| Posted 09/01/08 at 10:01 PM||Reply with quote #1 |
|Everyone uses an online alias, and no doubt there are some crazy stories behind them. So, I thought it might be interesting to share. I'll start.|
"StolenName", has quite a complex history dating back to the old Counter-Strike and Unreal Tournament days. In the effort to think up something awesome when I was probably 12 or 13 years old, and being the metal head and l337 gamer that I was, I mashed up the two phrases Lock 'n' Load and Rock 'n' Roll into LoKnRoK.
LoKnRoK then became my handle everywhere. Email address, message boards, I'd scribble it in my school books but, one day, my LoKnRoK Hotmail account got hijacked, so I went to setup a Yahoo Mail account and, behold, LoKnRoK had already been taken! BASTARDS. They stole my name! They must have. I was sad.
So, my new handle became "stolen_name_sad" which I used for many, many years, up until recently, in fact. Late 2005, my then girlfriend commented that stolen_name_sad was clumsy and unnecessarily long. So, I shortened it to "StolenName". Suprisingly, I'm able to grab this handle in many, many places, despite the fact that it's really pretty awesome. Seriously, it's awesome.
Quite a history, huh? So, what are your stories?
| Posted 09/02/08 at 12:01 AM||Reply with quote #2 |
|My name's origin pales in comparison. My last name is Buskovitz. It's a tad unwieldy. So, people have nicknamed the men of my line Busky. And so I've always used Busky3 (because of my status as the 3rd following a Jr.) on AIM and Xbox Live. But on Destructoid and here and elsewhere on the web there's a need to have some visual identity. So I shortened it to Bus and appropriated that icon.|
Busky3@gmail.com for Gchat
| Posted 09/02/08 at 04:28 AM||Reply with quote #3 |
|I've got very blond hair. When I was younger, it was nigh white, but with time and lack of sunlight exposure, it's since darkened.|
Anyway, when I was about 12, we were taking a class picture, and the photographer, not knowing my name, said "Hey, Frosty, sit up straight!" and it stuck.
The Samurai thing came after an argument with a buddy of mine, who swore knights were better than samurai, so to show him how dedicated to my argument I was, I became SamuraiFrosty.
The Ronin came later, when I somehow locked myself out of my XBL account, and had to make a new one.
"With a decrease in the number of pirates we have seen an increase in global warming over the same time period. Therefore, one can conclude that global warming is caused by a lack of pirates."
| Posted 09/02/08 at 05:41 AM||Reply with quote #4 |
|I used to go by PraetorJudis, who is a central figure in my homebrew RPG.|
Now I usually try to grab my actual name, Corvus.
*gniltrohc yawa srednaw*
Moderator - Psychonauts
| Posted 09/02/08 at 08:18 AM||Reply with quote #5 |
|My online nick Finaldeath is from registering a hotmail address (which I don't use for email any more) and using this for the original Unreal Tournament online. It's not exactly the best name but I'm damned if I'm going to change it.|
| Posted 09/02/08 at 08:26 AM||Reply with quote #6 |
|dhalgren2882 is a combination of my favorite book, Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, and the birth and death years of my other favorite author, Philip K. Dick. For games, I usually pull a character name from one of my numerous bookshelves, so I tend to use a new one each time.|
| Posted 09/02/08 at 12:59 PM||Reply with quote #7 |
CrashT is a shortened form of CrashTranslation which is a maneuver from the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, in that context it describes a very dangerous high speed translation from Hyperspace to Normal space.
I liked the sound of it as it combines elements of Programing and Mathematics into something that can almost sound like a pun if you think about it the right way.
It has the added benefit that I've never seen it used by anybody else.
Though recently I've taken to posting under my given name as well, because quite frankly if I'm not willing to put my name to something I say I shouldn't be saying it.
Groping The Elephant
| Posted 09/02/08 at 01:31 PM||Reply with quote #8 |
|Its my name...Yea I know, it's lame...|
| Posted 09/02/08 at 02:57 PM||Reply with quote #9 |
|A friend in college told me, "You're like, a Nordic Ninja" because of my Scandinavian heritage and my penchant for moving quietly, and it stuck. |
My other handle, Arcadian, comes from Ultima 7's daemon, "Arcadion" which you capture and put into the Blackrock Sword's hilt.
That was before I knew about the Greek Arcadians, or the Fae haven... so now I generally use it as a last name - Lodin Arcadian.
| Posted 09/02/08 at 09:19 PM||Reply with quote #10 |
|@omariakil and @corvus You guys have ridiculously awesome sounding names anyway. Be proud! If I was to use mine, It's be Daniel J Purvis. Which, honestly, isn't to bad either. If ever I was to spin vinyl, I'd claim to be DJ Purverse. Hey, screw it! I'm going to use that handle from here in |
I like that people actually have a reason for their nicks here, whether it's a reference to a book, an author, a personal trait, IRL nickname or such. I have a strange feeling if I was to post the same question to NeoGAF the replies would be more like "It's cool" or "L337Ninja comes from my total awesomeness and the awesomeness of ninjas".
@AndrewArmstrong Hey man, I'm pretty sure LoKnRoK is as lame as FinalDeath. Gotta love what you love!
| Posted 09/02/08 at 09:54 PM||Reply with quote #11 |
|Mine is just a nonsense word I came up with one day. It's nice to have a handle that's never taken.|
| Posted 09/04/08 at 04:46 PM||Reply with quote #12 |
|I am tall and gangly |
The Quixotic Engineer
| Posted 09/06/08 at 02:49 AM||Reply with quote #13 |
|I had a variety of handles until high school. In 1998 I first acquired AIM though, and needed one that wasn't used everywhere.|
At the time I was reading Milton's Paradise Lost, and Aeazel was one of Lucifer's monikers. I was intrigued by the alternate form of Azazel, and as I was rather gothy at the time (more family than peer pressure, oddly enough). It's stuck because I enjoy the implications of someone cast out due to the questioning of the norm.
The fact that I can always grab it is an added bonus.
Vorpal Bunny Ranch
The Border House
| Posted 10/22/08 at 12:37 PM||Reply with quote #14 |
|If you don't know the origins of mine you need to get yourself acquainted with some 80's comedy movie goodness. |
| Posted 12/16/08 at 01:48 AM||Reply with quote #15 |
|It's a misspelling of "Word Smiv." |
E munnie on XBLA, Erik_A_Hanson on Twitter, wordsmythe on Steam and GamersWithJobs.com
| Posted 12/20/08 at 03:18 AM||Reply with quote #16 |
|This thread is cool...|
So I've had a bunch of them - starting with my email address, one time in year 5 or 6 at primary school, we had a substitute teacher and they didn't have a class roll, so a bunch of us made up names. Mine was apparently 'Bob' and that stuck for about 5 years (got kinda lame eventually). THEN I discovered Pokemon and was attracted towards the pointless Pokemon Magikarp which while defenceless and completely without attack, if evolved became one of the best Pokemon in the game - Garydose (sp?), so as a combination of those I gave myself the name Magikbob. (yeah lame)
Then anyway in high school I had like a 100 others, but the last one that really had a good reason for it was "10rd Ben" which stuck and makes do for when my full name won't surfice. The story behind that was there was a stick stuck in a gutter, up high on the second floor roof of the school. It was really hard to get to, and I had to practically climb out over a 10m drop onto concrete to get it, but I did... Oh, and the stick was apparently Excalibur, and I became King of the School.
Since I wasn't happy with just the moniker, King, I became LORD and since I wasn't happy with non-1337 spelling, it became 10rd! Also, I really liked the aestheric appearance of 10rd. (I also now appreciate the confusion it gives people... "Ten-erd Ben...?" and that it puts me up in the number's section of player names)
And then when I started blogging about games, etc, I was doing it to build up both an online presence and a reputation for myself that would hopefully lead into a career. So I use my full name, as on my blog and in the better comment threads...
Bit long, but a couple of interesting story's I think.
Read about my Thesis on music in videogames at: http://drgamelove.blogspot.com
| Posted 01/07/09 at 06:22 AM||Reply with quote #17 |
|Mmmh... Originally, my handle was Random, because I tended to write about anything. Sadly, it's a rather common handle . So i reversed it, but it wasn't practical to say. I fiddled and thus came Modran, which isn't often used. When it is, I switch to Modranor. |
http://randommiles.blogspot.com/ , because you know you want to
| Posted 01/14/09 at 12:37 PM||Reply with quote #18 |
|You're not fooling anyone, Ben. We all know it's a psychological ploy to convince administrations to give you tenure. |
E munnie on XBLA, Erik_A_Hanson on Twitter, wordsmythe on Steam and GamersWithJobs.com
| Posted 01/14/09 at 02:09 PM||Reply with quote #19 |
|Cool thread. Mine's not too complicated. "Gemini Bros." are (or were) a West Coast glass blower I used to have a piece from back in my post-high school days in the mid/late-90s. I was sitting in the dorm on my first night away at school, seeking inspiration for my new AOL handle, and my eyes came to rest on the Gemini piece. Thus, 'geminibros' was born. |
Someone stole it on XBL - the ratbastard - so I had to settle there for OscarZetaAcosta (the Chicano Movement activist who famously joined HST on his "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" journeys). It's a name which has actually bred a (perhaps not-so-)surprising amount of hate from bigoted XBL players.
| Posted 01/14/09 at 04:23 PM||Reply with quote #20 |
|God damn it, I hate the vast majority of people on XBL. To denigrate an actually cool tag like that, unforgivable.|
Busky3@gmail.com for Gchat
| Posted 01/16/09 at 09:30 PM||Reply with quote #21 |
|Mine's not complicated either......it's from Sealab 2021. Cpt. Murphy knighted Eric Estrada in one episode, and he said, "I knight you Sir Phobos, beater of ass." No other motivations were needed for me.|
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| Posted 01/17/09 at 12:53 AM||Reply with quote #22 |
I have two handles. The one to my left is very easy to understand, it's the name of my site minus the .com. I like to advertize everytime I post. I use this for the ludodecahedron, but for everything else interent based I use Mageta or should that be take Mageta101. Mageta the Lion is a card from Magic, which back in the day, for no real reason was my favorate card. Probably because of the awsome image the name, picture and flavor text invoked.
A Critical Assessment of Video Games
| Posted 01/21/09 at 12:00 AM||Reply with quote #23 |
|in all honesty, i went to create a forum account to introduce myself and, thanks to the ingenuity of modern web browsing, found out i had already created an account with the handle 'penguindeath'-- a handle i have Absolutely no recollection of creating or using. never used it prior to this website. have no idea what inspired the name. would probably require the concerted efforts of a cognitive scientist and a toxicologist to figure out how i came up with that and why i dont remember creating it, so lets just drop that...|
the old school (mid 90s to 2000) handle is pixelpimp-- served me well, from BBS's to MUDs and MOOs, all the way up to quake 2. when i was feeling naughty i was pixxxelpimp. but, for some reason, i retired it to something more flashy-- jayoyayo.
J being the first letter of my first name, yayo because where i reside is called the "yay area", a play on the San Francisco "Bay Area" for reasons i shall not divulge here. thusly, jayoyayo. often spelled out in a ridiculous manner: JAYOYAYOYAYOYAYO on slashdot, for example.
when i'm feeling classy i'll go with the handle Joyous Yoyo.
and in online first person shooters i tend to use the handle slayoyayo. because i enjoy the verb to slay, and it's something i do well.
| Posted 01/23/09 at 08:35 PM||Reply with quote #24 |
|My name is not particularly complicated...|
I don't know exactly when i switched from my other name, in the past there used to be pretty small character limits in usernames. I also own ShadowTiger.com (parked webpage... nothing to see)... so i am the Official one... take that imposters!!!. I waited 6 long years for the domain to become up for sale... so hurray! Its pretty popular, it was taken on XBL, gmail, yahoo, Starcraft... Warcraft... so i have been trying to think of a really unique word that is cool and has never ever been used before. Um... i was considering Jugulation... its rare and unique, sounds alright... a little bit creepy though i suppose... any thoughts?
| Posted 01/24/09 at 12:33 AM||Reply with quote #25 |
|Not too much of a story...grew out of a childhood obsession with dragons, slightly redeemed by the classy association with heraldry and medieval bestiaries. I think wyverns are underrepresented among dracophiles. More anatomically probable, too. Finally, my fondness for the animated series Gargoyles nudged it to the forefront of my consciousness.|
Blue, because everything I do seems to turn out blue. It's just a good color.
Pros: fairly rare, visually identifiable, gender-ambiguous
Cons: unfamiliar and easily mispronounced/hard to spell. Unfortunately, the word is in my e-mail and URL, too. I'm moving to a new domain to take care of that latter problem. Oh, and other people have used it, too, which I find both surprising and frustrating.
I've been thinking more and more of using my real name. I behave myself online, and I'd like to develop an online presence that's connected to rather than insulated from my own good name. I think I'm going to use it on my blog when I complete the move. For good measure, I'll throw it in my sig here, too.
Sorry my story isn't so exciting, but I really enjoy hearing where usernames come from. It's a fascinating little realm of trivia.