Started by C-One, September 16, 2006, 07:48:25 AM
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QuoteQuote from : Aurora BorealisThe 5th and 6th ones are close to the one I was describing. They have their variations, but most commonly looks like the 6th one but with blonde hair.
QuoteOption 1: We change the namesake to "OS-san"This way the cultural origin can be preserved, but at least the OS-san in question could be initially referred to with a bit more respect that we all agree she should deserve. Whether or not an individual chooses to address her later on as -tan, -chan, -san, -sama or even -bozu is entirely up to him/her, but at least we aren't deriding her from the get-go. Still, the user is tied to the Japanese origin, which may or may not entice a wider audience.
QuoteOption 2: We anglicize the namesake to "OS Girl"Same as above, but swapping the Japanese cultural connotation with an English-speaking one. Perhaps appropriate since the majority of Operating Systems being personified were created in Western nations, but certainly there are arguments that can be made to the contrary. Then there's the issue of whether the term "girl' is simply deriding the OS Girls as well, only in English.
QuoteOption 3: We transliterate "OS-tan" to a neutral language This likely won't be easy, but at least it could establish a truly international flare. Ideally, the language should possess some way of fusing a romanized sounding "OS" and a close affiliation to the term "girl" into a a single word.
QuoteOption 4: We keep "OS-tan" to the preexisting OS-tans, but have newer OS personifications adopt more mature honorificsThis has more to do with my Annex faction setting that anything, but as far as the backstories are concerned, the Windows-tans have enjoyed several years of peace and prosperity, enough to live worry-free and spend their majority of their time in play. Out of that existence, it's only natural that childish habits would be fostered.Outside of the dream world of the Windows faction, however, life isn't necessarily rosy. Most OS-sans in the real world act more measurably, have concerns for real issues, and certainly address themselves more appropriately. If these backstories take flight, the "OS-tan" debate can actually serve as a very interesting social plot point.
QuoteOption 5: We keep "OS-tan" out of pure tradition and call it a dayThe easiest route, with two possible outcomes. Either the OS-tan Phenomenon remains a "niche market", or, over time, we help recategorize the term "-tan" altogether, till no one remembers its childish origin.