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Jungletoe

Picking My Game's Name

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Out of all the stuff that I thought would be hard to do, picking a name for my game is easily the hardest. I've been working on this game since the beginning of summer, and I still have no clue as to what it should be. People tend to prefer two-worded games like "League of Legends" and "World of Warcraft", yet I see a lot of indies using one-worded names like "Minecraft" and "Terraria". On top of deciding this, a lot of copyrights already exist for good names.

What makes a game name good?

Can you guys help me pick out a game name too? My blog is http://jungletoe.com and my project is pasted there. I aim to have it be a mix between Civilization and Minecraft (ugh... I hate saying I'm using it for inspiration, isnt everybody?). Therefor, the gameplay is based around wilderness survival and politics with local player villages. Its a randomly generated world where you can do anything to it. The setting ranges from early human pre-history to the early iron age.

Thanks!
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Heh, Jungletoe is my internet username I chose when I was 11 because I was trapped in a jungle in Runescape and needed a new character. It doesn't really fit my theme either.

Is it possible to just stick with "Project Ember" as the actual game name? Until now, I've been using it as a temporary name, but Project Zomboid seemed to pull it off.
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edit: Jungletoe's catchy enough. :) Plus, you wouldn't need to worry about another domain name. Edited by Heath
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[quote name='Jungletoe' timestamp='1350272690' post='4990240']
Heh, Jungletoe is my internet username I chose when I was 11 because I was trapped in a jungle in Runescape and needed a new character. It doesn't really fit my theme either.[/quote]Okay. :)

[quote]Is it possible to just stick with "Project Ember" as the actual game name? Until now, I've been using it as a temporary name, but Project Zomboid seemed to pull it off.
[/quote]Hmmm... I don't know about the "Project" part of it, but "Ember" does sound sort of like "Empire", after all. :P
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Thanks! I compiled a list of what you can do, as you said I should:

-You survive in the wilderness/nature, build shelter, get food, and make a home. You can then start a village and engage in combat/diplomacy with others.

-You craft items and build up your stats so you can create a village, or just live as a nomad. You can choose to be a farmer, miner, craftsman, or warrior.

-The game is set during the Bronze and Iron Ages during human prehistory. You can invent new items and build villages.

-You can grow crops, mine ores, forge items, and hunt animals.

Any suggestions?
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Name picking (for anything, not just games) is one of my favorite things to do and also one of the most challenging. I quite like Tribal Lands also - it's straightforward and utterly unpretentious.

Also thanks for the link to your blog, I've been looking for dev blogs to follow!
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[quote name='Drakonka' timestamp='1350333340' post='4990504']
Name picking (for anything, not just games) is one of my favorite things to do and also one of the most challenging. I quite like Tribal Lands also - it's straightforward and utterly unpretentious.

Also thanks for the link to your blog, I've been looking for dev blogs to follow!
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Thanks for the follow! I'll be sure to follow you back [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

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Have a link to yours?

[quote name='Prinz Eugn' timestamp='1350335530' post='4990520']
Tribal Lands is a winner I think, but for future reference, plugging words related to your theme into an online thesaurus and wandering around links wikipedia style (while copying words into a text document) is a great way to generate a lot of possibilities quickly.
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Yeah, that's basically what I did to find the name. The problem isn't that there are lots of interesting words, but rather that a lot of those names have already been taken by large software companies whom I'd rather not start a legal battle with :P Edited by Jungletoe
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Ah, well good job then! Seems like a lot of people have a hard time with names and forget about a thesaurus as a resource.

I would only worry if you're picking the exact same name, it's totally legit to use synonyms to a large degree or to combine words in different ways. There's only so many words to go around, ya know?
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Ok, I did some name switching and found that most people prefer "Tribelands" over "Tribal Lands". What say you?
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You could possibly try a word generator. I've used them to generate names to save time and come up with cool names from other cultures. Here is a sample generator for words that also gives their definitions.

http://www.wordgenerator.net/random-word-generator.php

This is just an example, but if you google word generators there are tons of them out there that could suite your needs.
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[quote name='Jungletoe' timestamp='1350350360' post='4990576']
Ok, I did some name switching and found that most people prefer "Tribelands" over "Tribal Lands". What say you?
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I personally much much prefer "Tribal Lands"
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[quote name='Cufufgit' timestamp='1350398847' post='4990739']
Have you considered just "Tribal"?
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I would, but it's risky considering that there is both a corporation named "Tribal" and a popular game named "Tribes".
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I still like Tribelands or Tribal Lands. I think the former is a little crisper since it drops a syllable. Keeping "lands" invokes the control or movement over territory, as well as hinting at some sort of community. Edited by Prinz Eugn
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[quote name='Prinz Eugn' timestamp='1350430188' post='4990925']
I still like Tribelands or Tribal Lands. I think the former is a little crisper since it drops a syllable. Keeping "lands" invokes the control or movement over territory, as well as hinting at some sort of community.
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Yeah... I'm almost 100% sure I'm going to go with Tribelands unless someone else can persuade me otherwise.
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Are there other Tribes in it, or just the one you are part of? That name sounds like there will be lots of Tribes, and maybe combat/competition between them, so if those aren't parts of your design you might want to consider that. Other options could be Survival Lands, Survivalands or Settlement (maybe some derivative of this word to stop it sounding too much like Settlers).
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After a long discussion with my team, I decided to go with "Homestead: Survive and Settle". It fits the game more and feels more like The Oregon Trail.
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Is that decided then?
IMO "Survive and Settle" sound a little too generic, and people tend to cut names anyway (specially after Name: surnames - the surnames just get cut)
following on that, the word Homestead makes me think of something peaceful and not about survival. something like a game like Harvest Moon, or maybe the Skrim DLC's Hearthfire, not something like yours is.
Tribal Lands or Tribelands seems better IMO, though might seem misleading because of the "lands" (makes me think of a game where you fight for territory as an RTS or top-down simulation). so what about Tribeland? Edited by Chosker
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I made this half finished broken survival game named settle and survive in roblox (block building game with scripting)

I think it sounds better than survive and settle but im not native speaker so i dont know. Would that work?
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