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WildStar players attempting to reserve their name yesterday ran into a bit of a problem -- namely, the fact that it didn't work. Maintenance took place, the page went up and down, and a lot of people trying to reserve important names ahead of time found themselves unable to do so. Needless to say,...

May 14th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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A recent beta patch in WildStar included several changes to its naming rules. Numbers in names are out but special characters are in. I'm really not a huge fan of most special characters because they're used to circumvent the fact that your desired name was chosen and so you're going to create a si...

April 19th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Recently on the podcast we were chatting about hilarious names that cropped up in City of Heroes back in the day. The puns! Oh, the puns! It was simply glorious. The truth here is that I love being amused by a really clever and funny name. In some games, a name is the biggest point of external cus...

February 26th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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So Star Wars: The Old Republic is doing a name purge. What's a name purge? Well, it's when an MMO company goes through its database and frees up character names that were claimed by players who haven't been active in some time. This in turn allows the names to be used by both newer players and/or v...

November 4th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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No one likes changing a character's name because of a server merge, but there are definitely ways to add insult to injury. If you wind up losing your original name to an active high-level character, it feels fair. If you lose your name to a naked bank alt someone made years ago and has almost forgo...

October 18th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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I love me a good character name. Before I settled into the habit of using the same handful of names over and over again, I used to rely on a multi-page list of interesting names that I added to over the years. Many of these names would be chosen just because I liked the sound of them, but sometimes...

September 8th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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What's in a name? Only your character's identity from here onward! Without a doubt, finding the perfect name for a character is the toughest part of character creation. More than once I've created a character, carefully customized the face and looks just how I liked them, and was then stymied by th...

June 7th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Between watching what Naoki Yoshida did to the original version of Final Fantasy XIV and getting a hands-on with the new version, I will now play absolutely any game that lists him as the director. I don't care if his next project is Barbie Dancing Fun Time -- I will buy it if his name is on the...

February 23rd 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Identity is a theme that comes up a lot in The Guild Counsel column. Guild identity shapes a variety of areas, from recruitment policies and guild rules to tone and atmosphere. And for players, everything they do in game shapes their character identity. But one of the first things players select...

January 24th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Corporate mergers always create hard feelings. Combining two separate groups of people into a single culture is naturally going to generate some feelings that the companies were better off apart. That's certainly the case for Hisashi Suzuki, the former president of Square Enix who recently called...

November 9th 2012 at 7:30pm 0 Comments