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I don't have any of my own stories on this topic because I can't remember ever being too embarrassed to name a game. But I'm intrigued about your story.

 

Was it general teenage social anxiety that prevented you from being able to say "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening"? Or was there something specific about that particular name? Was it that gaming was a pretty nerdy hobby at the time, and saying that name in full would have exposed your nerdiness to your fellow pupils? If you'd lost a game with an overtly macho name like "Gunguts: Gorekill" or something, would you have been able to say that? Or "Sportsball: Blokesport"?

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11 minutes ago, Marlew said:

At least it wasn't SaiDaiOuJou. 

 

"Well, you see, you control these elemental dolls and..."

 

Haha, and here’s me thinking I’m glad I’ve never hung my Deathsmiles posters. SDOJ would have been terrible.

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1 minute ago, ImmaculateClump said:

 

Yeah, I'm hoping it's just the American pronunciation, like how they say m-"ah"-rio, otherwise I've been saying it wrong all my life.

 

Because I used to play lots of "ocean" games on the speccy when I was little, I remember being on holiday once and pointing at the word in my dads book and proudly announcing "I know what that means!" and he said "Oh aye? Go on then"
I pictured the logo in my mind looking all chromy and metallic, considered that they made computer games, put that all together in my feeble little brain and said "It says oh-seen, and it means like all technological things and stuff"
To his credit, he did not put me up for adoption.

 

I love this story.

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45 minutes ago, chris on the moon said:

But I was still too embarrassed to go up to her and say the names of my games. So I never got the other ones back. One of them was "The Legend of Zelda: Link's awakening"

 

I mean this in the nicest possible way...

 

 

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I thinking initially asking to pre order a Wii in the shops. Of course I asked to preorder that New Nintendo Wii console as if I didn’t know exactly what it was. Of course within months no one cared about this silly name.

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43 minutes ago, Olly88 said:

"She pronounced Yoshi correctly"


She bloody didn't.

 

Exactly. He fucking says it when you jump on his back. And has done for nearly 30 years.

 

It's like Aussies and 'Seega' all over again. Although, to be fair, I think Sega Aus marketing holds the blame for that one.

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Just now, spork said:

The original Deus Ex on PC. Like I knew how to pronounce that in a non embarrassing way!

A guy at work (way back at launch) pronounced it "Due err". He was from across the Loughor bridge though, they put something in the water over there, right @Herbalizer? ;)

 

I've never been embarrassed buying a game in a shop. Talking about games when I was in my twenties and thirties, a bit, yeah. Now? I'll talk about any game, but then I don't play that stupid pervy shit from Japan. -_-

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My sister in law bought me Lollipop Chainsaw for my birthday one year (it was on a wish list I’d made or something). So I didn’t ask for it but boy did she make me squirm asking about it when I unwrapped it, knowing full well what it was having looked it up herself.

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I grew up in Portugal and so used to say "Tom Rider" instead of Tomb Raider until I moved go the UK and met my English boyfriend who mercilessly took the piss. I'm now too ashamed to ever pronounce it out loud even though I've actually learned how to say it!

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“What’s that, you’ve got a new DS game?” “Yes, it’s called ‘Project Rub‘ and the cover is a silhouette of a girl in a bikini“
 

I’m not sure if the title is better or worse than ‘Feel the Magic’...

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Last year I spotted a bunch of Game Gear games in a Cash Converter. Only the front one could be seen though so I had to ask the attractive young lady serving if I could have a look at the others. So she went through them all showing me each.

 

"Yeah, so I'll buy the ... er Mickey Mouse one and the er ... Donald Duck one, thanks." 

 

Nowadays I just just walk around with a big 'L' on my forehead.

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34 minutes ago, spork said:

The original Deus Ex on PC. Like I knew how to pronounce that in a non embarrassing way!

 

Just like @Thor, years ago I used to work with a guy who had an odd way of pronouncing it. He would occasionally mention it as being one of his favourite games ever and was always surprised each time I said I'd never heard of it. After about the 3rd or 4th time he brought it up, I asked him to describe it. It was at that moment I finally realised what "Juicex" was.

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1 hour ago, schmojo said:

 

Exactly. He fucking says it when you jump on his back. And has done for nearly 30 years.

 

It's like Aussies and 'Seega' all over again. Although, to be fair, I think Sega Aus marketing holds the blame for that one.

 

 

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Somehow I’ve managed to remain mostly shameless when it comes to this and I reckon I can try and spin any game into something that doesn’t sound completely lame if I think hard enough.

”Mushihimesama? You ever hear of this really famous film called Nausicaä? It’s basically that.”

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9 hours ago, dug said:

I don't have any of my own stories on this topic because I can't remember ever being too embarrassed to name a game. But I'm intrigued about your story.

 

Was it general teenage social anxiety that prevented you from being able to say "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening"? Or was there something specific about that particular name? Was it that gaming was a pretty nerdy hobby at the time, and saying that name in full would have exposed your nerdiness to your fellow pupils? If you'd lost a game with an overtly macho name like "Gunguts: Gorekill" or something, would you have been able to say that? Or "Sportsball: Blokesport"?

My anxiety and self esteem was getting pretty bad... but I wouldn't have had any problem saying the name to most of my classmates at that point, so it's not as bad as it got.

I think video games were just not part of an adult reality to me. My video game time was heavily restricted at home, it was something you couldn't take into school (obviously), and just generally considered as something I shouldn't be doing or care about. A waste of time that was bad for me. Child shit from the child realm. When it came to saying the names aloud I became very aware that they were just complete nonsense. It would just be evidence of the worthless crap I was wasting my unrefined emotions and intellect on.

 

9 hours ago, Olly88 said:

"She pronounced Yoshi correctly"


She bloody didn't.

oh FFS. I thought it was one like "Ryu" where we just didn't know any better. Did the announcer on smash say YO shi maybe? Now I can change back and maybe my internal monologue can change actors.

 

7 hours ago, BossSaru said:

Sonic 2 the Hedgehog'.

Back to life

Sonic 2 the hedegehog

 

6 hours ago, Dig Dug said:

Somehow I’ve managed to remain mostly shameless when it comes to this and I reckon I can try and spin any game into something that doesn’t sound completely lame if I think hard enough.

”Mushihimesama? You ever hear of this really famous film called Nausicaä? It’s basically that.”

Famous for NERDS!

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28 minutes ago, chris on the moon said:

Did the announcer on smash say YO shi maybe?


Yep. Skip to 0:30 -

 


I’m with @Doctor Shark btw. Well, today at least. I’ve probably subconsciously changed my own pronunciation several times...

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