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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2006, 09:14:09 am »
Yeah, but here's the potential problem.

Nintendo want to revolutionise gaming in the sense that they appeal to non gamers, a group of people largely intimidated by gaming hardware such as peripheral controlers that look like the dashboard from the starship Enterprise and all this talk about HD ready plasma TVs with inbuilt 5.1 surround sound.
Now to most of us here, we understand what the Revolution is about, but to the people Nintendo want to start attracting, the word revolution might be a little too edgy for them.

Put it another way.The big N have said that they wnt to get your Granny playing games as if it was as natural as watching a television programme, is the name revolution likely to put her off or encourage her to get involved in gaming?
I don't think it is.


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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2006, 11:04:28 am »
Yeah, but here's the potential problem.

Nintendo want to revolutionise gaming in the sense that they appeal to non gamers, a group of people largely intimidated by gaming hardware such as peripheral controlers that look like the dashboard from the starship Enterprise and all this talk about HD ready plasma TVs with inbuilt 5.1 surround sound.
Now to most of us here, we understand what the Revolution is about, but to the people Nintendo want to start attracting, the word revolution might be a little too edgy for them.

Put it another way.The big N have said that they wnt to get your Granny playing games as if it was as natural as watching a television programme, is the name revolution likely to put her off or encourage her to get involved in gaming?
I don't think it is.

Yeah, but that's because you're connecting things to it that people, IMO, don't connect to commercial products ordinarily. [The fact that you have an Alan Moore character as your avatar speaks to your knowledge of 'revolution' in a very particular sense.] We have cell phones called Razors and all sorts of other products with names that would usually evoke some sort of negative response, but people don't care. And what the Revolution is doing will be understood to people outside of gaming, considering all the media attention it will likely get. Hell, if people read the newspaper or watch the news, they'll likely hear something about Nintendo's new machine as gaming is starting to get more attention. I have family that never game and I never speak to about gaming that know what the Revolution is and what makes it special just from reading magazines and watching the news. And that commonplace understanding of the product is going to increase after E3 and especially once it's released in stores and there are kiosks where people can experience it for themselves.

Beyond that, I think Nintendo has a fairly safe image to most people, so the fact that their console's name is something usually associated with change and fighting won't supercede the fact that Nintendo is the 'good guy' among the gaming companies. My parents, two people without a clue about current gaming, have positive feelings towards Nintendo since they know it markets things like Mario and Pokemon, which are a helluva lot less threatening than Grand Theft Auto or God of War.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2006, 12:27:40 pm »
Do you think we're thinking about this too much though? DS isn't exactly an appealing name, as you said, but its selling like crazy. I just think that Revolution is too extreme of a name to appeal to seniors and middle aged women. I think its really just about personal preference.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2006, 12:32:09 pm »
Well, if they don't use Revolution, what would they use?

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2006, 12:37:11 pm »
The Nintendo FUN!

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2006, 12:38:47 pm »
The Nintendo! That's it.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2006, 12:43:07 pm »
Yes! Thats what I always called my N64 and my original NES. Just The Nintendo. Thats all you need.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2006, 12:44:07 pm »
Simple, efficient, and it gets the idea across. Perfect! I'm glad i thought of it. Now to send it the guys at Nintendo...

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2006, 01:55:41 pm »
Personally, i find the four sylables of the current name enticing and modern. I can't think of much else, after years of referring to it as the Revolution, or simply Revo, to call it. It just seems so perfect. And in reply to somebody about the colourful names of Nintendo Consoles: Nintendo have never had colourful names for thier systems, apart from the Gamecube (and that, in my opinion, suffered from a lack of more serious titles. Don't get me wrong, I loved the system, but I think the whole kiddie idea that Nintendo was using isn't good if it wants to live. They should continue to make fun, family titles, but we need some more serious titles like killer 7 in the mix.).
There was the Famicom (Family Computer: descriptive) the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System: descriptive) SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System: descriptive) N64 (Nintendo 64: referring to the 64-Bit capability of the console) and the NGC (Nintendo GameCube: you already know my thoughts).

Yeah. That's colourful alright.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2006, 01:57:46 pm »
Better than Xbox...

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2006, 02:01:08 pm »
I dunno, I think XBox is a great name, it conjures up mystery and surprise.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2006, 02:07:47 pm »
Xbox is a corny name. It's like adding the Z to Dragonball, because they're "cool" letters.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2006, 03:41:13 pm »
Call it the N5.  Do it Nintendo.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2006, 05:41:39 am »
Oh, c'mon ... who doesn't love the X-Box name? It's edgy. It's X-treme. It's X-citing. It's like the X-Games only more boxy. But on a more serious note, I think the Dreamcast is possibly the greatest console name ever -- with the Revolution behind it in second place. I love the name Revolution and will likely call the console the Revolution even if they were to change it.

And I hope to all that is holy that they don't put a friggin' number in the name. We have enough of those at the moment, thank you. I don't want an entire generation of companies being so unoriginal and simple-minded as to not give their product a unique name.

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Re: The Revolution's Real Name
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2006, 05:49:45 am »
I hope they keep in the Nintendo Revolution. I like the way that sounds.

Wow, this makes me realize how long it's been since I was an active user here.