A View From the Road: What to Avoid Naming Your Aion Character

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A View From the Road: What to Avoid Naming Your Aion Character

Follow four simple tips for naming your Aion character, and hopefully you'll turn out better than these unfortunate souls.

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Sovain: You probably think this column's about you.

Class :)

I used to catch flak for my character's name in WoW, and new guildies still often stumble over it. But Tzivya is a perfectly nice Hebrew name in the tradition of Tziporah and such, and I have a Jewish girlfriend. And people adjusted eventually, though it's always great to have the nickname 'Tizzy', as I'm one of the less likely people to throw one.;)

I wouldn't give up my name for anything, it's relatively unique without being made-up and stupid. :)

Heh, my main from Guild Wars is "Sgdfhf Gh." I can see at least 1 rule I've broken.

Man, I've seen so many bad names in Aion... a lot of these "rules" should be enforced. People are just completely unoriginal. I've seen several names worse than those on the list, but I can't remember them off the top of my head.

I don't have any of these problems. I have yet to meet anyone in WoW who can't pronounce "Vog".

My favourite ever has been :-

Itsawoluf

I swear it took me a week to realise what it read in full :D

I'm passing this on to my wife. She's joined Aion and loves the game.

I make it a mission to have original names throughout my RPG experiences.
Granted, I tend to recycle the same characters in each one, but at least they are my own.

I usually go for stuff like "PlaceHolder", or "HexValue4E616D65".

It's original enough, and it usually means the name's free.

Funk if you're on the NA servers I'm going to cry!

Good article though, I chose Babylon so I think I'm pretty safe.

As a related side story to this, back in day one of World of Warcraft release I was trying to come up with a unique character name for my rogue. I took the base word of Sly and started tacking on letters until I found something I liked. I never bothered to sound it out phonetically though. Fast forward a few months to when I started using Ventrillo, which has a feature that attempts to sound out user names when they enter the channel. Now most people would look at that name and come up with either 'slice-in' or 'sly-sin' as a pronunciation and would say it that way, however phonetically Ventrillo broke it down as 'slick-knee'(slyc ne). I've stuck with the name since then and don't mind either way it's said, but it's something else to keep in mind while making a name.

Slycne:
As a related side story to this, back in day one of World of Warcraft release I was trying to come up with a unique character name for my rogue. I took the base word of Sly and started tacking on letters until I found something I liked. I never bothered to sound it out phonetically though. Fast forward a few months to when I started using Ventrillo, which has a feature that attempts to sound out user names when they enter the channel. Now most people would look at that name and come up with either 'slice-in' or 'sly-sin' as a pronunciation and would say it that way, however phonetically Ventrillo broke it down as 'slick-knee'(slyc ne). I've stuck with the name since then and don't mind either way it's said, but it's something else to keep in mind while making a name.

Slick knee has joined the channel.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Sovain: You probably think this column's about you.

Class :)

Damn, I just got it. Superb!

Also, games really should allow you to rename your character, or his alias. As long as it's unique every time, what's the problem?

domicius:
Also, games really should allow you to rename your character, or his alias. As long as it's unique every time, what's the problem?

If the database wasn't designed for it from ground up... there's not just a single problem, there's a veritable flood of them.

If the system was designed for it - no problem. Adding it later on is a recipe for trouble.

A dancing lemming is inviting you to join her fellowship.
You have joined the Bits Of Bugs fellowship, an open fellowship let by a dancing lemming.
A dancing lemming says: "Welcome to the gang. Ready to rock?"

Corpse of {very tall creature}, killed by Limited Headroom.

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Al-A-Ka-Poo made another character called A-Wa-Na-Ke-Bab.

...

Then there was the chap called Immort al-Soul. It looks alright if you only speak Aluvian, but that's a Gharu'ndim name and in Gharu'ndim "al" isn't always pronounced "al":
al-baeb is pronounced "al-baeb";
al-jinniy is pronounced "al-genie";
al-mufattish is pronounced "Alma Fetish";
al-nuur is pronounced "an-noor";
al-sunduuq is pronounced "as-sundooq"
..... and therein lies the problem. He'd called himself "immort asshole" by mistake.

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One more rule, which may not apply to all games: make it something people can type. It's bad enough getting killed in a really awkward place and having to get rebuffed and get enough xp to get functional again and restart the quest without having to type out /permit add ash-shoqiyqatal-jamiyla bis-seyfil-kabiyratil-os'har to get your stuff back.

I just did my own first name...yeah...very unoriginal but, then again, there were like dozens of "Cpt. Winters" and "Shifty" running around on CoD...

I never got flak for my lack of creativity though...maybe it was just the people I gamed with.

Then there is the fact that the skill you will bring into a clan/guild is considered much more heavily then your name.

(It was always kinda funny...to see my plain real world name ranked higher at the end of the match then "Godsmack" or whatever badass identity people wanted to choose...)

Must... Name... Self.... Goo goo g'joob....

I have been guilty of breaking these Commandments.
p.s. I name my characters off lesser known series too ;)

ChaosTheory3133:
I have been guilty of breaking these Commandments.
p.s. I name my characters off lesser known series too ;)

Me too - it also is a nice start for a conversation when someone knows the name ;).

I wish it said this at the login screen of every MMO I've ever played.

Tired of trying to pronounce shit like eziekaiyai on vent. (I figured it's ez-ee-keye-eye, but still, sort of annoying to say "EZEEKEYEEYE, PICK UP THE LEFT SIDE WHELPS when 3 other people in the raid have a name starting with 'ez')

I lol'd at "Heal me! Gspot!"

And I'm SO glad the name Phoenix (ugh) was taken when baby got his first MMO cos it allowed me to make a creative name for myself, Psio. Always use it now and I love it.

Mr Funk, you rock.

I still have vivid memories of the Night Elf Hunter "Ifuknkillya" running around the starting area. And that was on an RP realm. I reported him, but I've seen him a couple of times since, which has led me to believe that Blizzard's GMs suck arse.

I often play dwarves, if available, and often name them Jurij.
I think it's a good fit.

personally im uncreative so i will either use anime character names or actually names like maxwell or johndoe

Placeholdera? That is the best name ever.

It's worse when you name yourself after some "flavour of the month" Meme.

lol, that was an intersting read.
That list could work for any kind of MMO imo. So many characters could be saved from sounding awfully stupid...
I would like to add names that contains numbers(Mr1337, I'm looking at you!), unecessary spam of a letter on the begining and end of the name(XxXBadNameXxX & IiILULZIiI) and a special attention to people who place their nationality at the end. They drive me crazy.

im scaj, oh yer, not only is it awesome, possible to say and wonderfully short, it is also my initials which makes it that much less nerdy that im responding to it.

oh and i agree whit mr. funk, but he forgot thou shalt not be overambitious "KillerGodOfDeathAndBlood" sounds awesome, yes, but it dosent really suit a whiny healer who never bothers to level.

I really do try to give my character original names, but dear god every idea seems to be used. So it's really not uncommon to use names from other games.

Damn...and there I was all ready to type in "DoucheyMcMasengil".

Oh well. Back to my standard "Hugh G. Rection"

Names with alt characters in them are horrific. Yes, it lets you use names that you mightn't otherwise be able to use but people shouldn't have to consult a chart to figure out how to type your name.

I have a dictionary of botanical names on the shelf that I use now for any character names - they're interesting, and pretty much never taken. It's way easier than trying out phonetics to come out with something cool.

wench:
I have a dictionary of botanical names on the shelf that I use now for any character names - they're interesting, and pretty much never taken. It's way easier than trying out phonetics to come out with something cool.

I 100% agree with that idea. I'd do that if all my normal names were taken. Normally though, I start with awesome FFT names, move on to my DnD setting names, then its stuff like that after all else fails.

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