Top 5: Worst Use of Acronyms in Game Names (Part 2)

For some unknown reason, many video game developers believe that the use of acronyms make the names of their games zany and amusing. Enter one of the most annoying trends of the past few years: the use of acronyms in game names. A lot of games didn’t make it to the final cut of the first part of this post and there were so many of them that I decided to divide the post into two. Here’s the second part of the feature:


5) S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

What does it stand for? Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, Robbers

Why is it so bad? Talking about names that aren’t memorable… Who would remember what S.T.A.L.K.E.R. stands for? At least, the developers of this game were smart enough to provide this title with a subtitle that makes its name much more distinctive. In the game, the player assumes the role of an amnesic “Stalker,” so it’s also good to know that the name makes sense from a story perspective.

stalker game screenshot


4) KKND: Krush Kill ‘n Destroy Xtreme

What does it stand for? Krush Kill ‘n Destroy Xtreme

Why is it so bad? Because there are many mistakes and none of them is justified. In addition, I don’t see myself remembering this acronym either. The name itself just feels like a random combination of words that don’t make sense at all. Let’s try it again you guys: Crush Kill and Destroy Extreme. No, that doesn’t work either…

K.K.N.D. krush kill and destroy



What does it stand for? Tony Hawk Underground

Why is it so bad? I’ve complained about the inclusion of certain acronyms and the fact that don’t make any sense, making the name of the game really difficult to remember. Here’s one that doesn’t have that particular problem, but THUG, really? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the name Tony Hawk Underground, so there was really no need for the inclusion of a silly acronym.

THUG Tony Hawk Underground


2) Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.

What does it stand for? Villains in Detention Escape Outpost Growing Amalgamation Mega Enormously

Why is it so bad? First of all, who can remember such a long title? Isn’t the idea of including an acronym right in the game’s name to be both funny and memorable? Well, guess what? Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. is neither one of those. Apparently, one of the main characteristics of this animated series is that most of the main characters use acronyms… a lot. Still, a shorter and more memorable one would have been so much better.

Kids Next Door Operation Video Game


1) H.A.W.X.

What does it stand for? High Altitude Warfare – Experimental Squadron

Why is it so bad? What happened to Tom Clancy’s games? They used to be so great… In fact, what does the Tom Clancy brand mean anymore? I guess those are questions for a different article. HAWX is an arcade flight video game developed by Ubisoft. It’s worth noting that some of the latest Tom Clancy games have had weird acronyms and abbreviations (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter or GRAW was one.) I’m pretty sure the developers thought of Hawk, but couldn’t get the rights for it and they decided to go with H.A.W.X.

HAWX game screenshot


Honorable mention: These are other games that were considered for this feature, but for various reasons didn’t make it to the final cut: Kingdom Hearts 3D (Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance,) F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon,) P.N.03 (Product Number 03,) No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way and Contract J.A.C.K. (which stands for Just another Contract Killer.)

Is there any game that you feel like they should have been included in this post? As usual share your opinion in the comment section below.