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SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,588MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In this bi-weekly comic, artist Blaz Klaric brings us his irreverent look into the foibles of the MMO worlds we love, and love to hate. Check out this week's installment, Mount!


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  • drowelfdrowelf phenix city, ALPosts: 104Member
    that is why you need a good name book ..like Elthalerod the unready, or Harold Bluetooth, Maximus Minor  Old English names can be a lot of fun,  and are rarely  used.
  • ZydariZydari Fort Worth, TXPosts: 84Member
    Been there lol. I have changed servers in games to get the name I want. 

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  • ellebishopellebishop bangalorePosts: 21Member
    lol D: dunno why, but naming the char is so important to me... often times i've spent more time on making my chars and naming them, than playing them.
  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

    I have a pretty short list of Go To character names. If I can't use those names in some way, I find I'm much less invested in the characters, as if all my avatars are an extended family of adventurers, who have dispersed across all dimensions in search of loot.

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  • PsycospankPsycospank Alicew SpringsPosts: 36Member Uncommon

    I used to care allot about naming my characters but for the simple reason shared above I would rather play than die trying to find the right name. Now I just select random and tweak the name to suit seems to work. Would be nice to get the wish list names but hey all in all its just a game.

    Very Good depiction all the same :)

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  • InFlamestwoInFlamestwo HindPosts: 662Member
    He looks like Doff Galoff

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  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member

    More than once, I've been pleasantly surprised to get the name I wanted, only to realize a few days later that I made a spelling mistake.

  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,758Member Uncommon
    Nice one, but was the toon designed just right for a Saints Row MMO?
  • ZagavaVonnZagavaVonn Akron, OHPosts: 249Member Uncommon

    It's always fun bumping into 6 guys on the same zone one after another named:

    Rand al'Thor

    Randal Thor

    Randy Thoral

    Rand'al'thor

    der Randthorinator

    etc, etc, really makes games immersive

  • caiozetcaiozet SalvadorPosts: 11Member Uncommon
    I think that MMO's should change the way players are identified. Like, every character has an ID such as "TF567H8", that is used when tracking the player, identifying or finding him, while making it possible for two players to have the same name without confusion or random numbers at the end.
  • SandricSandric Austin, TXPosts: 103Member Uncommon
    You think that's bad.  Sandric is a name I have used in MMO's, forums and FPS's for almost 15 years now.  It originally was a name I randomly made up almost 20 years ago for a thief for a AD&D game my cousins were running for all the kids at my grandparents ranch as we stayed there a few weeks during the summer.  Now, unless I am in a beta I tend to not be able to use it as it is often taken.  SInce I have been using it as long as I have, I tend to believe its others leeching off it.  Heck I even have taken to using Sandrics (or Sandric's) Death on a few games/forums cuz of the irritation.  My goto wizard name Zanzopan isn't as often used nor is my Captain/Minstrel/Healer/etc Sutton, but they also sometimes pop us as used.

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  • BattlerockBattlerock Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,393Member
    Lol - that was great. There is so much going on in that comic with the shirt, pics on the wall, shaving, plus he can't think of a name. That's the least of his problems.
  • BattlerockBattlerock Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,393Member
    I've seen that guy in the comic before. He was on these very forums complaining about how easy the games have become. He also spent his life savings on Neverwinter packs and beat it one day. He said " Neverwinter was so easy I beat it in one day" Then he rolled this forest rogue and ate a hot pocket.
  • MondoA2JMondoA2J Henderson, NVPosts: 258Member
    I have quit character creation cause I couldn't think of a name. So this hits close to home. lol

    MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!

  • Jadedangel1Jadedangel1 Newark, NJPosts: 184Member
    I admit, I obsess over naming my characters in every game I play. But this is because I like to use the same name across different games, so it annoys me to no end when I put in the familiar name and get that hateful message "Name is not available". Lol, then I spend up to another 20 minutes trying different spelling variations until something takes.
  • ApocalypseSunriseApocalypseSunrise Paducah, KYPosts: 80Member
    This is why I usually come up with character ideas and possible names in advance. No matter how original you think you are chances are that someone has already thought about that one special name you've got your heart set on. Being prepared with a couple of alternates makes things a lot easier once you're finally ready to enter a name.

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  • Yavin_PrimeYavin_Prime Oak Park, CAPosts: 233Member

    Ehh if I can't get the name I want I start creating variances of it.

    Rachel

    Raychel

    Raychul

    and so forth and so on.

  • STAUDERWALKIESTAUDERWALKIE sinking sprung, PAPosts: 18Member
    Yeah I agree with this comic..the stains on this gamer's shirt remind of a certain mmo player in southpark..good times :)

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  • DeanGreyDeanGrey Fresno, CAPosts: 154Member
    I have two files of names, one male and one female. Both have over a 100 names. That may not sound impressive until you consider that I only add names to the lists when none of them are available and I eventually (uuughhh) find a new one to claim and add to a list.
  • KonfessKonfess Dallas, TXPosts: 949Member Uncommon

    All databases do have a unique key, "TF567H8".  And MMOs are just databases with a GUI.

    So each player record is:

    Key  : TF567H8

    Character Name : Darrel

    Character Stats : Str, Con, Dex, Int, Wis,...

    The lock on character names has nothing to do with database design and everything to do with player tolerance with seeing their character named used by other people.  I think I have seen a chat system as you described used in the last 15 years.  /w CharName:Key "R U there?"  I just can't remember where I saw it used and when. 

    Such a system may make customer service difficult.  If customer #1 didn't get the key of customer #2.

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  • ReklawReklaw Am.Posts: 6,474Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by caiozet
    I think that MMO's should change the way players are identified. Like, every character has an ID such as "TF567H8", that is used when tracking the player, identifying or finding him, while making it possible for two players to have the same name without confusion or random numbers at the end.

    I thought of this once but came to the conclusing that it might not work. Let's say you have 3 Guy's/girls in your friendslist with all the same name. One of them is your closest ingame friend and you want to send him/her something. How does the system know to which of the 3 persons you want to send it and perhaps there are more with the same name on the server or just a simple /tell, how would the system know to who you want to /tell?

    On topic: I definitly "feel" to comic :D

  • severiusseverius sacramento, CAPosts: 1,514Member Common
    Problem is the limitation of the way these games are itemized now.  I remember in SWG you could actually play without name tags on and be able to tell people apart by not only how they dressed but by their faces.  Now a days they skimp on all that crap because little johnny jealousy is whining that he can't look as nifty as some other dude on the server.  In real life two chicks will come to blows over dressing alike but in our games they force us all to look like lemmings.  hmmm

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  • WylfWylf Brentwood, CAPosts: 159Member
    Well done  Blaz Klaric. That Cartoon is SO true. like many other I have spent hours trying to get the right name for my toons.
  • mysticalunamysticaluna Scotia, NYPosts: 265Member Uncommon

    Eve online uses last names, if everyone just had a different last name, or Star Trek Online was using e-mails I think... 

    WoW has real ID, so it would put your real name on all of your characters and then even with a list of 6 Rand Al'thor's there would be 6 different people behind them popping up... 

    In fact, this is a must have for WoW, because the name taken is a nightmare there and everyone has french accents and misspelled names ... Other MMO's actually allow numbers which is odd, because unless its a game about robots, it really doesn't make sense for people to be going around being Rachel289 , like they are all a bunch of mass-reproduced Cylon clones... 

  • mysticalunamysticaluna Scotia, NYPosts: 265Member Uncommon
    Gotta Love Ascii Codes, except when trying to invite people to groups or friend lists... Lol ) 
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