What's in a name?

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What's in a name?

Post by BradTSS » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:18 pm

El Alamein is a crucial conflict in the North African campaign; however, it is not as well known by name as some other historical battles. We at Shenandoah Studio have been picking our brains for a title that captures the spirit of the game while being recognizable to a large audience.

We need your help. We have gathered some of our best ideas in the survey below. Please let us know what title you think would work best to meet our dual goals.

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by Katleman » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:11 pm

I found all of them lacking, with Duels being the least lacking. I agree you need other ideas.

Both battles of El Alamein define the ebb and flow of the North African campaign.

I added "Desert Tides: Battles of El Alamein" as a suggestion.

You do need a dual title, with the leading name to draw in the masses, and mention of El Alamein for those of us history nuts

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by pj3stokes » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:34 pm

Of the choices provided I prefer Duels as well.

Another suggestion is: Desert Duel: Rommel vs. Monty at El Alamein.

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by Vilse4711 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:16 pm

Maybe paraphrase Arnhem
- Rommel: A Dune too far
- El Alamein: A Dune too far

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by s_nkarp » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:50 pm

Vilse4711 wrote:Maybe paraphrase Arnhem
- Rommel: A Dune too far
- El Alamein: A Dune too far

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Hmm, sounds like Frank Herbert

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by s_vladn » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:34 pm

How about "El Alamein: Showdown in the Desert War"?
It would capture the spirit of both the First Alamein, when the British decided there would be no retreat from the face of over-stretched Axis forces, and the Second one when they grimly held the line at Alam Halfa.

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by Vilse4711 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:59 pm

nkarp wrote:
Vilse4711 wrote:Maybe paraphrase Arnhem
- Rommel: A Dune too far
- El Alamein: A Dune too far

Cheers
Hmm, sounds like Frank Herbert
Cornelius Ryan's book on the Maket Garden campaign - A Bridge Too Far. I am sure you guessed that already but not taking any chances.

I thought it would spice it up (pun intended) ;)

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by s_nkarp » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:01 pm

It's good to have a melange of ideas :)

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by OxfordGuy3 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:55 pm

"Duel in the Desert: El Alamein"

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by OxfordGuy3 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:56 pm

Oxford_Guy wrote:"Duel in the Desert: El Alamein"
Then hopefully you can do some prequels:

"Duel in the Desert: Crusader"
"Duel in the Desert: Operation Compass"
etc. :-)

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by Topher » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:42 pm

I quite like the combo, Panzers in the Sand: The Battle of El Alamein.

The first segment will interest the general pool of gamers looking for a strategy title, as 'Panzers' has decent enough name recognition for any core gamer, non-strategy gamer and a decent margin of non-gamers who are making gift purchases. Core gamers, even the core FPS crowd, are likely to be somewhat familiar with the term and the connotations associated with it in gaming through several other series with 'Panzers' in the title. The second bit 'in the Sand' sounds interesting in and of itself and alludes to a different, and more interesting by virtue of being different, setting which gives it some breathing room and sets it apart from the bog standard military setting; something you definitely want to do.

The second segment keeps true to the series thus far and reinforces the points made earlier, implying a standout setting and certain uniqueness. The Battle of El Alamein May be unknown to most gamers but it still carries an interesting weight with it and when show together with screenshots I think it will really stick with viewers, a new piece of information like that is more likely to linger in someone's memory, unless it's too foreign and I don't believe that in this case it is.

A title selection like this can definitely bring in a larger audience. Everyone can have their interest piqued by some aspect if it, even titles as disparate as Armored Core and Call of Duty contain aspect of it and can help to give gamers a baseline from which to relate. Window shoppers just browsing the App Store can even be intrigued by the implied uniqueness, as it gives off a light and intriguing speculative fiction vibe without compromising the historical and strategy title roots.

Perfect title in my opinion. Functional, interesting, memorable, easy to use.

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by Radix_ » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:57 am

Desert Fox is so much better...

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Re: What's in a name?

Post by cupoftea » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:34 am

Desert Fox: Dead in the Sand?
Let them hate me, as long as they fear me. Caligula

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