Wait, those are all Dutch? You assholes. I had no idea English had such a large effect in your country. As an English Language student, I'm stunned that someone would opt for English rather than their own natively developed tongue. Just strikes me as bizarre. Don't you consider the localisation as an acknowledgement of your national identity?
I have the same thoughts on this matter as the OP, I would probably simply not buy a game if it was only in dutch. I always want to hear the original version, if that's possible. That way nothing will get lost in translation. If I happen to see someone watching something on TV with dutch subtitles I merely listen and cringe at the many many faulty translations. They really are sub-par and sadly, a lot of older people don't see that. The latest generations though have grown up with English everywhere and thus they have no problem with it.
Also you mention our national identity, it isn't as strong as some have already mentioned in this thread. In fact the notion of requiring someone to "acknowledge" my national identity seems ridiculous to me.
What I have always wondered though; don't you get tired of hearing english music everywhere? All the popular songs here are mostly English, so to us it's weird to hear our mothertongue in pop music.
So I decided to watch the how to build a bomb videos again and in the 10th video they show the database stats at the time and I wondered how much has changed in those nearly 3 years.
The statistics then (aug 1st 2008) :
And the statistics now (jun 13th 2011):
So there's been a very big increase in some categories while others have only seen a minor growth. Some of this can be explained (Platforms, for obvious reasons) but there are also some which I am curious about.
I'm also kind of surprised by the relatively small increase on the number of people, while I find the number of people in the old database to be really unexpected, but that may be because I never really venture to look for the people.
Anyone able to fish up the number of images from somewhere? It has to be in the millions surely.