I'm slightly reluctant to change as we're just starting to get some momentum around the Secret Maryo name, especially from the Ubuntu community, although I'm sure anyone who already plays will understand the name change. The flip side is, of course, that a new name will be a chance to once again completely distance the project from past iterations, including ripped/ copied sprites with which many still associate the project. Searching Google images still brings up around half the results as "old Maryo" ( http://images.google.co.uk/images?clien ... ages&gbv=2
). Everyone who writes about the new name will at least use current images. A new name would be a chance to start fresh and built the reputation from scratch, aided by the current fans who likely don't know/care about its shady history. It could be seen as the final part of the SMCE project.
So, for a new name: I'd like to keep the initials as SMC, to ease package transition (all the major distro packages are just called SMC anyway), but I guess dummy packages can be used if needed. It's not essential, but it may avoid confusion if at all possible.
I think that says it all really. Bearing in mind this was an instant reaction for not being included in Fedora, Maryo needs to go. This means choosing a new name for our hero. This'll be quite awkward as we've all gotten used to the fact that:
is Maryo. That's just his name. Anyone who remembers the old Maryo will remember how exciting it was to have an original character to call Maryo. It'd be very strange to see him take a different name, although it seems almost inevitable now. Of course if we decide his new name doesn't begin with M, the whole image will need to be edited anyway. So, we need new names that a) sound right for the game and b) look right for the character. It's gonna' be tough...
Chronicles I love. It has a magical mysterious feeling, but it is hard to spell and probably seems strange to people reading for the first time. I think it should stay, unless we can think of something as good to replace it. Should not be World, Land, Sunshine or Galaxy.
At risk of complicating things further, "Secret"" I'd also like to change for one simple reason: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=super+maryo+chronicles
**WARNING: potentially dangerous links***. Did you spot my reason? I know I made it subtle.
So many people think the name is "Super Maryo Chronicles" (including my brother
) and if you Google Super Maryo Chronicles you get those potentially dangerous links. That's very bad for the game, and I'd like something less ambiguous. I do fear that the only way to remove this confusion is to use something that doesn't start with S...
I also agree that the logo is probably due to be redone.