This might be more of a personal issue and a rant post, so take this with a grain of salt.
But the more I play, the less I like it.
I generally like kanji and hiragana, I think they’re pretty and all. But katakana mixed with roman letters? No… And there seems to be a lot of that in games.
Also katakanized names sound ridiculous and are hard to spell. English counterparts are much better, for example in Pokemon and Monster Hunter. I’ve been playing Pokemon for 2 days now and still can’t remember my starter’s name. チョロネコ stuck with me though.
This is more of a skill issue probably, but whenever I see katakana my brain takes a second or so to actually process what I’m reading. This does not happen with hiragana. Maybe it’s due to lack of practice, because you generally don’t see much katakana in normal text, but it’s annoying and breaks the flow.
There’re also the complex kanji compounds to save screen space and made up words. I try to look up every unknown word in a dictionary. When I played a certain game of Chinese origin there seemed to be many such words - place and character names especially used weird kanji, but then there were special made up items with made up names and a lot of hard to look up kanji compounds. Sometimes I felt like it was just Chinese text not translated to Japanese. I wasted more time googling than playing.
Anyone has any tips for that or similar feelings? Does it get better with practice? When I watch shows or read proper Japanese text I love it, I love how the 国語 sounds and even the Chinese loan words are fine, but when I play games and see katakana upon katakana I don’t love it and sometimes I even hate it. Now the obvious answer would be to not play, but I feel like this will hinder my progress too much. I wanna learn the way I learned English.