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Use the Google Translate tool ( http://translate.google.com ) to rename a game. Start with the name of the game in English, translate from English to another language, then cut-and-paste the result from the second language into a third language. Then go back to English and see the results.

Cycle through however many languages you want, but you get bonus points for style with a smaller chain of translations. Also, post the language chain so others can duplicate the results.

Who can come up with the funniest or most interesting result?
I'll post a couple to get the list started.

Here's a tip: I recommend using all lower-case letters to start the translation. Sometimes Google will treat capitalized letters as a proper noun, and will carry over the word as-is. This makes for less interesting results. In any case, quote exactly what you used as your phrase.


EDIT: Looks like Google has been doing some cleanup on their translations. Some of the original entries on this list are now translated more accurately. So I wanted to let new viewers of this list know not to be surprised when some of these no longer work. Then again, with every hole they plugged, they may have opened others. Happy translating!
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1. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:506]
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Original: a touch of evil, the supernatural game
Chain: English -> Thai -> German -> English

Result: Experience the wonders of the evil game.


Sounds like Google is a big fan of the game!
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2. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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Original: twilight struggle
Chain: English -> Hebrew -> Estonian -> French -> English

Result: Fighting between Arab countries


Hey, that's not how I remember the Cold War!
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3. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:333]
Brett Porter
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Original: Betrayal at house on the hill
Chain: English -> Japanese -> Thai -> Portuguese -> English

Result: Sell the house on the hill

The scariest Real Estate game you will ever experience.
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4. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:182]
Brett Porter
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Original: Roads and Boats
Chain: English -> Chinese(simple) -> Chinese(traditional) -> Japanese -> Hindi -> English

Result:Road and the blood vessels

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5. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
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Original:through the ages: a story of civilisation
Chain:English-Filipino-Greek-English

Result: according to age: a history of culture

Hasn't got quite the same ring to it.
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6. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1250]
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Original: the awful green things from outer space

Chain: English -> Indonesian -> Turkish -> English

Result: Everything except the green room
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7. Board Game: Easy Come Easy Go [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Liz Gensheimer
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This is fun!


Original: "easy come easy go"

Chain: English -> Greek -> English

Result: "easy to move easily"

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8. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:475]
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Original: hey, that's my fish

Chain: English -> Italian -> Greek -> English

Result: Hi, this is the fish
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Original: Clash for a Continent: Battles of the American Revolution and French & Indian War

Chain: English -> Latvian -> Indonesian -> Vietnamese -> Norwegian -> Greek -> English (I think?)

Result: Conflict race of America and the French Revolution and Indian War

It's a game with Malcolm X, Marie-Antoinette, and something about Pakistan I think...
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10. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:224]
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Original: robo rally
Chain: English -> Turkish -> Thai -> English

Result: Robot demonstration

And it kinda feels that way.
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11. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:459]
Liz Gensheimer
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Original: snow tails

Chain: English -> Arabic -> English

Result: snow waste


Kind of appropriate for dog sledding ...
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12. Board Game: Ice Flow [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1454]
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Plano
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Original: ice flow

Chain: English -> Vietnamese -> English

Result: running


It's what happens when it gets hot ...
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13. Board Game: Shifting Sands [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1206]
 
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Original: shifting sands

Chain: English -> Hindi -> English

Result: sand transfer


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14. Board Game: Dungeon Twister: Forces of Darkness [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
Eirik Sandaas
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Trondheim
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English->Bulgarian->Turkish->Thai->Polish->English


Dungeon storm - the dark force
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15. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:112]
Eirik Sandaas
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English->Japanese->Hebrew->Finnish->English


1960: Performance Requirements of the President
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16. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:206]
 
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Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! - Russia 1941-1942

English -> Chinese -> Arabic -> Swedish -> English

Conflict bear hero awakening 1941-1942

Remember the great bear wars? Horrible...
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17. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:272]
Rob Herman
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I had high hopes for this, but despite some tricky gymnastics, I couldn't get Google's translator to mangle the phrase "Lord of the Rings." It looks like this is some kind of well-known phrase that's baked into the translator.
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18. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:68]
Ray Favocci
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Cherry Hill
New Jersey
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English -> Spanish -> Romanian -> Polish -> English

Result: Meeting Space
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19. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:992]
Michael Lewis
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Original: axis and allies
Chain: English -> German -> Italian -> Japanese -> Russian -> British

Result: Allies and Axis
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20. Board Game: Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:995]
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Original: wings of war dawn of wwii
English -> Japanese -> Hindi -> Polish -> English

Result: World War II at the beginning of wings of war

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Original: wings of war fire from the sky
English -> Polish -> Catalan -> Hebrew -> English

Result: wings of war from the sky on fire
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21. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Balloon Buster [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4914]
Whit Richardson
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Yarmouth
Maine
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Original: Ace of Aces: Balloon Buster
Chain: English -- > Chinese --> English
Result: Trump Card: The Balloon Terminator
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22. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:625]
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Original: star wars epic duels
English -> Hungarian -> Slovak -> Thai -> Greek -> German -> English

Result: Star Wars epic battles


This one ended up pretty close to the original. "Star Wars" must be one of those word combos that the translator automatically keeps intact - it kept showing up in English in the middle of the other languages.
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23. Board Game: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:786]
Whit Richardson
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Yarmouth
Maine
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Original: Wooden Ships and Iron Men
Chain: English -> Chinese -> Vietnamese -> Swedish -> English
Result: Wooden and Iron Men

The game wouldn't be the same without the Ships!
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24. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:2786] [Average Rating:5.98 Unranked]
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Original: pirates of the cursed seas
Chain: English -> Albanian -> Arabic -> French -> Russian -> English

Result: Cursed pirates at sea
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25. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:660]
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Yarmouth
Maine
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Original: Junta
Chain: English -> Thai -> Filipino -> Galician -> English
Result: Small groups of countries

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