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August 5th 2009 11:19 pm

The Best Named Game Console in History?

The name "Dreamcast", conjures up an image of some magical box that when turned on, totally transports the player into another world. It's nice that Sega deviated from a tough sounding name consisting of numbers and/or incorporating X-Gen letters such as Qs and Xs.

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hakubi

Yes. And then they screamed it at you during their commercials. Probably because it didn't sound "edgy" or "rad" enough for the marketing team. You know, the inhuman monsters who destroy anything fun using phrases like "core demo" and "leveraging synergistic opportunities."
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coologuy1957

Ya, I agree the Dreamcast name was beautiful and different - just like Sega. It's still a very powerful, versatile system and so small! I wish more consoles could be smaller and efficient like that...
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racketboy

In retrospect, I like the name -- although, I kinda like "Saturn" and "Genesis" as well -- maybe more.
But I have been a longtime Saturn fan, and when I first heard the "Dreamcast" announcement, I thought it was a bit strange -- kinda like when "Wii" was announced for the [code name] Revolution, but not quite as bad.
But, like the Wii, the name kinda grows on you after time.
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coologuy1957

Wii has grown on me, but Revolution will always be a better name IMO. Maybe Nintendo knew it wasn't that revolutionary... (at least Wii is short and quick to say)
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CLIFFosakaJAPAN

I too feel that the Wii name had grown on me. I was initially surprised when Nintendo switched from Revolution (even though it was originally just a code name) to the Wii, but from a marketing standpoint where they wanted to attract more than just your typical boys/men group, they were after the whole family. I like how the two lower case 'i's were made to look like people in their TV spots.
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coologuy1957

Does anybody hear like the name Xbox 360? - I still get angered that they named it "360" only because market testing showed people thought a PS3 would be more powerful/better than an Xbox 2. That is pretty weak. Also, I hate when people call the next one 720, but no one knows where they will go after this. They'll just pull out some other random number or name like Xbox Pi or Xbox XP!! LOL
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deinfinityx

I actually like the xbox pi maybe it will be a circle and have as much of pi engraved on the top that they could fit, ha. I actually don't mind the 360 name signifies it more then just one number.
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CLIFFosakaJAPAN

Microsoft can throw everyone for a loop if they would call their next Xbox the Xbox six. Just keep skipping numbers, substitute numbers for letters, etc.
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coologuy1957

lol - xbox blue - xbox giraffe - xbox Q
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deinfinityx

Xbox spam, xbox niner, xbox spinning wheel of death
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coologuy1957

I wish they would play up the adult angle and just go with SeXbox already! They could put the Dead or Alive characters on the case, or Joanna Dark! Just really sleek that thing up!
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deinfinityx

Yeah but a name like sexbox it would imagine naked characters in all the games, which would be all sorts of odd, DOA and perfect dark would fit but it would just be odd.
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coologuy1957

I just needed a cheap excuse to say SeXboX... I try to work it into my daily discussions - I also like to refer to past girlfriends as my "ex-box"
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deinfinityx

Gotcha, well it was still funny.
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coologuy1957

SEXBOX!!! (BUCKFUTTER!!) LOL
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jonprice

I'd say Wii is the worst console name, especially since the codename was Revolution.
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coologuy1957

its definitely the biggest turnaround from awesome to whatever.......

Wii is easy to say, but then everyone has to say "want to play wii" or "last night we played wii all night"... it all becomes a big double entendre mess....
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