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what does "shock" in video-game names like System Shock, BioShock mean?

  • I'm flagging this as off-topic ("no research / ELL"). Arslan, do you have any reason to think shock means something different to its normal meaning? Did you consult a dictionary before you asked here? Our Help Centre says "Be sure to mention the research you've done and what you're still hoping to learn!" For further guidance, see How to Ask and take the EL&U Tour :-) – Chappo Jan 23 at 6:29
  • @Chappo Q:do you have any reason to think shock means something different to its normal meaning? A: Of course, because the phrase bioshock makes no sense. Q: Did you consult a dictionary before you asked here? Yes, I did, do I need to paste that here????. Q: mention the research you've done. A: I have the wiki page link of that two words. which did not gave me an answer so I asked it here. – arslan2012 Jan 24 at 4:16
  • MW: "the impact or encounter of individuals or groups in combat". ODO: "A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience" and "A feeling of disturbed surprise resulting from an upsetting event". The normal meaning of shock seems perfectly understandable for the game names. But proprietary names don't have to be meaningful - they could have been called "System Goofus" and "Bio Dungeonoid". – Chappo Jan 24 at 4:33
  • @Chappo Q:The normal meaning of shock seems perfectly understandable for the game names. A:So, what does the phrase bioshock mean? Q:But proprietary names don't have to be meaningful. A:You're just avoiding the question – arslan2012 Jan 24 at 10:04
  • The Wikipedia page on BioShock explains the bio part, and the word shock is inherited from the original game. Please note, EL&U is a site for "linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts", so maybe it's not the right kind of site to ask your question, which a fluent speaker would think is a little basic. – Chappo Jan 24 at 11:10

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