The Daily Grind: How consistent are your MMO character names?

    
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I seem to be something of an abnormality among MMO roleplayers, because most of the time I play the same character across multiple games. Not literally the same character, of course, but a character whom I like in one setting will usually get adjusted to fit in another setting with the same basic notes. So my Templar seeker of justice in Secret World Legends becomes a tactical captain charged with safeguarding the Federation in Star Trek Online, but it’s the same character concept.

At the same time, I know a lot of people who just carry the same character name with nary a thought spared for things like character motivations. We all know, for example, that odds are good a character named some variant on “Syp” is probably our own Justin creeping through the game. So what about you, dear readers? How consistent are you with your MMO character names? Do you have a unified “brand” for your names, or do you just pick whatever sounds cool for that setting?

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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Bruce Morrison

I try to go with something close to Desdinova or Irina Desdinova. Desdinova was what I wanted to use of my first City of Heroes character. but it wasn’t available. so I was able to get Desi Nova. My headcanon is that when it shut down her essence was scatttered across the multiverse.

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Tee Parsley

Had well over 120 alts on City of Heroes. Eventually just mentioned the number of unused slots I had left.

Generally do tons of alts until I figure out the one that resonates most in the game in question. Even in the large public games I usually don’t have to much difficulty coming up with appropriate, unique names.

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mosselyn

“mosselyn” was the name of my first ever MMO character, a resto druid in WoW. When I start a new MMO, I always create a character with that name. She always has brown hair and green eyes if she’s humanish, and she’s generally a healer or at least a caster.

I re-use other character names across games, a couple of which date all the way back to creating characters to play in Wizardry I, on 5 1/4″ floppy. However, they don’t particularly share anything across games except a name.

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Mewmew

When I was about 7 years old and needed to come up with a name for a cat character online, I had a big orange male cat nearby who constantly did little mews like a baby kitten. He’d go “Mew mewmew mewmewmew mewmew mew” like he was talking in little mews. It was hilarious to me, and I used the name “Mewmew” on the character because of him.

And then it stuck and I started to use it again and again and again.

Skip forward many years (I won’t say how many haha) and I’m still using it, only now other people are as well. What used to be a name I could easily get everywhere and anywhere is now often in use by others, so I’ve had to come up with alternate spellings and tweaks of it. But my names are still based in that original Mewmew I came up with when I was a little kid.

If I go on a serious role-playing server, which isn’t often, I will come up with a different name that has far more thought put into it. When I’m a tiny more serious I just use the alternate spelling Mieumieu, it looks more like a real name and not quite as cutesy. But when on an absolute role-playing server I will come up with other names. It’s just very very far and in between that I’m on those. And when I’m not on them, I really don’t care to come up with that serious of a name.

By the way, it’s so frustrating to go on these mobile games where they release in a few limited countries for their early tests to find my favorite name taken by someone in another country on a Global Server who didn’t even actually ever use it. They made the character, didn’t get past level 1, and quit forever, but I don’t get to use the name I like because of that. It would be fine if all things were equal and we all had equal chances at the names, but when these mobile titles do their tests by releasing in other countries first, they screw us over on getting the names we like. Many big companies you know in the PC world do this on their mobile titles. It’s irritating to say the least. But I guess that’s another issue for another day.

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Pandalulz

I’ve got two names I’ve stolen from pop-culture that are obscure enough that I can pretty much use them the majority of the time without issue. One of them is always a warrior tank type character, the other more of a monk or DPS depending on the game. I’ve honestly just used the random name generator anymore lately though, I don’t really care and I’m lazy.

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Tee Parsley

That technique is superb.

My personal favorite to use is Starco Maplogy…..

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Sajiri

I have character archetypes that share names and appearances. For example, my black haired, blue eyed lady who is usually a mage or archer (or preferably, a magic archer) of some kind is Shade, or Sheva. My dark skinned, blonde haired elf lady who is a rogue or acrobatic melee of some kind is Novia. And so on. This goes on until said character is clearly cemented into a specific game for me.

I first used the name Novia in Dragon’s Age Inquisition, then in Riders of Icarus, then some other things I forget until she became my major PSO2 character. Now I do not use that name in games outside of PSO2 anymore. The name Dijana was one I used a lot, but now she is strictly for FFXI/V.

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Greaterdivinity

Very, because I’m unoriginal and boring.

Also lazy, but I’ve grown attached to my handful of character names over the years.

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A Dad Supreme

On PS4, very haha!

You don’t have a choice.. your name is.. your name so I like that. You’re not going to be jumping from title to title as someone else. That’s old school so I like it very much.

On PC MMOs, I try as much as possible to keep consistency but each game would have varying themes; one allowed spaces where another didn’t, one allowed hyphens where another one didn’t, etc.

After awhile, it became kind of tedious to keep trying method after method to retain name continuity.

Now it’s: if the game allows my full, actual name… great! I’ll use it. If not, I’ll probably choose something completely different than to chop my game name up in some weird way.

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squid

I used to change game to game, but I’ve been going with Squid (or Sqid or Skwid, etc., for alts) for a few years now.