History InsistentTerminology / VideoGames

6th Apr '17 3:28:31 PM BackgroundGuy
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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Sub-Zero would like you to know that he is a Lin Kuei assassin, ''not'' a {{ninja}}.
** Tanya thinks being called an ''enforcer'' of the Deadly Alliance is a bit unfair. Personally, she thought of herself as an ''ambassador''.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Sub-Zero would like you to know that he is a Lin Kuei assassin, ''not'' a {{ninja}}.
{{ninja}}. [[TruthInTelevision It actually makes sense]] because ninja are Japanese which makes his rival Scorpion a true ninja, whereas Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei are Chinese - he even points this out in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero''.
** Tanya thinks being called an ''enforcer'' "''enforcer'' of the Deadly Alliance Alliance" is a bit unfair.such an ugly term. Personally, she thought of herself as an ''ambassador''.
6th Apr '17 3:23:43 PM BackgroundGuy
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** Tanya thinks being called an ''enforcer'' of the Deadly Alliance is a bit unfair. Personally, she thought of herself as an ''ambassador''.
2nd Feb '17 3:53:50 PM manofwarb
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** Fawkes the [[TokenGoodOrc token good Super Mutant]] insists that he is a "Meta-Human". Also Dr. Barrows in Underworld calls Ghouls "post necrotic humans", feral ghouls are "Ferocious Post Necrotic Human Dystrophy" and Glowing Ones are "Luminous Post Necrotic Humans".



* This pops up in an amusing conversation between Shepard and Tali in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':

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* The Franchise/MassEffect universe has quite a few of these.
** Robots with AI programs running in them, are referred to as "synthetics" to differentiate them from naturally evolved "organic" life.
** People with telekinesis ability are referred to as "biotics".
** The salarian scientist Mordin insists that the DepopulationBomb known as the genophage is not a sterility plague, but a "fertility rate adjustment to optimum growth levels". Salarians also do not get married, they "negotiate reproduction contracts".
** The quarian made [[ShockAndAwe electric pulse gun]] known as the Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle suffers from a reversal of this trope, with Alliance (human) marines saying that it doesn't have a rifled barrel and doesn't fire bullets, so it shouldn't be called a rifle.
** The geth insist on calling the RobotWar in which they drove out the quarians from their home planet as "The Morning War" since it occurred immediately after they "woke up" (gained self awareness).
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This pops up in an amusing conversation between Shepard and Tali in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':



** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', it is revealed that all quarians refer to the leader of a ship as "captain", regardless of their actual rank: while Shepard never made the rank of captain, they are still responsible for the lives of the crew of the ''Normandy'', hence, Captain Shepard.

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', it is revealed that all quarians refer to the leader of a ship as "captain", regardless of their actual rank: while Shepard never made the rank of captain, they are still responsible for the lives of the crew of the ''Normandy'', hence, Captain Shepard. This is something RealLife human navies do too.
12th Jan '17 12:55:18 PM Origin
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* Early in [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic Star Wars: The Old Republic's]] ''Knights Of The Eternal Throne'', you meet former-Moff Lorman who, in the intervening five years since everything which took place before ''Fallen Empire'', rose to the rank of Minister. With the player character (regardless of whether they were affiliated with the Sith Empire or not) being accompanied by a former Republic SIS agent (Theron Shan) and a Sith who was the former right-hand of a traitorous Dark Lord (Lana Beniko), all three of them can - and, if given the chance, will - get in on intentionally omitting his new title. Or referring to him by his old one. The more they do it, the more irate he gets.
30th Dec '16 4:18:30 PM ElodieHiras
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* in The Dentist trailer of ''Videogame/{{Payday2}}'', when asked about his profession by the titular Dentist, Dallas replies that he works in [[BankRobbery financial transfers]]. Of course, through his connections, The Dentist knows who he was dealing with and offers him a choice: Work for him for a few jobs and get an opportunity to free Hoxton, or have the Dentist use his connection to destroy him.
14th Nov '16 7:43:08 PM TheCuza
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** And in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', we have the subtle distinction between a scavenger and a ''prospector'', along with the varying ways to say Caesar's name [[note]]Most characters say it as "See-Zer", like most Americans do. The Legion pronounce it more like the German "Kaiser" (which came from the original Caesar's name). The second one is the correct one.[[/note]]

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** And in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', we have the subtle distinction between a scavenger and a ''prospector'', along with the varying ways to say Caesar's name [[note]]Most characters say pronounce it as "See-Zer", "See-zer", like most Americans do. The Legion pronounce it more like the German "Kaiser" (which came from the original Members of Caesar's name).Legion (and for some reason Marcus the Super Mutant) pronounce it "Kai-sar". The second one is the correct one.[[/note]]



*** Mr. House doesn't hide the fact that he'd be the sole ruler of an independent Vegas, but he'd be an ''autocrat'', not a dictator.
*** As far as Raul is concerned, the city that people now refer to as Two-Sun is pronounced Tucson.

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*** Mr. House doesn't hide the fact that he'd be the sole ruler of an independent New Vegas, but he'd be an ''autocrat'', not a dictator.
*** As far as Raul is concerned, Raul, a ghoul who was alive before the bombs fell, insists that the Arizona city that people now refer to known as Two-Sun "Two-Sun" still is pronounced Tucson.and will always be ''Tuscon'', dammit!
12th Nov '16 6:16:54 AM LordInsane
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', the citizens of Vault City keep a slave labor force, but insist upon calling them "Servants", and make a habit of expelling those who say otherwise.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', the citizens of Vault City keep a slave labor force, but insist upon calling them "Servants", and make a habit of expelling those who say otherwise. Unlike Ashur there is ''some'' meaningful contextual difference[[note]]There is a powerful Slaver's Guild dominating the slave trade in the region, but Vault City's servants are disconnected from that trade and formally Vault City is unfriendly to the Slaver's Guild[[/note]], but mostly it is just Vault City being elitist jerks.
22nd Sep '16 12:04:17 AM Kazmahu
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** There's also an odd example in the narrative of ''Shinovi Versus''. Using dark powers to force your will on someone is "brainwashing", but apparently using your influence to take in young orphans with a specific and tragic background and then raising them in complete isolation to foster a fanatical, homicidal hatred for a specific group is not. [[spoiler:Could have something to do with Dougen being the BigBad and Kurokage feeling guilty about his actions on his deathbed and asking Honzo to deliberately undermine what he'd done, but the narrative is suspiciously forgiving of a "Good Shinobi's" outrageously selfish plan. Of course, [[GreyAndGrayMorality that might be the point]].]]

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** There's also an odd example in the narrative of ''Shinovi Versus''. Using dark powers to force your will on someone is "brainwashing", but apparently using your influence to take in young orphans with a specific and tragic background and then raising them in complete isolation to foster a fanatical, homicidal hatred for a specific group is not. [[spoiler:Could have something to do with Dougen being the BigBad and Kurokage feeling guilty about his actions on his deathbed and asking Honzo to deliberately undermine what he'd done, but the narrative is suspiciously forgiving of hesitant to label a "Good Shinobi's" outrageously selfish plan.plan anything negative. Of course, [[GreyAndGrayMorality that might be the point]].]]
22nd Sep '16 12:00:38 AM Kazmahu
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** There's also an odd example in the narrative of ''Shinovi Versus''. Using dark powers to force your will on someone is "brainwashing", but apparently using your influence to take in young orphans with a specific and tragic background and then raising them in complete isolation to foster a fanatical, homicidal hatred for a specific group is not. [[spoiler:Could have something to do with Dougen being the BigBad and Kurokage feeling guilty about his actions on his deathbed and asking Honzo to deliberately undermine what he'd done, but the narrative is suspiciously forgiving of a "Good Shinobi's" outrageously selfish plan. Of course, [[GreyAndGrayMorality that might be the point]].]]
3rd Feb '16 5:01:15 AM MegaMarioMan
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Sam and Max|FreelancePolice}}: The Devil's Playhouse'', Sam and Max argue over [[NotUsingTheZWord what to call the Sam clone army]]; Sam insists on "Samulacra", and Max insists on "Dogglegangers". This develops into a RunningGag. Amusingly, when playing as Sam and mousing over one of the clones, the text indicating the name of the object reads "Samulacra", [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything but when playing as Max it reads "Dogglegangers"]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Sam and Max|FreelancePolice}}: The Devil's Playhouse'', Sam and Max argue over [[NotUsingTheZWord what to call the Sam clone army]]; Sam insists on "Samulacra", and Max insists on "Dogglegangers". This develops into a RunningGag. Amusingly, when playing as Sam and mousing over one of the clones, the text indicating the name of the object reads "Samulacra", [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight but when playing as Max it reads "Dogglegangers"]].
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