What’s In A Name?

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, Mar 4, 2016.

Mar 4, 2016

What’s In A Name? by Prans at 10:29 PM (5,592 Views / 4 Likes) 65 replies

  1. Prans
    OP

    Reporter Prans Geek, gamer, human

    pip
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    572
    Location:
    There itself.
    Country:
    Mauritius
    Wait! Fear not! I am not going to bore you with a literature piece but I’m about to discuss about naming relating to video games.

    Whats-In-A-Name.png
    Rather than delving into the deceptively hard process of naming a video game, I’m more interested in knowing how you call your console/video game. Well, I don’t mean to say that you converse with your console or game, which is actually okay if you do, but what I really mean is how you call consoles/video games when they're mentioned in a conversation. What piqued my interest concerning this curious nomenclature case has to do with what I recently experienced.

    speech-bubble-dots-outline-128.png
    A friend of mine would always mention his favorite childhood console as "Atari" and as hard as I tried, I could never know which Atari he was actually talking about. He couldn’t identify any of the Atari consoles in pictures that I would show him, nor could he find his childhood console in a retro video game shop we visited. I tried to explain that maybe he was mistaken about the console name but being as obstinate as always, he maintained what he said. He would further add that his favorite game was Aladdin and went on talking about how he lost his copy. So I dismissed this story as another one of his numerous elaborate fiction...

    Later, another friend who’s from the same country as my “Atari-friend” came over for a visit and was looking into retro video games. When I showed her Super Mario Bros. she started talking about how she would be playing this for hours on on her Atari. Yes. That’s what she said. Atari. Well, unless any Atari could emulate the NES, there was something terribly wrong here...

    retro-question-block.png
    After an inquisition with those two “Atari" owners, I figured that what they owned in their childhood was actually an NES, or more likely a clone since my friend broke several of his. And, for some obscure reason, they would all call it as an Atari. But I was not so surprised. In fact, I could relate! Back in my childhood, we had similar clones which we would call Family Game and that was the term we would use when talking about consoles/video games until we got old enough to differentiate Nintendo from Sega. Others would even generalize everything as a Nintendo.

    Exclamation-point-300x180.jpg
    I don’t know if you can relate to a similar story but I would be very much interested to hear about it if you do! So how did/do you call your consoles/video games, or anything else really, other than by its original name? There’s no convention for that and that’s what makes it all the more interesting!

    ______________________________________
    You might have come across the above quote while adventuring into one of your literature class but it’s somewhat relevant here. No matter how you call consoles/video games, they are what they are. Giving them nicknames shows our affection to the medium, how much it matters to us. They never cease to amaze us.
     


  2. aljpn91

    Member aljpn91 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2015
    Messages:
    141
    Country:
    Portugal
    your friends must have played occasionally, but never really cared about videogames/gaming to begin with
    to actually learn more about the systems they owned, otherwise they would have known better
     
  3. GamerzHell9137

    Member GamerzHell9137 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2011
    Messages:
    3,729
    Country:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Before the PSX was hot here everyone was playing the "Sega". Yellow keyboard with 2 controllers and 2 guns. In the upper middle part of it was the slot for the cartridges which every one had over 100 games(more like 20ish with copy paste of the same). The games it had were Tanks,Circus Guy,Mickey Mouse, The Olympics and others, that's how we called the games at least but actually all of those games were clones from the NES. Same look same gameplay, some looked different but they were 100% clones of the NES "versions". With it, i experienced "gameplay" footage for the first time in my life. Somehow for w/e reason i could see my neighbor playing the Sega even thou he's not at my house.(Streaming with analogue signals??) It felt pretty dope back then(It still doesn't because idk how it got streamed lol).
     
    Last edited by GamerzHell9137, Mar 5, 2016
    Prans likes this.
  4. TamDanny

    Member TamDanny GBATemp 3DS Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2015
    Messages:
    304
    Country:
    Mexico
    Here in Mexico, anything related to Nintendo is basically called a "Nintendo" (in Spanish, obviously). Whether it's the Wii U or the DSi, I've heard people call it countless times a "Nintendo". And the Playstation 4 is basically called a "Play". This kind of habit is a bit too common, actually. For example, almost everybody I know who owns a Samsung Galaxy phone simply call it an "Android". Heck, it's not weird to ask if a phone had a touchscreen by asking if it was "touch".
    But I'm getting a bit off-topic there. Personally, I say the name of the console by what their called, maybe shorten the name sometimes, like saying my New Nintendo 3DS XL is just my 3DS. Although, a lot of people in my country tend to use the common word to simplify its name.
     
    hobbledehoy899, Prans and lampdemon like this.
  5. BurningDesire

    Member BurningDesire An aspring gaming Industry news reporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2015
    Messages:
    4,915
    Location:
    Behind a screen reading news
    Country:
    United States
    Sees friend playing the NES

    "Hey, nice Atari you got there!"
     
  6. WiiU

    Member WiiU Lurking in the Shadows

    Joined:
    May 7, 2014
    Messages:
    423
    Location:
    Between worlds of Hyrule & Lorule
    Country:
    Australia
    Thats where i would turn around and look weirdly at who said that.
     
    BurningDesire likes this.
  7. storm75x

    Member storm75x Remember that thing I don't remember? Yeah, that!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2015
    Messages:
    626
    Location:
    __̴ı̴̴̡̡̡ ̡͌l̡̡̡ ̡͌l̡*̡̡ ̴̡ı̴̴̡ ̡̡͡|̲͡ ̲__
    Country:
    Australia
    And beat them up afterward?
     
  8. leafeon34

    Member leafeon34 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2014
    Messages:
    201
    Country:
    Australia
    My cousin used to (a fucking long time ago) refer to the N64 as the [nah-ten-doh] and I used to call my XBOX 360 "the XBOX" because it was shorter and easier for non-gamers to comprehend.
     
    Last edited by leafeon34, Mar 5, 2016
    Prans likes this.
  9. DrCrygor07

    Member DrCrygor07 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    1,602
    Country:
    Italy
    A friend of mine used to call every console "play station" lol
     
    Prans likes this.
  10. Bimmel

    Member Bimmel ~ Game Soundtrack Collector ~

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    Messages:
    1,317
    Country:
    Germany
    Talk about weird entitlement. Think about it the other way around.

    Help, don't be that "aggressive". You would be thankful too.
     
  11. Prans
    OP

    Reporter Prans Geek, gamer, human

    pip
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    572
    Location:
    There itself.
    Country:
    Mauritius
    @aljpn91 my friends were like 5 or younger when they had their "Atari" and I believe that they didn't bother at that age to know about its proper name. As long as it gave them the entertainment they were looking for. And they most likely lost interest in the console altogether as they grew to bother about its name.

    _____________________​

    @GamerzHell9137 I can totally relate to your story! I was first exposed to video games via such clones as well. I remember that my favorite game to play with my cousins was Mortal Kombat!

    _____________________
    Thanks for sharing how the naming goes in Mexico @TamDanny! It's interesting how people simplify the naming of devices while still maintaining a distinction between each, like Nintendo and Play.
     
  12. dogmarch

    Newcomer dogmarch Potato Warrior - Anti Zombie

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Messages:
    68
    Country:
    Philippines
    we call our nes 'family computer', and every other clones as such. my non gaming friends calls every handheld either a nintendo or a psp.
     
    Prans likes this.
  13. zoogie

    Member zoogie 3DStemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2014
    Messages:
    5,278
    Country:
    United States
    If I had a nickle every time someone called the 3DS a DS ...
     
  14. Prans
    OP

    Reporter Prans Geek, gamer, human

    pip
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    572
    Location:
    There itself.
    Country:
    Mauritius
    Oh wow! That's similar to the way it used to be called in my childhood! I believe that the clones were actually called "Family Game" an since they were more affordable than the actual NES, this name caught on.

    _____________________
    @zoogie that's not too surprising considering how ambiguously the Big N has been naming its consoles lately :wacko: Hope the NX won't be named Wii 2 or something, NX sounds badass enough!
     
    zoogie likes this.
  15. Edgarska

    Member Edgarska GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    344
    Country:
    United States
    I don't think we ever changed the name of consoles too much, except for shortening the Nintendo 64 to just "64", but I remember we all called TLoZ: OoT just "Ocarina", mostly because most of us couldn't pronounce the full name (Spanish speakers). And the Smash Bros games are always just "Smash".
     
    Prans likes this.
  16. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    21,961
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Most of my friends were quite invested in this game lark so proper names.
    Parents would usually know or call it by the brand at worst, use something generic like computer game console or actually know as well, even if they did not care. That said where it was mostly the Sega and Nintendo show in the US there were a bunch of competing things around here (the Amiga being second only to things that made it to DOS for a large number of games -- http://retro-sanctuary.com/Comparisons Main.html ) and there was not really much of a game crash here so it

    I did hear sega playstation later on in life.
    When floating around the US I heard consoles referred to as Nintendo a few times, it struck me as odd.

    If I might pull focus as well what have people noticed with regards to things have different names in Europe/UK and the US? It is fairly well covered in films and books, music slightly less so but there are some great examples there too, but I rarely see it covered in games outside of Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy, Soleil/Crusader of the Centy and Final Fantasy numbers if you want to go into Japan to English differences. Wikipedia I know but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...in_the_United_Kingdom_and_United_States#Games
     
    Prans likes this.
  17. Prans
    OP

    Reporter Prans Geek, gamer, human

    pip
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    572
    Location:
    There itself.
    Country:
    Mauritius
    I'm curious about how it sounded when you wanted to call your friends over for a round of SSB... "Hey, let's Smash after class?" Sounds cool... or nasty?
    _____________________
    @FAST6191 yeah the US/UK name change isn't too common, I barely knew of any examples (Lylat Wars for Star Fox 64?!) and the reasons for the name change are as obscure! But still, interesting stuff!
     
  18. Edgarska

    Member Edgarska GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    344
    Country:
    United States
    We just called it Smash, but it was still clear it was a game, like "hey, let's play Smash". We only specify if we want to play an older game, so SSBM is just "Melee", etc.
     
    Prans likes this.
  19. Cap'n Josh

    Newcomer Cap'n Josh Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Messages:
    46
    Country:
    United States
    To me, every Nintendo handheld is a "Game Boy."
     
  20. Prans
    OP

    Reporter Prans Geek, gamer, human

    pip
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2012
    Messages:
    572
    Location:
    There itself.
    Country:
    Mauritius
    Ha!
    Which reminds me, another friend of mine is like you. He even calls the 3DS as the GameBoy 3DS!
     

Share This Page