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Thanks for the link ZombiePie. That's an interesting read; it says at the bottom: "So, in short, we're not changing the name of our game page to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Because until we hear something directly to the contrary, I'm pretty sure that nothing actually changed today." I think there has been a real change since that post, which was back in 2009. I'll try my luck.
@DaBuddaDa: Giant Bomb can't be taken seriously because it refers to a game by the same title the developer did? Give me a break! Both are perfectly valid.
Feel free to argue a point instead of making unsubstantiated, declarative statements. I do not believe both are perfectly valid, and have already provided a great deal of evidence and argument to support why.
Unlike MW2, Trenched was actually capable of being retroactively renamed. You can't go to a store and buy a box that says Trenched on it. You never could because it's only available as a download. The downloadable versions could easily be changed, and the only way you'd have Trenched instead of Iron Brigade now is if you never allowed it to be updated. And for the record, the presence or absence of the "Call of Duty" name really doesn't matter. Let's focus on more important things, like renaming all the SoulCalibur pages every six months.
Likewise, you can never download or purchase a game called "Modern Warfare 2," as they're all called "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" barring specific, unique, one-time box art prints. The presence or absence of the "Call of Duty" name does matter, if a database wants to take itself seriously and reflect accurate, true and relevant information. That's kinda the reason for the existence of this thread here.
Press release from when the game was announced as solely Modern Warfare 2. Story from when the final box art got revealed when Infinity Ward confirmed, once again, that the official title is Modern Warfare 2, showing that Activision's reasoning for putting Call of Duty back in the name on one of the releases of the game (and only that one) was just as much a marketing decision. Or the fact that all the non-regular editions of the game completely removed the Call of Duty branding, as did everything in the game itself. Heck, I'm looking at the manual for the game right now and they never refer to it as anything but Modern Warfare 2 in there, even though they refer to the first Modern Warfare numerous times by its full title. Reattaching the Call of Duty branding to it is a retronym. There's probably a good case to be made that because they have retronymed it as such that we should change it (I mean, just look at how the way they sold that series drastically changed between 2 and 3 - with 2 they tried to distance themselves from Call of Duty as much as possible; with 3, "Modern Warfare" doesn't even appear on the box). Honestly I don't really care and just go with "eh, it already shows up as an alias if you write out the full thing anyway so does it really matter?", but that is the reasoning why we've kept it like that IIRC.
I think if a company decides to rename/rebrand their game within a reasonable amount of time it should be changed to reflect that. It will be called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presumably for the rest of time; I think the database should reflect that change. We had no trouble renaming the Trenched page to Iron Brigade when that game underwent a renaming, for example.
Great perspective Patrick. The key point for the people against the ME3 ending is that evidence from behind the scenes in Bioware shows what was shipped is not what they had planned to be the ME3 ending and does not reflect the creator's vision accurately; it had been compromised for a slew of reasons, none of which having any consideration for "art" or "storytelling." I think of the retooling of the ending that's rumored is akin to what happened with Bladerunner in some ways, although they're clearly not parallels.