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The 15 Dumbest Video Game Titles Of 2014

We compiled a list of the stupidest video game titles of all time a few years ago, but that doesn't mean developers have magically stopped coming up with terrible names to afflict their games with. Here are the best of the worst for 2014.

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
There's really only one place to start a list of dumb video game titles, and that's Japan. Gust's latest offering perfectly illustrates the two central tenets of eccentric Japanese video game titles: made-up words that you can play the entire game without figuring out what the heck they mean, and nonsensical subtitles that sound intellectual, but fall apart if you think about them for more than two seconds. First of all, if a game has "Ar" in the name, I better be playing as a pirate. Also, I'm not sure what an ode to an unborn star would sound like, but I'm guessing it's even lamer than most poems.

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky
How many nonsensical titles can one developer come up with in a year? In addition to Ar Nosurge, Gust released not one but two Atelier games in 2014: Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky and Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland. Kim, our resident JRPG expert, tells me that Atelier is a French word that means workshop. Turns out English also has a word that means workshop – it's workshop. Hey Gust: It's okay to translate your games directly into English next time; save the French for the PAL version. Throw in a couple of ridiculous character names and you have the perfect recipe for feeling like an idiot when you ask the clerk at your local video game store for one of these games.

Bravely Default
Giving your title a deeper meaning can be tricky, and Square Enix flew a little too close to the sun with this one. The title refers to the game's Brave/Default system, which allows you to perform powerful multi-hit attacks by borrowing actions from subsequent turns ("Brave") or saving them up in advance ("Default"). Without that knowledge, however, Bravely Default just sounds like the most boring game ever – as if doing the most basic, expected thing is somehow courageous. Actually, that's the perfect title for a JRPG...

Fairy Fencer F
Apparently at some point JRPG fans must just stop asking questions that they assume will have stupid answers – like what the deal is with the "F" at the end of Fairy Fencer F. I'm guessing Compile Heart was trying to go for a triple alliteration, but just ran out of ideas for the third word and said screw it. One thing is for sure, though: If I'm not stabbing fairies with an epee in this game, I'm going to be sorely disappointed.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1
Okay, I've tolerated a lot of stupid and absurd JRPG titles in the past, but Idea Factory has finally gone too far. I'm willing to assume that Hyperdimension Neptunia is just the name of the planet that's overrun by oversexualized anime girls. I'm also willing to give Idea Factory the benefit of the doubt for why there's no space in "Birth1" – maybe someone's spacebar was just broken; it happens. What I can't accept is the semicolon breaking up "Re;Birth." Seriously, a semicolon?! It's time to shut the factory down, boys, because you're clearly out of ideas.

Coming Up Next: We go from the absurd to the confusing with a handful of ambiguous and misleading titles...

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