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I have been doing my third playthrough to find some answers to some of the questions on here, so have been leaving everything with its default name. For example;

  • Game Engine #2
  • Game #17
  • etc...

During one of my latest game releases, I received the following from one of the magazine reviews;

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Is this just a random message that I haven't seen before now? How does the name you give your game affect its success?

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I would guess they just plug in common phrases seen in such reviews and that there is no correlation between the name of the game and its success. –  Philipp Apr 30 '13 at 10:43
    
Yeah but when I went through the process of naming my games, I never ever once saw this message through many hours of play, then once I stopped naming my games I got it two games in a row... –  kalina Apr 30 '13 at 10:45
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Can this question be answered? Isn't it purely speculation? I mean, if there is an answer to this question then wouldn't all developers follow it in order to maximize sales? –  Yuck Apr 30 '13 at 10:59
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It could be that the developers of the game checked to see if the default name is used and if so then those messages are added. –  Lyrion Apr 30 '13 at 11:14
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This may seem sarcastic, but I promise its not. Did you produce a game called "the name"? –  CaesiumFarmer Apr 30 '13 at 17:41
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up vote 25 down vote accepted

As the developer, I can give you a definitive answer:

Whether or not you give your game a custom name does not affect the value of the ratings.

However, if you simply leave the name as Game #X, it can cause some tongue-in-cheek responses from the reviewers who will refer to this fact. It doesn't change the value of the review, it just changes the text.

We just thought of it as a friendly poke to say that the game world cares about the name but we didn't want to actually penalize players for not naming their games.

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Hi Patrick, many thanks for dropping by to fill us in on this - it's much appreciated! –  kalina May 9 '13 at 22:09
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@kalina you're welcome! thanks for playing :) –  Patrick Klug May 10 '13 at 4:52
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