Numbers in the Title

Computer games and films often have numbers in the title. For instance, ‘Scary Movie 2’ or ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’. I wondered how far this practice goes back.

Checking out the IMDB, I looked at the titles of some old films. As early as 1890 there are films with numbers at the end of their titles, but always of the form “No. 2” instead of just “2”. However, in 1895 there is the film “Tom Merry, Lightning Cartoonist II”.

So it is at least a 115 years old practice. I suppose it is more obvious with computer games because nearly every good computer game will have a sequel.

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