Sorry for the late reply, wanted to make sure I could answer you proper this time
I think different people attach different mental pictures to the words we are describing. Putting "Productions" at the end of a indie developer would be much more dishonest then studios (in my mind) unless you financially fund other studios' games and not just your own. You may not have the same mental pictures associated with the word 'productions' that I do (and mine is probably less accurate), since you find it acceptable for a indie, whereas I have different mental pictures for 'studios'.
Naturally, I think much the same! I never meant to imply that we all should think "STUDIOS=BIG!" but, personally, I feel it does
. "Studio" I think, is a different matter. Whether that's silly or not is up to you, but when I hear "studio" I hear "indie" but when I hear "studios
" I think "AAA+". Probably a bit discorteous of me to say "dishonest" - I really ought to have said "misleading" as that's more aligned with my opinion
; which, again, is really only one man's opinion.
It seems to me, when you think 'studios' you think big Hollywood movie studios (Paramount Studios or Universal Studios for example) - despite that not being the most accurate meaning of the word 'studios', that seems to be what comes to your mind, which maybe speaks "AAA, The Big Guys, Suits, Professionalism, Large Budget" (which is what I think about the word 'Productions')
I do. Mostly.
When I think studios, I think a stereotypical starving artist's (in france) room or even nook in his house... complete with unfinished canvases, paint splattered on the walls and floors, and sparse furnishings, which to me speaks "Barely (or Successfully) Surviving, Working from Home, In It For The Art, Creative Risk-taking, Not Afraid to Mess Up, Rather Have Creative Freedom Then Financial Stability But Would Like Both"
I think much the same, when you omit the extra 's'.
When you think productions, I'm not sure what comes to mind, but you said it's acceptable for an indie.
When I think productions, I think Steven Spielberg bank-rolling major movies (Film producer) - despite that not being the most accurate meaning of the word 'productions', nevertheless that's what comes to my mind.
When I think productions, I think of it as a more generalized form of saying "I work on a lot product(s). I produce
stuff -- I am my own business."
Now, whether that's correct or not, is quite beside the point we're each making, isn't it?
Some words may have very well established meanings but others don't, and even knowing the literal definition, people may think entirely differently about those words. And that's perfectly fine! But it shouldn't be demoted as 'dishonest' just because some people think about it differently, especially when it's not the actual definition of the word.
No, I agree. It was a bit of a jumpy reaction. I guess I should explain: I get bored with the number of people who start a business, sign a few legal agreements, and suddenly think they own HUGE COMPANY AAA+ STUDIOS ENTERTAINMENT and appoint themselves CEO (without acknowledging that you can't be a CEO without a board of directors or that you have to put up a certain monetary amount to even form a corporation).
It shouldn't leak out to the point where I disregard anyone's naming preference, but it did. I apologize for that, it was rude calling it dishonest - though I retain my position that I feel it's misleading; but then again, you feel the same way with 'productions' so I guess we can leave that at "we agree to disagree" right?
I fully understand that you don't want to name your studio, "Triple-A Gold-Medal Games" or "Skyscraper Enterprises" or "BiggestPublisherOnTheBlock Developer". But 'studio' is a very acceptable name for a indie developer.
Yes, that's more the intent I was trying to push. Studios is acceptable, though I think "studio" is a better fit (at least my
mental picture switches to a starving artist rather than a fully equipped and housed "game studio"). Studio though doesn't seem to have the "ring" to it -- like Big Fish Studio vs. Big Fish Studios. Funny that! I guess if we're going to talk about honesty (which was silly of me, thinking back to it) the most "honest" naming scheme would be "Blablabla Games"
since that's about as direct as you can go (or, if wanting to be more general, "entertainment" might be a good fit).
I enjoy the debate, thought admittedly it matters little to me what a studio is called -- whatever the naming is, I rarely look at the name for much establishment. It's a plus if it's smart, and a non-problem if it isn't -- though in the latter case I might forget about the studio easier.