Created By: BrokenEye on May 28, 2012 Last Edited By: BrokenEye on June 3, 2014

The Title Game

A work of fiction, which isn\'t a game, is called The Something Game, Something Games, A Game of Something, or similar

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A Title Trope which isn't a game, but in which the word "Game" is one of two, or occasionally three major words in the title (articles such as "a" and "of" don't count as one of the two). The work of fiction itself may actually be about some sort of game, or simply using the word "game" symbolically, to represent some game-like quality of the plot.

Not to be confused with The Game of the Book


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  • May 28, 2012
  • May 28, 2012
    What about The Game?
  • May 28, 2012
    How is this a trope? This is just an index of works with a particular word in the title. If we let this launch, it will open up a gateway for other "Title With Word X" indexes, which I'm pretty sure is something we don't want.
  • May 28, 2012
    The Quillion Games, one of The Pendragon Adventures.

    Not sure Most Dangerous Game should count; it doesn't mean game like "activity engaged in for diversion or amusement, it's "animals under pursuit or taken in hunting," which in this case is humans.

    In other words, the eponymous Most Dangerous Game isn't hunting, it's humans.
  • May 28, 2012
    @Wacky Meets Practical@ Its a common naming scheme for titles, just like Title Of The Dead, or American Title, or Doomy Dooms Of Doom or Name And Name are all common naming schemes (and more importantly, tropes. Honestly, there's a whole index full of 'em)
  • May 29, 2012
    Just because such things exist doesn't mean they should. We do seem to have a policy against such things.
  • May 29, 2012
  • May 29, 2012
    Can you define the "naming scheme" beyond "contains the word 'game?'"

    ( Also, if I want to be pedantic, I think title conventions only work as "tropes" to the extent that you can judge the work in question based on the title. Like, an "of the dead" movie is probably going to involve zombies or at least horror. What do we know about a work based on it having the word "game" in the title? )
  • May 29, 2012
    This could be a trope if we were to take it one further; by which I mean, what does having the word "game" in the title mean? If we don't have that element, this is just People Sit On Chairs. If we do have that element, it becomes a trope.
  • May 29, 2012
    Hmm...they tend to be brutal unfunny games like the Game Of Thrones 'you win or you die' The Hunger Games - children forced to fight to the death. Enders Game genocide
  • May 29, 2012
  • February 10, 2014
    I think this might be a type of The Joy Of X.
  • February 10, 2014
    You lost The Game
  • June 3, 2014
    @X Fllo@ I'm not sure it is, as I haven't found any indication that The Title Game titles are consciously based on the title of any specific work.

    Conversely, Title Of The Dead, actually is a type of The Joy Of X, being based on Dawn Of The Dead, but is prominent enough to be its own trope.
  • June 3, 2014
    When it's used in a title, game refers to a competition of some sort, either an actual game, a rivalry, political intrigue, things like that.

    For example:

    • The Most Dangerous Game, about an old hunter who hunts people who wash up on his island. In this case "Game" refers both to the competition, which is dangerous, and to the fact that game also refers to what you're hunting, and a human who can think, reason and plan on the same level as the hunter is in fact the most dangerous game.
  • June 3, 2014
    I have to agree that I think this is a little too thin to be tropeworthy. There are hundreds, if not thousands of movies with the word, say, "West" in their titles. But I don't think you can draw a common trope from Westworld, West Side Story and a A Million Ways to Die in the West.