Friday, July 10, 2009

ONM reveals their giant list...so what's in? What's out?

ONM finally was able to release the giant list of user-submitted words to try out in the game. This is the first time someone has put it to a very, VERY extensive test built by the community, so let's look at some of the words and see what made it and what did not. I think you'll be surprised on multiple accounts!

So first up, words that failed. I split them up by "proper" fails (meaning, they SHOULD be in the game, but aren't) and "improper fails", words that don't fit under the Scribblenauts rules and thus don't have to be in the game.


Not tangible objects

BOOBS (not an object) - Also would be vulgar
MEANING OF LIFE (not an object)
ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM (not an object)
PERPETUALITY (not an object)
ANNUAL - They probably meant the shorthand for an "Annual flower", but "annual" itself doesn't count as an object
LEG WOUND - Not really a tangible object or noun
GLITCH - Not a tangible word, though I do agree it should be in


Not in the dictionary

HAMMER OF THOR (not in dictionary)
DANCING BANANA (not in dictionary)
ONM (not in dictionary)
RAPTOR JESUS (not in dictionary, potentially blasphemous)
SHOOP DA WOOP (not in dictionary)


Trademarked or proper nouns

JEDI (trademarked)
DS (trademarked)
Joystiq
RUDOLPH - A proper noun. It'd only be icing on the cake if he were in, like Santa...

Words that are too specific or probably already have variations in game

SANDBOARD - Seems identical to a snowboard, which I'm sure is in
SHOVELWARE - Probably too specific of a word. "Videogame" is probably in
MISANTHROPE - Again, most likely too specific of a word. A misanthrope, like one of the -phobe nouns, is more of a human with a non-tangible way of describing them, which would probably be hard to represent. You can, however, spawn in a human and make him fear humans in the level editor
COULROPHOBE - Same as above


Proper fails


DELTOID - Spellcheck tells me this isn't actually a word...hmm. Maybe it needed to be "Deltoids" or "Deltoid Muscle"?
ANTIMACASSAR
RUPEE


So then...not too bad. Out of the 25 words, only 4 of which "properly" failed, and even among those 5, 3 of which have questions about them.

Now let's look at the items that DID make the cut.

PLUMBOB
USB STICK
INTERNET
SIBERIAN HUSKY - YES!
WALLPAPER
ACTOR
DESERT
GOGGLES
BANDANA
FINGERLESS GLOVES
SKI LIFT
FLANNEL - YES!
VACUUM
PEPPER (both the condiment and the vegetable)
COUCH
BANDICOOT - I didn't know this was a real word.
FLAG
HOSE
NAPPY (you can put it on him)
WATCH
TATTOO (makes a sheet of stick-on tattoos)
MUSHROOM
BOMBARD (makes a cannon) - I thought bombard was a verb...hmm
SEISMOMETER
LOBSTER
MAGIC EGG (same as a normal egg) - xd, what the hell is a magic egg?
EMO
DEATH
LIMBS
STARITE (but it's a fake one)
MAGIC
EVERYTHING - I wonder what this turns up
UNIVERSE
C4 (input CFOUR)
MELON
JUDGE
JEWEL CASE (but makes a Jewellery Box) - Makes sense
SD CARD (but makes a playing card) - Probably means it isn't it, so the game defaults to the generic "card"
CANVAS
SOLAR SYSTEM (but makes a star) - LAME AS HELL!
GALAXY - Yet this is in...?
PISTOL
LED
RICKROLL (makes Rick Astley appear) - Who promptly explodes. No, seriously.
PEANUT
CHEERLEADER
LASER SWORD (but makes a normal sword) - Makes sense
GUITAR
GLASSES
AISLE
TREBUCHET
I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER (makes a cheeseburger) - ...wow
PENGUIN
KETCHUP
STAPLER
DICTIONARY
SCRIBBLENAUTS (makes the orginal character design) - What weird wording...
5TH CELL (makes the developer's logo)
LOLWUT (makes his head huge) - Uh, what? Does he means the lolwut pear?
MORON (makes a dunce)
CHIMPANZEE
PENCIL
PAINT
BERET
SHOTGUN
CHAINSAW
TENNIS RACQUET
COMPUTER
GAS
SYNTHESIZER
CHEESE
REMOTE
CREDIT CARD -
SCISSORS
TWEEZERS
LAWNMOWER
FISHING ROD
INLINE SKATES
WASHING MACHINE
CARAMEL
STARFRUIT
PENNY FARTHING
TOAD
TSUNAMI
ABYSS
SPY (makes a Ninja) - LAME AS HELL
LOLLIPOP
MONEY
TOAST
CAMERA
BABOON
ZOETROPE


So as you can see, Scribblenauts already has a pretty robust input device. Even if you get a word wrong or you try to be too specific it spawns in what it thinks you want. All in all the testing was an amazing success. Tallying it all up, out of the 93 "proper" words that were checked, only 4 failed.

Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

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