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The Top 7... Mispronounced game names

Not everything can be as simple and straightforward as Pong. Forget the design and the graphics... we're just talking about the title. Pong. So pure. So unadorned. So onomatopoeic. So easy to pronounce, a child or caveman could do it.

Since then, gaming... and the naming of gaming... has only grown more confusing and complicated. Bad translations, bad marketing and sometimes plain old bad education have created a hobby where only the hardcore can make it through a list of new releases without verbally embarrassing themselves.

But perhaps that's just part of the fun. If that's the case, here are the game titles we've had the most fun slaughtering over the years.

Faxanadu

Correct pronunciation: "Fah zan ah doo"
Incorrect pronunciation: "Fax Anna Dew"

The word "Xanadu" has a rich and artistic history. Did you know that it was the name of the ancient Mongolian Empire's capital city? Or that it was the inspiration for English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's most famous piece of work, Kubla Khan? Did you realize that it was the main character's mansion in one of the greatest films ever made, Citizen Kane?

Of COURSE you didn't. And, even if you did, the children playing videogames back in the late 1980s sure as hell didn't. Labelling your game just Xanadu would have been enough to make their brains hurt. Combining it with the name of the system it appeared on (the Famicom) to form Faxanadu was just cruel. Cute. But cruel.



Above: Those anticipating the magical excitement of office equipment had to make do with daggers and wingboots. Sigh...

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  • ObsessionWithEdgeworth - February 14, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    ... possibly naruto? because im sick of the idiots i have to live with (my "family") calling it na-roo-tow, instead of na-ruh-to. Its also annoying when people mispronounce the japanese r/l/thing, i know some people cant say it, but some deliberately dont even try to say it properly.
  • Thantos410 - February 1, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Personally, I pronounce Deus Ex as, "Day-Yus-Ex," but, "Day Of Sex," ftw. Oh JC Denton, you were so inadvertently perverted...
  • MagicalSarai - October 12, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    I can help with one of them: PoPoLaCrois... if it's what I believe, then it's French and this pronounced - Poh-Poh-Lah-Kwah. In French the "oi" is pronounced with a "wah" sound. Like Croisant is pronounced "Kwah-san" (silent "t") Or... to take it into Disney land... the Little mermaid song "Les Poissons": Leh Pwah-son. So... yeah. Also I believe the Deus Ex is latin and should be pronounced: "Day-ous ex" not "Day-s ex"
  • foarthelulz - December 8, 2008 12:14 a.m.

    u guys forgot mario and how some ppl pronounce it w/ a short a
  • TrippyMan - December 7, 2008 3:20 a.m.

    Schereherazade... there's an NPC called that in a desert area of this one MMO and I always thought it was "Sch-er-ehe-raz-aid"
  • HypherionWing - September 3, 2008 8:50 p.m.

    PuhkuhMayne
  • sektor187 - September 2, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    pokey-man
  • riodoku79 - December 8, 2008 8:21 p.m.

    umm..foarthelulz...it IS pronounced with a short a...
  • pyro9393 - December 7, 2008 10:52 p.m.

    god damn japanese and there complicated language
  • afrosamurai3838 - November 26, 2008 1:21 a.m.

    i just ejactulated
  • Gatastrophe - November 25, 2008 1:52 a.m.

    My uncle called popolocrois "poop lacrosse"
  • thephntm - October 14, 2008 11:14 p.m.

    TY the Tasmanian Tiger. People say, "Ooh, it's capitalized! So it's pronounced 'Tee-Why'"!
  • kaleb-mayhew - June 25, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    not sure if it's right but I personally pronounce it Tie
  • Trapped_In_Hiskool - October 4, 2008 2:23 p.m.

    My mom is constantly calling them pokemans. ITS NOT ENGLISH MOM!
  • theworldonfire - September 10, 2008 3:22 a.m.

    ninja gaiden!
  • wertyboy - September 1, 2008 2:22 p.m.

    hey, dont forget about ninja gaiden, im sick of people calling it gayden, its guyden dammit!
  • Black_X_1111 - August 31, 2008 8:42 p.m.

    Its po-po-lo-croi the s is silent, thats all
  • reerGssoR - August 31, 2008 3:43 a.m.

    haha Pokuhmoon nice
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - August 2, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    lol i always pronounced it do sex
  • yoshi639 - April 16, 2009 4:52 a.m.

    i still renenber playing suikoden i played all of them execpt #4 which was a little terrible

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