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#1  Edited By grhud5194

Is it just me, or does the term "video games" sound downright childish.  I think it does represent our medium as a serious and respectable form of entertainment.  I have been thinking about this a lot myself, but I lack the creativity to create a good alternative to "video games."  What do you guys think, and sound off if you have an idea.
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#2  Edited By zeforgotten

Interactive Entertainment! 
Nah, I'm not sad and picky, I can live with "Video Games". I enjoy the things I enjoy because I like them, not based on what others might think of it =D

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#3  Edited By Akeldama

Addiction 

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#4  Edited By grhud5194
@ZeForgotten:
Interactive entertainment is what I keep coming up with, but it's not catchy enough, and I've sort of gotten used to calling them "Video Games."
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#5  Edited By fishinwithguns

Video games are childish.  They always will be, but there's nothing inherently wrong with that, essentially.

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#6  Edited By zeforgotten
@grhud5194:  
It's the same thing I keep coming up with but it just sounds so boring but I had to say it anyway.  
But I've been calling them Video Games for decades, I can't stop now, damnit! 
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#7  Edited By grhud5194
@needforswede:
Are you saying the name is childish, or the actual idea of games?
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#8  Edited By Doctorchimp

You think it sounds childish because everyone laughs at you for saying "video games" everytime.
 
I just go with games...

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#9  Edited By grhud5194
@Doctorchimp:
That's not why I think it sounds childish, I just think it sounds silly and doesn't make sense.
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#10  Edited By HandsomeDead

Something needs to be done to get around the 'game' part of things but any ideas just seem to make it longer.

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#11  Edited By cap123

beep boops

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#12  Edited By ProfessorEss
@cap123 said:

" beep boops "

Nah, nah, Blop Blorps.
 
Video games is fine.
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#13  Edited By grhud5194
@HandsomeDead:
Exactly.  I keep thinking about how the terms movies, or books started, and try to use that thought process to come up with one for video games.
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#14  Edited By W0lfbl1tzers

Have you ever thought about the term "Movies"? That sounds pretty dumb but we still use it. I move that we change console names before we change the name of the hobby. Playstation? Really? Now that sounds like something a 70 year old man came up with.

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#15  Edited By takua108

"Video games" doesn't sound nearly as retarded as "movies," when you sit down and really think about it.

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#16  Edited By grhud5194
@takua108:
@W0lfbl1tzers:
Yeah, I have really thought about movies that way, and it always makes me laugh.
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#17  Edited By buzztone

How about "Interactive Audio Visual Media".  
 
Or is that too wordy?

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#18  Edited By natetodamax

Art.

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#19  Edited By Yummylee

The gaming of videos!

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#20  Edited By Detrian

This thread was better when we had it a month ago.
 
 
On second thought no it's actually just as terrible as it was back then.

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#21  Edited By zanzibarbreeze

Tapes.

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#22  Edited By OllyOxenFree

Well, 'movies' got its name because it is just moving pictures.  So, since video games are essentially the same thing, then I guess we can call them movies as well? Like you can say "Let's watch a movie" or "Let's play a movie".
 
Can't think of anything else.  I am not very fond of the term 'video games'.  When somebody says it it just kinda makes me cringe.  I just call them 'games'.

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#23  Edited By MooseyMcMan

I've heard my friends say "Videons" before, but I don't really like that. Sometimes I just say games, but usually I just say video games, because they're games that have a video component to them.

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#24  Edited By rjayb89

Vidmes.  Pronounced VID-MAYS.

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#25  Edited By monetarydread

Vid-ja-games? I think the title needs to change as well. I like the shortened form of "games," myself, although I believe that title doesn't apply to the interactive fiction we are going to be seeing in the future.

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#26  Edited By CL60

Does it really matter?

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#27  Edited By mosdl

Funbags of course

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#28  Edited By Andorski

Interactive Entertainment?
 Shorten it to Interactives?
 
Whatever.  Video games should be called video games because they are kids toys.  12-15 year olds are the target demographic and that will never change.

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#29  Edited By MrKlorox

I use VidGames, partially ironically. I think SWERY was onto something. It does have the similar features as the term "movie" in comparison to "moving pictures".
 
It needs two syllables and helps to be a portmanteau.

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Games

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#31  Edited By AjayRaz
@rjayb89 said:
" Vidmes.  Pronounced VID-MAYS. "
i like this idea. it reminds me of...  
 
OH WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?!
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#32  Edited By Metric_Outlaw

I came up with the term Artificial Reality Terminals to make it sound cool. But when I'm in a hurry I just call them A.R.T. for short.

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#33  Edited By MrKlorox
@AjayRaz said:

" @rjayb89 said:

" Vidmes.  Pronounced VID-MAYS. "
i like this idea. it reminds me of...   OH WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?! "
 At times we must purge things from this world because they should not exist. Even if it means losing someone that you love
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#34  Edited By AjayRaz
@MrKlorox said:
" @AjayRaz said:

" @rjayb89 said:

" Vidmes.  Pronounced VID-MAYS. "
i like this idea. it reminds me of...   OH WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?! "
 At times we must purge things from this world because they should not exist. Even if it means losing someone that you love "
even Mr.Mays? :( 
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#35  Edited By BeachThunder
@Andorski said:
" Interactives"
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#36  Edited By LiquidSwords

Pussy Kryptonite (I saw a thread using this title. It was a thread about people posting their toy collection, thought it was funny)

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#37  Edited By DystopiaX
@CL60 said:
" Does it really matter? "
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#38  Edited By dudeglove

Veegs? VGMs? BArK FaЯKIn' DURK?

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#39  Edited By rosebud04

A Minor Distraction!

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#40  Edited By TheLawnWrangler
@natetodamax said:
" Art. "
I HAVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THAT *gunshot*
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#41  Edited By KevinTheDeviant

Relationship Vacations. *thumbs up*

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#42  Edited By Sliqcore

HERE Chris DeLeon explains that "video games"are not games at all. Games are defined (loosely) as goals governed by rules that must be adhered to. In video games the rules can not be circumvented so it is more of an experience. (Please read the article on the link instead of trying to argue with my paraphrasing).

I completely agree and have been working on this issue for a while. Trying to come up with something that might lend a little more credence to these experiences. I'm a Disabled Combat Veteran, Ranger and Scout Team Leader and "video games" have been and continue to be extremely important to me. They are more than just games to me. They are not silly time wasting distractions without any serious usefulness. They are social, inspiring, horrifying, clever, frustrating, inventive and imaginative ways for me to experience things I could never have without them. At least not since my injuries. Movies have the word "Film" which has evolved in to a very elegant connotation with strong artistic implications. In reality "video games" are just as deserving of the same respect and in my personal opinion much more creative and expressive. Just like cartoons have "animation" I believe "video games" deserve a term which carries more integrity instead of just the absolute simplest way of defining their most basic function.

Of course making this argument in a place where people are more apt to make fun of their peers than they are to support or converse with them doesn't help. Obviously some communities need to be judged on their own merits and hopefully we can separate the medium from the automatic inclusion of those communities. It's time the industry had it's own identity away from the immaturity often associated with the term "video games" (and let's face it, many gamers and gaming communities don't help but it's time we weren't all lumped together under that banner). I believe a new name would go a long way to making that happen.

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#43  Edited By ManU_Fan10ne

videojuegos

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@Sliqcore said:

HERE Chris DeLeon explains that "video games"are not games at all. Games are defined (loosely) as goals governed by rules that must be adhered to. In video games the rules can not be circumvented so it is more of an experience. (Please read the article on the link instead of trying to argue with my paraphrasing).

I completely agree and have been working on this issue for a while. Trying to come up with something that might lend a little more credence to these experiences. I'm a Disabled Combat Veteran, Ranger and Scout Team Leader and "video games" have been and continue to be extremely important to me. They are more than just games to me. They are not silly time wasting distractions without any serious usefulness. They are social, inspiring, horrifying, clever, frustrating, inventive and imaginative ways for me to experience things I could never have without them. At least not since my injuries. Movies have the word "Film" which has evolved in to a very elegant connotation with strong artistic implications. In reality "video games" are just as deserving of the same respect and in my personal opinion much more creative and expressive. Just like cartoons have "animation" I believe "video games" deserve a term which carries more integrity instead of just the absolute simplest way of defining their most basic function.

Of course making this argument in a place where people are more apt to make fun of their peers than they are to support or converse with them doesn't help. Obviously some communities need to be judged on their own merits and hopefully we can separate the medium from the automatic inclusion of those communities. It's time the industry had it's own identity away from the immaturity often associated with the term "video games" (and let's face it, many gamers and gaming communities don't help but it's time we weren't all lumped together under that banner). I believe a new name would go a long way to making that happen.

A new name would be good, but I think so many people (gamers and non-gamers alike) are so used to the term "Video Games," that it would be really hard to change.

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#44  Edited By Zenogiasu

I like video games. If I had to change it, though, I would make up a new word.

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#45  Edited By DeadVillager

Vidyagaems

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#46  Edited By mtcantor

They are games, in video format. They are video games. Stop trying to make this hobby appear more sophisticated than it actually is.

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Action Picture

Just like a motion picture, but with actions from the player (or better: actor)

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@menno: I love that you resurrected an already dumb thread that hasn't been active in 7 years :')

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@aiomon: This is something very close to my heart. I believe that action pictures can convey information better than any other media. Because people learn best when they think they figured it out themselves.