Comedy Names in MMORPGs
Several years ago when Everquest was in its prime, there was a big craze of giving your avatar a comedy name. Y’know, something witty so all of your mates could have a chuckle – roleplaying was definitely at the bottom of the list whilst being funny was at the top. Maybe it’s just the games I play now or the servers I play on but the fad seems to have dissipated a lot in recent years… either that or devs are cracking down on it a lot more.
Some of the most memorable comedy names I saw in Everquest include two Ogres called “Devon Duddley” and “Buhbuhray Duddley” (aka the Duddley Boys from the WWF), “David Schwimmer” (I have no idea how the player got the name David past the censors) and my all time favourite, “Burt Reynolds”. However, perhaps the most renowned EQ character name has to be “Master Bates”, Bates being the first name and Master an awarded title. Hilarious stuff. In Everquest 2 I even encountered two players on Nagafen, the PvP server, called “Starskey” and “Hutch”.
I’m guilty of having a few comedy names myself, I have to admit. I had an Ogre Berserker on Stromm, Everquest, called “Crushinator” after the Futurama cartoon. My excuse was that it was kinda fitting for my character. Lame, I know. On Everquest 2, I also had an Ogre Shadowknight called “Vanilla Gorilla”. My excuse for that was just that it sounded cool
I’m glad that developers censor real world names in MMORPGs because it’s slightly jarring to be on a magnificent quest, slaying a bunch of rampaging Orcs in order to save a village and then suddenly bump into a Wood Elf called “J’Lo”. Still, sometimes it’s nice to have a laugh.
Anyone got any comedy names they’ve seen (or had) in MMOs they want to share?