Species Names

So, I’ve read several comments on the subject of the creatures in Species being scary. Apparently some people find them terrifying at a visceral level, like Yog Sothoth or Missingno.

Well, those people will be happy to know that I’ve taken actions to make them less scary. See, it’s common knowledge that naming something takes the mystery out of it. How much scarier were the aliens in Crysis before someone decided they were called the “Seph” in Crysis 2?

So the Random Species Name generator is now in place, and the creatures are now in full possession of bio-latin gibberish names (guaranteed to be genuine bio-latin gibberish: I copied the syllables from the names on the clade diagram that makes up the wheel on the main menu).

Let’s take a random sample to see how much nicer and totally-not-scary that makes them…

"Allosoe". It's a nice, blobby-sounding name for a nice blobby-looking creature. Doesn't it just make you wanna be friends?

“Allosoe”. It’s a nice, blobby-sounding name for a nice blobby-looking creature. Doesn’t it just make you wanna be friends?

"Ho!" Just like Santa, if he were a beady-eyed blue worm thing. See? Not scary.

“Ho!” Just like Santa, if he were a beady-eyed blue worm thing. See? Not scary.

Okay, so I'll grant you that some of these names sound a little like they came out of the necrocomnicon, but he's probably more scared of you than you are of him. Probably. Maybe.

Okay, so I’ll grant you that some of these names sound a little like they came out of the necrocomnicon, but he’s probably more scared of you than you are of him. Probably. Maybe.

Okay, does the definition of "scary" necessarily have to include dark spiky entities with names starting with "X" that look like they eat souls?

Okay, does the definition of “scary” necessarily have to include dark spiky entities with names starting with “X” that look like they eat souls?

ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. SURRENDER TO THE INEVITABLE, HUMAN. WE ARE YOUR SALVATION THROUGH DESTRUCTION.

ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. SURRENDER TO THE INEVITABLE, HUMAN. WE ARE YOUR SALVATION THROUGH DESTRUCTION.

Oh my god what have I done?

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  1. #1 by Adam Benton on January 9, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    Does naming correlate to evolution in any way? Closely related species being part of the same genera, for example.

  2. #2 by Icefire on February 25, 2013 - 9:44 am

    The last one; “Chorthulhu elegahart”

    “Cthulthu elegahart”
    Fixed

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