Author Topic: Help me pick the right words  (Read 867 times)

Offline Paul Basileus

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Help me pick the right words
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:25:15 PM »
Hello everyone! Well, I've made a game called Antiquaria (a hidden object game the plot of which revolves around antiques) and there are a few thousand items in it: their names are meant to begin with adjectives that must:
1. hint the players at the items’ price
2. make players understand that there are 3 groups of items that differ in price
3. sound good (that’s why we don’t use such words as cheap and broken)
What do you think, are the adjectives below well chosen? Propose your ideas, we will be glad to get your suggestions.
1.High price:
Rare/Old/Valuable
2. Medium price: Quality
3. Low price:
Common/Modern

Need help of native english speakers to find out whether the words I chose are right

P.S.: I'm a newbie here and don't know if I chose the right place of this forum to place this post
« Last Edit: August 16, 2018, 06:34:39 PM by Paul Basileus »

Offline Daniel

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Re: Help me pick the right words
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2018, 07:03:55 PM »
This is a forum for linguistics, which is the scientific study of language, not about language learning or proofreading. There are many English learning or English usage forums on the internet. In this case, maybe your best feedback would just come from asking (potential) players, on a gaming forum.

As for the question, I don't think it matters so much because players will get used to the names, which will have specific meanings in the game anyway.

As for a little semantic analysis, the words you have picked do seem a little odd to me with "quality" in the middle. Try listing them out to think about semantic sets of properties. You have old/modern, and rare/common as clear pairs of semantic sets, but the medium category doesn't fit. This isn't really a question of translation, but meaning. Once you know the right meaning you can find the right word. But again, a gaming forum is probably the better place for this discussion.
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Offline Paul Basileus

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Re: Help me pick the right words
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2018, 07:11:04 PM »
Well, many thanks to you, I'll follow your advice

Offline Nume

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Re: Help me pick the right words
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 07:23:16 PM »
The middle ground for common and rare would probably be uncommon. I've seen that in games before. The middle ground between old and modern is a little bit trickier. Perhaps rather than old, you could call them relics and then the middle ground one could be antiques?