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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-your-handle? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Are pro gamers good because they're good, or just because their usernames make you think they are? New scientific research suggests it may actually be a little bit of both. What's most interesting about this isn't what it says about current players, but how up and coming gamers will choose their own handles in future, both to intimidate opponents — and pull in the audiences that help subsidize their budding careers."
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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

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  • by s0nicfreak (615390) on Thursday April 03, 2014 @08:29PM (#46656887) Homepage Journal
    It could have all been different with one strategically placed "h"...
  • Ian Banks (Score:5, Funny)

    by Todd Knarr (15451) on Thursday April 03, 2014 @09:05PM (#46657191) Homepage

    Whenever I see one of those overblown handles that seem designed to intimidate and impress people, my first thought is that the player isn't good enough to do it on his own merits. I prefer names along the lines of how Ian Banks' Culture ships named themselves. To borrow a comment. "Let's see you explain to your admiralty that your fleet was wiped out by the Bureaucracy and the Red Tape, and when you tried to disengage you found yourself trapped by the Complete Lack of Morale and the High Command's Total Incompetency.".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 04, 2014 @02:46AM (#46658747)

    My friend and I used to go on Christian Halo servers (no swearing allowed, but ultraviolence A-OK!) as "Jesus" and "Judas". He would then TK me for the obviously ban-inducing "Jesus betrayed Judas".

    For lulz we would occasionally turn the tables and claim we were spreading the Gospel.

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