As discussed in "New version for Debian Jessie release?" I hereby open the discussion for car names in our new release.
Qubodub did not only provide new textures, but made up new (not copyright protected) car names also. Liviu was quite unhappy with them since they do not even remotely sound like the real car names. Therefore we should agree on the actually used names for the next release of Trigger Rally.
I turned the original names into headlines, put the most recent in-game names as first items and added an other spontaneous proposal for each car as second items on those lists:
I would prefer fake names for legal reasons, but since we can not expect Trigger Rally suddenly becoming a huge hype leading up to a lot of public attention and therefore urge the brand owners to contact us, I guess we are on the safe side either way. Probably nobody will care (like in the past).
I have no high stake in this. So there is not much I would want to vote against.
It's Tex, not Text. :)
Here's what I wrote in an older email:
"Tex Technologies" or "Tex Technologies Sports" (Tex is based on the TeX
open source software/project, which might be kind of problematic. However
it goes well with "Technologies" and LaTeX is much more famous than Tex.)
"Rotor" or "Rotor Automobiles" (Not based on anything, I decided on that
name after designing the blocky X-shaped logo)
"Iron Precisions" (Completely made up)
"Evaluate Pi" ("Eva"), which is also a programming/mathematics reference.
"Cordon" is just a location name in at least two countries, it could be the
location where the car was designed or first tested or something like that
to rationalize the naming.
"Fox Mark II" ("Fox"), which is not supposed to reference Firefox but just
feel like a car named after an animal.
Ok, thanks, I changed Tex...
Great you did not vanish completely. I didn't expect you coming back any more.
Personally, I wouldn't want TR to contain Trademark protected names.
If you're interested, we could put some effort into designing new ones though. For example:
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi :
The name Mitsubishi (三菱) consists of two parts: "mitsu" meaning "three" and "hishi" (which becomes "bishi" under rendaku) meaning "water caltrop" (also called "water chestnut"), and hence "rhombus", which is reflected in the company's logo. It is also translated as "three diamonds".
There is also some history about the creation of the logo http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/company/about/history/logo/logo_more.html
The name is derived from the logo, so let's give it a try as well. What follows is my unfiltered thinking process for brainstorming the name:
So let's check out some Japanese crests from http://eps.crest-japan.net/martialism/index_en.php and http://eps.crest-japan.net/pattern/index_en.php - for example the cross icon and combine it with arrow. That would be "two arrow" which according to http://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/japanese.htm would start with "futatsu" which is three syllables, which is probably too much... I see that "four" (yottsu) has only two, just like "mittsu", so let's interpret two sticks crossing as four sticks intersecting... Now to the second part: "arrow" is "Yajirushi" which is four syllables... how about "arrowhead"? Well that's "Yajiri", still three. Perhaps we should use feathers instead? "Feather" is "Hane" which would be "Yottsuhane" and after removing the double t, as was done in "Mitsubishi" and replacing the "h" in the middle with a "b", we get "Yotsuhane" aaand.... somebody already took it! http://www.giantbomb.com/yotsubane/3010-7712/
Okay, start again... or actually, let's just imagine what "arrow" or "arrowhead" could stand for. How about "bow"? That would be "Yumi", nice and short. According to http://www.romajidesu.com/dictionary/meaning-of-yumi.html it also stands for "archery", even better! Combined and reduced it gives us "Yotsuyumi", which is four syllables and is not taken! Perfect fictional Japanese company. Why is it a company that makes cars? Well... they made arrows once, then started building parts for airplanes and then got into plane motor engineering and from there went to cars. Wasn't that last step similar in BMW's history?
On to the logo...
The "result" is just what feels nicest to me of what I came up with. One would have to pick a font and test it with the logo first. This is all just a test/suggestion how we could develop other company names and logos, both cars and advertisers.
For car names, I can only think of trying to use synonyms ("Zoom" instead of "Focus", "Future" instead of "Evolution", The name of a province of Spain because that seems like it was the most likely inspiration for Cordoba - I like "Granada")
Well, all that is good for me. I wouldn't make it to a science or fake history project, but of cource it adds some background to what essentially are random names which could be used for further media. But what name isn't random in the end? It all boils down to references which pop up in our minds derived from our personal experiences...
"Combined and reduced it gives us "Yotsuyumi", which is four syllables and is not taken!"
This process sounds quite nice, actually! As the one for the logo. (Actually, one minor gripe, the free textures do miss appropriate logos.) If we can find such original, exotic names with a touch of history, then that could work very nicely.
My favorite car texture from qubodub is the "Rotor" and there is a logo already. :)
We could at least add the "history" of the brands to the web presentation of Trigger Rally until we find a way to implement it into the actual game ...
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