Name that movie!

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Matt Barton
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Mark Vergeer wrote:

I say stick with Woot!

Haha, your video persuaded me! But...

Our producer warned us that we might have a problem changing the name because we've been thinking so long of using "Woot!" that it may seem natural somehow. When I first thought of that title, my idea was that it was a well-known piece of gamer jargon that sounded fun and would appeal to a wide audience. However, the reality is that relatively few gamers seem to recognize the word (at least, many fewer than I thought!). Our producer had never heard it, and even some of the folks we interviewed for the movie hadn't ever heard the word (or didn't know what it meant). That's probably not a good sign!

Also, there is already a big website out there called woot.com that sells a bunch of woot merchandise. Not a deal killer, I guess, but there is also the issue of whether the name really fits the film. We don't have lots of language in there like woot, pwned, and other such terminology popular with modern online gaming. I guess we could re-edit the script to try to make it fit the title better. I tried to make it more "wooty" on the second pass, but I guess it still wasn't enough. Part of the problem is obviously that I don't myself talk or act like that, so it could end up sounding a bit forced.

On the positive side, I do think that Woot! is easy to remember and tell people about, which is a huge factor in my opinion. If someone wants to tell someone else about the film, having a good, short, title is a great way to do that. You see--it's not just the first person who must remember the title; his friend must as well. If it sounds too generic or long, one or both will forget it.

I think that's one reason why the game I'm playing now wasn't as popular as it should have been: Sins of a Solar Empire. Just too long and weird, and doesn't even fit the game at all as far as I can see. I'd be more likely to call it "that new starcraft kind of game."

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Mark makes his mark! Stick with Woot!

I say stick with Woot!

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Bill Loguidice
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I'm partial to having

I'm partial to having "Videogames" in the main title, if possible, so I like, "Videogame Generations" and some subtitle, even your partially tongue-in-cheek one, "The Greatest Story Ever Played". We need something clear for the main title, and something rather grandiose and ostentatious even for the subtitle. That just might work. So, frankly, I'm in for "Videogame Generations: The Greatest Story Ever Played", as the first choice right now.

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I like Bill's generations

I like Bill's generations idea. Maybe we could just call it "Generations: The Videogame Revolution" to get at the idea of the many "generations" of videogames and their "coming of age." Hmm..."Generations: Videogames Come of Age." Maybe "Videogame Generations: The Greatest Story Ever Played." :)

One minor nitpick of mine is that I don't like the idea of equating advancing technology with superior videogames, since I think many "retro" games are actually superior to anything on the shelf today--despite graphics or whatever; they don't need them! That's why I've avoided that kind of language as much as possible. Come to think of it, it may actually be an asset of Vintage Games that it is alphabetical rather than chronological, since that forces you out of that "evolution" mentality, as if videogames just got better with each passing year. Just to be clear--I'm not saying that hardware didn't get better; it obviously did. What I'm saying is that games--especially from a creative viewpoint--haven't been a linear progression at all. To me, it makes no more sense to say that videogames got better with time than to say the same thing about music or movies. Some people prefer movies or music from the 50s, etc. I see nothing wrong with that at all, though it is true that these things become irrelevant to modern times. You wouldn't try to make a movie now using 50s-era technology, for instance, unless it were some kind of gimmicky or nostalgic type thing.

One of the themes in the movie is "punctuated equilibrium" and looking at how games changed mankind itself. At least, that's sort of a grand theme. We talk a lot about critical moments in game history that not only caused big changes in the industry but in how games were played and viewed by society. So, it'd be great if there were a title that could get at that. There is also a reference to the holodeck, of course. So Generations might work there as well.

I'm partial to names that somehow reflect a fun ad or slogan from the good ol' days. Something like "Skidmarks on your soul!" or "Shoryuken!" or some such that'd raise a smile among anyone who was familiar with that era.

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I like all 3 of Bill's

I like all 3 of Bill's

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Videogame Legends

Videogame Legends

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Some titles

- Videogame Generations
- The Age of Videogames
- The Videogame Chronicles

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Matt Barton
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Nice list, Vectrexmad. It

Nice list, Vectrexmad. It doesn't have to have "videogames" in it, because we can always put that in the subtitle (i.e., "The Button Mashers: The History of Videogames" or some such.) The main title could either be cute, straightforward, funny, memorable, etc.

Riffing on your titles, I think "Videogames Killed Video" has some interesting possibilities. I also like the roller coaster idea, though it's not immediately apparent how it connects. The verb "rule" has possibilities since it's a popular gaming term and so on. I wonder if "Pwned!" or "Owned!" would be good or too gamer-specific like woot! was.

BTW, remember to try pointing out any previously mentioned titles that you like. We need to start narrowing down the list.

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p.s. any mention of the Vectrex in the film?

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We have a cool visual effect of a timeline, and it's definitely on there, but is not specifically covered in the film outside of that. It's tough to cover from the 1940's to the future in 120 minutes or less...

Videogame does not necessarily have to be in the main title, especially if we're keeping the subtitle.

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hmm, here are some ideas

I think previously you or Bill mentioned that the word videogame hat to be in the title?
It's also a little difficult to make a suitable name without knowing fully the film content.

Anyway here are some suggestions that immediately come to mind as I write this:-

Videogames from arcade to console
Videogames then and now
Videogames killed the arcade
The life and times of the videogame
The rise of the videogame
The history of the videogame
Videogame home arcade
Videogames from arcade to home
The story of the videogame
The story behind the videogame and its industry
Videogames - the roller coaster ride
The videogame, from "insert coin" to the living room
Videogames rule
Videogames - game not over
Videogames, from "insert coin" to the console
Videogames - from geek to mainstream
Videogames - the past and the present
Videogames - the ongoing story
Videogames - game on not over
The digital life of the videogame
Videogames from geek to sheek

p.s. any mention of the Vectrex in the film?

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