While thinking about what I want to discuss for today’s blog, I just had the spur of the moment question:
What is in an In-game name?
For some reason, the question popped-out of my brain like it was a matter of life and death question.
What is in an in-game name?
What are the possible reasons for a player to choose an in-game name? Is there value to an in-game name like the value of someone’s real, given name?
As these questions pour through my brain like a heavy rainfall leading to catastrophic flood, I decided to answer the questions by reflecting on why I chose my in-game name.
Well, I won’t tell you what my in-game name is, as it will defy the purpose as to why this blog is “anonymous” but I will tell you how I came up with the name.
While playing a game, I wanted it to represent something very far from who I am. It is so far and disconnected from my real life that its near random.
Why did I want it to be so random-looking and far from me?
Well, it is mainly because I want my gaming life to stay as far away as possible from my real life.
One big reason why I play games is because I want to have many realities. If I create different realities in games but make it similar to what I have, how can I separate my realities from my virtual lives?
Gaming gives a new whole story line to my real life. In my real life, I work, earn, spend, sleep, go out, talk with friends. These things, I could also do online, though the rewards are different.
I want to live another character when I play a game, hence, I make sure that I create one that I know I could not dare portray in real life. My quite and reserved real life comes to a different level of confidence when I play another in-game character.
Now that I have come to understand my own purpose and reasons for choosing my in-game name, I still wonder if the case is the same for all other players out there.
I know there are some players who are so carefree about life that they even put their real names as their in game names. To some extent, this is a very bold gesture, but for some, this could also mean that they lack so much zing in their real lives that they want their in game characters to compensate that.
Some are also going through a tough time when starting to engage in a game. I know of one person who is a divorce lawyer who was undergoing a divorce himself. It was a really ironic moment for him. Him, handling divorces, end up having a divorce himself? It was a not so funny pun, indeed. It was such a devasting point in his life that he turned to playing video games as his way out of the misery.
He named his character “Mr.PerfectlyRight” to feel that he was the perfect man for anybody, and to make himself feel better, despite his failed marriage.
If you care to share, you can comment your reasons for choosing your in-game name. I hope we can come up with lots things to talk about in our next topics, too.
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