Facebook Files: Dissecting Game Titles



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Games from Japan — and sometimes even the West (see: Giants: Citizen Kabuto) — often tend to have ridiculous names. A lot of the time, the names don’t even mean anything in particular, but we still love them and probably wouldn’t have it any other way.


So let’s hear it: Which games do you think have the worst or best names ever? Link to full thread here.


Fabio wrote:

Well, my favorite name might simply be Myst. It has both a nice ring and a chilling feel about it.


As for worst name ever, uhm. It’s not “bad” per se, but a name like Grim Fandango sure doesn’t do much to attract customers (too bad, because the game was awesome).


Mattias wrote:

Here’s a few good ones:


Brütal Legend – It’s clever and hilarious, you can’t really argue with that.
Dragon Quest: The Hand of the Heavenly Bride – It’s fittingly epic and not a bunch of non-relevant bullshit.
Freshly Picked: Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland – As quirky as the game :D
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs the Soulless Army – I kinda fancy long titles and this one’s just spectacular.
Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I do to Deserve This? – Shows how good translations can be if you adapt them to the relevant culture. Doraemon? Batman!
Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram – So full of nonsense you get intrigued. I know I was!
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1 – Humorous title for the internet generation.


Ishaan wrote:



Tales of Graces – Just…ugh. Don’t get me started. At one point, they’d registered “Tales of Gracia” and even that sounds better.

Nier Gestalt / Replicant – Sounds nonsensical, completely uninteresting and gives you zero idea of what to expect.


Anton wrote:

For some reason I’ve never really liked the title Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth. For me, it just sounds awkward when I saw it out loud, which is why I normally say Hoshigami. =P


Not that it’s a bad title per se, it just seems awkward to me. Same with Arc the Lad. Fantastic series, but the title just seems so awkward. =/

Abraham wrote:

I’m leaning towards suckitude with Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? The name is relevant and I’ve built up tons of goodwill towards the penguin-bomb folk, but I hate that title more every time I have to say it. I mean, read this out loud: Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?P rinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?


[Next week: What’s your favourite ninja game?]

Ishaan Sahdev
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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.