What is the best title for our upcoming feature film on the history of videogames?

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Playing with Power has been

"Playing with Power" has been used for a book, apparently. Trying to figure out if this matters or not. The book is about videogames, but also TV and movies, and the rest of the title makes that clear. I suppose it might interfere with searches, but doesn't seem that likely to me. I'd vote to keep it in for consideration.

There is a song on Amazon called "The Videogame Age," but that doesn't seem relevant. I don't see anything else similar to "The Age of Videogames."

I don't see anything called "Epic Win," so that definitely shines in the uniqueness category.

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Thanks
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There was already a documentary called The Video Game Revolution -
http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/

Thanks for the head's up, Catatonic. I almost spewed my coffee when I saw that link. Just reading the description, I thought we'd been scooped and were about to be trounced. They even have Shigeru in that thing!!! Fortunately, it looks like it wasn't good at all (at least according to Bill). Whew.

Well, at least that does make the choice simpler. Now, I guess, we're back to either Playing with Power or Age of Videogames, though some folks seem to be warming up to Epic Win.

We'll probably need to drop "The Videogame Revolution" as a subtitle as well.

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Thanks for that!
Catatonic wrote:

There was already a documentary called The Video Game Revolution -
http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/

Yeah, I forgot about that one, thanks (I saw it in its original or second run airing). No big deal, the other two front runner titles are very good.

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There was already a

There was already a documentary called The Video Game Revolution -
http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/

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Another suggestion

From PRESS START to PWNED: A history of videogaming

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Well, I think "Woot" is moot

Well, I think "Woot" is moot at this point, lol. The poll results indicate pretty much a toss-up between "The Videogame Revolution" and "The Age of Videogames," both of which have the word "videogame" and could be paired up with a snazzy subtitle--I prefer "The Greatest Story Ever Played," which I think works with both.

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My thoughts

Hey guys -

I think that the title is something that should not come from fans of videogames. A title serves as a marketing device, and I think using a term that is not only exclusive to the videogame community but also niche (woot!, Epic Win, etc) might not be the best choice for a title.

The subtitle is often the explanation to the book title. While you could call the feature "Woot!" along with a subtitle, Woot! doesn't have the same grab of a widespread audience that slightly more common words might. I personally voted for "The Videogame Revolution" due to the fact that it specifically says "videogame" in the title as well as uses a powerful word such as "revolution." Perhaps you could call it "Woot! The Videogame Revolution" or some such. I didn't write that as a suggestion. I am only acknowledging the combination as you guys already did.

Although we are talking about a feature film here, let me reference the title of a book I am currently reading. Its serves as an example of what happens when you pair a little creativity with a short explanation for a book title. The book is called: Truth, Lies, and O-Rings - Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. The official title is simply Truth, Lies and O-Rings. The subtitle (along with picture of the Challenger explosion) are what sum up the front cover marketing device. "O-Ring" is the unique word. The "Truth, Lies, ..." line is cliche, but recognizable. The subtitle answers the the obvious "so what is the book about, then?" You put them all together, and you end up with a book title that may sound interesting to someone that would have never thought to read about the Challenger.

While thinking of a creative, videogame buzz word for a film title is a fun exercise, I would suggest shooting for the largest audience possible by creating a title that may draw in an audience that would normally not watch it. If I tried to tell my grandmother or parents to watch something called "Woot," they would have to ask me to repeat what I said & possibly write it down. Ultimately, they would probably just forget.

Just my thoughts.
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I agree, Bill. I really

I agree, Bill.

I really don't see how people could really "hate" all of them. The Age of Videogames or The Videogame Revolution are, at the very worst, bland. I guess I can see how people could have strong feelings about the other ones for various reasons.

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Nah, I like the choices

Nah, I like the choices we've all already come up with. I don't care for any of those new ones in the slightest. We can't be considering new ones unless we really like them, and I sure don't.

We need to pick our favorite five, do a poll, and consider the results of said poll. Anything else and it's not technically a poll. But I do think we need to hit outside communities, as these pocket videogame communities all have their specific audiences (age/demographics/platform choice, etc.) and will not be particularly useful to us in our goal to have the title have broad appeal (since the film is going to be what it is regardless, the title needs to be the part with broad appeal to draw non-gamers in).

EDIT: I tried Vizu, but it looks like it doesn't integrate well. I was hoping for better integration with Facebook:

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