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« on: September 27, 2012, 10:36:51 PM »

Anyone think that maybe the outlandish, 10-word titled games names is a reason people aren't paying attention to JRPG's anymore? I've noticed this with a few friends and family, and even tonight when my cousin saw me come to this site. With all of the crazy long-winded game names I've noticed people can't tell if they're new games, remakes, spinoffs, Japanese release only games, etc. Sure, to RPG aficionados it's easy to keep track of what's what, but the average RPG Joe is confused. Even me with my love for the Tales series... I don't know which ones are new or remakes or what until I spend some time reading up on them. Tales Of Makai Derfault Bravely: Dynasty Spear Version One Special doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as say, Borderlands 2 or Skyrim. lol
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 10:41:23 PM »

"The God and the Fate Revolution Paradox" rolls right off the tongue!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 10:47:42 PM »

You can like, use Google and stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012, 10:50:12 PM »

If people are avoiding games simply because of the name, then they are idiots.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 11:01:03 PM »

i have friends that used to be rpg players but drifted away when the fps and gta era began. fighting games went through i similar period but im not sure rpg's can make that kind of comeback without either the fps genre having a downturn or a couple series dying out. CoD/Halo
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012, 11:32:55 PM »

You can like, use Google and stuff.

You overestimate the average American.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 11:36:12 PM »

i have friends that used to be rpg players but drifted away when the fps and gta era began. fighting games went through i similar period but im not sure rpg's can make that kind of comeback without either the fps genre having a downturn or a couple series dying out. CoD/Halo

Oh yeah, for sure. Thiand also JRPG's got kinda samey and western RPG's that were mostly PC games started coming to consoles and offered up a different experience. Those are the biggest factors, but I'm just bringing up this other factor that I have personally seen myself many times now.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2012, 11:57:18 PM »

You overestimate the average American.

If this is about being lazy and dumb then that's their problem. Info is available at all times nowadays.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2012, 12:21:25 AM »

What RPG has a 10-word title?
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2012, 12:30:45 AM »

What RPG has a 10-word title?

Also wondering this. I can't think of many wordy Japanese RPG titles. What have the Tales games become lately? Aren't they usually, at most, three words? Tales of Destiny, Tales of Eternia, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Vesperia, etc.
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2012, 12:44:16 AM »

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is the longest name in that series I think, but you could also just call that game "Symphonia 2".
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2012, 12:56:29 AM »

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is the longest name in that series I think, but you could also just call that game "Symphonia 2".

That doesn't seem any worse than any sequel to a movie, or even some book titles.
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2012, 01:13:59 AM »

What RPG has a 10-word title?

Probably the full title for the two Devil Summoner titles. But yeah, most of those with long titles are usually including something like Shin Megami Tensei or Legend of Heroes, and you'll call them by something simpler (like those Devil Summoner games).

And I don't think FPS userbases necessarily have to diminish, they just need to find the people willing to buy JRPGs and sell to them properly. Though getting noticed past those FPS games may be the real problem.

EDIT: Got my second example backwards.
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2012, 04:27:21 AM »

Yeah, the MegaTen games came to mind, but most of them get shortened to something convenient anyway. Just like no one says The Elder Scrolls before Skyrim, no one says Shin Megami Tensei before Persona, right?

Well, allright, some titles are pretty weird (like Ar Tonelico Qoga: The Knell of Ar Ciel, .hack//G.U Vol 1// Rebirth), but I doubt those game would have had mainstream appeal with shorter titles.
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2012, 05:10:05 AM »

Well, allright, some titles are pretty weird (like Ar Tonelico Qoga: The Knell of Ar Ciel, .hack//G.U Vol 1// Rebirth), but I doubt those game would have had mainstream appeal with shorter titles.

Ar Tonelico Qoga will forever go down as the single most baffling rename I've seen though. Every other time I've seen numbers dropped it's either because prior games failed to come over, or it's so detached that it doesn't matter, and we're talking about the final part of a trilogy at that. Well, I guess Super Mario Bros 4 did similar, but that was simply axing that part off of Super Mario World's name and story in Mario's traditionally something Shigeru Miyamoto's forced to be a bare minimum outside of the RPG series..
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