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Verbiage: Nintendo Revolutions name change still bothers me.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 8 years ago

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Well, after hearing about the Nintendo Revolution for so long. I'm a bit excited about it, and when it comes out, it'll likely take some of my WoW-time. However, this new moniker of theirs, what were they thinking?

Well, after hearing about the Nintendo Revolution for so long. I'm a bit excited about it, and when it comes out, it'll likely take some of my WoW-time. However, this new moniker of theirs, what were they thinking?

Nintendo is a good company with solid products, that have stood up to quite some challenges, and people still love them. They are releasing a great product, with a great name, and then rename it to this? What were they thinking? Did some young marketer get in control? It's almost enough to make me keep away from purchasing it. Just not to give in to the absolute stupidity. (And feel stupid myself for "giving in".)

I play WoW, and i've often wondered about it's name. Then again, "World of" may have been added to get that acronym, but it doesn't sound cheesy at all. And, people generally don't make too many "WoW/wow" remarks. "WII" is remarkably stupid, and was only renamed for the vocalization. And that bothers me. For now, my protest will be to call it the Double-yoo, aye, aye.

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WoW (1)

rholliday (754515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15397080)

Nothing could take my WoW time at this point. Especially not a glorified Eye Toy named Wii. ;)

Re:WoW (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 8 years ago | (#15401091)

Nothing could take my WoW time at this point.

Doesn't that scare you?

Re:WoW (1)

rholliday (754515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15402356)

Doesn't that scare you?

If I wasn't enjoying it then it would. :)

Re:WoW (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 8 years ago | (#15409298)

If I wasn't enjoying it then it would. :)

Heh.

So, it does scare you. You're just not paying attention. :)

I know the feeling. Unfortunately.

What's in a name? (1)

IpalindromeI (515070) | more than 8 years ago | (#15400663)

I keep wondering why I see this sentiment. They didn't change your name. Why get so emotionally involved in the name change of a product? I thought the name was a bit silly when I first read about it, but I didn't really like the name Revolution either. It seemed too heavy. The name Wii feels lighter and more fun, probably because of the association with "wheeee!"

I don't really buy any of the reasons they gave for the choice, though. "Unambiguous pronunciation" was thrown out as soon as I read the first handful of comments saying, "Is it pronounced 'why'?" The connection to the word "we" clearly only works in English. I've read that Japanese doesn't even have that sound as a natural part of the language.

I guess I try not to put too much stock in names. I actually prefer names that aren't just made up of regular words, as opposed to Gamecube or Playstation.

Re:What's in a name? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 8 years ago | (#15401215)

*They didn't change your name.*

The problem is i put confidence in Nintendo in having good products, to the point where i simply trust them.

In a world like this where many companies are shady, consumer confidence is based on good deals or reputable companies. With so many companies aiming for short-term goals, confidence lowers in general, generating almost apathy towards new products.

It's the decent companies that have always been there, that we know look for the long-term goals that keep confidence up. Nintendo, to me, is a company of that type. It's been around for some years, has great products, and can be trusted to be a good buy.

A frivilous name change to something like "Whizbanger 3000" or any other catchy term means the comapny is putting stock in the name and not just in the product. Or, put another way, it's puts some of the selling on the name rather than completely on the product. Which means marketing is having a greater say in product development than it has had until now.

Sure, a nice name helps, but that is a side thing. Revolution wasn't a bad name, and many even considered it a good one. Changing that, means they care more about the name than they should. And, they didn't change it to another name of similar genre, rather they changed it to some arguably catchy term.

This in affect rocks my confidence in yet another company, which overall makes me feel uneasy.

A second point is that i do not like to follow companies blindly. If they are stupid, i break from them, so i'm not just a stupid follower. This name change, to me, pushes the limit of stupidity with the ridiculous name, and i want to keep away from it. However, the product itself looks great, and is something that i'd like to purchase. This puts me into a state of conflict, and i blame Nintendo for this uneasiness.

Don't read too much into this. This is not going to make or break me. It's just the way a feel in this specific area.

*The connection to the word "we" clearly only works in English*

I thought it was the French oui.
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