Quest Updated: What’s My Name Again?
I’ve never been one for nicknames. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re pretty great things to have (on the whole). It’s just that, for whatever reason, I’ve never really had one of my own.
This isn’t really a problem at all. I quite like my name, and so I really don’t mind being called by it. However, there is one recurring problem: LANs. I spend more time at a LAN deciding on my screen name than I do on whether to be a tank, ranged DPS or healer. I stress over what to enter in that bloody box while everyone else is debating sentinel/scourge.
The thing is, picking a screen name always feels a little like giving yourself a nickname to compensate for something. We all know the type: “Hi, my name is George but everyone calls me Awesome McGee”. Or “B1gC0ck pwned S3xG0d69′s head for 239 gold.” Innuendo intended.
I probably over-think this all, but I really don’t want to fall into the usual trap of trying too hard with my screen name. Too often it looks like there’s a three-step naming convention program at LANs.
1) Occult Reference
2) Number with connotations
3) Adjective (Awesomeness optional)
You get the idea.
The thing is, choosing a moniker is a huge commitment. If you choose something stupid, you get stuck with it. If you choose something funny, you have to hope the novelty doesn’t wear off. It’s supposed to represent you to the people you’re shooting in the head. It’s the name they scream in a string of profanities when you win.
Because being a gamer is a big identity thing, screen names are important to us, on the whole. Maybe that’s why I have commitment phobia. The name you choose is what tells other players how you play games. If you choose something that tries to sound awesome, it puts across that you rate yourself as a gamer. If you choose something silly, it suggests you’re probably not going to ragequit or kick the weak link on the team, but also that headshots probably aren’t high on the agenda unless they’re particularly funny. I’m never sure where I want to be on the scale, and this makes picking a screen name tough.
That and I couldn’t take myself seriously as B4da55Guy.