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  SBFord

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OP  1/30/12 10:09:31 AM#1

There's no question that most of us identify with our online MMO characters. To that end, the name we choose generally -means- something to us. In a new editorial today, we take a look at how and why we name our 'babies' as we do. Read on!

Starting a new MMORPG is one of my favorite things, because this is a time when you get to be really creative if you want to. After selecting your perfect look, deciding between those last two hair styles or armor pieces that will top off the image you want to project of your brand new superhero, spy, bounty hunter, elf, or giant feline, is naming your character. Do you use the random generators? Not care much and just take whatever’s available? Come up with a jokey moniker? Reuse the name you’ve been using since your MUD days in 1996? Or are you like me and invest time and thought into each character’s name based upon multiple factors?

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Naming Your MMO Baby.

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  Lustmord

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1/31/12 7:21:25 AM#2

Was your characters name Morgase?


  thamighty213

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1/31/12 7:34:26 AM#3

I support Middlesboro FC (for sins in a past life),  boro fans get nicknamed smoggies,  as the only boro fan in my town I have been called Smog or Smoggy most of my life.


 


My mmo names are always,  Smog, Smogg, Smoggy, Smoggles etc etc just my nicknames in RL really.


  DrSpanky

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1/31/12 7:35:35 AM#4

Sometimes use a random generator sometimes I sit and think about it. Depends on how up to the task I feel when creating a character. Sometimes I use words or portions of words from random things sitting on my computer desk.


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  SkillCosby

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1/31/12 7:38:42 AM#5

So the ultimate question: "Why do people use stupid names like "pizzadeliveryguy"?


I honestly have no idea. But I agree that it is an immersion breaker. Moreover, these "funny" names aren't even funny. They are just stupid. When I see a name as such, I honestly think that the owner of that character is stupid.

 

  Keller

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1/31/12 7:38:50 AM#6

Mine is Keller. When first and last name are present, Keller is the last name. Due to the nature of this name, I always pick a human race.


  nyxxis

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1/31/12 7:42:50 AM#7

I am the same way when it comes to naming my chars. I have never and will never name my chars something like Pwner69 or LeeTNooBSlayeR. To me it shows a complete lack of intelligence and imo points to people that are still holding a grudge from when they found out santa wasnt real.


Why even play an RPG if you choose to name your chars with such a mindless lack of imagination? I have played MMORPGs since the days of UO and AC and have seen way to many names like that. In my experiance people that give so little thought to naming their chars and use names that basiclly fill that need to mark their own self worth, are the first ones to wipe a raid or group run, or not heal someone(the list goes on) all because they believe they are the better at whatever they do and it couldnt possibly be their fault for the failure.


Though I do personally love clever names and will always give pass and compliment to people that spend the time to come up with them. Gotta love a Ched Hur or Yoh Duh!


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  Lustmord

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1/31/12 7:46:15 AM#8
Originally posted by precious328

 

So the ultimate question: "Why do people use stupid names like "pizzadeliveryguy"?




I honestly have no idea. But I agree that it is an immersion breaker. Moreover, these "funny" names aren't even funny. They are just stupid. When I see a name as such, I honestly think that the owner of that character is stupid.


 

Originally posted by precious328

I honestly have no idea. But I agree that it is an immersion breaker. Moreover, these "funny" names aren't even funny. They are just stupid. When I see a name as such, I honestly think that the owner of that character is stupid.



 

Originally posted by precious328

They are just stupid. When I see a name as such, I honestly think that the owner of that character is stupid.



 


Originally posted by precious328

They are just stupid

 

Originally posted by precious328
 

 stupid

 

 

 


 



 

 

  SkillCosby

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1/31/12 7:48:39 AM#9

lol. There is a lot of stupid in that reply.


  WhiteLantern

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1/31/12 7:56:49 AM#10

I've always turned to my collection of Dennis Mckiernan books for inspiration for characther names in fantasy games.

Sometimes, I use Japanese names if my character needs to feel "exotic".

My TOR character is named after a lesser-known GI Joe.

My DCUO character has the only wholly-original charcter name I've ever come up with. It's based on his civilian background (which is based off of mine) and his powers.

 

 

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  astoria

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1/31/12 7:59:39 AM#11

I tend to do some research so that my name conforms to the lore. For example, in SWTOR and in SWG most of my characters had names based on Quechua or Aymara, the south american languages that Huttese was loosely based on.


 


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  Tyratops

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1/31/12 8:08:27 AM#12

I only skimmed through this article, but wasn't this pretty much covered by Coyote last week?


  SkillCosby

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1/31/12 8:08:37 AM#13

Originally posted by WhiteLantern

I've always turned to my collection of Dennis Mckiernan books for inspiration for characther names in fantasy games.


Sometimes, I use Japanese names if my character needs to feel "exotic".


My TOR character is named after a lesser-known GI Joe.


My DCUO character has the only wholly-original charcter name I've ever come up with. It's based on his civilian background (which is based off of mine) and his powers.


 


 



 


What GI Joe? I NEED TO KNOW!!


  77lolmac77

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1/31/12 8:12:27 AM#14
You'd hate my character names, most of them are after rappers

or along the lines of my main, Eyesmokeganj
  SkillCosby

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1/31/12 8:19:42 AM#15

Originally posted by 77lolmac77

You'd hate my character names, most of them are after rappers



or along the lines of my main, Eyesmokeganj


 


lol. To be perfectly honest, you are certainly the worst. Haha.


  77lolmac77

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1/31/12 8:26:59 AM#16
I want names that people will remember though. Instead of being lore-inspired name #420,024 Id rather have a name that people will see and go "hey, I remeber seeing that guy before" especially in PvP.

I wouldnt roll on an RP server with names like that so I dont see anything wrong with it.
  WhiteLantern

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1/31/12 8:28:36 AM#17
Originally posted by precious328

Originally posted by WhiteLantern

I've always turned to my collection of Dennis Mckiernan books for inspiration for characther names in fantasy games.


Sometimes, I use Japanese names if my character needs to feel "exotic".


My TOR character is named after a lesser-known GI Joe.


My DCUO character has the only wholly-original charcter name I've ever come up with. It's based on his civilian background (which is based off of mine) and his powers.


 


 



 

What GI Joe? I NEED TO KNOW!!

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I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil

  Hopscotch73

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1/31/12 8:29:47 AM#18

I take mine from writers, movies and artists, generally.


I have kind of offbeat tastes in books and movies, so I rarely find my names have been taken.


My main's first name came from a writer, my legacy name came from a character in a play, and my alt's name came from one of the first science fiction movies (well, the first that I know of, from 1924). Yeesh, that all sounds rather pretentious, but at least the names weren't taken!


Oddly, despite the above I don't really care about what anyone else calls their characters, just what I call my own. I only ever reported a name once and that name was 'Sucmabalz', and I mostly reported it for sheer idiocy.


  SkillCosby

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1/31/12 8:38:02 AM#19

Originally posted by WhiteLantern


Originally posted by precious328




Originally posted by WhiteLantern



I've always turned to my collection of Dennis Mckiernan books for inspiration for characther names in fantasy games.




Sometimes, I use Japanese names if my character needs to feel "exotic".




My TOR character is named after a lesser-known GI Joe.




My DCUO character has the only wholly-original charcter name I've ever come up with. It's based on his civilian background (which is based off of mine) and his powers.




 




 







 




What GI Joe? I NEED TO KNOW!!



Lifeline



 


Violence??!!  No!!!!!!!!


  SkillCosby

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1/31/12 8:39:49 AM#20

Originally posted by 77lolmac77

I want names that people will remember though. Instead of being lore-inspired name #420,024 Id rather have a name that people will see and go "hey, I remeber seeing that guy before" especially in PvP.



I wouldnt roll on an RP server with names like that so I dont see anything wrong with it.


 


To be honest, the roleplaying names are much easier for me to remember. I've seen so much "thug4life", "gankenstein, and "legolazz" that I can't tell the difference anymore.


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