They speak English in Greece and Holland and most of Europe! And the Czech Republic.

Not sure how popular it is in other countries but India is big, nice market to tap into. Couple of languages though, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu etc. Once again, English is the big one.

Though it is hard enough to get all the boosters in the current languages as it is...

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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by l0qii » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:09 am

Honestly I wouldn't pick any of those on the list. I would put my money on Malay

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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by Alien_Starfighter_Pilot » Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:31 pm

Malay would be interesting. I also added Thai because I think that'd look very interesting in foil!

I added most of the languages to the list based on total # of people that speak the language in the world. Hindi is the language most spoken in India, so I only added that one.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Chess originate from the Arab world? and since there are no more ante cards, I don't see how anyone could consider MTG to be any more of a game of chance than football (soccer to my fellow Americans).

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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by Neuron » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:02 pm

Hey, I was about to post a similar poll. I think an important factor is how much Hasbro/Wizards can sell, so I would say either Hindi or Arabic, tending more to Arabic, as in India English is an official language.

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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by dragsamou » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:21 am

Hi All

Arabic will never be printed by Hasbro/WOTC. Gaming is "Halal" or "Haram" according to the Quran. Female Illustrations can be inappropriately dressed, etc... All such things render MTG impermissible.
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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by mystical_tutor » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:53 pm

I agree with Alexis about the problems with Arabic. Plus the culture of the Arabic world does not lend itself to using the imagination thus, With it being bad just to make an image of something (anything almost). I wonder what type, if any, of "games" are played by teenage Arabs. In addition having a Magic shop in most parts of the world that language is spoken is would be downright dangerous.

I think there is a small chance for Hebrew as there is a small player base in Israel already.

IMHO there may well not even be a "next" language. English is so prevalent in those countries in which it is not printed in the local language that market results would not be large enough for the investment.

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Re: Next language in MTG?

Post by GlobalBoosterHunter » Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:34 am

At my old school back in the 80s they were teaching us probability and one of the questions was along the lines of "What is the probability of pulling an Ace out of a deck of cards" Our lone Moslem student had to put their hand up and explain that in order to answer he needed to know how many cards in a deck and how many of them were Aces. He wasn't allowed to play with a deck of cards because it was a game of chance.

If you have 60 cards in a deck and you don't know which one is coming next then it is a game of chance.

Thinking of the cards that had to be altered to keep the Christians happy I can't imagine how many would need to be redone to keep the Moslems happy.

It would be good to get some of that Middle Eastern Oil Money into the hobby though.

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