put your two cents in... I mean it was really constructive in a immature kinda way..
If I cancel my account or uninstall DDO, is there any guarantee that my characters will not be deleted?
While we cannot guarantee your account status after a prolonged inactive status, we have no plans to remove accounts or characters from our system at this time.
This means that the items, currency and progress earned on the characters on the cancelled account should not be affected by an account cancellation.
If you were to reactivate your account, the characters on the account at the time of cancellation would almost certainly be intact
You will never lose any characters just by uninstalling DDO.
But hay, if DDO ever changes policy "AT THIS TIME".... He can blame me.
I work in the field of DATA Storage. There is always a cost involved. And I bet inactive accounts out number active accounts. Archiving storage costs money too. At some point they Archive it again cause the equipment gets old. Then that information needs to be migrated.
I have a favourite name I like to use for my characters, and it seems to me that one should have some opportunity to use it, especially if whoever is currently using that name has NO gender, race, profession, level or guild! I would think this would indicate that whoever is using the name has never logged it in or played it for any significant amount of time. In which case, I should think I (or whoever wants a name of an unlogged in character) should have an opportunity to use this name. Why not?
Last edited by Amii; 03-20-2009 at 02:55 PM.
Really? I canceled my subscription about 8 months ago and took a break from the game and came back. Should I have to rename my toons?
Most people who cancel their subscriptions do not delete their toons. They are still there as place holders and will always be in case the subscriber re subscribes. That is what has happened with many players in DDO who left for what ever reason was going on for a while and came back when they had more time. It would be suicide for this game to do this as the OP suggests. If you're having trouble naming your 5th drow toon other than Drizzt or what ever, then try something else with a random name generator. Geez.
Kirwin Hansel - Human Cleric
Eloric Foecleaver - Dwarven Barbarian
I had a name stolin from me (if thats even possible). I know the person does not play and would love it back.
Peace and Love your friend Xalted Vol
To the people claiming that there are millions, maybe even billions of available names out there: You're wrong. Plain and simple. There are that many possible combinations of letters, sure, but most of them are nonsense only a platfarmer could love. Names that are pronounceable in voice chat or memorable enough you don't have to look at your own character's stats page to remember how it's spelled are quite a bit more finite.
And thousands, probably tens of thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of them were used three+ years ago and have not been logged into since. That's a huge waste. I support the rename token idea but I'd set the criteria higher...over 2 years of inactivity at least...
I find it much easier to name my newer characters with concepts/ideas rather than actual names these days. Things that actually sound like names AND are still available are getting rather hard to come by. I've never been one to name my characters octosyllabic alphabet soup and I wouldn't want to try to pronounce most of the ones that I've seen running around...and when they aren't elves it looks even more foolish. At least various fantasy lore gives the elves a somewhat plausible reason to be incomprehensibly named.
Virie Squichie (sorc, and don't believe the name)
Disa Vowed (soon to be a FvS with rogue splash)
Nutin Nu t'Do
Salesman of Salvation (cleric)
Weapono Mass Destruction (sorc, and you wouldn't believe how many variations it took to find an open one)
Suggestion to Turbine: Have new character slots open up automatically based on months since account start date.
Update: EU+Store = close enough. Thank you.
Now that it's literally possible for one person to create hundreds or indeed thousands of names and never play again, I do think this is an issue they ought to address at some point. That being said, personally I'd say the "safe" timer for names from an unused account would have to be at least two years, and probably three, so it's not likely to change any time soon.
It was already brought up in court i believe the first to be taken to court for it was WOW or Final Fantasy or SWG
I was playing SWG at the time i heard about it
some player sued one of the three above mentioned companies for deleting there player account information when they stopped playing the game for 2 months and the courts deemed the player the winner in the case because his character was paid for by his subscription and box price.
The only thing you own in a MMO is your character profile and names
the items, currency, and game belongs to the company as ruled by the courts but your online personality was paid for and thus belongs to you.
So long as you don't break the game COC Your have your character protected by law to always be available to you at the same state you left it in for the life of the game. Thus becoming life time banned the game company has the right to eliminate your file.
Cause for you the game has died.
So legally they cannot make names available again unless the person actually logs on and deletes all there characters. Thus eliminating himself/herself from the game data banks.
I believe it happened in 2001 but you could look it up it might have been later then that maybe 2003.
wish i had the patience or the time to look it up and post it but i don't.
Just have to say they should never delete names if someone was here before you then its their name and if you cant come up with an orignal name on your own then thats your problem
The ANTI-Realms FANBOI NUKE THE REALMS ITS THE ONLY REAL WAY TO BE SURE
No MMO will ever do this.
It is a horrible business decision. You already are a paying customer meaning Turbine would gain nothing from this decision. And yet the expected loss is blatantly obvious -- innactive accounts would be far less likely to be activated.
Worst case scenario under the current situation: 1 or 2 extremely immature people quit because they can't name their new char the name they want.
Edit to add: Is it realy that hard to come up with a name? Do these suggestions come from people who want a particular (common) name, but it's taken? Or is it that you find yourself trying 20-30 names before finding one not taken?
I made a WF yesterday and was pleased to find my 1st choice not yet taken on Khyber: Bebot
Four years later, and good names can still be found.
Granted, I have learned to research names before creating a new toon, so I have a list ready. There are so many names that have been listed as Archived.
While this can add a little frustration to the process, it also provides a sense of security and permanence.
I am glad Turbine preserves these identities.
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