[quote=UncleRuckusForLife]The only barrier that was ever annoying was the language barrier, which I think is more the reason for JP players wanting nothing to do with you, not racism. Perhaps FFXIV will implement a translation system that is more intuitive and doesn't make some JP players want to avoid people they can't openly hold conversations with.
when i think of an autotranslator i think of something that should automatically translate whatever you say into the language the person recieving the message would understand. in XI you could show what languages you could speak. i think in XIV it would be a great idea if they had you choose one language. this would put the AUTO in autotranslate.
what i mean by this is that any messages you recieve will automatically be translated to the language that you picked. granted some words would probably be out of place but you would still be able to figure out what they are saying. i think this would completely eliminate the language barrier and allow for a more cooperative community, when all the players dont speak the same language.
this would be especially helpful for people who live in another country but dont speak the language. this was one of the major gripes a friend of mine had while he was living in japan. few NA players were on during JP primetime and since he didnt speak japanese he had a hard time just getting through the game.
some people might say, well what about party chat, shouts, or linkshell chat. i think SE can program it to work so that it is still translated for each person. i have no idea how programming works but im sure the brains at SE can figure it out. if it is in fact not possible then another option would be an adapted translate funtion. you choose translate from the menu, it brings up your chat log and you choose what you want translated. yes this would still be as much of a hassle as the translator from XI but i think it would be able to get the point across better to the recieving individual. especially since the translator from XI didnt always have what you were trying to say.