First things first.

Both Paul and I have things in progress we need to complete before we can stat collaborating on projects. Paul is working on some cool updates for DTD and I have to complete VectorTD for Wrigleys, but once we have done these 2 things it’s full steam ahead!

Our goal is to create an awesome casual gaming site with a social networking twist which we will use to host all our future games as well as some we have made already. The first step is selecting a name for this site, which is easy compared to finding a domain name which is not taken by a scraper site or similar!

It has been in the last 4 or 5 years that buying domain names has become a pain in the ass, everything you type in has already gone (.com mostly) The annoying thing is that these domains are been purchased in bulk by companies who’s only intention is to slap on a generic page with ads and leave it running for 2-5 years. Paul told me that these companies buy all expired domains on a trial basis, if they find they have reasonable traffic they buy them for a discounted price, if they do not they let them expire at no cost. So I think the people who sell domain names are to blame, and there should be laws preventing the bulk sale of domain names.

Rant over, so the only way to get a reasonably relevant .com name which is short and does not contain “-” or numbers is to make up a new word. My friend Avi did this with his site plime.com a word made up by combining plum and lime. Sites like digg.com and kongregate.com have miss-spelt words to secure a name on the web. So maybe this is the way we will be forced to go when it comes to naming our site.

Paul came over to my house a few days ago and we were chucking around words like “hive” and “collective”. We need something that means gaming, community, group and casual, but we are still stuck. Any suggestions welcome, please post your list of possible names as a comment :)

44 Responses to First things first.

  1. Dear Dave and Paul,

    I am very appreciated with your work in providing free games for us, although some blame that you make them playing in front of the computer for hours.

    Here is the list of website name I suggest:

    http://www.lawopad.com (Life And Work Of Paul and Dave)
    http://www.pgwwg.com (Paul and Dave, World Wide Game)
    http://www.pdsemag.com (Pand and Dave, semag is a reverse spelt of games)
    http://www.fusionpd.com (Fusion has the meaning of collective and combine, Paul and Dave)

    I have tried these names on the IE and it just shows up the search page, I guess that means they are STILL usable, please consider them and keep up your hard work!

    Keep in Touch!

    Amos

  2. wil says:

    This is a great idea, i’d love to be a part of the site when it gets going!

  3. Odegard says:

    The “threat” from the harvesters are bigger than you think. You should ask for suggestions on mail and DO NOT TYPE in the name at a registrar to “just check” if it’s available. These searches are registered and shared among other ISPs it has been known to happen that some of these domains have been bought.

  4. breeze night says:

    well i just thought about it in 30 sec so don’t take it seriously but something like north-paulgames.com or OG.P.D.com for online games bye paul and dave

  5. whab says:

    gamesgalore.com

  6. Kev says:

    where-did-my-day-go.com

  7. david(beta tester for DTD) says:

    ok you need community/group/casual?

    hmmm

    http://www.comgrocasual.com

    Theres a start

    from-David good luck on the TD’s

  8. Matt Johnson says:

    You are an inspiration and I wish you luck. Don’t rush into finding a name, you will know when you find the perfect one. P.S. DTD is the best flash game I’ve ever played.

  9. B-man says:

    lol Kev, I like that one :P What about these…?

    Padegames.com(Pade=PAul+DavE)

    Pavelsfriends.com

    and my personal favorite PaveDaul.com (I like this because it sounds good, includes the creators names(mixed up), and most likely wont be taken)

    Just some ideas

    -B-man (flaming_dog)

  10. Jes says:

    Was thinking how about:

    1) flashgameheaven.com

  11. Dave says:

    Some great ideas, but most have been taken :(

    Odegard, all comments are approved before going live on the site, so if we see one we like we will register it before we approve the comment.

    Amos, nice thinking, however they do not roll off the tongue too well, they are a bit hard to say.

    Thanks everyone for your encouragement, and please keep the ideas coming :)

  12. Andy says:

    I’m new to playing DTD and I love it. I look forward to the next version. One thing that I noticed when i find an addictive game such as DTD is that I get lost in it. Which brings me to the domain idea that is available.

    LostInGames.com

    I can see a lot of people saying “Get LostInGames.com”

  13. DMII says:

    what about

    gaccgroup.com
    padanoco.com

  14. Anaha says:

    What about Kollect’hive Gamez ?
    http://www.kollecthivegamez.com

  15. Carl C. Nordin says:

    How does FlashCrack.net sound? As an avid DTD player I can attest to the fact that your games are as addictive as crack cocaine! This domain is also easy to say and spell.

    I just bought this domain, and I’ll sign it over to you if you want.

  16. Horror says:

    villagegames.com
    strawhatgames.com as in straw hat
    teatimegames.com
    lamplightergames.com

  17. Dave says:

    LostInGames.com is good, but was taken in Nov06
    You can use something like 123-reg.co.uk to check if a domain is available.

  18. david(beta tester for DTD) says:

    hm or just stick with
    handdrawngames?

  19. Nick says:

    I would suggest keeping the domain as short as possible. Not to nitpick, but personally I hate domains with over 8 characters. You mentioned Digg and Plime, which I think are great and are much more memorable than casualflashgames dot com or something along those lines. Something short and either a combo of two or three words, or something made up would be ideal.

  20. ZZzz says:

    handdrawnconcepts.com

    (handdrawngames.com and novelconcepts.com combined)

  21. Chris Makepeace says:

    My relationship to games like DTD is a bit like cats and catnip. So how about you go with :

    desknip.com

  22. Xnegd says:

    I play “DTD” all the time, it literally gets me through my work day. I owe you guys SO MUCH! My boss has been watching me at the computer (she only sees my hand movements & back) and called me into her office to tell me how pleased she was with how busily I appear to work, and how eager and focused I am. I got a raise right there on the spot!!! It was one of the best moments in my life I think, thank you guys!

    As for names:

    DTDLIVE.com (availiable)

    XNEGD.com (availiable, and a nice ode to me lol)

    luapdnaevad.com (your names backwards)

    PheonixDome.com (?)

    PandorasCabinet.com

    IdleHands.com

    SoreThumbs.net

    AltTab.com (Some form of this would be quite appropriate!!!!!)

    FlashParadise.com

    FlashyForum.com

    UncleFlash.com

    FlashersForum.com (it would get all the highschoolers on the site, and they’d stay for the games and networking…maybe this name is a bad idea n/m)

    I have a million, let me know if you want more,

    `~Xnegd~`

  23. Mesopolies says:

    What about TD.com or towerdefense.com?

  24. Dave says:

    I think they may have been taken ;) Also it is not JUST TD games.

  25. Dan says:

    Why not just put them all on handdrawngames.com its a general non-specificly named webiste that both of you could use, with a small change to the layout. That way all of your games are on the same site for fans of DTD, ELE TD, Circle TD and the upcomming Vector TD.

    Sounds too easy to me.

  26. Dan Staub says:

    flashgamesadict.com

    It is not taken yet.

    You write Flash games and we are all adicts.

    Dan

  27. Brady says:

    Hey Guys,

    How about “pidigames.com”… pi = P and di = D… I think you catch the drift. Both your names, plus it rolls off the tongue nicely. And it’s available.

  28. fbdevdir says:

    TheHiive.com

  29. Dave says:

    thehiive.com has been taken, check on sites like 123-reg.co.uk to see if domain names are taken or not.

  30. Jay says:

    If you want a good name, try the Name Generator at http://www.DomainTools.com

    You may also want to check the For Sale section because there are some good names for cheap.

  31. Mark says:

    How ’bout recreationcolony.com

  32. Logan Bowers says:

    Many bemoan Verisign’s impending (and likely relentless) price hikes for .com domain registrations, but without a centralized market for buying and selling registered domain names, it’s better for the rest of us in many ways since it will squeeze out the speculators. Of course, the crappy names will lapse first as the margins compress, but it’s better than the nothing that exists now.

  33. DavidS says:

    flagam.com (FLAshGAMes)

  34. Roland says:

    i like the sound of flagam.com, or maybe flagamania.com or flagamy.com, flagamies.com

  35. SlaX says:

    I kinda like novel concepts allthough I think you could tweek it abit, most flash community sites got these flasy names that somehow involves the word game ither it be the actual word or another one referring to game.. why follow the flow when you can go against it ?

    oh and i still got problems signing up on the forums witch i’ve had for about 4-5 months or something..

  36. spijker says:

    How about
    beehive.com
    or even
    missbeehive.com ;)

    badaboem, we have a winner!

  37. Skout says:

    both .com and .net are available for these:

    collectivedivide
    thecollectivedivide
    dividedhive
    thedividedhive

    Best of luck, guys!

  38. Skout says:

    also:

    dividedhivegames.com
    collectivedividegames.com

  39. Skout says:

    LMAO okay, sorry for three posts in a row. I like to help. :P

    You can make just about anything can work out with hive and collective with a little bit of twisting. Try throwing ‘games’ onto the end of any favorite.

    thehivegames
    thecollectivegames
    collectivenetworkgames

    hivegames.net is open, but not .com
    collectivenetwork.net same thing

    Okay, enough from me. :)

  40. Andrej says:

    Try to choose another TLD, for example .us is nice and del.icio.us style of naming is usable also for something like ga.mio.us, even when http://ga.mio.us/ is announced to be for sale now.

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