It’s the old adage of “what’s in a name?” Well, when it comes to Azeroth there can be a lot or a little. Some folks faceroll letters (though usually gold spammers), while others are meticulous and irate when the exact detail of the name is not available on their realm of choice at that time (couldn’t possibly be self-referencing here). Sometimes you just go with what strikes your fancy at the time.
For example, when Tauren Paladins were announced I was making jokes about Holycow. Not surprisingly that was taken and remains in use on at least 128 US realms. By comparison, there are six Saintvache toons (and I’m happy to be one of them). The name means the same thing, but it’s all thought and perception. If you think about it, you can perceive a lot from a character’s name.
Sometimes it’s pretty simple. Oddfodder by sound alone suggests something off the wall. A Tauren explosives expert delivers on that. Faenix, Towachi, or Sandrys, can all give the idea of a toon with some thought possibly put into the character on a more natural level. However, if you get someone with the name Tugjob in your party…well, you’re bound to raise an eyebrow on the person and what they were thinking at the time. Oh, and by the way, according to the armory there are 52 toons named Tugjob on US servers.
Blizzard baffles me with their naming policy to be perfectly honest. It is entirely a reactive system, and yet someone like me can pull up a handful of names and every one of them has no place in the game simply based on offensive merit alone:
- Dutchrudder 122
- Irontits 14
- Gaybash 2
- Fagkiller 5
- Glorywhole 52
- Rapingyou 5
- Hardkawk 2
And those are just some random ones that I thought I’d look up (granted, what that says about me is a whole other matter). But the thing to remember when searching the armory is that it’s characters level 10 and up. Hard to say how many more there are (or how many there are with special letter cases), but when there’s more than one it’s an issue. While I have no issue with the creativity of people, I’m baffled there aren’t certain letter groupings that don’t trigger during the naming process.
Some of the arena teams are even worse, but that could be a whole other discussion I’m sure. I understand that there are only so many people overlooking the game (even less with recent layoffs) and they can’t catch everything. Yet still, I pulled those names in less than 5 minutes of work and that’s just on the armory. I would think there is likely a more efficient way of tracking said names and dealing with them. Heck, I would think if a name was reported “x” number of times then it would automatically be unavailable during the creation process (like “rapingyou” downright should be). At the very least there should be a better way of monitoring the situation.
A little food for thought on this Monday morning as many await the expected Mists of Pandaria news later today following the lift of the NDA.