Some notes on the name “Der Clou!”
November 3, 2011
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Three weeks ago I uploaded the Amiga version of Der Clou! to Download Central, a burglary simulation with a certain popularity (though it’s an Austrian game, the English Wikipedia article is far longer than the German one). The DOS version will soon follow. Unfortunately, I can only upload the German versions, neo could not make the English versions freeware, since someone else held the copyright for the translation.
How did the game get this strange name? “Der Clou” is the German name of the 1973 movie “The Sting” with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It had quite an impact on the German speaking world. Scott Joplin’s “Entertainer” which seems to have been featured in the movie (I never saw it) for example was known for years under not other name than “Der Clou”. It may well have been the first contact with ragtime for many German speakers.
But the important part is that it was for many the first heist movie they had ever seen. Even twenty years later, if a game was named “Der Clou!”, potential buyers would most likely correctly assume that this was a game where you play a crook of some sort and do some criminal things. So the name was very well chosen indeed.