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Naming The Game
Monday, November 29, 2004
It's about time I tell you more about the game I am writing. I'll start by simply telling
you its name: Trichromix. Coming up with this name took me a while.
When I started designing Trichromix, I assigned it a code name. This allows me to talk
about the game with my friends without refering to it as 'the game I am developing'. The
code name for Trichromix was Neumann. I always make sure that I choose a code name
that has nothing to do with the game itself. That way, I won't be tempted to keep the
name just because I got used to it.
After a while I decided to name the game Palette, because of the way it employs the
mixing of colours. I think the name fits the game perfectly, but a problem turned up that I
simply couldn't ignore. When telling people that I was working on a game named Palette,
they thought it had something to do with the wooden platforms people use in warehouses
to transport goods. Since that association seems to be firmly imprinted in people's minds
and it has nothing to do with my game at all, I decided that Palette wouldn't do.
I made quite a list of potential names over the next couple of weeks. The list contains
some really, really awful titles which I throw away happily. After asking around a bit, it
seems like most people expect a puzzle game when they here Trichromix, so that is a
good sign. Hopefully, the name will make sense to my prospective customers.
Trichromix isn't just some letters thrown together; it's actually some words thrown
together. Tri means three, chroma means colour and mix means, well, to mix. Mixing three
colours is what the game is all about, so the name seems appropriate. Also note that the
name itself is a colourful mix of three words. That's
nonsense, by the way, I just made that up. Maybe I should get back to work.
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