So this is pretty neat. Among several topics discussed in Destructoid's interview with Keiji Inafune, the former Capcom producer revealed the origin of his early nickname, "Inafking", as well as Rush's name. As a matter of fact, the latter has nothing to do with the band of the same name!
"There was a series called Moomin. It was an older series from a long time ago, and there was a character named 'Snufkin' in it that's this cool character. So 'Snufkin' and 'Inafking,' they're kind of like, oh, we're both these cool characters, this is how I like it!
"Back then, of course, all the more talented programmers, artists, etc. could have been headhunted, so the one internal rule was you have to come up with a name that is different enough that people won't know what your real name is. So long as you fulfill that criteria, you can be as crazy as anything, so everyone just went crazy and made whatever name they wanted to."
"I'm sorry to disappoint the fans, but actually Rush was not based on the band, Rush was based on a Capcom game called Rush & Crash [known as The Speed Rumbler outside of Japan -- Tony] that I really liked. Actually, the word 'Rush' sounds kind of like 'Lassie' [pronounced 'Rasshu' and 'Rasshi']. Back then, Lassie was a very popular movie about a dog, of course, so it just fit as far as the phonetic flow of the word."
Time to update those Wiki pages, I guess.
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Would be fun if they call "Crash" the dog-bike on Mighty No.9ReplyDelete
Rush and Crash?ReplyDelete
Haha, Crashman just got some life breathed into him.
"so the one internal rule was you have to come up with a name that is different enough that people won't know what your real name is."ReplyDelete
And that's how we got things like "Fishman" in one game. :D
Aw, I always like to say Rush was named after the band, mostly because they're my favorite group. In my heart of hearts though, I thought it might have been an homage to something else.ReplyDelete
Never liked the "Inafking" nickname. Sounds too close to "Inafucking". :pReplyDelete
This also explains why Treble/Gospel was originally going to be named "Crash" while Mega Man 7 was in development.ReplyDelete
While I have wondered if it was the band, I always just kind of figured that Rush's name was just a random name they gave him. Interesting bit of trivia otherwise though!ReplyDelete