Name the Game Contest II Winner

I have a winner to announce for the Name the Game Contest.  The winner of which will receive some free Microsoft bucks and his name in the game.  We could have given away an iPhone or something, but considering how most of you guys totally phoned in your attempts at winning with some of the least inspired names this side of John Smith, obviously a phone would have been unnecessary.  First though, I’ll announce what didn’t win.  If you’re one of these not-a-winners, you’ve won a free copy of the game when it comes out.

Jed Pressgrove of Fate of the Game‘s favorite name was Expendable Creatures by Mr. Benn Akaishi.

Cyril Lachel of Defunct Games‘ favorite name was The Second Mouse by some dude named Matthew.

Bob Reinhard of Low on Life’s favorite name was Petfall! by Lee Maynor

Tim Hurley of‘s favorite name was Treasurecide by Kirsty Watkinson

None of those won, because not one other judge liked any of the other judge’s top picks.  However, one name was liked enough to merit a mention from each of the judges, and thus it won.

So to Mike at Misty Day Games, creators of the absolutely atrocious The Last Fortune on XBLIG, congratulations for winning something at Indie Gamer Chick.  No, it wasn’t my Seal of Approval.  But, considering that my Seal of Approval probably isn’t good enough to earn an extra $20 in sales, it’s more valuable.  You won the Name the Game Contest.  And thus this game

Shall be known hence forth as:

The Useful Dead

Cue the Jerry Garcia music.  Thanks to all those who participated, and good luck in finding the other half of your asses.

Oh, and in closing, if I ever run another contest on Indie Gamer Chick again, feel free to hang me upside-down from my toes and beat me to death with boards that have rusty nails in them.

Name the Game Contest II: Bootdisk Revolution Project

Contest is now closed. We’ll be announcing a winner sometime between September 2 and 8. 

Last year, a contest was held at Indie Gamer Chick to figure out the name for a game about running your own call center.  The winning name was Smooth Operators, a name which helped the title exceed expectations.  Based on the success of that promotion, Bootdisk Revolution, the developer of the critically acclaimed hit Bleed, wants your help as well.  They have a project that will release soon, and it needs a name.  Here’s your chance to give them one.

If the name you submit is used, you’ll win the following:

  • 1600 Microsoft Points (Card is for United States or Canada use only. If you win and are not from the US or Canada, you’ll have to arrange a trade on your own to get points that work in your region, or you can choose to not accept this prize).
  • Your name in the game’s credits.
  • A free copy of the game when it is released.

The winner will be determined by a panel of four judges.  Each of the four judges are free to use their own criteria to determine the winner, but must come to a unanimous decision.  If they cannot, the deadlock will be broken by Bootdisk Revolution.  I will not be a judge, and instead act as a moderator.  Each of the judges and their criteria are as follows.

Cyril Lachel – Owner and operator of

A game’s title is a statement. It’s a promise of what’s to come. As a result, I want to take the name seriously. It should be original and not rhyme with another game’s title. It should also be shorter than 140 characters, that way I will be able to Tweet about it. I’m looking for a name that goes well with a fine box of wine.

Bob Reinhard – Owner and operator of

A good title not only describes your game, but catches your attention. A little cleverness, wit, and pop goes a long way when trying to draw in interest.

Tim Hurley – Owner and operator of

Obviously the title of the game has to make sense. It has to be relevant to the gameplay presented, and it has to be as Google-friendly as possible (Indies have a hard enough time getting discovered). Other than that, get creative. The more unique / sellable it is, the more I like it, and, by extension, you. Good luck.

Jed Pressgrove – Co-Founder and writer for

I’m looking for something simple and clever that gives people a good idea about what they will be playing.

Each judge will also select one runner-up to receive a free copy of the game.

Before entering, please read the rules below.

How To Play

So what do you need to do to win?  The game in this trailer needs a name. You will decide what the game’s name will be.

The winner is the person whose name is selected by the judging panel.

To play, simply reply to this thread with the name you think the game should have.  You must have a valid Twitter account to play, as we need a way to contact the winner, and email is so passé.  Include that Twitter handle in  your entry.

You can enter as many times as you want, so don’t try to cheat and use different accounts.

The contest closes at Noon Pacific Time on September 1, 2013, the day that Indie Gamer Chick Leaderboard officially goes Multi-Platform.  The winner will be announced soon after.  Good luck!

Rules and Eligibility

  • This competition is open to residents of United States of America, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  Entrants from other countries can not collect a full prize.  The Microsoft Points prize is only available to residents of the United States and Canada.
  • You must be 18 years of age to enter.
  • All competition entries will be presented to a judging panel consisting of Cyril Lachel, Tim Hurley, Bob Reinhard, and Jed Pressgrove who will decide on the winning entry.
  • If two or more people enter the same name, the first person to have entered it will be considered the only valid entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you want.
  • The decision of the Judges shall be final and cannot be challenged.  In their absolute discretion they may declare void any entry or the competition itself should they consider that there are no entries reaching a required standard, whereupon they can award prizes or not as they think fit.
  • The winner will be chosen by the Judges, and the prize awarded to the entry that the Judges consider to be the best.
  • The prizes will be paid at different times. A code for Microsoft Points will be sent via email or direct-message on Twitter to the winner within 2 weeks of winning the competition.  A code to the game will be sent to the winner via email upon release of the game.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to having your name and/or nickname published on various websites/blogs.
  • All entries in the competition will be the property of Bootdisk Revolution, and released only if not voted as the winner by the judging panel.
  • Entries will be deemed invalid if the entry would be covered by any type of patent and/or trademark owned by another company or studio, or if in violation of Xbox Live Indie Games’ terms of service (the so-called “Evil Checklist“)
  • There will be no cash or other alternative to the prize offered and prizes are not transferable.
  • It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed as to any updates of these rules, and they acknowledge that any failure to comply with these rules could lead to their disqualification without reasons being given or opportunity for challenge.
  • Bootdisk Revolution is responsible for all aspects of this competition, and not or its sponsors.

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