Porn fans out there know the value of a good name, and the history of the quality name – a catchy pun or a good parody can increase visibility and sales and get exposure just through chuckles and random google hits. The good folks at Kitty Media (aka Media Blasters) are experts at this, though we certainly had a journey of our own to work out a name for “Conquering the Queen.”
In Japanese, this game is known as ‘Mashou no Nie,’ which roughly translates to ‘Sacrifice to the Demon General.’ This makes sense, given the content and the magical nature of Vincent’s powers and position. However, that’s more of a mouthful in English, and while there’s plenty of sexual sacrifice, it’s not like he’s murdering young virgins and having his way with the corpses – there’s no necrophilia here.
When this project first landed on my proverbial desk, we were going with ‘The Queen and Princess Are Your Reward’ as the working title. Eventually this became “Queen and Princess” (your big targets, plus long titles are reminiscent of some of our early days…) However, it appeared that this would also be an inferior attempt, and as the game entered retranslation – one of the few remaining titles to have required such – we began to brainstorm new titles between the translator, Kouryuu, and myself.
Personally, I wanted to go with a more medieval inspired title, one that would pay tribute to Arthurian legend and medieval lit in general. The candidate? ‘Sir Vincent and the Pork Sword’. This came from a recurring phallic reference in the translation, plus a play on ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.’ Unfortunately, profanity in the actual title was discouraged, or we could’ve also had ‘The Once and Future Fuck.’ Various other titles went back and forth, and we’d have to have Kouryuu dig through his chat logs for examples, and that means 30 fewer minutes for him to translate Deardrops.
Indeed, the reason we didn’t use ‘Sir Vincent and the Pork Sword’ is because Kouryuu objected: he found it a bit too crude, and the use of ‘pork sword’ in the title to be a bit wrong for the image we wanted to show: this is a darker game and not a comedic sex romp. So what’s a guy to do?
Well, in our case, we decided to turn to the standard tricks – puns, catchphrases, alliteration, etc. Conquering and Queen start on hard consonants, putting them together gets the point of the game across, and it implies that things are less than polite in some of the relations. So, we’re off conquering the queen indeed.