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Compensation planned for WildStar's name reservation failures

WildStar players attempting to reserve their name yesterday ran into a bit of a problem -- namely, the fact that it didn't work. Maintenance took place, the page went up and down, and a lot of people trying to reserve important names ahead of time found themselves unable to do so. Needless to say,...

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The Daily Grind: What naming restrictions do you approve of?

A recent beta patch in WildStar included several changes to its naming rules. Numbers in names are out but special characters are in. I'm really not a huge fan of most special characters because they're used to circumvent the fact that your desired name was chosen and so you're going to create a...

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The Daily Grind: What are the funniest names you've seen?

Recently on the podcast we were chatting about hilarious names that cropped up in City of Heroes back in the day. The puns! Oh, the puns! It was simply glorious. The truth here is that I love being amused by a really clever and funny name. In some games, a name is the biggest point of external...

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The Tattered Notebook Extra: EQ Next Landmark livestream talks tools, demonstrates mining

Any time you mention EverQuest Next Landmark, you get a score of people saying that they just don't quite get it. To help alleviate that, devs hosted another EQN Landmark livestream and dished up more details about the upcoming sandbox and treated viewers to their first look at actual mining...

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The Daily Grind: Do you come up with unique avatar names?

So Star Wars: The Old Republic is doing a name purge. What's a name purge? Well, it's when an MMO company goes through its database and frees up character names that were claimed by players who haven't been active in some time. This in turn allows the names to be used by both newer players and/or...

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RIFT frees up inactive character names

No one likes changing a character's name because of a server merge, but there are definitely ways to add insult to injury. If you wind up losing your original name to an active high-level character, it feels fair. If you lose your name to a naked bank alt someone made years ago and has almost...

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The Daily Grind: What's the story behind your character name?

I love me a good character name. Before I settled into the habit of using the same handful of names over and over again, I used to rely on a multi-page list of interesting names that I added to over the years. Many of these names would be chosen just because I liked the sound of them, but sometimes...

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The Daily Grind: Would you buy a game based on the people in charge?

Between watching what Naoki Yoshida did to the original version of Final Fantasy XIV and getting a hands-on with the new version, I will now play absolutely any game that lists him as the director. I don't care if his next project is Barbie Dancing Fun Time -- I will buy it if his name is on the...

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The Guild Counsel: The battle for character names

Identity is a theme that comes up a lot in The Guild Counsel column. Guild identity shapes a variety of areas, from recruitment policies and guild rules to tone and atmosphere. And for players, everything they do in game shapes their character identity. But one of the first things players...

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Former president of Square Enix calls corporate merger a disaster

Corporate mergers always create hard feelings. Combining two separate groups of people into a single culture is naturally going to generate some feelings that the companies were better off apart. That's certainly the case for Hisashi Suzuki, the former president of Square Enix who recently called...

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