This is not a guide to creating a name. Though, I would like to share some things that should be taken into consideration when creating one for your self.
In all my years of gaming, by far one of the biggest challenges for me, has been to create a name for my self. Of course this is a non-issue in single player environments, but in games with any sort of multiplayer, or on a greater scale, massively multiplayer with a persistent character, it is your first impression. It's always been a fairly lengthy process for me to create a name, and I'm sure there are many out there that fall to their knees after sliding sliders and designating a class, only to be left with the last entry, "What is your name?". It was only until recently that i had managed to create a name that I truly enjoy visually, and verbally, and one of the lesser considered factors, short hand.
In the past I and many others have looked at pop culture, books, TV shows, movies, and other games as a means of making your impact in the virtual world with your creative title. One that comes to mind, I'm sure, is the ever so popular Legolas, and various iterations, or references to Anime characters, such as from Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and InuYasha. But there is one problem with this, you do not really establish your self with someone else's name. Sure it might be cool to be the first guy on the server to land the name Morpheus, but that's more of a shock value to others, and there is no real long term satisfaction for the wielder, as there may be for someone with a truly unique name.
For me, it took me about 10 or so years to come up with something that really stuck. The name I use currently, Dekthro, appeals to me visually, and verbally. And the short hand works great too, Dek. Shorthands are more important than you think, because not everyone will want to type out or pronounce your full name, and will more often than not, shorten it down to the first syllable. The name I created for my self is unique, and I haven't seen it used anywhere else, and I have actually received positive comments on it. Unfortunately there is no real magical method to establishing a name like I have for my self, it merely popped in my head one day, and I have been using it ever since.
So in short, some things to keep in mind while creating a name for your self:
- Is it serious? Sure Leeroyjenkins might be funny. But originality is always better, and I personally would rather avoid a person with a gimmick/joke name. It usually reflects who they are. If it doesn't your gimping yourself to people who share the same view as me.
- Has this been done? Ties in somewhat with the first bullet. If it's been done before, it's hard for people to tell the difference between you and the other Leeroyjenkins. Don't need another Leroyjenkins, or Lerooyjenkins.
- Do I like it? Plenty of times I have just threw my hands up and settled on a name that I didn't really like. These usually ended up with me re rolling the character, because seeing the name over and over somewhat ruined the experience for me.
- Shorthand? Like I said, shorthands of your name will be used! :) This may not be entirely that important, but it's something worth taking into consideration.
Again, there is no magical route for creating a name. Some people have merely altered their real name, and have come up with nice results, but it's not for everyone. If anyone has any interesting ideas, feel free to comment!