The Daily Grind: What’s the meaning behind your MMO name?

    
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Here’s a light and fluffy question to kick off our morning just right: What is the meaning behind your character name or names in MMOs?

I’m fascinated with how people come up with their names. Sometimes they can are picked with minimum thought and effort (add as many x’s as necessary), many times they are twisted abominations of names from popular culture, but often they speak to surprising depth and player personality.

I’ve had a few repeated names over the years in my MMOs. “Syp” was chosen because I like short names and figure most people only type three letters into chat anyway when talking to you. “Ghostfire” was pulled from a Magic: the Gathering card. “Yeti Yesterday” had pleasing alliteration and sounded like a time-travel agent with an excessive hair problem.

What’s the meaning behind your MMO name?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Back in the ancient times aka Beta 1 for Dark Age Of Camelot, we had frequent wipes since the beta server was up 24/7. To make finding beta buddies easier after a character wipe, I started using a specific three letter combo in all my characters’ names, and the habit just stuck. I still use it to this very day.

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Sajiri

I have a few names that get used for similar characters until they eventually stick to a specific one and I don’t recreate them anymore. Often times I take them from RP/DnD characters I’ve played, or they turn into RP/DnD characters eventually. Dijana was my FFXI name, I chose it to be ironic as it means ‘divine, heavenly’ and I wanted to play summoner which was the ‘heretic’ magic user. Used it in a few games, but now it’s stuck as my FFXIV character.

Sade was my original mmo name, its often Shade now (if the name is free, which is never unless I get it day 1 within the first 10 mins of a game launching. I’ve managed a few times), I tend to use it when I make a dark haired, blue eyed archer/arcane rogue type character.

Novia is another name I use, most prominently in PSO2, and is the character in my avatar. Always a darker skinned, blonde haired, possibly elf looking race. She doesnt have a particular class, but is usually an agile type fighter or gunner.

Isadi is the latest one I use, she’s usually darker/tanned skin, white hair, animal features if possible, and often a ‘dark’ type class- warlock in BnS, dark knight in BDO, etc.

There are a few other names I’ve used a few times, but they’re usually because I cant think of an alternative, rather than being a specific type of character Im recreating in a new game.

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Doctor Sweers

Swiped this one from Cable Guy. I’ve only had one person ever message me that they recognized the name, Doctor Sweers. I also take names from Egyptian Gods or a demi-god, when available.

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Apollymi

I had a Stargate phase where all my toons were goa’uld names. Nirriti is one that I still use with every game.

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Alex Willis

I don’t want to post them here because I still have some faint fantasies about privacy (yeah, I know), but I have four mainstays, which are spins/reinterpretations on the following:

1. The name of my former business (always given to a female character, usually a rogue/assassin/villain whenever possible)
2. A name I cobbled together in Tolkien’s Sindarin language (always given to a male character, usually a scholar/loremaster/sorcerer class whenever possible)
3. A name I cobbled together from Tolkien’s Dwarvish (always given to a male character, usually a warrior/berzerker class whenever possible)
4. A name from a Gene Wolfe novel series, based on a location the main character visits (given to any character — it’s flexible enough)

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wratts

When I can, I like to take the name Carlos Danger, to remind people that we once had a politician who skipped the sending of metaphorical flowers in favor of just sending what they represent. Also it’s a perfectly cheesy adventurer name

GodEmperorTrump is a second choice, but that legitimately seems to annoy everyone

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John Mynard

Oh, this one is easy, I picked Sador because it’s the name of one of the most deliciously evil villains in cinema history.

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calaska

LWOPP is my usual. Life Without Possibility of Parole. I think many of us fit into this category, no?

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Armsbend

“I feel like I know her…but sometimes my arms bend back.”

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Koshelkin

Variants of Melancholy/Sadness nouns of various languages.

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Pandalulz

My main character is normally named after a really obscure reference from The Slayers. Once I point it out, anyone who knows The Slayers gets a good chuckle, but nobody seems to think to use it so it always seems available. And then after that I start using funny made up words from Frank Herbert’s works (later Dune, Dosadi, Ship, etc).
The name I use for Steam, PSN, XBox, etc, dates back to the release of Chrono Trigger and it’s a name from there with a second word after it, and since no one has ever seemed to have stolen that particular combo on anything, I continue to roll with it.
I honestly don’t remember where Pandalulz came from, some variation of something I was reading at the time maybe, but it sounded silly and just became my pseudonym for online forums.