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King_Ghidra
14-10-2005, 14:30:11
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=61274

Isn't it odd that there exists a whole litany of games that we instinctively know are going to be plumbing the festering sinkholes of gaming before we even play them? Once such indicator of impending polygonal doom is a game's being titled "Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance", a title which is remarkable in its Nostradamus-like ability to prefigure the train-wreck of tragicomic wrongness about to unfold.

It's not just that it sounds like a movie that even your friendly neighbourhood porn dungeon will have placed in its "speciality" section. It's that the entire title screams "Game designed for IQs 60 and below. Strictly not to be supplied to any persons capable of rational thought".

It's at this point that I can hear the rustling sound of impatient forum fingers skipping to the end and unleashing witty counterarguments. But I know what you're going to say; and you're wrong.

Shining1
14-10-2005, 22:25:45
Actually I'm coming to the conclusion that any game that does the SERIES TITLE (COLON) SUB TITLE naming thing is going to be somewhat odd or subpar.

It's the colon that does it. A simple dash is fine, like 'WarcraftIII - Reign of Chaos' or 'Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas'. The colon implies tho that the episode tag is not just a tag, but a further descriptor. (Some random episodes do this IIRC, but it's clearly just bad grammar)

Which I guess implies a need to do the game's marketing purely through the title, since it's the only information most people will ever see about it. And *that* means no pre-release hype or interest has been generated. So it's a last deseperate means to create interest in a 'loser shelf' product.

Venom
15-10-2005, 05:37:41
I'm copying this:

It's at this point that I can hear the rustling sound of impatient forum fingers skipping to the end and unleashing witty counterarguments. But I know what you're going to say; and you're wrong.

And saving it for all my other reviews. As a matter of fact, let's just pretend that line is already at the end of my Medieval: Total War review.