The name game

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That’s The Name Game by Shirley Ellis, and this week I have been nothing short of enraptured by the names of games in the gaming news.

There have been those that have made me want to rip my own face off. Activision’s Dancing with the Stars: Get Your Dance On! sounds like literally the worst thing ever: a celebrity dancing reality show tie-in. Jesus wept. My Dress-Up from Oxygen Games helps fuel my despair in the Nintendo DS’s line-up, and The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff is just astonishing, even for EA.

But there has been good, too. Major Minor’s Majestic March can’t be a bad thing, and when it’s from Majesco and involves “multimedia musician Masaya Matsuura” (out of PaRappa the Rapper), there’s enough alliteration to bring joy to the entire universe.

The name Guinness World Records: The Videogame confuses me more than anything. The press release backing up the title doesn’t help matters when it says that you will be able to, “grow the longest fingernails ever seen; to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon; or even eat a jumbo jet”. What?

And finally, surely every British person is surrounded by a warm glow when there’s news of MMORPG Asda Story. If only it was what we think it is.

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