I really hope they don't change the name policy. They came up with it for a reason, they should stick to it.
What tends to happen is they cave into the vocal minority, that being the people that don't like the policy and complain vocally about it. But they don't take into account the people that don't like the policy and because they like it, they don't say anything.
On that thread that Ghija linked:
Iroar is obviously "I roar". Of course the GM was going to say no to any suggestions on different variations the person came up with, it's obvious the person was still looking to use the "I roar" combination as his name.
What he should have done was say "thank you Mr. GM, i'll come up with something else" and gone and made the name variation without checking with the GM. Just keep doing it til he finds one that sticks.
That's like asking your parents something, they say no, then you ask to do the same thing but in a different way. Of course they're going to say no.
As for Earache. EarAche wouldn't be allowed, but Earache is. Why, because like someone posted in that thread, you don't know that it's supposed to be the medical name, but if you adjust how it's pronounced it actually makes it a cool name.
I really hope they don't change the policy.
I use different names in all the games I've played and I've never had a problem finding/playing with the same people over and over. The ones I want to play new games with, I have outside means of getting in contact with. Each new game has a different "flavor" to it, so I adjust my names to match that flavor somewhat.
If I play a war game, i'm not going to come up with a fantasy or sci-fi name. Same if I play a Sci-Fi game, I'll come up with an appropiate name for that.
There have been times that I've kept the same name, but it always ends up being used for an alt or mule character. The name of my main has always changed from game to game (and WoW will be no different as Seoman isn't going to be the name of my main.)
Edited, Sun Sep 26 17:22:23 2004 by SeomanP
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