Game names corrected by spell check

You know that red line that pops up in Word, Firefox or any other program with a spell check? It's helpful, don't get us wrong, but they really should spend some time working on spell check's virtual intuition. When we typed "Firefox," just now while writing this article, the red line asked if we meant "firebox." Um no, we didn't. And that's what happens countless times every second across the world when people type in video game names - weird ass suggestions that are so off the mark they become entertaining in their own right.

Collected here are our favorite moments of spell check gone mad. It all started when somehow we managed to make Firefox's speller suggest "Televangelist" in place in "Castlevania."

Doesn't sound quite as fun, does it, hunting down religious figures and putting a stake through their heart? Simon, your family's beef is with Dracula, not the poor old pope. Once we saw this, we just had to type in random names and see what happened.

BioShock: Yes, these are the actual suggestions. Not Bio Shock, but hockeys and Shockley. Mr. Shockley was a physicist, for those who care. He's credited with inventing the transistor, even.

Tekken: This list gets better and better. Trekkers is already great photoshop fodder, but check the last one - Heineken! You hear that Namco? We smell product placement. Lei Wulong has to drink something...


Abadox: This long-forgotten NES shooter used to be one of the goriest games on the market. Now its bloody sprites are simply adorable. Not sure the tropical Barbados island would like the comparison though.


  • killer262 - March 20, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    note:Bios Hock is not a word
  • killer262 - March 20, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    I just tried Bioshock and I got Bios Hock
  • QWERTYCommander - February 26, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Chrome's spell-checker: DSi = Sid.
  • D0CCON - February 16, 2010 2:04 a.m.

    tried out some pokemon names: Charmander: Charm Ander (I'm impressed), Chiromancer (which GR spellcheck thinks is spelled wrong), and charade Noctowl: Octal, Nortel, Nichol, Control, Noxell Barboach: Broach, Bareboat, Barbican, Barouche Empoleon: Employee, Embolden, Employing, Employ, Melodeon Mismagius: Misaims, messages, massages Honchcrow: (no spelling suggestions) Chingling: Shingling, changing, Tingling, Chungking, Changeling Magnezone: Manzoni, magnusson, magneto, Anemone skorupi: scorpio, soupy, soup, scorpion, scrape toxicroak:(immediately changed into toxic oak) lickilicky: (no spelling suggestions, and I was looking forward to that one) not many of these are as good as the ones in the article, but if you want me to continue, ask
  • alko - February 12, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    Phlebitis is actually greek and means "an illness of the blood developed mainly in the hands"
  • CreeplyTuna - February 10, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    should have types in okami
  • SpicyPoyratez - October 15, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    dunno if mentioned, but Grimaldi's is known as one of, if not the best pizzerias in all of New York. thus, I lold
  • TrigunGunner - October 11, 2009 2:59 p.m.

    eh, I don't think I'll be finishing that. I got tired of doing it after the first 151 pokemon, with a forth of them no having any spelling suggestions. oh well, that'll be the feature that never was
  • TrigunGunner - October 10, 2009 3:45 p.m.

    to get the wheels on this feature going, I will personally check all 493 pokemon on spell check and then copy paste it into a message and send it to a gr member
  • TrigunGunner - October 10, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    so when are you guys going to get around to that feature about spell checking butchering the names of pokemon? this article is over a year old, and this feature hasn't come up yet.
  • captainobvious - October 9, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    That happened to me with my 6th Grade Math teacher's name, Ms. Oglesbee, it wanted to know if I meant Ogle's bees...WTF?
  • breener96 - October 9, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    Very good idea and article!
  • CoD_22 - December 8, 2008 7:58 p.m.

    I tried wii and it said: wiki, way, wig, win, wit. No spelling suggestions for culdcept or castlevania.
  • Tentacles - November 5, 2008 4:24 a.m.

    Phlebitis? Nice. I'll have to wiki that one.
  • CandiedJester - September 12, 2008 12:32 a.m.

    Lol! I never knew abusing spellcheck could be so entertaining! XD Phlebitis sounds horrible. But I would love to play a game called "SEXY" Who wouldn't?
  • TENAXIS (PSN) - August 30, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    hahaahha should firefox and microsoft update their spellings then??
  • ClusterShart - August 29, 2008 8:39 p.m.

  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 3:05 a.m.

    wtf? Tekken actually was counted as correctly spelled on Microsoft Word 2007...hmm
  • Hurricrane - December 6, 2008 2:26 a.m.

    ROFL, Tekken = Heineken!!!!
  • MyGameName - November 22, 2008 11:38 p.m.

    LittleBigPlanet: No spelling suggestions. (???) Wii: ii, wiki, iii, lii, vii I just typed these in for fun.

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