Too Much Pressure

Too Much Pressure

Too Much Pressure

by Steve Napierski to Comics

This is definitely the hardest part of any RPG. While not so much a traditional JRPG, I had the exact same dilemma when I started playing Culdcept Saga recently.

My default course of action when naming a character in any RPG is to just use whatever the system offers by default. When I played through Dragonquest VIII my main character’s name was Hero. This way when I talk to someone about the game its easy for me to say, “Remember when Cloud was riding the motorcycle.” Instead of “Remember when OchoCinco…I mean Cloud, that was his name…I think…was riding the motorcycle.”

My second course of action is a variation of Momus. You do know who Momus is, right? Momus is simply the greatest god in Greek mythology EVAR! Momus is the god of satire and mockery. So when I name characters they might be Momus, Momo or if a female Momiji.

Nonetheless, it is still the hardest part of any RPG: except for Final Fantasy XIII where the hardest part was just playing it.

Discussion (30)¬

  1. Phaelin
    Phaelin says:
    August 30, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Heh, this is especially bad for me in Phantasy Star Online.

    “Oh god, I spend all that time choosing between five hair options! How could I possibly name this character now!?”

  2. Jnite
    Jnite says:
    August 30, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I prefer the default name as well. Although it becomes a problem when the default is Player1 or similar.

    Long story short I’m known as Player1.

  3. Fierkraag
    Fierkraag says:
    August 30, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    If you think its hard choosing the name for just the main character try playing phantom brave where you will create many characters and have to name every single one of them. Think of it over 30 characters to name in just one game

    • Jnite
      Jnite says:
      August 30, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Good grief! I would probably try to be creative at first but by the end I would be picking random words. Probably base on things I could see while doing it.

      Your name is Joe.
      Your name is Sandwich.
      Your name is Lamp.
      Your name is Carpet.
      Your name is TV.

      …You know the more I keep talking about this, the more I want to do it now.

  4. Jarrett
    Jarrett says:
    August 30, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    This is the point when I start making up a fictional name, carefully spending 5 minutes at a time on each character only to throw out the first few names I come up with because I don’t like them.

  5. AndrewFoose
    AndrewFoose says:
    August 30, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Yeah, FFIII for the DS was the first game that I have played where you can name your characters. And since I had no idea who people were talking about on GameFAQs, I then took a stance of “never name a character anything other than their cannon name.” Link is always Link.

  6. Jimmy T
    Jimmy T says:
    August 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    ALWAYS. Games like Persona sometimes make it easy for me and I just play as me, but other times it’s really difficult. Like Fallout or Skyrim, and so choosy about names.

  7. Donmy
    Donmy says:
    August 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I always name them ‘Donmy’ and if it’s a girl, ‘Donmai’

  8. PrinceJonathan
    PrinceJonathan says:
    August 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Never had this problem. I always use the default named, or my own name, or if I have to name multiple characters I break my name apart into four separate names.

  9. Kyono
    Kyono says:
    August 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m prolly the crazy one, but I just took old names from D&D campaigns, gave them fully fleshed out characters, and just used one or another for every game.

    • MindTricked
      MindTricked says:
      August 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      I’ve been doing the same thing for over 20 years now.

  10. Paul
    Paul says:
    August 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    This is why I have a group of names I keep for just this situation. Each tailored for each type of class and/or character type. When I start up one of these games I check to see what kind of character I’m playing and then choose the appropriate name.

  11. Kazuto88
    Kazuto88 says:
    August 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Remember in Final Fantasy 7 when Sephiroth killed Kasumi?

  12. Triaxx2
    Triaxx2 says:
    August 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I find that if I can’t use my name, I either make something up, or in games like Skyrim, use a descriptive adjective. So a female thief became Ahlia Light-Fingers. Fits the fantasy universe, and sounds like the kind of nickname she might earn for being an excellent pickpocket.

  13. MindTricked
    MindTricked says:
    August 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I’m pretty good at coming up with decent names, off the fly or pre-planned. That being said, I’ve also used the same names (or variations thereof) in every MMO I’ve played, going back to UO, and various non-MMOs that have the same fantastical setting(s). As for the FF games… I usually go with the defaults, if applicable.

    (Remember the first Final Fantasy? Four letters per name… yeah, I got really creative with those names.)

  14. Pocket Lord Sephirjon
    Pocket Lord Sephirjon says:
    August 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I remember, a friend of mine once played through Final Fantasy VI, and named every character Kefka.

  15. Joshua Brown
    Joshua Brown says:
    August 31, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Funny, I had the same problem naming my character in Skyrim.

  16. Sky Render
    Sky Render says:
    August 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Sometimes I feel a bit mean when I let the audience name the characters when I do Let’s Plays, because I know I’m subjecting more than a few of them to this. That said, it rarely happens to me. I’ve quite a nice selection of names for characters, probably my favorite being my Oblivion character, the Orc I called Gro-gro Groyurboat. Though his successor The Facechopper from my Skyrim save’s a close second.

  17. Kintrex
    Kintrex says:
    August 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Ah, this reminds me of that FFI playthrough. “How do you like your name, FOOD?”

  18. Angry_Squirrel
    Angry_Squirrel says:
    August 31, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    1>Start Pokemon
    2>This over yours & your rival’s name
    3>Choose first pokemon
    4>This over your first pokemon’s name
    5>Deliver obligatory goods, get pokeballs
    6>Catch a new pokemon
    7>This over new pokemon’s name
    8>Repeat steps 6 & 7 at least 200 times

  19. Darien Dark
    Darien Dark says:
    August 31, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    I know what you mean, when I play chrono trigger, I just can't help but call the purple haired girl Bulma, cause lets face it, asides from the head gear, she looks just like Bulma from dragon ball, hell the art was made by the same creator.

  20. Will
    Will says:
    August 31, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Ahh, fond memories of staring at the name entry screen for 20 minutes. This is the worst part for me in Neverwinter Nights.

    Favorite name: Bubbles the Orc Crusader hailing from Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Tom Cruise the halfling barbarian, hailing from NWN2.

    Oddly enough, I have an easier time naming teams than individual characters: My FF1 team of FACE, BA, HANN, MURD. BA always manages to die right before I get the airship. Or KEN, KYLE, STAN, CART.

  21. prime_pm
    prime_pm says:
    August 31, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    When I played Dragon Age, I found that there were already predetermined nicknames for your character, which only added more pressure. “Shoot, what’s the best nickname for Rasker? Robert? Rick? Richard? Fuck!”

    Then I play the game, everyone just calls you Arisen. “Well, that was a real cul-de-sac.”

    • prime_pm
      prime_pm says:
      August 31, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Sorry, I meant Dragon’s Dogma.

  22. Jonathan Hoosier
    Jonathan Hoosier says:
    August 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Every. Single. Time.

  23. Vinicius
    Vinicius says:
    August 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    This was problematic for me when playing Dragon Quest V. I wasn’t naming any charachter, I was naming my son.

  24. Nemo
    Nemo says:
    September 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    In FFVII, I named everyone the following:

    Cloud= Asshole
    Barret= the N-word
    Tifa= Slut
    Aeris= Hooker
    Red XIII= Mutt
    Cait Sith= Douche
    Cid= Faggot
    Vincent= Fairy
    Yuffie= Jailbait

  25. Nathan
    Nathan says:
    September 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    I’ll stick with the default name if there is one. Otherwise, I’ll often go for a pet’s name or a favorite character from a book. I used my own name for the hero in Dragon Quest VI, and it’s coming across as a little weird.

  26. Gathma
    Gathma says:
    September 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I always use my own name for games like Zelda, and just use the name I have here for everything else. Pretty simple and saves me hours of panic.

  27. Hapolo GutiƩrrez Loera
    Hapolo GutiƩrrez Loera says:
    October 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    The first time I saw Chrono Trigger it was at a friend's house… He named Chrono after him: Alex, and Frog as his brother: Beny… XD To date for me those are still the official names of those characters, hahaha!