I don't know any curse. But I didn't try to translate or hack them, others did. I also had a whole team in my group trying to translate the 3rd part. I never heard of them after the start. No mail, no ICQ, no forum, nothing at all. It's not that they didn't have enough experience or know how... I just think they got so totally frustrated.
Perhaps the idea with the young Japanese girl is the best option.