Evey morning I get up, make some coffee, and start writing about games. Most of the time it's a good day, but wheni see news about certaingames, I just want to run into the corner and weep. Why? Because there are a few games that have completely inexplicable schemes for how you spell their name. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you're typing the name of a game a dozen or so times in a post and there is a random capitalized letter in there… it becomes maddening. Don't believe me? Figure these out:
You don't capitalize the first letter, you add a big "O" in there, and if you go by most of the comments when I discuss the game, you probably don't have fun playing it. This way of spelling out the game doesn't make anything seem arty, it's just annoying.
The period after every letter means this is an acronym, but can you tell how many players know the game stands for Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, and Robbers? Of course not, because they just call it "Stalker" and move on. If you're writing about the game, you have no such luxury. While I've never passed up interesting stories about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. because of how long it takes to type it out, I've been tempted.
Ugh. Another one of those "don't capitalize the first letter" games. Wikipedia even apologizes for the listing, saying they had to call it "Beatmania" as a technical restriction. That second part? Apparently you say that "two deluxe," or "two dee-ex." This is all a little much. I just call it "that rhythm game that's too damn hard."
NiGHTS into Dreams
Mocking the other silly names, NiGHTS decided to go with the "capitalize everything but the 'i' approach." Great game on the Saturn, we're skeptical of the remake, but the name is pure headache.
This link popped up yesterday in comments, leading to even more confusion on this topic. Is it a typeface issue? I see it both ways, but at this point I think I'm just going to pretend the game series never happened. When the press release says WipEout and Sony says Wipeout elsewhere… it's time to just pick one and move on.
Just looking at that gives me hives. This is one I just roundly ignore, because it's stupid. I know, I know, professionalism, but I feel like I'm yelling at you guys. The same with the SIXAXIS. Just calm down Sony, no need to be so loud. I don't want to type "PLAYSTATION®3" all in caps for that system. We're all going to have to learn to get by with PlayStation 3, because sometimes when I get upset about these crazy names I drink, and when I wake up and see PLAYSTATION®3, my head hurts.
It hurts a lot.
So stop it! It's not clever, and while it takes you a second to decide to make your name goofy it means hours and hours of making my life harder when I have to stop my hands from typing something that makes no sense.
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