Renaming SMC

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Renaming SMC

Postby Quintus » 21 Jun 2014 22:15

Hi to all of you,

we (the developers) think that in moving away further from original Mario more and more, we see ourselves enforced to change the name of our beloved hero and the game itself. "Maryo" just directly shows a connection to "Mario". This needs to be removed, and this can only be done with renaming SMC. Therefore we call on our community to discuss how the game should further be named, as it is a very important decision that will affect everyone using SMC.

GitHub ticket with chatlog link: https://github.com/Quintus/SMC/issues/92

Please! Give your opinion!

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Re: Renaming SMC

Postby Boder » 10 Sep 2014 10:47

Hi.

I don't have a GitHub account, so I will comment here.

It's a bit of a tough spot to be in, because the game already has name recognition. The initials SMC existed to keep using the project name on sourceforge, which was "smclone". The project started out as *uper *ario *lone before the artwork was changed. The reinvention of the name proved most difficult with the M word, and fluXy thought Maryo was sufficiently differentiated from Mario Bros. Of course most people don't see it as that different.

I would vote for "The Secret Chronicles" or "The Secret Mystery Chronicles" or "The Secret M Chronicles" if it is necessary to retain all those letters.
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Re: Renaming SMC

Postby Quintus » 11 Sep 2014 23:08

The Fedora people have expressed they find especially the name too close to original Mario naming, and to be honest, the acronym "SMC" looks like a direct derivative of "SMB". As already explained in the GitHub issue, I would be willing to keep the acronym though, as it is well-known and on itself probably not a trademark infringement. On the other hand, we are moving more and more towards a real fork of the game, and thereby a new name is always an option.

Thanks for your input, Boder!

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Re: Renaming SMC

Postby datahead » 16 Sep 2014 23:26

In the github issue tracker, I suggested "The Secret Chronicles of the Hidden Library" for the new name.

Here, "Secret Chronicles" refers to the chronicling of the hero's journey (a sort of storybook), and "the Hidden Library" refers to the final library world, the lair of the evil librarian.

We are going to take a bit of a negative hit with name recognition the moment we do away with "SMC", but I think Quintus is saying that in the long term (after building on a new name), a new name will help put an end to the Mario clone accusations. It's not just the Fedora people who are citing us for this; just about anyone I've talked to online or offline says the same thing about the name and game content.
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Re: Renaming SMC

Postby cirocc » 01 Oct 2014 11:12

Quintus wrote:Hi to all of you,

we (the developers) think that in moving away further from original Mario more and more, we see ourselves enforced to change the name of our beloved hero and the game itself. "Maryo" just directly shows a connection to "Mario". This needs to be removed, and this can only be done with renaming SMC. Therefore we call on our community to discuss how the game should further be named, as it is a very important decision that will affect everyone using SMC.

GitHub ticket with chatlog link: https://github.com/Quintus/SMC/issues/92

Please! Give your opinion!

Valete,
Quintus


"Chronicles of Marian" would be a nice name, no? :star:
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Re: Renaming SMC

Postby Quintus » 01 Oct 2014 17:58

cirocc wrote:"Chronicles of Marian" would be a nice name, no? :star:


Hm... Let us wait for datahead to comment on that one.

Might be a nice name for our planned villain. Dr. Marian Maximus... Or so... Hmm....

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