I’ve recently played the Battlestar Galactica board game (totally awesome by the way) and been watching the series (started first episode some time ago). There was couple of “odd” things that kind of make the series less “immersive” (so to speak). I thought this could apply pretty well to gaming world so thought to share my thoughts.
In the series (which is rated K18 here by the way, Sweden & Norway having it at K15 I believe) they use word “Frak” (instead of “f***”). Whenever somebody is about to curse, they say “Frak”. The first thing I thought was “Frag” (as in “fragged by somebody” in Quake). The next thing I thought that it was bit funny, and kind of gives a slap to the watchers face. It’s like… I’m watching this television series they gave K18 rating and they cannot use word f*** (my blog is pretty family friendly as you can see)
It feels odd that grown up people use the word “frak”.
But anyway, other odd thing is that instead of word “god” they use words “lords of kobol”. I think this is also something that doesn’t quite fit in. Everybody speaks English and are human and are doing things American style, and then they replaced “god” with “lords of kobol”. This is okay with me – I just feel that it just doesn’t quite sound right. It sounds… fake. Kind of.
Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy watching the series.
The point is this.
If there’s something in your game world that doesn’t “fit in” (and follow the logic you present in your game), it means that you might be taking away something from the immersion. It might make the world less believable place.
Just a thought.
(P.S. No spoilers in case you comment, please. :)