So all of you probably know someone who has had their characters name changed by the dev's in game. There is no warning about this, it just happens. Typically it is because you have something offensive in your name and the devs' are just being "nice" and not banning your account instead they choose to change the names. Now sometimes this is good, for instance using sware words in names. However, I have seen a few instances were it was controversial at most and slightly offensive to not offensive at all. The part that I don't like about it, is the characters who have had their names changed have no choice in what the new name can be. sometimes it is a modified version of the name and other times it is completly different. I will give some examples.
Back in beta, My friend created a character with the name Drizzit do'urden (correct, exact spelling although mine might be off.) He then created this character in the early release and it was an elf with dark skin and a dual weilding rouge. He has had this character for months, and then they released the drow. My friend did not reroll his character and make it drow or change anything about the character. however, I am sure all of you remember the threads about people recreating drizzit and etc... A few weeks after the drow had been released he noticed his characters name was changed to drit.
He did not have an offensive name, but it was still changed. Is this right, should he have been allowed to choose the name for his new character?
Smoking Magnus for breakfest; was the name of one of my guild members. this character was a sorc created for pvp purposes. And yes there was another magnus on the server. Now let me tell you about magnus, At the time (havent seen him on too much lately) magnus was arguably the best most natorious pvp'er on my server. Everyone new him and died by him. My friends main was also a sorc, but not built for pvp. Although he could put up a fight against magnus, Magnus still had the upper hand. So my friend created smoking to pvp and ultimatley beat Magnus. Now, when he created this character he contacted magnus and told him the names for fun and theres nothing personal about it. The name was more or less respecting magnus in an odd way. and asked if he had any problems with it. magnus said no and they went on playing. A few days later he logs on and notices his characters name has now been changed to smoking. he contacted magnus and asked him if he reported him, magnus said no and that he has not complained to anyone about it.
I ask you, was this right? should the devs have changed his name? or is this too offensive.
Last but not Least; I have a guildie who is one of those guildies who uses the same name for all his characters. This guy uses Clan as the prefix for his characters names: IE Clanhealer, Clanwarrior. One day he creates a new character named ClanPower. he thinks nothing of this name other than the fact it is using clan in his name. However, the first or second day of creating it someone complains that it is racist. He discusses with them that he didn't even realize it could be connected to the KKK when he created it. Obvivously it can be now that he thinks about it but that was not his intentions and informs him that all his characters names start with clan. The guy who is complaining does not care and wants him to delete his toon. Later that day Clan logs back in only to notice his name has now been changed to some random thing like crucil or something like that. He contacts a dev to talk to him about it explains what happens and ask if he can choose his new character name. The dev says no it would cause to big of a problem and if he had any other offensive character names his account would be banned.
Once again, is this right? Should we be allowed to choose our new character name.
If you have any stories or want to comment on this please do so. Lets respect, laugh and scold the original names, new names and devs for the in game name changes.
I know you can now pay 20 dollars and get your names changed, I think that is a wonderful idea and thank turbine for doing that. However, I believe that some of these name changed people should be able to create their characters new names.
(Disclamer) I am sure there is a warning or something stated in the users terms and agreement. I have read it but have not memorized it word for word or reviewed it to see what it states about offensive names. I am not trying to bring a legal action or slander turbine in any way. rather, letting them know of some game play issues that might be able to be adjusted. I also have no idea if allowing people to pick their new names would cause a burden to turbine, but I think they should hear what we have to say.