I was always wondering about the psychology behind picking the name for your character. From my long-term experience I can observe that there are at least three distinct groups of people naming their toons. It can be:
1) A serious name, which actually attempts to correspond with the warcraft lore, race language, be immersive etc. (i.e. Thor - dwarf warrior)
2) A cool looking contemporary name, which is neither too corresponding, nor too out of place (i.e. Razor - undead rogue)
3) A meme name, which is provoking, funny or simply silly (i.e. Pewpewlol - gnome mage)
Which group do you belong to? How do you come up with the name? Do you tend to stick with the same or try to come up with the new one every time?
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I belong to the first one. I cannot play as a character without proper name and looks. My character creation usually takes me about 20 min. I like making generic names that suit the races. Although this time when Classic comes out I'm probably gonna stick with my signature name Faendor.
If I'm to make a:
Night Elf - Faendor
Dwarf - Faendur
I also cannot play as a female characters as I need to identify with the character.
I have the same naming convention across all online games I play. Something followed by ‘ling’.
Eg Teebling, Screbling, Goonling, Chubling etc lol
If I make an RP toon (which I have been reading about btw) I’ll give it a serious name that goes with the character I want to play!
I'm in the #2 crowd, usually using something related to my username.
I actually DO secretly think of "real" names for my characters, and backstories too... but in game, I'm just me. I do this mostly because I'm always brainstorming things about my characters, so I become dissatisfied with names sometimes. (I would hate to be stuck with something I no longer like.) Not to mention, I don't actually roleplay, I keep my stories to myself.
I'm going to try to name all my characters after my favorite scotch
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At some point of my life I've even had the notepad file sitting in the documents folder called "names". Basically it was the list of names that randomly popped in my head and which I liked a lot, therefore wanted to use someday. It was never an immersive name, always more of a thing - like "Razor, Sunfall, etc." - which would more or less suit the character class.
You know guys, my suggestion is just to go for it and create a main character with the name you never used. Something completely different. First - it really gives some sort of the fresh feeling. But what is the most interesting - it also influences your play style, as subconsciously your brain is no longer flowing through the engraved patterns of action related to that particular name. Try it. You might be surprised.
Interesting point there. I usually do choose different names but this time I wanted to make a reputation based name which I never did.Razor wrote: ↑1 month agoYou know guys, my suggestion is just to go for it and create a main character with the name you never used. Something completely different. First - it really gives some sort of the fresh feeling. But what is the most interesting - it also influences your play style, as subconsciously your brain is no longer flowing through the engraved patterns of action related to that particular name. Try it. You might be surprised.
This actually might be a thing. Or at least it was back in the day. Direct connection of WoW gameplay and the forums. Hope this returns with Classic.
I like this because it indirectly gives you kinda feel that you are unique and have your own place in the community.
There were many more aspects of WoW that gave you this feeling. E.g. Southsore vs. Tarren Mill, World boss rivalry, city raiding, Kazzak in SW, Blood Plague from ZG and many more. Those events were indirectly created, important to specify By Players, which gives the game feel alive. Those are some of the main reasons whyI love Vanilla so much.
Anything that doesn't break the fourth wall too much is fine by me.
An example for a rogue with bad imagination listed from best to worst:
I guess after "Stabby" is my cut-off point for names that are just "too much"