Sexy Product Name Fail

Least sexy name for a game ever, y/y? Hey, I’ve got nothing against monogamy! I just think that if you’re trying to make a “hot” board game, there are many other things you could name it that would make it sound a lot… steamier?

It also seems to me that naming a board game “Monogamy” and promoting it as a “hot” time with your partner forces the idea that monogamy is fun and sexy, when for some people, it’s just not. If you’ve lost the spice in your relationship, buying fun games to play with your partner may be a good way to get some of that back. But if you’ve lost the spice because monogamy just isn’t working for you, playing a game promoting it as a hot time isn’t gonna help that.

It’s also another example of how monogamy is the expected relationship model. Do you ever think you’d see a game entitled “Polyamory” or “Non-Monogamy?” I’m gonna go with no. And even if there was, would you *want* to play that game? Those don’t sound like sexyfun to play, either!

They definitely gave making monogamy sound sexy the ol’ college try though! Monogamy IS sexy for many people, but naming a “sexy” board game after a relationship model? Not so sexy.

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  1. PandaDementiaNo Gravatar
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Please excuse me if this comes off as criticism instead of just a comment, but maybe the reason they chose to name it “Monogamy” is because it sounds like “Monopoly,” a popular board game? Naming it “Polyamory” doesn’t do that. Plus, it was designed to be for only 2 players. I mean, the website has other “sexy games” that don’t revolve around monogamy, so it’s not like they’re just promoting a monogamy-is-the-only-way agenda or anything. I think the namers/marketers would just be a clever ploy to catch people’s attention.

  2. Curvaceous DeeNo Gravatar
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    That game looks familiar, and for good reason – at some point (whether before or after this picture) it was called ‘A Hot Affair’. I reviewed it a way back. Calling it ‘Monogamy’ would have saved me some time and trouble – because while the game isn’t too bad, it’s definitely mono and hetero focused.

    xx Dee

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