RNDGAME (UPDATED JULY 18, 2021!)

If you get a middle part in dark grey, that is OPTIONAL to use WITH or WITHOUT it!

It's a random arcade game name generator -- press RIGHT ARROW to generate a new one! PRESS LEFT ARROW to go back through previous names it made. (NOTE: Please excuse any offensive combos -- hard to detect 'em!)

HISTORY

So in the game Anachronox, there was an arcade on the planet Hephaestus. I made a random arcade game name generator (for a sign in an arcade). It announced new games coming to the arcade, but just made up random silly ones.  Every time you clicked on the sign, it made up a new one, just or silly fun.


Hope you enjoy it!  Let me know if there are any (family-friendly) words you want added!

NOTE: I could define "productions" which would make perfect titles every time. HOWEVER, I've left it intentionally loose to get a) the flavor of badly-translated titles and b) to allow emergent crazy titles that strict rules would eliminate and that would be sad.  Enjoy the crazy with the sensical!

(Updated MAY 13, 2020 with many more words AND history saving!)

UPDATED JULY 15, 2021 with TONS of words, one bug fix, and one typo fix.

UPDATED JULY 18 for another typo fix.

StatusReleased
CategoryTool
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
(22)
AuthorThatTomHall
Made withPICO-8
TagsArcade, game, Generator, name, random

Comments

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Guns of Warlock. This is already going good, can't wait to submit!

Nice!  Will look forward to it!

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Hahaha

IT IS THEIR CALLING

THE GEESE MUST DANCE

Planetary Stranding

Nice!

Viper’s bae

Heh!

Idk how it works but I took screen shot and I am making game based on it.

Yep, that's it -- just run RNDGAME, get it to generate a name you like, then make that game!

You can post that screenshot to Twitter with #rndgame2021 hashtag if you want. Some folks are sharing their fun names.  (Can also share them the name thread in Community posts for the jam.

That is... assuming you got here through the RNDGAME JAM!

"Yeeting Arc"

haha do iiiiiit

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Wow, This is like a personal game jam and a good laugh!

Haha thanks!

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This is so much better than every other game name generator I've seen. I wanna do the jam.

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Aw thanks! I worked A LOT on it. Welcome!

I was laughing aloud scrolling through them. You should link to the jam from this page too, I don't think I'll be able to participate in this one while I'm prepping for a release, but I am very tempted.

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Our bio penguins

Nice!

OKAY FOLKS! A NEW VERSION OF RNDGAME was just uploaded with a LOT of new words! Enjoy!

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Creepy Beach

So creepy!

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I got "Name Of Protector"!

What is that NAME? Hmmm....

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I got Bloodborne lmao

Haha, funny, but don't use "real" names that can get generated! :D

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Mediocre Axe \o/

Well, it's used and wiggly, but will do the job.


Maybe.

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"Fallen Library" :) instant idea B)

"Inappropriate Rampage" the heck

Haha, fun.

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"Your Inappropriate Possession"

lmao WHAT!?

:O

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Holy crap.  Tom Hall.  THE Tom Hall?  Commander Keen creator?  On itch.io?  That really you?  We're not worthy.  We're not worthy.  (Wayne's World reference).

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Aw garsh thanks! Yah it is me it seems. :)


And yeah got it. 😁

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It is you.  Hell yes.  Hey.  About Commander Keen.  The franchise rights.  Sorry they're unobtainable.  At the moment.  Why?  Commander Keen's you.  Basically.  Your childhood.  Hard to dismiss.  Creating another franchise?  Is that possible?  Apologies for bothering.  Just surprised.  Celebrities on itch.io.  Doesn't happen often.

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Also.  Just found this.

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yeah may just have to move on and make me but new.....

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Always wondered.  This current trend.  Always about childhood.  Why not adulthood?  In this case.  Yours.  Your life story.  As a game.  How about this.  The player character?  A sage.  One who teaches.  Teaches kids.  From decades experience.  The inspiration?  You.  It's like this.  Remember Deckard Cain?  From Diablo?  That kinda sage.  But he's you.  Will that work?

Possible oracle inspiration.


Here's Deckard Cain.

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Crap.  I scared Tom.  

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NEVER. :D :P

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Three Ravens: Tactics

I would definitely want to learn more about a game called that.

heh! Or make it!

Quest of Ladder. Hmm, maybe I should have called my game that...

Hah! Sequel!

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Pirate Complex it is!

Haha do it

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I want to make so many of the wacky games this generates. Of all the game idea generators I've come across this is honestly the most inspirational. I'm so glad you didn't stop it from generating nonsensical names.

Yeah thanks! I could’ve easily with “productions” — thanks,  compilers class in college — but wanted to have emergence plus nutty names like they were badly translated, too.

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Hey, good to see another Pico 8 release :) I found myself writing down nearly every name before I realised this almost consistently generates legit sounding names! And decent inspiration for game ideas! I got to 20 before I had a nonsensical one. Here's some of my favourites and what they would be:

Shadow Terror Crossing: A horror themed Crossy Roads/Frogger.

Warlock Faction Frontiers: A fantasy themed strategy game where a colony of magic users make a settlement in an undiscovered land.

Treehouse of Terror: a retro point and click done in the style of Maniac Mansion.

The Prehistoric Shock Run: Already been made! https://www.pixeljam.com/dinorun/ (Ok, being re-made, looks like they took down the original in favour of a crowdfunding campaign for version 2)

Screaming Detectives:  I laughed out loud. This could go so many ways. I like to think they solve mysteries, but as soon as they see the crime scene, they scream out loud. Wait, I think I just described Scooby and Shaggy...

Heh those are great!

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"The Bad of the Cross". Ok then. Sounds like an Eastwood spaghetti western. I'm all in.

See, those crazy titles sound like mistranslated games. It's great.  Also, you get emergent combos by playing it loosey goosey.

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Also, updated with a lot more words....

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5 clicks in: "Call of Farm."

O.M.G.

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See, now you must make it. :D :P 

Challenge Accepted.

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Haha.  I like how it makes malformed titles because a) you get the feel of badly-translated titles and b) there may be emergent titles that strict rules would cull out, and that would make me sad!

True! Like the lack of "The" or "ing" in Call of Farm. It's grammatically terrible, and yet so... wonderful. I can just see basically the "proud of myself" meme stick figure in the middle of a field of wheat with a title like that.

Easily your second best game industry innovation. Nothing will ever surpass the Dopefish. :)