Naming the September Content Update - Natural Selection 2

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imageNaming the September Content Update - Natural Selection 2

In September, Natural Selection 2 will be receiving a new ‘content update.’ Like the Gorgeous Update before it, this update will include new content, features, and improvements. The biggest features are Biodome, a luscious and unique new map (See screenshots in the May and June SoD posts) , the female marine, and (fingers crossed) Linux support. Gorgeous was a great name for an update. It captured the ‘Gorge-centric’ nature of many of the features, and referenced the graphical improvements made to Spark. This time around, we want to use another awesome name. A name is important. It gives a focal point from which to promote the update. It makes it much easier to get press attention. It allows us to …

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  • HughHugh Cameraman San Francisco, CANS2 Developer, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Silver, Reinforced - Onos, WC 2013 - Shadow, Subnautica Developer, Pistachionauts Join Date: 2010-04-18 Member: 71444Posts: 1,779 admin
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  • davehdaveh Members, Reinforced - Diamond, Reinforced - Shadow Join Date: 2013-01-10 Member: 178731Posts: 17
    edited July 2013
    I say evolution because the game is coming along awsome
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    edited July 2013
    +1 for Evolution. Just "fits" the Natural Selection theme. Simple, easy to say, easily shortened, least amount of syllables. Fits the criteria "brief", and intriguing. Even though the most picked in the office might not fit the criteria. ;)

    OR, the "Gorgeous Evolution" update. Maybe "Bioevolution"

    If not, Biodiversity would be good too.
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  • doctorcheesedoctorcheese Members Join Date: 2013-07-23 Member: 186315Posts: 1
    edited July 2013
    *SNIP* Any suggestions that inappropriately reference the inclusion of the female marine will be met with the banhammer. The zero-tolerance applied to the announcement thread will be applied here as well. This is the first, and only warning to everyone to keep the borderline-sexist wisecracks in the bag.
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  • GCshepardGCshepard Members Join Date: 2013-07-23 Member: 186316Posts: 1
    edited July 2013
    What pops to my mind is "Integration", as the update integrates the female population into the human army's ranks, (as well as integration of Linux support?). "Integration Update" may not sound as flowing as "Evolution Update" though, or "Biodiversity Update".
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    Augmentation, Biodiversity, and Reinforcements all have four or more syllables, which irks me when imagining having to fit this on banners and in articles. 'Natural Selection 2: Evolved' is already very long, and that's only two syllables!

    Though I do enjoy the fact that Augmentation does not evoke either the marine or alien side, which is appropriate given the love that both have received since Gorgeous.

    My favourite at the moment is Morphosis. It implies structural change and organic development, much as the word 'Evolution' does, but it is more unique and less 'cringeworthy' when combined with the game title.

    It is not a common word, and many spell-checkers will demand its combination with 'meta.' This makes it intriguing. The sound as it comes of the tounge is emotive. At three syllables it strikes a nice balance between some of the others. It even reminds me of Morpheus, and anything to do with Morpheus is a win.

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    Verdurous update? Flora?
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    edited July 2013
    The last big content update took its name from a play off the gorge. Seems like the next name should have a little bit of a marine/industrial theme?

    My suggest is something like Sledge Hammer, or something else that sounds weighty :)

    edit: also Anvil Drop :)
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    Anthesis - n. Time of flowering
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    Hugh wrote: »
    My favourite at the moment is Morphosis. It implies structural change and organic development, much as the word 'Evolution' does, but it is more unique and less 'cringeworthy' when combined with the game title.

    .

    lol what?

    "Morphosis" is far more cringeworthy than "Evolution". Actually, "Evolution" is a perfect fit for a game with the title "Natural Selection" and it is a far more relatable word to the general mass of people than Morphosis.

    My vote is for Evolution. +1

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    but in all seriousness: accession, amplification, amplify, asphyxiation, strangulation, calisthenics, cardiomyopathy, abstraction, predatorydinoflagellates, Zimbabwe, and nepenthesramispina.
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    Hugh wrote: »
    My favourite at the moment is Morphosis.
    you totally got that from that glossary of evolution terms I linked didn't you

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  • PsiWarpPsiWarp Gifted Gorge Richmond, B.C., CanadaMembers Join Date: 2010-08-28 Member: 73810Posts: 1,567 Advanced user
    I would suggest Biosphere. The term applies to both organisms (female Marine) and the environment (Biodome), and makes a subtle reference to UWE's motto: "Unite the World through Play".
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    call it: 1 map per half year
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    edited July 2013
    Natural Selection 2 - Recombination

    Derived from "genetic recombination", a genetic process that (together with mutations) leads to new combinations of genes and features within a population. It has four syllables, but it's easy to pronounce and catchy. Fits perfect, doesn't it?
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    How about "Balance"
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    Res wrote: »
    lol what?

    Given the proximity of the word 'Evolution' to 'Natural Selection' in the subtitle of Darwin's seminal work, there is objective awkwardness in using it as a name for an update to this game. You appear to be referencing a subjective dislike for the word 'Morphosis,' which while relevant certainly does not warrant 'lol what'ing me.
    PsiWarp wrote: »
    I would suggest Biosphere

    That is certainly a nice word, and three syllables it definitely 'fits.' Though perhaps the update will be better referenced by a word that implies some degree 'progression,' 'development,' and 'flux.' 'Biosphere' is quite a static word.
    moultano wrote: »
    Anthesis - n. Time of flowering

    This is very cool - Oddball, off-centre words like 'Anthesis' are emotive and intriguing. Perhaps there are some other ones like this? Suggestions outside English would be very welcome!
    Katana- wrote: »
    The last big content update took its name from a play off the gorge. Seems like the next name should have a little bit of a marine/industrial theme?

    That is definitely a very valid argument, though I want to present this update as inclusive of everything since Gorgeous, which includes lots of alien stuff as well (see blog post). Rather than giving it a 'marine' or 'alien' flavour, a name that captures the essence of 'progression,' 'growth,' and 'improvement' in an emotive way would be more fitting.

    The character of the Gorge is strong and engaging, which allowed it to carry the 'narrative' of the Gorgeous update on its own. A marine specific name would lack that strength as the marine side does not posses such emotive characters.

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    edited July 2013
    Endurance
    Stamina
    Resilience
    Perpetual
    Chrysalis
    Awakening
    Vigor
    Sedulous
    hyperactive
    Primal
    Verdant
    Renaissance
    Indefatigable
    Amaranthine
    Botanic
    Rapacious

    I started out with a few words that I thought of and then the thesaurus gave me so many more. I like Verdant. Basically means fresh, green, and alive. Not catchy though. I like the word amaranthine, which is new to me, but a little big for you application although the meaning seems perfect to me. Out of all those words the two basic themes are rebirth and everlasting.
    From my perspective UWE has been trying to both with what little resources they have given to the game. They don't have an AAA budget, let alone an indie game budget. They have the budget of a game that has been out 6 years. I want to say, don't half ass two things, whole ass one thing. I just don't think they have the resources to do it. Unlike many of the people on the forums, I guess I am just happy they are at least trying even though I may not like what they end up doing.
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    I liked biodiversity, until i figured out the connection to the female marine >_>

    Evolved is better, cause the game is totally different from a few months ago.
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    edited July 2013
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    Hugh wrote: »
    .....objective awkwardness ......

    No, it's entirely a subjective awkwardness.

    I'd say you are referencing a subjective dislike for the word Evolution, even though it fits perfectly for a title, regardless if it's used in Darwin's book, which actually makes it even better.
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    Momentum is good
    HeatSurge wrote: »
    The Augment | Momentum | Unravel Update
    Momentum is good.
    From my perspective UWE has been trying to both with what little resources they have given to the game. They don't have an AAA budget, let alone an indie game budget. They have the budget of a game that has been out 6 years. I want to say, don't half ass two things, whole ass one thing. I just don't think they have the resources to do it. Unlike many of the people on the forums, I guess I am just happy they are at least trying even though I may not like what they end up doing.
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    RedDog wrote: »
    "RedDog" - You're welcome.

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