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Here is a sentence from a game's description:

"This game’s wistful settings connected to the innovative idea of using real-world scale models."

The game uses both 3D technique and handmade photos. To make the visuals more attractive, developers have used real-scale models. I am not sure about the phrase "wistful settings" here.

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    It's rather unusual phrasing. Wistful essentially means mournful / regretful, particularly in the context of thinking about the past. But here it's probably more like nostalgic / evocative - of some hypothetical past "Golden Age", perhaps, that forms the setting / backdrop / environment within which the gameplay takes place. – FumbleFingers Apr 11 at 13:41
  • The only thing I can think of is poor choice of word maybe? – Neeku Apr 11 at 13:41
  • @Neeku: I wouldn't say it's a "poor" choice of words. Just "unusual". – FumbleFingers Apr 11 at 13:42
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    @FumbleFingers won't say it's a poor choice of words, but I will—and it's poor writing in general. The game's creators should have hired a better copywriter. – Robusto Apr 11 at 13:51
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    @Robusto: There are several instances in Google Books of something being a wistful setting for / wistful backdrop to [some narrative / spectacle / event / etc.]. I'm not sure if the entire cited text is supposed to be a "sentence" or just a compound noun phrase, but I can't see anything inherently inappropriate about the specific two-word collocation being queried here. And I very much doubt it's aimed at non-native speakers who might struggle with it. – FumbleFingers Apr 11 at 14:53

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