Why do we use gamer names? In my opinion, for two reasons. 1) So the random people we are playing with do not know our real names. 2) Because they sound cool and immerse us in secret identities that we also use to hide behind when saving the world as superheroes.
Choosing your gamer name is a daunting task. Do you want to sound clever? Silly? Dangerous? Sneaky? The choices are endless. If you can't decide, there are lots of gamer name generators online that will match you with your perfect name. For example, I visited a few today, and here are some of the gems I was given: "Klunphthoo," "Freelance Frost," "Professor Mustard," "Psycho Eraser," and "Sewer Pancake." That last one's my favourite.
During my gaming escapades, I've noticed some trends in gamer names:
Pop Culture Reference Names - These are the names that reference music, books, movies, TV shows, or even other video games. I've lost track of how many gamers named "Legolas," "Darth Vader," and "Master Chief" I've noticed. I do appreciate it when someone references something more obscure that I love, though; I saw an EdwardElric once, which made me smile. Some of the cleverer ones I've seen include "Malice in Wonderland" and "My Little Pwny."
1337SP34K Names - What, you can't read that first part? If I see one more D34th Sp3ak3r or D3M0N SL4yer, so help me...
Weapon Names - Names with "Sniper" in them are the "in" thing. Other weaponry references are also acceptable. I don't expect this "SniperKiller" and "BlasterMaster" phase to die any time soon, unfortunately...
I'm Awesome and Will Pwn You Names - These types of names include death threats and general bravado, such as "CanofWhoopass," "DeathFollowsYou," "TakeYouToTheGrave," "AwesomeShot" and "ScrewUall." Modesty does not seem to be a common trait among gamers. Names with "ninja" in them are also insanely popular.
Dirty Names - I won't provide examples of these, but they are out there, and they are many.
Real Names - Well, that's just boring. Who wants to be John3954 when you could be "Professor Mustard," I ask you? I do think it is clever when people integrate their names into their gamertags. For example, a Tim with the name "opTIMized" or an Ali named "ALIas."
Silly Names - These names often include random objects and fluffy animals, such as "apaperclip" or "10 fluffy bunnies." It is amusing to see the message "You were killed by 10 fluffy bunnies" flash across the screen, I'll admit!
Thankfully, we gamers mostly keep our gamer tags in the gaming world and there aren't little Snipers and Klunphthoos running around the average household instead of Johns and Sarahs. Although who knows what the future will bring.
Thanks for having me, Jamie! Allison, AKA "Sewer Pancake," signing off.
What's the craziest username/handle you've come across?