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Filip W.
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I find it annoying that not one of the spellcheckers I use accepts playtest or playtesting as a word. Instead they suggest "play test" and "play testing" but to me those two mean something entirely different: that you're "playing" that you're "testing", while "playtesting" is the activity of testing your games.

What do you folks think? Is there a deficiency of game geeks amongst dictionary makers?
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Playtest.

Ignore the spellcheck program! Fight back against the machines... remember SkyNet!
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hahaha, I would concur. Playtesting is the participle form of "To Playtest".

I sometimes wish English had endings like Greek or Spanish (and Hebrew to a n extent although slightly..."Backward".)

I just add it to my Chrome dictionary and move on
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*cowers from skynet*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playtest

And as such,

Playtester - One whom playtests
Playtestee - One whom is playtested upon
Plytestathon - A charity event in the occupy of playtesting
Playtestambulist - One whom walks while playtesting
Playtestification - The act of which playtesting is happened upon
Palytestagogue - One whom is in the charge of a playtest
 
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Cogentesque wrote:
*cowers from skynet*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playtest

And as such,

Playtester - One whom playtests
Playtestee - One whom is playtested upi
Plytestathon - A charity event in the occupy of playtesting
Playtestambulist - One whom walks while playtesting
Playtestification - The act of which playtesting is happened upon
Palytestagogue - One whom is in the charge of a playtest

If wikipedia can't even get "whom" right, you're going to trust it for "playtest"?
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lol - skynet Wiki is all powerful and is never wrong. *glowers* Those were all my own personal additions. I am most proud of my cunning linguistic use of "Playtestification" and as such have now declared this word to replace all previous mentions of "playtest"

Anyway, back on track:

Good luck with the playtestification!
 
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filwi wrote:

What do you folks think? Is there a deficiency of game geeks amongst dictionary makers?


I think it's more that there's a dearth of any field-specific language in most computer programs' dictionaries!



On a cheekier note, following form from other, similar words (e.g. "desertification", "petrification", etc.), shouldn't "playtestification" mean "the process of turning into a playtest"?

Perhaps it describes those situations where a group of people it down to play a game, realise it has something wrong with it and start ad-libbing and incorporating rules changes in an attempt to improve it? "Our gaming session underwent playtestification on Tuesday after Bob pulled out Monopoly!"
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I always boil it down to the fact that English is two pages of rules and ninety-nine pages of exceptions. Based on that, what's one more exception?
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Cogentesque wrote:
Palytestagogue


That sounds like some sort of terrible bodily affliction.
 
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*shuffles through some papers at the hospital*

Yep here it is

Admitting Diagnosis: Palytestagogue
 
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What's even more scary is that if you google "Palytestagogue" this thread comes up .... it's only been here for an hour or two! Google has spies everywhere!
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Awesome. Words ftw.

Palytestification: "The process of turning into a playtest"

Is a better word.

"Ahh yes Samuel!, how is Atompunk coming along now?" "Ahh gentle sir, it is currently in playtestification!" "Good news old chum! Let us play baccarat and dine on fine cheeses!"
 
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I seem to remember the palytestagogues vied with the hierololophants for spiritual power in ancient Egypt...
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I consider "playtest" to be game design jargon. As jargon, it is a word from a specialized dictionary that may not appear in a general usage dictionary, such as the dictionary used in your browser or word processor. So, it isn't "fighting against the machines". It's just the word does not have common usage because it is jargon. Whether it ever makes it into the common usage dictionaries depends on whether game design jargon becomes useful to for common usage conversation.
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Cogentesque wrote:
*cowers from skynet*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playtest

And as such,

Playtester - One whom playtests
Playtestee - One whom is playtested upon
Plytestathon - A charity event in the occupy of playtesting
Playtestambulist - One whom walks while playtesting
Playtestification - The act of which playtesting is happened upon
Palytestagogue - One whom is in the charge of a playtest


You forgot:
"Playtesticle" - that guy who's hanging around long after the other players are done giving feedback, giving you tons and tons more feedback, virtually none of which is useful because he has a critical lack of understanding about either basic strategy in the game, the intended target audience for the game, or both.
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Mezmorki wrote:
What's even more scary is that if you google "Palytestagogue" this thread comes up .... it's only been here for an hour or two! Google has spies everywhere!


Its listed as one of the cults in the Playtestanomicon...
sauron "ia! ia! Platypus fhtagn!" sauron
 
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E Decker wrote:
Cogentesque wrote:
*cowers from skynet*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playtest

And as such,

Playtester - One whom playtests
Playtestee - One whom is playtested upi
Plytestathon - A charity event in the occupy of playtesting
Playtestambulist - One whom walks while playtesting
Playtestification - The act of which playtesting is happened upon
Palytestagogue - One whom is in the charge of a playtest

If wikipedia can't even get "whom" right, you're going to trust it for "playtest"?


Wikipedia is edited by its users, correct? I have no problem believing more people care about the proper definition of "playtest" than that of "whom". Just saying.
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filwi wrote:
I find it annoying that not one of the spellcheckers I use accepts playtest or playtesting as a word. Instead they suggest "play test" and "play testing" but to me those two mean something entirely different: that you're "playing" that you're "testing", while "playtesting" is the activity of testing your games.

What do you folks think? Is there a deficiency of game geeks amongst dictionary makers?


It isn't a word in its own right, it is a compound construction. Thus you use a hyphen: play-test.
 
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JasonJ0 wrote:
filwi wrote:
I find it annoying that not one of the spellcheckers I use accepts playtest or playtesting as a word. Instead they suggest "play test" and "play testing" but to me those two mean something entirely different: that you're "playing" that you're "testing", while "playtesting" is the activity of testing your games.

What do you folks think? Is there a deficiency of game geeks amongst dictionary makers?


It isn't a word in its own right, it is a compound construction. Thus you use a hyphen: play-test.


Of course you can use a hyphen. But I think most people who do it (which includes me) don't. But the argument that because a word is a compound it isn't a word and needs a hyphen has a lot of everyday English exceptions.
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Playtest, of course -- from the German: Spieleprobe
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Dearlove wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
filwi wrote:
I find it annoying that not one of the spellcheckers I use accepts playtest or playtesting as a word. Instead they suggest "play test" and "play testing" but to me those two mean something entirely different: that you're "playing" that you're "testing", while "playtesting" is the activity of testing your games.

What do you folks think? Is there a deficiency of game geeks amongst dictionary makers?


It isn't a word in its own right, it is a compound construction. Thus you use a hyphen: play-test.


Of course you can use a hyphen. But I think most people who do it (which includes me) don't. But the argument that because a word is a compound it isn't a word and needs a hyphen has a lot of everyday English exceptions.


Heh

Play-test has not yet, as far as I know, moved from construction to word the way that, well, everyday did. Needs time to ripen
 
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"Needs time to Ri-pen" (ftfy)
 
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Back when I was a teen-ager, I would play board-games at the week-end.

These days, I've come to understand that language is defined by usage, particularly when talking about field-specific language, and I've stopped being so prissy about it.



Honestly, the spellcheck (oops, there's another one!) omission that annoys me the most when posting on this site is actually 'Carcassonne'. I'm pretty sure I can spell 'playtest' on my own!
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