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 Post subject: The name "Wages of War"
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:13 am 
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The third QfG game is called "Wages of War".
I've always wondered what the word "wages" means in this context.
  • Does it mean "money received for work"?
  • Is it a made-up noun based on the expression "to wage war"?
  • Maybe both?
Please help me, I'm not a native speaker of English.


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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:28 pm 
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I've not played that particular QFG game but being a native english speaker I personally would assume its meant as in to wage war.


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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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Not being a native english speaker, but having played the game, I'm almost sure wages has the sense of "gain gotten for work" here. It probably is a clever pun.

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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Makes sense to be a pun for both since the very core of Quest For Glory is receiving a reward for so much work you put into it.

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:30 pm 
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Wages (Recompense) of War would mean that the hero was trying to make money from war. But during the game he's trying to stop war, not create it. If anything, it would be Payments of Peace. I think the meaning is direct, like the other subtitles in the series (though the first one was meant to be funny, I think).


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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:15 pm 
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gamecreator wrote:
Wages (Recompense) of War would mean that the hero was trying to make money from war. But during the game he's trying to stop war, not create it. If anything, it would be Payments of Peace. I think the meaning is direct, like the other subtitles in the series (though the first one was meant to be funny, I think).
No. Wages of War means there is SOMEONE trying to reap benefits from war, and though spoilerish, that's exactly what the evil dudes in that installment are doing.

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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There's also the phrase "to wage war." In that case, it means "to carry on." However, if you think of "Wages of War" being objectless (which it kind of is due to the preposition), it means "to contend or struggle," though that's a relatively obsolete definition. 'Struggles of War' certainly makes sense.

DrJones's thinking is the most likely meaning though. Fatalities in battle have been referred to as "the wages of war" before.

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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Jezus, guys.

"The Wages of War" means the COST of war - the intangible costs that war inflicts on people. It refers to the price of war on people, places and cultures.

It's not rocket surgery!

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Blackthorne519 wrote:
It's not rocket surgery!

And now it must be posted, just as I once did to Klytos at IA...

"Doctor, would you care to assist me in performing surgery...on a torpedo?"
"Fascinating!"

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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Ok. Now tell me... does darkness have shadows?


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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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not until you tell me if anyone has ever filed a lawsuit against fire.

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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LOL! You know... that can be quite a funny cartoon. :)

I think Wages could be seen as a combo between 'wage' and 'wages'. Wages to me isn't actually receiving something, but giving, or cost. The 'Cost of War' in other words.

Argh heck. Whatever. It's a cool name. Just like 'Trial by Fire' and 'Shadows of Darkness'.


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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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Quest For Glory Fan wrote:
not until you tell me if anyone has ever filed a lawsuit against fire.
Wow. I didn't even think about that before. The hero's name is So! That's why the first game asks if he wants to be a hero. :lol :x


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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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I always found a question for a subtitle out of the ordinary.

*person picks up game*

So you want to be a hero?

"No not really."

*leaves store*

Anyways, has anyone else ever seen a question for a subtitle?

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 Post subject: Re: The name "Wages of War"
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Not often, but you gotta wonder, did QfG1 have anything to do with the naming of a TV series like "So, you think you can dance?" etc.


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