I'm working on a game, and at the moment I'm using the word "Attributes" to represent things like: intelligence, strength, dexterity, wisdom, aura, etc.

I wouldn't necessarily call them traits, because there will be a statistic applied to each one of them. Is there a not a proper word to represent these?

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    This question is off-topic because it is about choosing the names of things in a program, which is on the explicit list of things that are specifically off-topic here. – tchrist Jun 26 '14 at 2:14
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    @tchrist Like I told you in the other question, I never said this is a program. Stop making assumptions. It's a story game. – Xarcell Jun 26 '14 at 2:47
  • Then perhaps you should be asking this in one of the gaming SE sites. – tchrist Jun 26 '14 at 2:49
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    @Xarcell: There is gamedev.stackexchange.com. I'm not sure if they would want this question, though. – MrHen Jul 11 '14 at 18:45
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    @MrHen gamedev looks like the exchange site I should be asking this at. Thanks. – Xarcell Jul 12 '14 at 2:56

Most role-playing type games I'm familiar with use the term attributes. I can't see why there would be a need to coin a new term.

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    This is not an answer. Better off as a comment. – Xarcell Jun 26 '14 at 2:45
  • @Xarcell: Why isn't this an answer? Attributes is the common term for what you are describing. – MrHen Jul 11 '14 at 18:46


outward behavior or bearing.


Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable of the talents.

Wikipedia describes talent as form of measurement of material worth and skill, and hence implies a measure and ranking of both mental and dexterous abilities.

Due to the biblical use, talent has also become a measure and ranking of endowment or giftedness.

You could choose to use either the term endowment, aptitude or talent, but talent has a better classical and mystical ring to the word. One could be endowed with or acquire talent of discernment, wisdom, honour, physical prowess, prophecy, being a friend, being an annoyance, being a blessing, etc.

tal•ent (ˈtæl ənt)

  1. a special, often creative natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing.
  2. a person or persons with special ability, esp. in a particular field: the theater's major talents; the local talent.
  3. a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.
  4. any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of the Middle East equal to 3000 shekels, or of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas.
  5. any of various ancient monetary units equal to the value of a talent weight of gold or silver.
  6. Obs. inclination or disposition.

[before 900; Middle English, Old English talente < Latin talenta, pl. of talentum < Greek tálanton balance, weight, monetary unit]
tal′ent•ed, adj.
syn: See ability.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Also, talent is rather apt to be statistically or empirically measured, weighted and ranked, – Blessed Geek Jun 26 '14 at 3:52

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