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Forum Spotlight: What's in a Name??

Posted Aug 02, 2007 by Jon Wood

Forum Spotlight: What's in a Name??

Community Manager Laura Genender takes a look at a thread from our forums that discusses names and naming conventions in MMORPGs. How important are those floaty words above our heads, anyway?

virtual world allows us an escape from reality. When we're gaming, we can be whoever we want to be - when we're in an MMO, we can show our ideal self to other people. But with character customization often limited to several hairstyles, faces, and skin colors, this self-image often needs to be projected in a different way: through our name.

Progression down the MMO timeline has divided MMOers on naming conventions: there are those who find great value in a "roleplay" name, and more casual namers who describe their utility or personality with their name, such as "Buffz4 Lotsacash". This week on the forums, user Luxthor, a favorer of roleplay names, made a post asking users where they find the "best" and "worst" names.

Read the whole column here.


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