The bane of any gamer’s life is hat single moment in character creation where the game asks you to enter a character’s name. For hours gamers sit staring at that flashing type icon with a blank mind as if you half expect a name to materialise from thin air.
Naming a character is difficult, it is a very permanent decision and in most MMO’s it’s a very public one. There is nothing more amusing (or worse for some gamers) than seeing someone running round with a mash of lower case, capitals and numbers for a name.
Gamers as a result have come up with their own personal naming conventions. Their own naming system that helps them come up with a name for any character they create. My favourite naming inspirations are:
- Lore Based, one of the most common ways I create a name is by basing the name on the lore of the gaming world the game is set in e.g. Chillrend is a name I have used drawn from the Elder Scrolls series.
- Historical, another common inspiration for a name is to look up historical names. Especially relevant for fantasy and historical gaming setting I like to especially draw names from Celtic and old English original.
- Inherited, the most lazy way I name a character is by picking a name I have used before in another game. As a result these names are almost inherited, passed on from character to character and game to game.
These are my favourite naming inspirations I have used in gaming, spending an hour thinking of a name may seem pointless to some. Some gamers use random name generators or random names, however I personally like to have a name with meaning either from history and the lore of the gaming setting. I feel it adds more of a significance to the character I am playing.
How do you choose a character name?