Samantha Robertson

Localization Writer/Editor, Nintendo of America Inc.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), English and Comparative Religion, 2003

...how to think critically, express yourself clearly, argue convincingly, and juggle heavy workloads. Those skills are incredibly valuable in any job.

Samantha Robertson’s degree in English and Comparative Religion from King’s and subsequent Master in English from Dalhousie led first to an editorial position with Dark Horse Comics, and then to her current position as a localization writer/editor with Nintendo of America.

There, she prepares video games created in Japan for release in North America by rewriting and editing rough translations of game text and providing cultural insight to Nintendo’s Japanese development teams. “The goal,” she explains, “is to deliver completely seamless experiences to our North American, English-speaking players—experiences that are free of any speed bumps that might impede their enjoyment of our products.”

One of the largest drawing points that brought Robertson to King's was the university’s small, close-knit community. As she explains, “I got a lot out of my time at King’s from a social perspective. I was quite a shy, introverted person when I first came to King’s, but finding a home with friendly, welcoming people with similar interests really helped get me out of my shell.” On top of those benefits, Robertson believes very strongly that King’s academic strength has been instrumental to her success.

“What a liberal arts degree teaches you, when you look past disciplinary specifics,” she writes over e-mail from her home in Seattle, “is how to think critically, express yourself clearly, argue convincingly, and juggle heavy workloads. Those skills are incredibly valuable in any job.” They’ve certainly proved invaluable in hers, where strong writing, editing, and communication skills are a must. “I still feel a very strong connection to King’s,” she notes, “I only wish I could get back to visit more often.”

* With lines from Laura Hubbard. Read an earlier article about Samantha by Laura Hubbard in the summer 2012 edition of Tidings.

Posted: Apr. 2016

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