Name that movie!

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Rowdy Rob
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Matt Barton wrote:

Please choose your five favorites and, if you are willing, a similar + and - to explain your rationale. When I get at least five or so responses, I'll make the poll.

My thoughts:

1. Epic Win: The Greatest Story Ever Played

+ sounds "epic."
- Doesn't specifically apply to videogames, and could be the title of a Giants-Patriots Superbowl documentary.

2. Playing with Power: The Videogame Epic

+: Snazzy, catchy, familiar. Probably my favorite of the suggestions so far.
- :like you said, "Playing with Power" might run into trademark legalities. (Otherwise, I like it.)

3. Woot!: The Videogame Generation (by popular request)

+: I still like "Woot!" the best, perhaps because of familiarity. Catchy, flashy, modern.
-: What's a "woot?"

4. BLAST! How Videogames Rocked the World!

+: I kind of like it. Flashy, videogamey, epic.
-: implies "fluff," bubble-gummy low-common-denominator viewing rather than intelligence.

5. The Videogame Revolution

+: Straight up title - you know what the documentary is about. I like "Revolution" in the title.
-: Would work better as a subtitle rather than the main title.

6. Instant Replay: The Story of Videogames

+: I like the word "instant." "Replay" sounds better than "gratification."
-: I'm not sure about "replay" in connection with videogames either. Perhaps "Play?"

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Man, this is hard! "Woot!" or "Game Game Revolution" might sound strange for a very serious movie, but "The Videogame Chronicles" would sound bland for a funny take on the genre.

"Woot" is still my fave, but you apparently can't use it. And as I said, I like the word "revolution," since videogames really were a revolution! I think "Videogames" (or variants) HAS to be in the title or subtitle. I like the words "epic," "revolution," "instant," "play," and so forth. I don't like "old-sounding" words like "generations," "gratification," "legends," and "chronicles."

Those are my opinions, and hopefully there's at least some food for thought in there. Or, you might go with "Epic Woot Revolution: The Instant Power of the Greatest Videogame Story Ever Played in a Generation!"

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Bill Loguidice
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My five

I think our main concern should be main title, with a subtitle as a secondary concern at this point.

Matt Barton wrote:

1. Epic Win: The Greatest Story Ever Played

I think we need Videogame in there to clarify it just a bit, so "Videogame Epic" rather than "Epic Win" would be the only option in my opinion. Otherwise "Epic Win" along with a different subtitle would work, like "Epic Win: The Videogame Story or The Story of Videogames. Yeah, "Epic Win: The Story of Videogames", or "Epic Win: The History of Videogames", this way you have a catchy title and the explanatory subtitle.

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2. Playing with Power: The Videogame Epic

+: The title resonates with Nintendo generation, who is probably the primary audience for this. Sounds good read aloud. Memorable.
-: Might be copyrighted or a trademark? Might fool people into thinking it's only about Nintendo.

No copyright issues and I don't believe any issues with people thinking "Nintendo only" at this point, so if we like it, I find it safe and fun.

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3. Manufacturing Delusion: The Videogame Story

bleh. "Manufacturing" has too specific connotations and too few would get the riff.

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4. The Game Machine: The Story of Videogames

No.

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5. Videogame Generations

+: Accurate, catchy. Goes well with the theme. Bit of a Star Trek reference that could be useful.
-: Doesn't "hit" you like some of the others. People might think of the bad Star Trek movie called Generations.

I disagree about the Star Trek connotation. I like "Generations" because it's a loaded word, meaning history, ongoing, differences, etc. The bad thing about it is that it doesn't say anything, i.e., there's no bold proclamation like "Greatest" or "The Story of", etc.

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6. Woot!: The Videogame Generation (by popular request)

Pass.

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7. BLAST! How Videogames Rocked the World!

Not a bad thought, but the big issue is that it has an action connotation, and I think we agree that the film is a more AA approach than an in-your-face approach.

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8. Videogame Legends

+: Short and to the point. Fairly memorable.
-: "Legends" could be ambiguous; is it fact or fiction?

Indeed, I think ambiguity is the right word here. Videogame Legends implies legendary programmers, games or characters. It's so much more.

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9. The Videogame Revolution

It's exciting, but a bit hackneyed. I can't dismiss it, though.

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10. Insert Game

It would need something else with it.

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11. Game Game Revolution

Pass.

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12. The Age of Videogames

+: Makes sense. Gets at the big chronology and timeline emphasis of the film.
-: Kinda bland.

I like this one. It even speaks to something we kind of cover in the film, how for up until recently there weren't any videogames and how that kind of sucked. ;-) With a good subtitle, this can be real strong.

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13. The Videogame Chronicles

I'm always a fan of this, but I think there are stronger ones.

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14. Instant Gratification: The Story of Videogames

+: Gets at the high intensity of the gaming experience.
-: Bit of a mouthful. Perhaps too obscure/academic.

Literal, but I think it's a pass.

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15. Instant Replay: The Story of Videogames

+: Gets at high intensity, fun pun there (since the game footage will be "replays" in the technical sense). Also gets at "playing" and "replaying" a favorite old game.
-: Folks might get confused with sports.

Yeah, definitely sports. We'd almost have to change it to "Instant Play", which I don't think really works.

So here are my picks:

1 - "Epic Win: The Story of Videogames"
2 - "Playing with Power: The Videogame Epic"
3 - "Videogame Generations" (needs cool subtitle)
4 - "The Age of Videogames" (needs cool subitle)

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From the list I just posted,

From the list I just posted, here are my favorites, in descending order:

1. Woot!: The Videogame Generation
2. Epic Win: The Greatest Story Ever Played
3. Playing with Power: The Videogame Epic
4. Instant Replay: The Story of Videogames
5. Game Game Revolution

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I want to get this up on a

I want to get this up on a poll, so please everyone select your favorite ideas so we can make the poll! I'll list the ones we seem to have liked so far. I plan to post the poll not just here but also at Monroe world and other sites with the capability.

Here are the ten that we seem to like the most. I'm not so concerned about subtitles; these can be decided later. I just put some in for comparison's sake. I also added some new ones to the list and put in some commentary about each one. Please choose your five favorites and, if you are willing, a similar + and - to explain your rationale. When I get at least five or so responses, I'll make the poll.

1. Epic Win: The Greatest Story Ever Played

+: I like the word "Epic win," good bit of jargon there that is understandable to almost anyone, unlike Woot. The subtitle is a favorite as well. Seems ambitious and very positive, which all is great.
-: I guess some people might not know "Epic win" and be confused or turned off. Others might object to the subtitle.

2. Playing with Power: The Videogame Epic

+: The title resonates with Nintendo generation, who is probably the primary audience for this. Sounds good read aloud. Memorable.
-: Might be copyrighted or a trademark? Might fool people into thinking it's only about Nintendo.

3. Manufacturing Delusion: The Videogame Story

+: This one is very clever from an academic point of view (riff on Chomsky's "Manufacturing Illusion"). Could argue that games are about delusions of grandeur, etc.
-: Might be too obscure or academic; turn off regular gamers.

4. The Game Machine: The Story of Videogames

+: Short, catchy, to the point.
-: Might mislead people into thinking it's only about consoles.

5. Videogame Generations

+: Accurate, catchy. Goes well with the theme. Bit of a Star Trek reference that could be useful.
-: Doesn't "hit" you like some of the others. People might think of the bad Star Trek movie called Generations.

6. Woot!: The Videogame Generation (by popular request)

+: Short, memorable, fun. Insiders will know it.
-: Many people unfamiliar with the term. The word is taken by a company already.

7. BLAST! How Videogames Rocked the World!

+: Short, catchy. Memorable. Gets at "blasting" things in games. "Rocked" sounds good.
-: Maybe too vague. Could also be a curse, "Blast!" I can see the negative reviews now--"You'll be saying to yourself, 'blast!', I wish I had gone to see something else."

8. Videogame Legends

+: Short and to the point. Fairly memorable.
-: "Legends" could be ambiguous; is it fact or fiction?

9. The Videogame Revolution

+: Short and to the point. Somewhat exciting.
-: "Revolution" has been done to death. It's like "the tooth brush revolution!"

10. Insert Game

+: Short and to the point.
-: Perhaps confusing to some people. What does it mean? Also, critics could joke: "Yeah, you'll wish you had inserted a game instead of this DVD."

11. Game Game Revolution

+: Riffing on Dance Dance Revolution; compacts nicely to "GGR."
-: Not everyone will get the DDR thing.

12. The Age of Videogames

+: Makes sense. Gets at the big chronology and timeline emphasis of the film.
-: Kinda bland.

13. The Videogame Chronicles

+: Seems to be a fun riff on "Computer Chronicles," but everyone will understand what it means regardless.
-: Perhaps a bit too scholarly or nerdy. "Chronicles" can seem like someone went to a thesaurus looking up synonyms for "story."

14. Instant Gratification: The Story of Videogames

+: Gets at the high intensity of the gaming experience.
-: Bit of a mouthful. Perhaps too obscure/academic.

15. Instant Replay: The Story of Videogames

+: Gets at high intensity, fun pun there (since the game footage will be "replays" in the technical sense). Also gets at "playing" and "replaying" a favorite old game.
-: Folks might get confused with sports.

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I like the 2nd and 3rd - apart from Woot!

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Bill Loguidice
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My latest choices

- Epic Win: The Videogame Revolution (or The Age of Videogames or The Story of Videogames)
- Videogame Epic: The Greatest Story Ever Played
- Playing with Power: The Videogame Revolution

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Rowdy Rob
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Some ideas

I'm drawing a blank, but I'm one of the apparently many who didn't understand what "Woot!" meant, so perhaps the name change is in order.

Ok, here are some ideas:

BLAST! How Videogames Rocked the World!

(or any variant of "BLAST!" with the subtitle interchangeable with many of the subtitles previously proposed) I know all videogames aren't about "blasting" something, but I'm thinking along the lines of people "having a blast!" Plus, it kind of interchanges quite nicely with "Woot!"

Um... heck, that's all I can come up with for now. Maybe I'll think about it, but perhaps a single word like "blast" might be a good way to go.

Heck, perhaps "Video Blast! The Videogame Revolution" or something or other. Otherwise, I liked several of Matt's ideas, but some might be too obscure to be catchy.

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how about "suck the movie"

how about "suck the movie" because it will suck. I will not watch this TRIPE. Nah, just kidding i am sure it will be fine, but remember that that the title is not what makes a movie. CONTENT. so make a good movie and you can call it SUCK!!! and it will still be good as long as you have CONTENT.

out of all the names i think woot is the best one. the other names suck.

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My Personal Favorites So Far...

- Videogame Generations: The Greatest Story Ever Played
- Playing with Power: The Story of Videogames
- Insert Game: The Epic History of Videogames
- The Videogame Revolution

Other sub-title options, with whatever main title:
- The Age of Videogames
- The Videogame Chronicles
- The Videogame Revolution

And I was never happy with Woot! in the first place, because of the whole w00t!/Woot! thing, among other factors, so it's no big loss to me. Plus, we still have the cool footage of our interviewees yelling Woot! regardless of what the title ends up being.

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Mark Vergeer
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Woot! Too - the sequel

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