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23-01-2013, 11:40 AM #1
Having exhausted every possible game title, it's understandable that the industry often turns to subtitles to lend identity to their games. Sadly, the pool from which they draw them is distressingly shallow and increasingly overfished:
That's it; that's all of them. There are literally no other subtitles used, ever.
Or are there? Did I forget any? I'll bet that I actually did, and that I'll kick my shins off as soon as I see them.
Well, fine, let's hear them then. Get it over with. Just remember the only rule is that it needs to have been used for at least 80 different games to qualify for the list.
After careful deliberation I have removed 'Reloaded,' since that's usually a cute euphemism for 'Version 2' (a somewhat ill-advised one, actually; they may as well use 'Torrent'). But I think that's it. Well, aside from 'Game of the Year Edition,' but that's also euphemistic; just a flowery way of saying 'Game.'
23-01-2013, 11:44 AM #2
-Generations (to imply the game borrows from previous installations; a kind of "best of" or clash of different eras of one franchise)
 would "Episode x" count as well?
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23-01-2013, 11:53 AM #3
I guess I should define the ones in my list too, since they tend to imply just as heavily:
-Aftermath ("direct sequel")
-Origins ("unnecessary prequel")
-Redemption ("the previous one was shit")
-Revelations ("skip it unless you're playing for the story")
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23-01-2013, 12:29 PM #4
How many games can you list for each of those subtitles? Because I can only come up with one.
I only have to glance at my steam library or the actual boxed games on the shelf beside me to see plenty of unique subtitles.
23-01-2013, 12:34 PM #5
23-01-2013, 01:05 PM #6
Still, I can think of plenty for each... admittedly they're all names that also show up in movies and TV a lot, so I've probably subconsciously conflated them all and only about two of each of them will be for games. But let's see:
Aftermath: UFO, Battlefield 3, C&C Red Alert, ObsCure, um, Half-Life 2 for a while. And I've just cunningly drawn a colon in the middle of Project Aftermath, so that one too.
Origin/s: we all know this list would crash the board and I'm not doing it I won't
Redemption: VtM, Painkiller, Terminator, Headhunter, .hack, Red Dea:
I am having to think a bit harder than I expected, so I'll leave the others for our viewers at home to do. But clearly 6 is closer to 80 than it is to 1, so overall I think I've been vindicated.
23-01-2013, 01:09 PM #7
23-01-2013, 01:16 PM #8
Also, how can you have Revelations but not Revolution(s)?
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23-01-2013, 01:22 PM #11
re: vengeance would've been such a better title. Probably not for that particular game, but certainly for a game. I'd play it.
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23-01-2013, 02:04 PM #15
Here's a treat for you. After managing to come up with one "subtitle" for Xbox (360, for those who don't know), Microsoft are now rumoured to name their new console *drumroll* Xbox. No subtitle.
Can't blame them, though. It must be hell coming up with an unused name for their console, what with there being two other brands and all.
23-01-2013, 02:20 PM #16
(The expansion pack is called Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Re: Vengeance: The Read Receipt Wars)
Oh! don't forget Game Title: (The) Reckoning. I see a few of those (Amalur, Dead to Rights, The Hunter). Also Game Title Rising. By the by, I would almost certainly spend a real life dollar bill on a game called Sourdoush Rising (I almost bought "Babylon Rising" on Steam for the name alone).
P.S. I made a game whose subtitle-after-the-colon was ": Summer of Bandits".
JSYK, Internet, I'm fine with a whole wave of games stealing that subtitle. It would make for a wonderful summerofbandits.
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23-01-2013, 02:25 PM #17
Tom Clancy games win the Unnecessary Longevity Award of the Grand Subtitle Battle.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Urban Operations is a poem already!
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23-01-2013, 02:29 PM #18
The first two games I thought of when I read the OP were
Crusader: No Remorse (Oh they done did it now!)
Crusader: No Regret (Lordy ain't we some badass motherfuckers?)
Everything else seems rather self-explanatory:
Spec Ops: The Line (It gets crossed)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (Guess what the MacGuffin is called)
Saints Row: The Third (Sequentialism at its finest)
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23-01-2013, 02:37 PM #20
I think we can all learn a thing or two from The Incredible Machine. From 1992 to 2011, we have...
- The Incredible Machine
- The Even More Incredible Machine
- Sid & Al's Incredible Toons
- The Incredible Toon Machine
- The Incredible Machine 2
- The Incredible Machine 3
- Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions
- The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions
- The Incredible Machine
That's four or five different naming conventions and only really one use of a(n uncommon) subtitle among them.
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