Once again, I'm not talking about renaming
anything. I'm talking about potential names for a new trope that doesn't exist right now, namely the trope of all world maps in video games.
The merits of a proposed title for a new trope must be considered independently of any existing misuse of that trope, given that the trope doesn't exist yet.
The perspective I'm looking at is seeing a pattern of tropes that got misused because they took a pre-existing phrase and used it for something substantially narrower than what the trope actually mean. Or Is It
, Not Wearing Pants
, Heroic Pet
, and more all demonstrate a pattern of tropes being misused because they lacked a key qualifying word or words in their name.
The only misuse this trope even has, comes from it being used in a broader sense than its current definition.
Again, the fact that the current trope (a specific type of map in video games) gets misused reinforces general pattern of tropes being misused because they took a pre-existing term and used it for a meaning much narrower than the pre-existing meaning. Yes, the misuse of the current trope only contains certain types of misuse and not others. However, the fact that it is misused at all is a cautionary tale against imprecise names that should be taken into consideration when coming up with names for new tropes.
Names for new tropes should be held to a more rigorous standard than names for established tropes. If a trope is well established in the troper custom and we can't demonstrate a problem, we should probably avoid making substantial changes. Whatever the objective shortcomings of the name, it gets grandfathered in. For example, we see this happen with some stock phrase, dialogue or character named tropes.
However, that doesn't mean that when creating new tropes, we should blithely make the same sort of naming mistakes that have caused problems with many tropes.
edited 1st May '12 10:28:15 PM by Catbert