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NAME PURGE, its about time...

Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭
edited October 13 in Guild Wars 2 Discussion

I think a name purge should be done. It is absolutely a d u m b argument that since you bought a game 3 years ago you cant be considered inactive. Its just a falsehood. By all means send out a mail a month prior with a name purge incoming reminder and ask people to log in, heck send another a week and a day before but then DO IT. There's literally no names left. You cant make up a pronounceable chain of letters that would not be taken already. Even if you throw your cat on the keyboard half of the time the gibberish will be already taken too.

ENOUGH OF THIS.

There's no reason why the active players who play the game should be having to spend 30 minutes in character naming tab and then eventually give up because no names they can identify with are availble. And some kitten who probably hates the game and regrets ever buying it had a good name he managed to secure on launch forever stuck on his account. If he doesn't give a kitten enough to log in to refresh the name then we can take that as an agreement to free it up.

Its ridiculus, just fix it.

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  • Isn't gw1 names tied into the gw2 system aswell? Just curious if I heard or read that right in the past. If so purging names would also mess up gw1 Personally i wouldn't want to lose my Willie Nelson ranger over there lol. Swear he looks identical to ol willie. If i read that wrong from the past my apologies. As another said plenty of names try making something not so common like Night stalker name it Stalker of Night

  • endurio.7065endurio.7065 Member ✭✭

    it would be great if I could reuse the same name on all my chars in my account though, since it is the same player

  • SlateSloan.3654SlateSloan.3654 Member
    edited October 13

    i see no problem anet allowing names of characters to exist more than once ingame. we have unique display names so every player is able to be identified anyways. if it was to avoid scamming on pvp trades, we trade through the tradingpost in gw2. the ingame mail system could be designed to work with the display names to ensure delivery to receiver. its up to the sender to decide and ensure to choose the right receiver. it ever was and is still that way today.

  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭

    @endurio.7065 said:
    it would be great if I could reuse the same name on all my chars in my account though, since it is the same player

    This is what display name is for. If I may suggest something, you can always go with some creative or pun names including your main player name.

    e.g. mesmer would be Purple Endurio, warrior Endurio Smash etc.

  • @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @TEKnowledgy.1760 said:
    Isn't gw1 names tied into the gw2 system aswell? Just curious if I heard or read that right in the past. If so purging names would also mess up gw1 Personally i wouldn't want to lose my Willie Nelson ranger over there lol. Swear he looks identical to ol willie. If i read that wrong from the past my apologies. As another said plenty of names try making something not so common like Night stalker name it Stalker of Night

    There was a time before GW2 release that you could reserve your GW1 name for GW2 but I don't think it's in any way connected now.

    Oh i see thanks for clarification on that.

  • Ben K.6238Ben K.6238 Member ✭✭

    I've yet to have a single name declined because it was already taken. Apart from when I'd already taken it (for some reason the beta characters haven't been wiped).

  • Haleydawn.3764Haleydawn.3764 Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 13

    Get creative! I've not had a name denied me ever in Guild Wars 2 unless I tried to go for something really obviously unoriginal. ( I was however surprised I got the name I renamed my Charr Holosmith Engineer to )

    https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/support/support/Requesting-a-Taken-Name/first#post4248872

    The above was written as part of an attempt to waste time.

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭

    @Zin Dau.1749 said:
    There are over 10^27 possible names. There are less than 10^8 existing characters. There are plenty of names left.

    I made 8 new toons within the last 8 months; 2 of them just last month. If the names you want are taken, it's time to get creative.

    Are you really arguing that all letter combinations are possible names? XD You are joking right?

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭

    @Ben K.6238 said:
    I've yet to have a single name declined because it was already taken. Apart from when I'd already taken it (for some reason the beta characters haven't been wiped).

    Lucky you. That doesnt really reflect the state of things tho.

  • Ayumi Spender.1082Ayumi Spender.1082 Member ✭✭✭

    Seeing how I made an account before the game went free to play and I didn't come back until like 2 years ago and been slowly playing on and off, I'm glad on this.
    Shouldn't purge anything in case people might come back.
    Not Arenanet's fault that whatever name you're trying to use isn't unique.

    I've had no name naming names unless it's me picking stupid temporary names.
    Like when the PoF demo weekend was going on and wanted to try Renegade, I wanted to call them "Relevant Revenant" and so on.
    As for actual names, they all went through as I'm not trying to pick names like "Steven Segal" or "Tom Jones" or "Bill Cosby" or insert some anime name because I think this anime char is cool

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭
    edited October 13

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    Clearly you know why Anet is against name purge so it's redundant to explain it to you. I agree with this decision, there is no reason why a player who paid for their account can't keep chosen name. I'm pretty sure they are not going to change their decision because of your post, mr Xxx Legolas Xx Targaryen Xxx X

    COnviniently you ignore the fact that those reasons aforementioned are obviously not true. We cant because we wont is not an argument. Activity does not equate to buying a game at launch and the naming system as you clearly know is out of normal names to pick from. How about you make an actual counter argument? Oh wait you cant. If they wont change a thing, then clearly theres no reasoning with them but thats not a good thing. Would be nice if You weren't so happy about people being unable to comfortably create a new character. That is if you wanted to improve the game rather than defend arenanet for no good reason and insult people.

    I advocate for accesibility to normal sounding names and you try to mock me by calling my chars Xxx Legolas Xx Targaryen Xxx X? I want people to be able to choose a normal name without any needless asci art or side character spam precisely because i do think they are bad, and i know they know those are bad. People are choosing them because you cant spell a normal name or make up a pronouncable fantasy name without it being taken and the problem doesnt touch just names from some popular franchises. Thats exacly my point! Thanks for making it for me, Also what you recommended as naming conventions are just as terrible as the xxx legolas xxx and ARE NOT NAMES.

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭

    @Mithos.9023 said:
    Will Never Happen. And for good reason.

    Arenanet stated more than once that they won't do anything that would discourage a returning player, may he return after one month or 5 years. And I can't think of anything more disheartening than coming back to a game and all your characters you may have hundreds of hours spent with lost their names.
    So I can't do anything than telling you to move on, fighting for this subject is like a fight against windmills.

    The only tip I can give you is, don't try single names. Try to work with first and surnames then you won't have much trouble. I created for example a surname most of my characters have in one form or another. With this I could choose any first name I liked. With this no name I ever tried was ever taken.

    Your advice exposes the exact problem. Its not a solution, sorry. Also at this point players may not return because they cant create a new character with a decent sounding name. Have you considered that? Finally to think this wont change is just as saying mounts will never exist in gw2. People learn and grow and change their stances and hey, everyone seems to like the new mounts.

    PS if you get a month of time and 3 warnings and you cant be kitten to log in to the website then it is safe to asume you have no interest no any real care about the characters names you might have freed up. To call it the most disheartening thing you can imagine only speaks to lack of imagination.

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭

    @Just a flesh wound.3589 said:
    There are lots of names left if you use a first and last name/title. I’ve made several new chars in the last few months and each name went through with no problem.

    In other words, if you go around the problem going with pretentious and very long and thus hard to key in or remember names you still find a fev non taken combinations. Im aware of that. How does that change anything? I can litteraly mash my keyboard and the chance the combination will be taken is quite high are you aware of that?

  • I named a char Wooby Dooby got the starter head gear then deleted him actually done that alot with the same name till i had all the starter items because I like collecting that stuff. I do know Wooby is taken tried it so wooby who ever you are much love to ya lol.

  • Goettel.4389Goettel.4389 Member ✭✭

    I've made three characters over the last two months and had no trouble claiming the very first names I picked for them, none of them very long or far-fetched.

    Everyone who bought a copy of a non-subscription game should expect their account and characters to remain available as-is for as long as the game is available, unless limitations are clearly stated.
    Just my 2c.

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    I wonder what name you are trying to get.

    i tried a fev made up fantasy names along with changing a letter here and there to still make them sound like a normal name and they are all taken. I wanted to make a mesmer or a revenant for a couple of weeks now, i managed to make a sylvari that doesnt look completely craptastic with so fev non ugly faces to choose from it wasnt easy. i have about 10 nicknames allong with 4 possible variations in every ones name that are acceptable. none of them big fantasy or popular franchise names. Most of them from my pen and paper rpg days when we made up names that were both realistic and not a rip off from legolas etc. Fundamentally you know the situation is bad you jsut dont want to admit it, because since you found a not realy as satisfactory as youd wish workarround that means theres no problem. You know there is a problem...

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭
    edited October 13

    @Goettel.4389 said:
    I've made three characters over the last two months and had no trouble claiming the very first names I picked for them, none of them very long or far-fetched.

    are you english speaker? are you making them pronounceable in english? Cause you are lucky if so.

    Everyone who bought a copy of a non-subscription game should expect their account and characters to remain available as-is for as long as the game is available, unless limitations are clearly stated.
    Just my 2c.

    Yea limitations will be clearly stated, thats the whole month of time thing. I dont want people who give a kitten about their character names to loose them. But at some point you also have to let the active player base breathe. If you give a kitten, i dont think loging on to your account even via website would be too much to ask. Plenty of games done that and nobody complained. Heck i even lost some names in allods online that way but thats because i didnt give a kitten about that game for a long time, they didnt send me a reminder or a warning once and i still didnt mind because i didnt play so they have to give a crap more about people who do. Im saying give it a month send reminders etc, make sure people who give a kitten have the time to react but then DO IT.

  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭

    @Corvus.2831 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    I wonder what name you are trying to get.

    i tried a fev made up fantasy names along with changing a letter here and there to still make them sound like a normal name and they are all taken. I wanted to make a mesmer or a revenant for a couple of weeks now, i managed to make a sylvari that doesnt look completely craptastic with so fev non ugly faces to choose from it wasnt easy. i have about 10 nicknames allong with 4 possible variations in every ones name that are acceptable. none of them big fantasy or popular franchise names. Most of them from my pen and paper rpg days when we made up names that were both realistic and not a rip off from legolas etc. Fundamentally you know the situation is bad you jsut dont want to admit it, because since you found a not realy as satisfactory as youd wish workarround that means theres no problem. You know there is a problem...

    If all of them (which I don't believe) are taken, clearly they are not as original as you thought. The game is old, names are taken. Deal with it because nothing is going to change.

  • @Corvus.2831 said:

    @Just a flesh wound.3589 said:
    There are lots of names left if you use a first and last name/title. I’ve made several new chars in the last few months and each name went through with no problem.

    In other words, if you go around the problem going with pretentious and very long and thus hard to key in or remember names you still find a fev non taken combinations. Im aware of that. How does that change anything? I can litteraly mash my keyboard and the chance the combination will be taken is quite high are you aware of that?

    Pretentious, hard, very long? Are you serious? For my Human a 4 letter first name plus Crane is pretentious? For my Charr, a 5 letter first name and a culturally appropriate last name, Irontooth, is “very long”? Those are not names that are hard to remember, unless you’re unable to remember first and last names in real life.

    Be careful what you ask for. ANet might give it to you

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭

    @Corvus.2831 said:

    @Just a flesh wound.3589 said:
    There are lots of names left if you use a first and last name/title. I’ve made several new chars in the last few months and each name went through with no problem.

    In other words, if you go around the problem going with pretentious and very long and thus hard to key in or remember names you still find a fev non taken combinations. Im aware of that. How does that change anything? I can litteraly mash my keyboard and the chance the combination will be taken is quite high are you aware of that?

    What's pretentious about having a last name? In real-life the majority of people have at least 2 words in their name (some have many more) and I've never heard of that being considered pretentious.

    Of course a person's full name is not always used (even in some formal situations, when I first met the CEO of my previous company she introduced herself to me as Julia), but the same is true in-game. My main character is called Danielle Aurorel, but most my friends and guildies call her (and me) Dani. If I could tell them Dragon's Watch would do the same.

    Danielle Aurorel - Desolation (EU).

    "Remember in this game we call life that no one said it's fair."

  • TEKnowledgy.1760TEKnowledgy.1760 Member ✭✭
    edited October 13

    @Corvus.2831 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    I wonder what name you are trying to get.

    i tried a fev made up fantasy names along with changing a letter here and there to still make them sound like a normal name and they are all taken. I wanted to make a mesmer or a revenant for a couple of weeks now, i managed to make a sylvari that doesnt look completely craptastic with so fev non ugly faces to choose from it wasnt easy. i have about 10 nicknames allong with 4 possible variations in every ones name that are acceptable. none of them big fantasy or popular franchise names. Most of them from my pen and paper rpg days when we made up names that were both realistic and not a rip off from legolas etc. Fundamentally you know the situation is bad you jsut dont want to admit it, because since you found a not realy as satisfactory as youd wish workarround that means theres no problem. You know there is a problem...

    You'd be surprised how common uncommon names are i mean heck how common is Wooby? Never heard wooby ever other than my own pigment of imagination apparently some one exists in this game and has just as a twisted imagination as I that is almost scary.

  • @Corvus.2831 said:

    If all of them (which I don't believe) are taken, clearly they are not as original as you thought. The game is old, names are taken. Deal with it because nothing is going to change.

    And mounts will never happen either right!? just go away you waste my time.

    I could make them sound adalegolasxxx or sqasdf(oh wait that one is taken) . Those while original are not names. And this is a long existing problem that only gets worse with time.

    Using examples like adalegolasxxx is not helping your argument. Try one first name you actually want and add a reasonable last name and it will go through.

    Be careful what you ask for. ANet might give it to you

  • But i do understand where you coming from, don't want ya think i don't I've tried few words that aren't really even names, that i'd expect no one to really mess with and came up with unavailable message. So just how it goes 1000s apon 1000s of people in this game, alot of different imaginations and creativity are in this game. Even those names you tried, those people might be playing daily for all you know. Even with name purge you might not get what you want, like I said just how it goes. The game is 5 years old to, older it gets harder names will get, but purging might not help you at all.

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭

    What's pretentious about having a last name? In real-life the majority of people have at least 2 words in their name (some have many more) and I've never heard of that being considered pretentious.

    Of course a person's full name is not always used (even in some formal situations, when I first met the CEO of my previous company she introduced herself to me as Julia), but the same is true in-game. My main character is called Danielle Aurorel, but most my friends and guildies call her (and me) Dani. If I could tell them Dragon's Watch would do the same.

    1, normal last names are also already taken same for decent titles which btw you have a separate ingame thing for. Selfproclaiming to be "the great" or "teh black" or whatever is pretentious.
    2 when you encounter people they tell you, hi im Anya, ergo a fantasy character immediate name would be hi im Anarys, Elvaneth, Isyrien etc not full name and surname. Saying hi im Marigoth Elentviel the third is pretentious, everythign after the name is pretentious. and you did it becasue MARIGOTH was taken aswel as Marielgoth margothiel etc etc etc. Thats the problem now you know thats how it is because you had to choose a surname so don't deny it.
    3 long names are immemorable and hard to key in.

  • Corvus.2831Corvus.2831 Member ✭✭
    edited October 13

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    Well yes, as more characters are created, more names are taken. This is natural way of game getting older. You are not entitled to any name in the game.

    Exaclty why they should be released from inactive accounts. "YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ANY NAME IN THE GAME." i win you loose can we do this then? since you agreed.

    And mounts will never happen either right!?

    They never said there will ever be mounts in game so your example is absolutely irrelevant. However, they clearly stated they are not going to purge "inactive" names and you are well aware of it and their reasoning. Your whining is going to change nothing, especially that you are getting more agressive with every post here.

    I specificly remember they did say no mount becasue itll interfere with the events appearing etc. I am aware of their incorrect faulty reasoning. I dismantled it in the opening post. People who didnt play for 5 years are not active players. You cant argue that.

  • Ayumi Spender.1082Ayumi Spender.1082 Member ✭✭✭

    @Corvus.2831 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    I wonder what name you are trying to get.

    i tried a fev made up fantasy names along with changing a letter here and there to still make them sound like a normal name and they are all taken. I wanted to make a mesmer or a revenant for a couple of weeks now, i managed to make a sylvari that doesnt look completely craptastic with so fev non ugly faces to choose from it wasnt easy. i have about 10 nicknames allong with 4 possible variations in every ones name that are acceptable. none of them big fantasy or popular franchise names. Most of them from my pen and paper rpg days when we made up names that were both realistic and not a rip off from legolas etc. Fundamentally you know the situation is bad you jsut dont want to admit it, because since you found a not realy as satisfactory as youd wish workarround that means theres no problem. You know there is a problem...

    Hm... fantasy names...
    "King Arthir"?
    "Vlad The Impoler"?
    "Ivon The Terribull"?
    "Ghengis Kahn"?

    I don't know what "fantasy" names you're trying to use with "Changing a letter here and there" unless the "Fantasy" you mean is Final like:
    "Clud" "Teffa" "Snuu" "Lightneeng" "Seffyroff" "Cidane" and so on.

    Because the excuse of "none of them is big fantasy or popular franchise names" doesn't help at all.
    Especially if it's a "fantasy name" that would be known with "a few letters changed here and there". That would mean you're trying to use known existing Fantasy names and just changing a few letters so you can go through meaning not unique names.

    And finally you can't make the excuse either of stuff you made up "back in the day", because to let you know... brains subconsciously remember crap and then one moment you splur it out and think it's unique and later find out it's a name you heard before.

    Maybe "Truldor" or "Grahldine" or "Sivannah" or whatever you might be thinking. Just because you some up with a single name doesn't mean no one else in the world didn't.
    This is a game played in many places across the world... think up a name right now and there's a good chance somewhere in the world someone is thinking the same name as you.
    Harry isn't a unique name. Potter is not unique either. Harry Potter together? Now someone made up a character and made books on it.
    Jim isn't a unique name. Jones is not a unique name. Put them together and you got a Kool-Aid party going on.

  • Ayumi Spender.1082Ayumi Spender.1082 Member ✭✭✭

    @Danikat.8537 said:

    @Corvus.2831 said:

    @Just a flesh wound.3589 said:
    There are lots of names left if you use a first and last name/title. I’ve made several new chars in the last few months and each name went through with no problem.

    In other words, if you go around the problem going with pretentious and very long and thus hard to key in or remember names you still find a fev non taken combinations. Im aware of that. How does that change anything? I can litteraly mash my keyboard and the chance the combination will be taken is quite high are you aware of that?

    What's pretentious about having a last name? In real-life the majority of people have at least 2 words in their name (some have many more) and I've never heard of that being considered pretentious.

    Of course a person's full name is not always used (even in some formal situations, when I first met the CEO of my previous company she introduced herself to me as Julia), but the same is true in-game. My main character is called Danielle Aurorel, but most my friends and guildies call her (and me) Dani. If I could tell them Dragon's Watch would do the same.

    To be fair, Asuras don't seem to have a last name, but many of them do have like some kind of title to them.

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