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I wish they would make last names optional -_-

SiveriaSiveria Saint John, New BrunswickPosts: 1,200Member Uncommon
Any idea if they are going to make last names optional? I can never think of a last name I like to go with the first name I plan to use, it just seems akward to me. Think they will include an option to just not use it? I hated sending whispers in ff14 1.0 to people due to how damned long some peoples names were. I mean it'd be nice if it was an option.

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  • c0existc0exist Round Rock, TXPosts: 192Member
    I agree the last names need to go
  • skyexileskyexile MelbournePosts: 692Member

    oh there is last names...arg :/

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  • KurushKurush Irvine, CAPosts: 1,303Member

    I actually think they're kinda interesting, from a lore perspective.  And they really do fit with the game.  FF hasn't had single-named protagonists since FF3 on the original NES.

    It wasn't Cloud, it was Cloud Strife.  It wasn't Edgar.  It was Edgar Roni Figaro.  The list goes on.

    The only real question is whether it just becomes stupid, when exposed to MMO players.  I have a vague sense that we're going to see a lot of stupid and/or juvenile names which don't really serve the lore at all.

    Or maybe we won't.  Sub game, after all, in a F2P era.  Will drive away a lot of people who aren't really committed to the franchise.

    Am I the only one who read the official lore entry on naming your character and plans to abide by it? :(

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,452Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Siveria
    Any idea if they are going to make last names optional? I can never think of a last name I like to go with the first name I plan to use, it just seems akward to me. Think they will include an option to just not use it? I hated sending whispers in ff14 1.0 to people due to how damned long some peoples names were. I mean it'd be nice if it was an option.

    Normally I would agree with you.

    Actually I do agree with you.

    However, I once was forced to pick a last name in a game and just "fell" into one.

    So, think of the last name as being just another accessory to your first name. Find one you think is cool and stick it on every character.

    This way you don't have to flounder for one. Worked for me. heck, if it's difficult just recall some of your favorite characters in books/movies to get inspired.

    Two of my favorite characters (from the same book series) are Mavra Chang and Nathan Brazil.

    Those names always felt right.  So your last name can have a sort of "right" feel as well if you want it to.

     

  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,923Member Uncommon
    Honestly, last names make perfect sense to me from a more 'realistic' standpoint. That being said, it would be nice that there was an option for nicknames to use, just to promote the concept of a character maybe taking one up instead of giving their real name out all the time.
  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,592Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Siveria
    Any idea if they are going to make last names optional? I can never think of a last name I like to go with the first name I plan to use, it just seems akward to me. Think they will include an option to just not use it? I hated sending whispers in ff14 1.0 to people due to how damned long some peoples names were. I mean it'd be nice if it was an option.

    I'm actually fine with last names.  That means if your normal name is taken, you can still use it by adding a different last name.  At least that has worked that way in several games so far.

  • MagiknightMagiknight McKinleyville, CAPosts: 782Member
    I would think MMOs have bigger issues than naming conventions but I'm probably wrong.
  • Br3akingDawnBr3akingDawn a City, CAPosts: 1,356Member Uncommon
    I vote for optional!! (kinda like gw2) but that's just me. Some players have very specific names they go by and forcing players to have a last name sorta ruins a name.

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  • KurushKurush Irvine, CAPosts: 1,303Member

    Well, here's my perspective.

    FFXIV is going to have good gameplay, I think.

    Good, but neither great or revolutionary.  From what we've seen and heard so far, the basic combat mechanics and dungeon design will probably be solid and fun, but they won't knock your socks off or change your life.  It's going to have well-executed tab target, hotkey-based holy trinity combat, with dungeon encounters achieving variety through the use of a few interesting mechanics for each boss.  But y'know?  We've all played that game before.

    Your enjoyment of this game, I think, will be predicated to a large extent on your ability to truly immerse yourself into the world.

    That's the part of this game that is truly great rather than good.  Notice that they didn't just update the gameplay and force it into a blah world.  They completely redid the world design, and most people are very pleased with the results so far.  And even in 1.0, they had a really detailed story with tons of cinematics (by MMO standards, at least), so I'm betting we'll have one here too.

    That's why I'm really paying attention to lore this time around, and why I'm very pleased by their attention to it.  This game isn't going to be a fix for those looking for awesome 20+ man progression raiding or hardcore high-risk leveling.  The people who FFXIV will please are those who mainly just want to enjoy the world and community, who are willing to accept good-enough for certain aspects of gameplay.

  • SiveriaSiveria Saint John, New BrunswickPosts: 1,200Member Uncommon
    I dunno, they kinda wowifiy the game and make leveling trivial, compared to 1.0.. then again leveling was much to fast in 1.0. I usually use the last name Starfire, so Siveria Starfire for example, my best friend thinks my last name is stupid though lol.

    Being a pessimist is a win-win pattern of thinking. If you're a pessimist (I'll admit that I am!) you're either:

    A. Proven right (if something bad happens)

    or

    B. Pleasantly surprised (if something good happens)

    Either way, you can't lose! Try it out sometime!

  • JakeBlackJakeBlack fullerton, CAPosts: 8Member
    hmmm i dont like this 1st and lastname deal. Might be the game breaker for me.
  • DzoneDzone bowling green, KYPosts: 351Member Uncommon
    I bet some peaple will just use there RL name, can't be simpler than that. Sux for privacy though
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