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猫株利 Jun 26, 2014 @ 6:29pm
Team Fortress 2 almost no text visible
Game is unplayable (see screenshot here: or )

Steps to reproduce:

1) Install XUbuntu amd64 13.04 or 14.04 with Japanese as language
2) Install Steam, Team Fortress 2
3) Select any language, English, Japanese, Russian
4) Have no fun :(
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猫株利 Jun 26, 2014 @ 6:30pm 
Installing Microsoft TTF fonts does nothing also.
R3450N Jun 27, 2014 @ 8:33am 
Why not install Xubuntu 14.04 with English as language?
猫株利 Jun 27, 2014 @ 8:31pm 
Because my language isn't the problem.
Do you have Arial Unicode MS installed?
It's not included in corefonts package, you have to get it somewhere.
Also from Arch wiki
Steam makes heavy usage of the Arial font. A decent Arial font to use is ttf-liberation or the fonts provided by Steam. Asian languages require wqy-zenhei to display properly.
BTW, i have somehow similar issue with i915 driver.
Last edited by Supper Snipper Spyz; Jul 1, 2014 @ 10:10am
ison Jun 29, 2014 @ 6:52pm 
Originally posted by 猫株利:
Because my language isn't the problem.

I think TF2 sets the menu font to the language the steam client was running, because I just went to test this so I set TF2 to Japanese in properties and it still came up with all english text.
I had to set the steam client itself to run in Japanese before it would change the menu language in TF2.

So perhaps your steam client isn't in english and it doesn't matter that you have TF2 set to english it's still trying to display the language that your steam client is set to.

But this should solve your problem
Originally posted by Kranky K. Krackpot, Sr.:
Also from Arch wiki
Asian languages require wqy-zenhei to display properly.

I uninstalled wqy-zenhei and I could reproduce your screenshot (with steam client set to japanese)
But reinstalling wqy-zenhei then running fc-cache -fv and starting TF2 allows the text to render
Last edited by ison; Jun 29, 2014 @ 6:56pm
猫株利 Jun 29, 2014 @ 8:35pm 
Installing wqy-zenhei from a package fixed the problem. This is a good workaround, but I think Steam should properly support a Japanese font for Japanese language. I will mention this on the github. Thanks!
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Date Posted: Jun 26, 2014 @ 6:29pm
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