Revengeance Is A Stupid Word, But It’s Also An Old One

Revengeance Is A Stupid Word, But It’s Also An Old One

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s a name Square Enix would be proud of, but before you go thinking some Japanese guy made it up by combining “Revenge” and “Vengeance” and nobody had the sense to tell him it was a stupid name, know that it’s a word that’s been used before.

Metal band Soulfly, for example, has a track called Revengeance appearing on its upcoming album, due in March 2012. Another, more historical example that IGN points out is that of a famous trial against the Ku Klux Klan, known as Supreme Court case Brandenburg v. Ohio.

While a previous case had found a member of the racist organisation guilty of “advocating…unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing industrial or political reform” during a speech, the Supreme Court apparently overturned that conviction when it took a look at how stupid the accused’s testimony actually was.

“We’re not a revengent organisation, but if our President, our Congress, our Supreme Court, continues to suppress the white, Caucasian race, it’s possible that there might have to be some revengeance taken.”

There you have it. The next time someone says how stupid the name Revengeance, Metal Gear fans can at least point out that it’s not flying the stupid flag alone.

Metal Gear’s “Revengeance” Appears in 60s Court Case [IGN]


  • “…. point out that it’s not flying the stupid flag alone.”
    Couple that statement with the pic above and does that equal that the American flag is the aforementioned “stupid flag”? 😉

  • Yet more proof that just because something has been around for a long time doesn’t make it right. Unless it was around for the coronation of Richard I, of course.

  • Unmm u said metal gear fans right? Well o dont know any metal gear fans that would want to defend rising, plat has turned the game imto a hack n slash with no metal gear style, in the vid he slashed him like 10 times b4 the giy died..not metal gear, its such a shame, it looked like it would have been great b4 plat got hold of it…

  • Isn’t Metal Gear Rising not good enough and warrants a crappy over used “Re” subtitle. SE there is a reason why movies with “Re” subtitles get laughed at these days.

    • Because this is a gaming site and after MGS2 there would be a hell of a lot of gamers who would find a picture of Raiden offensive, too 😛

    • History is full of offensive material. That doesn’t mean it should be swept under the rug though.

      As for the matter at hand, how does acknowledging the fact that other people have done the same stupid thing actually pardon it? If anything it should be censured all the more.

      • + 1

        Ignoring history dooms us to repeat it. A lesson that we never seem to learn since we always fall for the same recycled garbage from our politicians.

  • words evolve and are created all of the time, thats the point of slang. Does it matter that it doesnt sound ‘neat’ at the moment?

  • While yes the word “revengence: just sounds idiotic – I don’t get all the hate for Platinum games – sure Bayonetta is way overrated by critics but I found the Vanquish demo to be fun and worthy of a purchase (whenever I play through the mountain of games I’ve purchased in the interim)

  • “Another, more historical example that IGN points out”

    So you admit you can’t complete an article alone?

  • I want to see the article, “Top 5 politicians who used the word ‘revengeance’ in a press conference”.

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