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Do player names in MMOs mean anything?

Amarr Empire
#21 - 2013-09-28 23:02:48 UTC
Robby Altair wrote:
stoicfaux wrote:
Do names matter when the servers shut down?

Only your real name when the server hardware in bought on eBay. Twisted

If you're Sony, servers don't even need to be bought...
Jimmy Karaka
#22 - 2013-09-30 04:04:24 UTC
Something Random wrote:

Very few call themselves Chris, Derek, Samantha

Maybe its an answer ?

Cool I broke the rules.

Seriously though, I find my name on every game I play (especially maturer ones such as EVE Online) to be very important. Imagine walking around the street being called "SeriousHunter12345"?! You would hate it! I can't understand why people are happy to fly around space being called it, or run through dungeons being called it.

And to answer someone else's question within this thread, as far as the visual creation of my characters avatar goes, I tend to stick to the same sort of look. Not necessarily what I look like, but a look that in my head is suitable and looks okay. Heh.

But yes, names are very important! In my opinion, at least... Blink
NightCrawler 85
Phoibe Enterprises
#23 - 2013-09-30 05:05:25 UTC
For me the name on my main character is pretty important in whatever game i play, but thats most likely because its a nickname i got in college and from there people simply started to refer to me by my "nick" in real life. Its first years later i got into gaming and it just felt..natural to use the same name as friends use in real life.

Now the only people who will use my real name is my closest blood relatives. Due to my real name being Norwegian and..difficult to pronounce in English without calling me..well..forums would edit it out but lets just say its not a nice word, my nickname is also used by my husband and his family.

The only times i will use my real name is official paperwork and so on, but honestly i rarely think about it anymore.

But my character is supposed to represent me as a person (well thats the basic idea at least) so for me it seems "wrong" if i use a different name.. Simply does not feel like they are actually talking to "me" silly as it sounds Smile
Black Talon Command
#24 - 2013-09-30 09:39:22 UTC
I've been stuck with 'Aragoni' since my DAoC-days. So... Yes. It's part of my e-personality. Pirate
Rhatar Khurin
#25 - 2013-10-01 16:12:33 UTC
I think the only thing that can be gleaned from my name is the fact i like strange hard to pronounce names.
Brujo Loco
Brujeria Teologica
#26 - 2013-10-01 17:12:07 UTC
I have found out a plethora of spanish based names using dark tribal obscure languages not only form good names in game, they make you sound exotic, like Asacsahuaman of the Marapuanchi Tribe of the Twelve Yuccaeating Clans.

Since I grew up around native indigenous people during all my life in Venezuela and even here in Panama were geopolitcal divisions have reservations for local tribes (called SHIRES in spanish "Comarcas"), having met and befriended members of the Dog Tribe of the Wayuu, an Arahuacan descent Elder and a small foray on the Yanomami tribes in the Venezuelan Amazon plus a mix here and there of other more obscure tribes, and upon my arrival befriending some of the staff of my building that belong to the Kuna tribe of Panama , I am fascinated by them, considering I belong to a special "tribe" too of sorts Big smile.

They all share in common a special form of cultural heritage, at odds with current ways of thinking, always living in the past for some but for me completely timeless. Fascinating!

There´s a good feeling in being part of something bigger and in this small country you can feel it.

So I end up naming most of my alter egos all over the virtual world with tribal names.

Even in EVE you see this tribal like state of mind of sorts.

Fact is, life is just an eternal conflict of Tribal Warfare over and over, be it women, land or wealth under the pretense of this or that.

Now I´m getting existentialist hehe ...



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Captain Stupid
Swiss Army Spoons
#27 - 2013-10-01 20:13:56 UTC
My wife thinks my name is perfect.
Annie Anomie
Villore Accords
#28 - 2013-10-02 13:43:09 UTC
This was an alt originally. I just wanted something that sounded kinda punkrock.
Random McNally
Stay Frosty.
A Band Apart.
#29 - 2013-10-02 14:15:39 UTC
Never played WoW.

But, my name was chosen at Random, er....random.

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Micheal Dietrich
Kings Gambit Black
#30 - 2013-10-02 14:19:26 UTC
My name and my portraits have always been as similar as can be. Dietrich is practically a bloodline through multiple generations of mmo's.

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Zimmy Zeta
Caldari State
#31 - 2013-10-03 20:08:27 UTC  |  Edited by: Zimmy Zeta
According to the article the most popular mage name was "Frostitute".Shocked

Some of my former character names from various MMOs in the past (I usually never played longer than a few months, only WoW must have been about one year):

Bluna, Zappo, Zippo, Zepp, JägerNeunzig, Blorc, Grompf, Desu, Eisenhower.

As you may guess, I was heavily biased towards all kinds of "greenskin" factions, even the original concept for Zimmy was "spacegremlin".
And no, I am not a Gevlon Goblin alt. Evil

I'd like to apologize for the poor quality of the post above and sincerely hope you didn't waste your time reading it. Yes, I do feel bad about it.

Khergit Deserters
Crom's Angels
#32 - 2013-10-03 20:45:19 UTC  |  Edited by: Khergit Deserters
I picked this name just to bug my daughter. She usually plays as a Nord or Swadian in Mount & Blade, I always play Khergits. And originally I was just going to use it to troll certain CSM candidates, then biomass it.
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#33 - 2013-10-04 02:30:05 UTC

Is from LOTR elvish meaning Keeper of Poison
Lancelot du Lac
Galactic Patrol
#34 - 2013-10-05 03:43:37 UTC
I like names from literature and history. I always stress over finding a good name even for a throwaway alt.
Cyber Chaos Crew
#35 - 2013-10-07 12:49:00 UTC
I have seen an increase in number of characters named B1G_TITTY_GURL69. I feel somehow intimidated Oops
Simulacra and Simulation
#36 - 2013-10-07 12:56:40 UTC
Tal'aaq means "divorce" in Arabic, but I'm ok with people assuming it's Klingon
Annika Amelana
Arms of Daedalus
#37 - 2013-10-09 21:46:33 UTC
Lancelot du Lac wrote:
I like names from literature and history. I always stress over finding a good name even for a throwaway alt.

Definitely this. Aside from skimming '' for adequate results, it's often a pain just to find a name that isn't cliche or isn't reused. That being said, I stuck with the generic and randomly-assigned 'Amelana' because I like alliterative names and I was overeager to play (finally).

Also, 'Frostitute' is pretty hilarious.
Betty Bly
#38 - 2013-10-10 02:23:37 UTC
If I see someone with the word Shadow in their name on whatever game it is, I automatically assume that person is a douchebag. I don't know why lol.

I have tried to keep my name the same through all the games I have played. It makes vent easier to deal with. Smile

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Pepper Swift
Caldari State
#39 - 2013-10-10 02:43:47 UTC
Used Pepper for as long as i can remember for my main.

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Caljiav Ocanon
The Holy Rollers
#40 - 2013-10-10 22:51:43 UTC
Have yet to see anybody else with my name in EVE so far. Doesn't particularly mean anything, just made it up and it sounded rather catchy to me.
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