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[QUOTE] As an aside, am I the only person who LOVES the different Zone names from Sonic games? Casino Night? Stardust Speedway? Even Green Hill! It's like the names alone make me smile in remembering the early 90's entries. Scrap Brain Zone! All the time! What is it? Who cares! Take a ride on the Wing Fortress for fun, setting sail for Emerald Hill, which sounds like the most gorgeous place ever. I like the alliteration in Sonic CD, too. [/QUOTE] :D Those names are pitch perfect. They're elegant and evocative. Naming things really is an art. I've come to realize I have a terrible habit of going way off topic in threads, so I figured I'd start a new one here. Other things with great names off the top of my head: Nintendo Games: -Ripley - A monster with a gentleman's name -Donkey Kong - A gorilla named Donkey. TOO GOOD. -Pikachu (pika-pi!), Squirtle, Charmander, and basically every Pokemon including the obscure ones like Bronzong (a bronze "Zhong", or early Chinese bell) Dragon Ball (best naming conventions ever): -Dedoria (Durian), Raditz (Raddish), Vegeta (Veggies), -Frieza, Coola, King Cold -Oolong (black tea), Puar (fermented tea), Yamcha (Dim Sum) -Trunks, Bulma,Dr Briefs etc Rocky Series (Sly Stallone is a nomenclature genius): -Rocky Balboa - scrappy blue collar underdog with heart of gold -Apollo Creed - proud champion -Clubber Lang - hungry upstart from the street -Ivan Drago - Russian Murder Machine Willow (coolest made up fantasy names): -Willow Ufgood - unconfident Nelwyn (halfing) wizard who will save the world -Madmartigan - scoundrel swordsman with a smidge of good in him -Bavmorda - Evil Sorceress queen -Elora Danon - child of prophecy destined to kill Bavmorda (I still think of her when I see yogurt) -Fin Raziel - Good and wise sorceress, arch nemesis of evil queeen -General Kael - Grizzled, noble, ruthless soldier, loyal to an evil queen -Burgelkutt - asshole political leader of bumpkin halfings. Names make a big difference. I can't tell you how many books/games I've turned down because I thought the names sounded dumb (particularly fantasy/sci-fi properties).
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