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(Mental Floss)   How 13 classic video games got their names   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 29
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2012-08-31 12:23:56 PM
Interesting. I still think one of the more clever ones was The Elder Scrolls IV: OblIVion.
 
2012-08-31 12:44:19 PM
Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.
 
2012-08-31 01:28:29 PM

Rev.K: Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.


Consoles have their place. Be nice.
 
2012-08-31 02:09:45 PM
smhttp.14409.nexcesscdn.net

already knew about #1
 
2012-08-31 02:30:09 PM

Rev.K: Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.


Such a title would not convey the understanding of a pretty cool guy or that eh kills aliens and doesn't afraid of anything.
 
2012-08-31 02:30:13 PM
Now, who wouldn't have played a game called Monkey Nuts?
 
2012-08-31 02:39:12 PM

Rev.K: Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.


i969.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-31 02:40:49 PM
Doom was named after its contribution to our school system.
 
2012-08-31 02:41:41 PM

Rev.K: Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.


I'm surprised someone as hip as you stooped to actually play a console.
 
2012-08-31 02:46:51 PM

AppleOptionEsc: Rev.K: Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.

I'm surprised someone as hip as you stooped to actually play a console.


Just FYI, Halo was also released on PC
 
2012-08-31 02:50:36 PM

sprawl15: Doom was named after its contribution to our school system.


The real story is that the game got its name from what I did to John's toilet right before one of the design meetings.
 
2012-08-31 03:03:43 PM
Link was going to be called Chris?!

Really?
 
2012-08-31 03:05:36 PM

Mawson of the Antarctic: Link was going to be called Chris?!

Really?


Only in Japan. The US version would have changed his name to Reggie, and he would be a mulatto.
 
2012-08-31 03:24:53 PM

sprawl15: Mawson of the Antarctic: Link was going to be called Chris?!

Really?

Only in Japan. The US version would have changed his name to Reggie, and he would be a mulatto.


Also, instead of Rupees, the shops would just want treefiddy.
 
2012-08-31 04:30:04 PM

muck4doo: Rev.K: Odd, I would have thought a better name for Halo was "Incredibly Overrated, Mediocre Console First Person Shooter".

But I guess that's just me.

Consoles have their place. Be nice.


Okay, I will go a little further on this. PC gaming just advances a lot faster than consoles. The last game I bought for PC was Bioshock2(which wasn't great). Currently the only games i play are Morrowind, and a very heavily modded Oblivion. This PC runs Oblivion great. Pentium 4 3.0 GHZ, 4 Gigs RAM, Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT graphics card, and a piece of crap inboard sound card. I installed the mod "quiet feet", and that fixed that problem. People i have seen try to run Oblivion on dual core processors 2.0 GHZ, have problems with that game, even though they have newer and faster computers. The reason why? Oblivion wasn't designed to run on dual core. It will run on one of those processors at 2.0. I'd like to add Skyrim to PC, but can't. It's designed to run on at least dual core, and is more optimal on quad-core. My graphics card will handle it fine, even though it is now pretty outdated. So, in order to play Skyrim, I would need to replace my pc, as it can not be upgraded to multi-core processors. So my solution was just buy it for X-Box for now. I had a ton of fun playing it and DawnGuard in vanilla version, and look forward to when i can buy another pc to play modded versions. Without that console, I would have never been able to play it at all without spending a crap load of money first.
 
2012-08-31 05:29:37 PM
There was a Q*Bert cartoon in the 80s, and I always wondered why Q*Bert could shoot pellets out of his nose when he couldn't in the video game. Now I know why. Also amazing what I remember from age eight.

/Samus is a woman? NO!!
 
2012-08-31 05:53:14 PM
Did anyone actually think Samus was an android while playing the game? I always figured it was a human in power armor.

Didn't know she was female, but that's a different issue.
 
2012-08-31 06:53:16 PM

Skyrmion: Did anyone actually think Samus was an android while playing the game? I always figured it was a human in power armor.

Didn't know she was female, but that's a different issue.


Android? No. Cyborg? Yes.
 
2012-08-31 07:14:45 PM

muck4doo: Currently the only games i play are Morrowind, and a very heavily modded Oblivion.


If you're playing Morrowind, you really don't need to be playing any other Elder Scrolls games.
 
2012-08-31 07:18:16 PM
FTFA: Because 1992′s Wolfenstein 3-D was heavily influenced by the original game, id Software hoped to use the name if it wouldn't be too expensive to license. However, Muse Software had gone out of business in 1987, so the name was no longer protected by copyright and was free to use.

Surely it was trademark rather than copyright.
 
2012-08-31 08:46:16 PM
CSB time

1st year, game manufacturing job.
shooter: Battlefield comes in. Tests fantastic.
Me to my supervisor: "Look. they travel through time, and they are soldiers. It should be called Time Soldiers."
supervisor: "pshaw"

later meeting with Mr. Yasuki: "Battlefield is now named Time Soldiers"
both of us:"yes, Mr. Yasuki"


did good
sold over 7,000
 
2012-08-31 09:11:34 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: FTFA: Because 1992′s Wolfenstein 3-D was heavily influenced by the original game, id Software hoped to use the name if it wouldn't be too expensive to license. However, Muse Software had gone out of business in 1987, so the name was no longer protected by copyright and was free to use.

Surely it was trademark rather than copyright.


Yes, it was. You cannot copyright a name, title, or short phrase. That's what trademarks are for. Even if Muse went out of business someone no doubtedly bought their assets which would include trademarks, but they probably either didn't know it was theirs or simply had no desire to protect the trademark.
 
2012-08-31 11:42:31 PM

Ghastly: Lee Jackson Beauregard: FTFA: Because 1992′s Wolfenstein 3-D was heavily influenced by the original game, id Software hoped to use the name if it wouldn't be too expensive to license. However, Muse Software had gone out of business in 1987, so the name was no longer protected by copyright and was free to use.

Surely it was trademark rather than copyright.

Yes, it was. You cannot copyright a name, title, or short phrase. That's what trademarks are for. Even if Muse went out of business someone no doubtedly bought their assets which would include trademarks, but they probably either didn't know it was theirs or simply had no desire to protect the trademark.


You dun goofed because the name Superman is copyrighted.
 
2012-09-01 12:41:55 AM

rocky_howard: Ghastly: Lee Jackson Beauregard: FTFA: Because 1992′s Wolfenstein 3-D was heavily influenced by the original game, id Software hoped to use the name if it wouldn't be too expensive to license. However, Muse Software had gone out of business in 1987, so the name was no longer protected by copyright and was free to use.

Surely it was trademark rather than copyright.

Yes, it was. You cannot copyright a name, title, or short phrase. That's what trademarks are for. Even if Muse went out of business someone no doubtedly bought their assets which would include trademarks, but they probably either didn't know it was theirs or simply had no desire to protect the trademark.

You dun goofed because the name Superman is copyrighted.


It's trademarked. The Superman comics, etc. are copyrighted.
 
2012-09-01 09:19:48 AM
I was really hoping they'd cover how frogger got its name. Guess I'll keep wondering.
 
2012-09-01 10:16:03 AM

Ghastly: It's trademarked. The Superman comics, etc. are copyrighted.


The name is copyrighted. You can see it right there on the cover of "Superman". As does "Green Lantern".

Other comics have the little tm instead. Like "Wolverine" and "Uncanny X-Men".
 
2012-09-01 11:35:27 AM

Uzzah: [smhttp.14409.nexcesscdn.net image 600x330]

already knew about #1


Are you the Pac-Man guy?

Came for this.

...and Ramona.
 
2012-09-01 12:12:21 PM

rocky_howard: Ghastly: It's trademarked. The Superman comics, etc. are copyrighted.

The name is copyrighted. You can see it right there on the cover of "Superman". As does "Green Lantern".

Other comics have the little tm instead. Like "Wolverine" and "Uncanny X-Men".


That's a ® symbol not a © symbol. That means it's a registered trademark, not a copyright. ™ is the symbol for an unregistered trademark.
 
2012-09-01 12:16:32 PM

Ghastly: That's a ® symbol not a © symbol. That means it's a registered trademark, not a copyright. ™ is the symbol for an unregistered trademark.


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