Gratuitous Space Battles

Gratuitous Space Battles

Makro Nov 25, 2013 @ 5:32am
Thought Gratuitous meant "free".
And yet this game indeed costs money. What am I not getting?
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ryry117 Nov 26, 2013 @ 5:48pm 
It can also mean 'uneeded', 'lacking importance'. So, basically the space battles a huge, and useless, just there for the sake of watching ships blow up :D
geekisthenewcool Nov 27, 2013 @ 1:14am 
I've never heard gratuitous to mean free. Just "superfluous."
Makro Nov 27, 2013 @ 4:20am 
Originally posted by geekisthenewcool:
I've never heard gratuitous to mean free. Just "superfluous."
Google translate tells me that it means either "free" or "unprovoked", so the first reply got it right.
Makro Nov 27, 2013 @ 4:20am 
Originally posted by ryry117:
It can also mean 'uneeded', 'lacking importance'. So, basically the space battles a huge, and useless, just there for the sake of watching ships blow up :D
thanks
Darxio Dec 24, 2013 @ 6:43pm 
Think of it like "Gratuitous (amounts of) Space Battles.

Because in the English I know, gratuitous is used frequently for something along the lines of "exceedingly numerous'.

Like all languages, there are dialects(slang) that swerve from the norm. Big Brother Google(And various dictionaries) can't catalogue all these differences, or ever get them right. Granted, not many people use Gratuitous in conversation on a daily basis because it's a large word, but when used, people typically understand what it's for(At least where I come from).

So when I see the title "Gratuitous Space Battles", whiile I could translate it in my head to "Exceedingly large numbers of Space Battles', it tends to just remain "Gratuitous" in my head. Because there's a meaning for it.

PS: Stop overthinking words, even if English isn't your native language.
KassANyx Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:43am 
You are thinking of gratis maybe?


grat·is
/ˈgratis/
adverb

1. without charge; free.
"a monthly program was issued gratis"


synonyms: free, free of charge, without charge, for nothing, at no cost, gratuitously; More
informalon the house, for free




ryry117 Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:44am 
Why are people still replying to this the question was answered -_-
Originally posted by ryry117:
Why are people still replying to this the question was answered -_-

and it was a stupid question to begin with
Makro Jan 1, 2014 @ 3:07am 
Originally posted by rudeboyskunk:
Originally posted by ryry117:
Why are people still replying to this the question was answered -_-

and it was a stupid question to begin with
You were stupid to begin with. I'm not native english speaker and was just curious
ryry117 Jan 1, 2014 @ 8:44am 
Originally posted by rudeboyskunk:
Originally posted by ryry117:
Why are people still replying to this the question was answered -_-

and it was a stupid question to begin with

Not really, he was just curious
[FTW]Sk3lus Jan 8, 2014 @ 6:51am 
For example, my comment AND this thread were both gratuitous.
|x|SiriuS|x| Jan 24, 2014 @ 6:06am 
Well, according to the Oxford English Dictionary and common US English ones,
it does indeed mean, among other things, "free of charge", so OP's confusion is
understandable. I myself are not a native English speaker, and to me, for some reason,
"Gratuitious" meant "exceedingly beautiful" or "very nice to look at".
Dunno how I came by that definition, lol.
Since the game really is beautiful to observe (best 2D gfx ever, IMO), I never questioned
that definition. Until I found this thread.
Oh well, never too old to learn new stuff, right?
Idlemind May 12, 2014 @ 2:33pm 
Commenting for reasons
[FTW]Sk3lus May 12, 2014 @ 6:19pm 
OP's confusion is understandable but his uneducated comment is not.
I'm not a native english speaker either. Didn't speak a word of it before I was15, I learned through videogames (I knew the difference between a morningstar and a flail before I knew what a "spoon" is).
BUT if I see a discrepancy between the use of a word and what I think it means, I look it up. I don't automatically assume it's been misused by the other party.
For $#@ sake you are already on the internet...it take 2 additional seconds out of your unnaturaly long life to google it before you say something stupid.

I don't know why those things make me so angry...I'm gonna kill zombies now.
Cheers to all the other grammar-nazis out there.
[FTW]Sk3lus May 12, 2014 @ 6:19pm 
Just realized the last meaningful post on this thread was back in January..does that make me weird?
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