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Published on September 5, 2012 By Draginol In PC Gaming

Came up with a bunch of good names for future games --- so good that they were already taken, somewhere at some time.

And because we’re such a litigious society, people will sue over even partial names.

I remember getting a threatening letter because we had a technology in Galactic Civilizations II called “Space Marines” and that they had a trademark on that name. We renamed it to Stellar Marines (sounds better anyway).

In recent times, companies have had to resort with coming up with fewer main names “Call of Duty” or “Total War” and then come up with a sub-title in order to have sufficient uniqueness (and of course, even that doesn’t always keep the super-litigious from trying to find a way to cash in).

Hence, I was afraid of calling our first fantasy game “War of Magic” because god knows, there’s probably some game some where called that so we had to call it Elemental: War of Magic. Luckily, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is probably safe… Winking smile


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on Sep 05, 2012

Yeah it is unfortunate that as time goes on the english language is running out of words for us to use for websites, companies, and products.

 

Eventually I hope we move beyond unique names for everything and allow overlap. Just imagine if every human born had to have a unique name... it would cause lots of problems.

 

In the meantime I think rights to names should expire after a few years of disuse... the problem is that companies will release garbage to hold onto rights... it happens all the time as it is. 

on Sep 05, 2012

How about Mystery Game X?

 

on Sep 05, 2012

If you give me all the details of the games you are trying to name I'm sure I can come up with a good lawsuit free name.  

on Sep 05, 2012

Lord Vexnor and the Death Juggernauts

 

Awesome, I know.  You can have it though.  For a small price.

on Sep 06, 2012


How about making up new words? That is what Shakespeare did we he ran out.

on Sep 06, 2012

seanw3
How about making up new words? That is what Shakespeare did we he ran out.

That's exactly what games like Minecraft and countless others have done, make some name up by piecing together other words that relate to what the game is about. Unfortunately, if you'd like a deeper title that may not be the best solution.

on Sep 06, 2012

Warthorn: The Battle of the Giants. There, now go make it frog

on Sep 06, 2012

Fundamental Conflict of Sorcery: Descended Wizard

 

That's what the game will be called in China. Well, the knock-offs with photoshopped LotR pictures on the cover, anyway.

on Sep 06, 2012

The Game Where You Shoot The Bad Guys And They Shoot You Back.

Or, if you can get a license for it, maybe you can make Star Trek: Earl Grey Tea - It's Hot!

on Sep 06, 2012

"Click End Turn"

on Sep 06, 2012

Scrolls...

That is all... 

on Sep 06, 2012

Is this were we pretend that Rebellion isn't suing Stardock over the name Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion?  Or has this been settled?

on Sep 06, 2012

Rovert10
Scrolls...

That is all... 

on Sep 06, 2012

Lord Xia
Is this were we pretend that Rebellion isn't suing Stardock over the name Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion?  Or has this been settled?

 

I'm pretty sure that comment means it has been settled, or Brad wouldn't be talking about it period.

 

We really do need trademark/copyright reform in this country- leaning towards being more consumer-friendly.

 

 

on Sep 06, 2012

Do you remember the rock band called the "The"?  You need to trademark the PC game "Console" and the console game "PC".  That should keep you in license fees forever. 

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