I've surfaced this issue previously, and got some really good input...especially from Salsa ( heart for yuo <3 ) who suggested calling the game "Urban Empires". I'll spare you the working list of possible names because there is one in particular that I'm interested in hearing opinions on.
What do you think?
Personally I think from a marketing perspective it could work out, and would do quite well...but for some reason I have trouble shaking the association with Ali G, and baggy flamboyent jump suits. It makes the game somewhat of a joke in my mind. Though with proper marketing that can be overcome.
My second issue with the name is that it just doesn't sound right in practice.
Ex.) Do you play the new Respect game?
Have you seen that Respect game?
See you online in Respect later tonight.
It needs some kind of sub-title or something...
Then there are my "mental" issues with changing the name of the game. If I'm not 100% happy with the name of the game I can't bring myself to put in the kind of hours / time necessary. Obviously to get the game to this stage has taken a rediculous amount of work on my part & it would be a nightmare for me to not be satisfied with the final product, in every regard.
Hmmm....any thoughts on this issue would be greatly appreciated. Any alternate names, any possible arrangment of subtitles, etc.
Actually here is my working list from the last name-change post [in October 2006] just for reference... [ https://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/mod/journal/journal.asp?jn=323649&reply_id=2801502&PageSize=15&WhichPage=1 ]
Let's start out with the names that I can't use -
Grand Theft Auto
25 to life
Crime Life: Gang Wars
Alright...now my current name -
Gang War: The Urban Gang Simulator
Some Potential names (in no particular order) -
Mob Rule: The Gangster Simulation
Crime Empire: The Gang Simulator
Mob City: The Gangster Underworld
Underworld : The Gangster Simulation
Blood Respect: The Gang Simulation
Hood War: The Gang Simulator
Thug Life: RIP Tupac...Respect ;-)
Gang City: The Urban Gang Simulator
Felony Wars: The path to perdition ;-)
Any my already incomplete 'word bank' which I will be adding to -