Sony seeking 'Sturmendrang' trademark

Sony Online Entertainment trademark covers role-playing games, potentially related to German historical literacy movement.

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PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest developer Sony Online Entertainment has filed a trademark application for "Sturmendrang."

Filed May 13 with the United States Patent & Trademark office (via NeoGAF), it covers multiplayer online role-playing games.

In addition, the website www.sturmendrang.com was registered last month by Jason Fermo, who, according to his LinkedIn page, works at SOE as a senior network engineer.

The word "Sturmendrang" appears to be a form of Sturm und Drang, the 18th-century German literary movement that translated means "Storm and Stress."

The phrase is alluded to in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series via the Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning.

A Sony representative was not immediately available to comment regarding the trademark application.

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Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Wo das hier ja zum Teil sowas wie deutsche News sind dachte ich es wäre angemessen mal in meiner Muttersprache zu posten und zu sagen:

Es macht so Spaß euch alle vorzuführen dass ihr 0 Ahnung von deutscher Sprache habt x3

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Yeah, proud to be german on this news

Not so proud about how this abomination of words sounds though :P

bkohary
bkohary

Dammit Sony! That's exactly the name I was gonna register for my plumbing company.

Mik30
Mik30

"Sturm und Drang" correctly translates to either "Storm and urge" or "Storm and pressure" depending on the connotation. But it does not mean "Storm and stress".

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Hmmm... not sure if 'tenuous' is quite strong enough to describe the nebulous associations you suggest Eddie.

*wants some of what he's smoking*

MonoSilver
MonoSilver

Sounds different and interesting. My curiosity is piqued Sony, good work. :)

jameson425
jameson425

I can't wait for the day I just have one machine to play all my games on, I have to have 3 damn pieces of Hardware to play all the games I want... and another 5 if you count my Retro Collection...

Aria1368
Aria1368

Damn SONY is keep on adding new 1st party games, meanwhile Microsoft is busy licking the ass of 3rd party devs for their time exclusivity !!!

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

Sounds like a name for a Role Playing Game...

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

It would be hot id this was a example of a PS4 MMORPG title.

Kentation
Kentation

Why is there a video of a Planetside 2 - Harlem Shake? Oh well lol

nutthouse00
nutthouse00

Also an informal nick name to the Bob and Dan show on the Ticket in Dallas given by the Old Gray Wolf. Baby Arm!

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

The japanese devs have some faible for german words but again they put them so together that it sounds silly or it makes only sense if you use your imagination.
Neinhalt Sieger,Galaxy Fräulein Yuna,Elefantenglied,Wachenröder,Geist Force...just to name few.

Ofcourse there some which turned out to sound good like Einhänder,Stahlfeder or Panzer Dragoon Zwei,

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

"The phrase is alluded to in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series via the Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning."

 What the fuck has this got to do with ANYTHING in this article?!

Annonith
Annonith

So it appears that 2013 is a year of "WTF is that even a real word?". First Revengeance now this...

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

sounds good


I'm burned out from bad games

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

Completely misread the title, thought it said Sony seeking Scumbag trademark :D

igetpaidto
igetpaidto

hell yea this sounds interesting and first'


Verenti
Verenti

Sei nicht so arrogant, manche von uns können Deutsch. Eigentlich habe ich es gestudiert, und drei Jahren in Deutschland gewohnt. Und vielleicht du denkst dass ich keine Ahnung habe, aber die Bundesrepublik denkt schon, dass ich deutschsprachig bin. Ich habe auch einen Schein dafür, wenn's wichtig ist.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

@Mik30 As a german I can 100 % confirm this. Hehe, someone needs to get a better translator :P

bouff
bouff

@jameson425 sorry but I have to disagree as with out competition they'll be able to charge how ever much they choose and people would pay as we wouldn't know any better. I'm really exited about the PS4 coming out and I'm glad that M$ is bring out the Xbox3

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Kentation Because Gamespot is happy to jump on bandwagons. EVen if it IS months late.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

@sladakrobot WAAIT what? THERE's a game that's called "Elefantenglied"??

If THIS IS TRUE... o____O

That word means Elephant Pe**s O__________O

Cypress131
Cypress131

@DarkSaber2k 

Well they had to say SOMETHING about it, I suppose.

I mean, there's not much to say. All you have to do is read the first sentence and you know everything there is to know so far about this story.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Annonith Not only does this article tell you it IS a real word, it tells you what it means and where it originated.

Verenti
Verenti

@Annonith To be fair, it is common practice in German to combine words into a single one, if it represents a single concept. Also, "en" is also Dutch,  a closely related language to German and English (cool story, if we still spoke old English, then you could easier understand Dutch people talking.)


So Sturmendrang isn't so far off the mark, especially if you write it "Sturm en Drang", or you could write it Sturmen Drang which, playing slightly loose with grammar, mean Stormy Stress.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87

@omenjamlord EA already registered that domain name. ;)

jameson425
jameson425

@bouff @jameson425 I get what your saying it would be a boring Monopoly of gaming world, I just hate the choosing part... God of War is better than half of Xbox titles out there, but Gears of War is better than half of the PlayStation Titles out there, I can never choose... I'm an Xbox guy through and through, but just love gaming so try not to hate on others opinions... 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Cypress131 @DarkSaber2k Pah, even saying "Sturmendrang sounds similar to Drakensang, which is a game" would have been better filler than that non-sequiter. Hell, knowing Rowling it's not even a conscious reference and just something so subconsciously stole, like all her other ideas.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@HowlPendragon @DarkSaber2k What, that he can pull up a barely and cryptically related reference from a book that has nothing to do with the concept? Gee how fucking special, he gets the GOLD Dunce Cap this time!

Annonith
Annonith

@DarkSaber2k @Annonith *sigh* okay yeah I know, I'm not saying it isn't real word (same with revengeance) it's just that my first reaction was like this. Of course it is a real world, why would anybody try to use or trademark gibberish. I guess I should have been more clear with what I meant when I posted that comment.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@gamingnerd121 @Annonith 

"Revengeance was a real word..."

Only if you consult an 'American' dictionary.

:|

Verenti
Verenti

Überhaupt nicht. Ich habe anstrengenlich für meine deutsche Fähigkeit gearbeitet, also naturlich bin ich Stolz darauf. Und ja, bin ich kein Müttersprachler, und mache ich oft Fehler aber ach komm!

Trotzdem, ja, ich verstehe auch wie du Stolz bist um eine Verbindung mit dieser Artikel zu haben. Ich auch, eigentlich. Sorry wenn ich zu aggresiv war.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Annonith @DarkSaber2k To be fair, quite a lot of gibberish is trademarked. Hell, what is "Ouya" if not gibberish?! Well, gibberish and the sound I make when I whack myself in the nuts with something!

Verenti
Verenti

Worüber? "En" ist doch niederländisch für "und", und ja, besser wäre für mein zweites Beispiel sturmige Drang, aber "sturme Drang" ist doch verstehbar. Wenn's acusitive wäre, und geschrieben ist, wie es eine vorgelaufene artikel, denn würde man DOCH "(den) sturmen Drang" schreiben.

Also, ich wiederhole. Worüber bin ich komplett falsch?