Difficulty setting names (possible trademark issues)

One thing I was wondering about, we are still using id's names for the difficulty levels (like Ultra-Violence, and Nightmare!, etc.). How are we in the right to be using these titles? Perhaps we should name these "Skill X" with a number in place of X. Or maybe "Very easy, easy, normal, hard, very hard"?

What do you guys think?

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How about something like...

Please don't hurt me! - or - Will this hurt?
Shaken and stirred
Battered and bruised
Blood and gore
Certain death Deathwish

Edit - Changed my mind about the first and last ones.

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GreyGhost said:
Will this hurt?
Certain death/Deathwish

These are pretty cool. I vouch for them.

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How about some of these?

Please don't kill me!
Will this hurt?
Bruise me a lot.
Extreme-Carnage
Insanity!

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1 - Can I play, daddy?
2 - Just warming up...
3 - Tough guy, eh?
4 - For real marines only!
5 - Ludicrous speed, go!

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I second "Will this hurt?" and "Deathwish" from GreyGhost.

A few others off the top of my head, in no particular order:

  • Where is everybody?
  • Broken bones
  • Blood on the walls
  • Scarred for life
  • Why me?

RjY said:

if someone wants to go and spend an hour copypasting letters who am I to stop him? ;-)


If only for the few images required here, it might be more trouble than it's worth, but there is some decent software out there to save time with things like this.

I've personally used this freeware program for a lot of bitmap font stuff before. Setting up new fonts for it isn't hard, as you just have to put the images in a long row seperated by single pixels in the corners.

Here's an example file that I tossed together in a few minutes (based on font_red_15.png), which works pretty well with the program.

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1 - Don't shoot me!
2 - Bring on the pain
3 - Let's dance
4 - Set me on fire
5 - Insatanity!

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1. Oh crap, a zombie!
2. No confidence in self
3. Will kill for ammo
4. Kicker of much ass
5. A red smudge in the floor

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These are from oasis.wad (Oasis of Death):

Barbie broke a nail
All too easy
I'll raise hell
Evil = me
Mission Impossible

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Need to avoid cute (it is only cute the first 3 or 4 times you see it), trite (cute sayings that have already spoiled), phrases from movies (commercialized cute and trite, and copyrighted), obnoxious (annoying right from the first viewing), insulting (a special kind of obnoxious),
etc ..

I could live with the easy .. hard.
Mostly out of fear of what you might choose, I offer these...

1. Basic Training
2. Grunt work
3. Heavy weapons needed
4. Maximum Carnage
5. Stuff of nightmares


Nightmare mode is mentioned in docs as a special mode, and in many net comments. Make the name too unique and the users will not recognize to what the docs refer.
Den of Nightmares
Repeating Nightmare
Never-ending Nightmare
Endless Nightmare

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hex11 said:

Mission Impossible


To copyrighted!

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boris said:

So what about "Mission Unpossible"?

Gramatically incorrect!

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hex11 might be on to something here...

Mission Umbilical
Mission Juvenile
Mission Impractical
Mission Imbecilic
Mission Imp Posse Ball

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GreyGhost said:

hex11 might be on to something here...

Mission Umbilical
Mission Juvenile
Mission Impractical
Mission Imbecilic
Mission Imp Posse Ball


No, that would be more for episodes!

esselfortium said:

Mission Opossum


Now where did you get that from?

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Kobold
Goblin
Orc
Ogre
Troll

Well, might work for a fantasy mod. ;)

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hex11 said:

Kobold
Goblin
Orc
Ogre
Troll

Well, might work for a fantasy mod. ;)


Yes, not freedoom!
And maybe classes instead!

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1. Very Easy
2. Easy
3. Normal
4. Hard
5.Very Hard
or
5. Insanely hard

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1) I don't wanna die!
...
4) Let's rock!
5) INSANITY

or something like that

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1. I'm just a civilian!
2. I like Soft Jazz
3. I don't back down
4. I love quickloading
5. I am Shiva, God of Death

or

1. Normal
2. Paranormal
3. Preternatural
4. Supernatural
5. Hellish

or

1. Miffed
2. Angered
3. Aggravated
4. Destructive
5. Homicidal

or

1. Threat Level Green
2. Threat Level Blue
3. Threat Level Yellow
4. Threat Level Orange
5. Threat Level Red

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