The translator responsible for making sure many of Squaresoft
's greatest games
made it to the US intact. Ted became interested in the Japanese
language and culture
while taking martial arts
as a child and early teen. He received his Master's degree
in Japanese literature at the University of Washington
. His first son was born while he was working on his dissertation
, and he decided to drop that and look for work so that he could spend more time with his son. Square
was hiring, and the rest is history
The following Square games were all translated by Ted:
Final Fantasy Legend III
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Final Fantasy III (US version of Final Fantasy VI)
Breath of Fire
Secret of Mana
Super Mario RPG
Ted has stated in interviews that the hardest part was dealing with the fact that English as a language is much less dense than Japanese, and since the size of the cartridges was fixed, this meant that a number of things (sometimes up to 50% of the text) had to be dropped from each game during the translation.
Ted's genius is such that despite all of these setbacks, all of these games created convincing characters and told their stories well. Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger in particular are cult favorites here in the US.
When the Redmond offices of Squaresoft were disbanded, Ted joined with some other ex-Square employees to form Big Rain Software. Big Rain was eventually bought by Crave Entertainment, where Ted worked as a designer and producer. He is currently (as of early 2001) working for Moby Games as a producer.