Daily Archives: May 9, 2011

It’s All in the Name

Even in the gaming world, people like to judge others. And when it comes to first impressions online, it’s all about the username. I am a firm believer that a username can say a lot about someone before you actually see them play. In just a few letters or numbers, a username can tell you some things about the player: their favorite hobby, their favorite animal, their sense of creativity, their maturity level and so forth. Though it may be stereotyping (and we all don’t do this in real life /sarcasm), I must say that a lot of these generalizations end up being true.

Oftentimes, these stereotypes carry negative connotations. It is quite frustrating when you have a weak player on your team, and then you check the name to realize that they fit in the “bad name” criteria. In a way, analyzing a username can be a type of pseudo-science.

*Here are some name elements I look out for when I game:

Note* The examples below are made-up usernames.

– Having a first name in the username in an unmodified fashion tends to show a lack of creativity. A lack of creativity means that this player may not even try to think outside the box at all, which means the player will probably utilize less “complicated” in-game techniques and strategies. Example – Steve25.
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