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10 December 2007
What will the normals think?
How do normal people even begin to understand videogame titles? I just saw that there is going to be a new Rainbow Six game from Ubisoft and the title is this:

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

I'm sure there are worse names, but this one struck me this morning as ridiculous. The only thing recognizable to an average person there is Tom Clancy. Most will have no idea what Rainbow Six means. (My recollection of the original PC game was that Rainbow referred to the nationalities of the team members.) The connection to Las Vegas isn't much of a help. And it's a sequel. Yuck.

Anyway, all this makes me wonder what soccer moms think when a kid says they want a game whose title seems so random.

Then again, over 20 years ago Mom did buy me Zork II and Zork III without really asking many questions.

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--Matt Matthews at 12:51
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By Blogger Default, at 10 December, 2007 13:48  

Considering that some people apparently bought a game with a felony in the title for their kids and then exclaimed astonishment for its content - I think some uh, normals, don't really parse the words much at all...

By Blogger Josh, at 10 December, 2007 15:51  

Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Versus Zeta Gundam is what I always think about in terms of 'bad titles'

By Blogger webrunner, at 10 December, 2007 16:29  

Naming products is often hard so stringing together "brand names" seems to appear brilliant from the marketing end.

Tom Clancy = Brand name author

Rainbow Six = Brand name book title from above author + brand name game series

Vegas = That place is a hot "brand" with 17-36 year olds...it is Picante!

2 (Two) = Market research shows ONE is the loneliest number. However, the guys in research have "done the numbers" and say TWO can be as bad as one. It's the loneliest number since the number one. Nevertheless, we might be able to spin this positively if the number on the box appeared to be on fire.

By Blogger MonkeyKing1969, at 10 December, 2007 16:53  

I believe by "Zork II" you meant "Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz", an easily decipherable title available on the "Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom" in 1996.

Yeah, those crazy names are breaking news. How will we ever cope? ;)

FUMBLE!!!

By Blogger rufbo, at 10 December, 2007 17:28  

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