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Andytizer - back in primary school, no one could pronounce my surname Tsai. It's actually a very common surname in Taiwan, but it's spelled a bit oddly in the romanisation of Chinese sounds in the UK. In Cantonese, I would be called 'Choi'. Anyway kids at school started calling me Tizer, after the softdrink.. and that kind of came together with my first name to become the online handle 'Andytizer'.

 

I'm going to guess a few others:

JRWR - I already know this one, he can tell you himself

Newmansan - obviously this is a reference to Seinfeld, the avatars speak for themselves - but how did the -san suffix come about?

Garrett - this is either your real name, or a reference to Thief

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My best friend's username at the time was "nicegreeny" and my favorite color is red, clearly I'm not the best at original names. It's stuck with me because it'd be too much work to change it now.

 

Sometimes names just stick and it's easier just to keep it the same :D.

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Mine has a history.

 

When I was a kid, Star Wars and LEGO was my life. My best friend was just as big a Star Wars fan as I was, so whenever he visited me in the summer for two weeks, we would play outside all day every day with those $7 plastic lightsabers. Naturally, we were Jedi undertaking dangerous Jedi missions using the woods and the treehouse I had as props and environment (I lived in a rural area). We also needed Jedi names, so we unimaginatively stole two names from my (then) new copy of Star Wars: The Essential Chronology book. I chose "Arca Jeth".

 

Over the next few years, I inverted the name to "Jeth Arca" before dropping the last part in favor of a made up one. Except I would forget my new last name by next time, make up one to replace it, and forget that one next time. Did that several times until I hit on "Jeth Calark" and it stuck. So it's basically my Jedi alter-ego.

 

When I got my first email account (and thus my first internet account of any kind), I used "Jeth Calark" as my username. Been doing the same ever since. It's become less "Jedi" and more just plain "alter ego" over the years, but I do get a very wide grin every time I'm playing Battlefront II using that name. Probably because my little circle of gaming friends originally met me on Skype and thought my real name WAS "Jeth Calark", thus they still call me "Jeth" all the time out of habit despite knowing my real name.

 

 

I do find it a little fascinating that many of us seem to use childhood or high school nicknames for internet usernames.

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In high school, I was reading a lot of King Arthur stories, I found a lot of personal meaning in them. In gaming, I used different names all the time, I was changing names about once a week or so. Never really getting close to a community. I ended up being recruited into a clan, and having to pick a name. I didn't want to use one of my other names, in case the clan didn't work out, so I wanted to pick something new and distinct. So I turned to King Arthur for inspiration. I didn't want to use King_Arthur as a name, it sounded ridiculous, wanted something that sounded knightly but not silly. I ended up picking Pendragon, and vaguely telling people it was after Uther Pendragon. It was also a nod to my love of dragons, and slightly similar to my actual name.

 

I never thought the name would stick, I thought it would be something I used for a few weeks. That was over a decade ago. It just got to be another name I used, I got comfortable with it, even if people started using the nickname "Penny" on me. I have since forgotten those old legends, I don't read them as much anymore. I've used many other names since then, but I do come back to this persona every time. Lately I've tried going public and not using an Internet persona, but this one still sticks with me. I've been Pendragon for a long time now, and I expect I will stay Pendragon for much longer.

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Mine came about through my somewhat failure.

 

According to Cognitive Ability Tests, I am an all round genius. However, around the age of 12, my school found that my English levels were not doing as well as my science and maths, and my English teacher suggested I find a way to improve my writing with other people.

So I took to the internet. I got into forum roleplay- most of which ended in Skype chats that I regret now I know Microsoft record and read them- and Mestaris was one of the names I used quite frequently; as I often hate picking regular names.

 

And here we are today :P

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Well, story time.

 

When I was like 15 years old, I was listening to a lot of Slipknot. I used to love that band and for a long time, friends just called me Sid - which was a reference to Sidney George Wilson, who is a DJ in Slipknot. Then they years of "Liceum" came (usually you go there, when you're like 16 and it least for 3 years). Feeling lonely and having only few friends in Liceum, I started looking for even more brutal music and since Slipknot wasn't creating anything, I just got tired of listening the same 3 albums over and over again, so I changed nickname to Mr. Suicide. This was related to my playing Half-Life 2's mod - Synergy, where I was really good at playing puzzle and jumping maps. Obviously, to save time, I had "kill" command binded to k key - hence why, I was using this nickname. Year later, I changed school and started listening to a much calmer band - Pain. Imagine moving from a class with 35 people, to a class where there is 11 people and one of which is your brother. The life got so much less frustrating. That however, didn't change the fact, that usually I felt like people just understand me. And one day, sitting alone in a room, listening to Pain, in a song Suicide Machine I caught a line:

 

Suicide Machine - locked up in this cage
Suicide Machine - I don't understand

and instantly I thought about using as my nickname.

And that's how it stayed. Then MLP came and I kind of started using Pony Machine on Steam, but - since I considered it as short term fascination - I decided to stay with a nickname Suicide Machine, where I can.

 

So that's it. Oh and avatar comes from a clip for Suicide Machine.

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I used to be called (in free translation) Froggy when I was a kid. I guess I was an ugly kid. TheFroggynator just seemed better to me. Though I am not a fan of the Terminator series, that's where it took the idea from. And it is pretty original too. I've never seen variations of it on others. I'm sure there may be a few somewhere over there, but I am not making a case out of it.

 

So it's a legacy, spice with originality and that's that.

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Miser - I've always used a different name online but whenever I went to signup for Xbox Live I wanted to use the name Mister Clarence. Some error occurred while creating the account and the website was now saying the previously available name was unavailable now. Instead of coming up with a new name I decided to take the 't' out and hoped nobody noticed. Friends then started calling me Miser and it stuck.

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Mendozacheers has quite the story. 5-7 Years back or so I decided to change username, because my last one was too common. I had to find something unique, rememberable and something that sounded okay. At the time I was in a clan, or community that was playing a lot of Halo: Combat Evolved (this was still before I got around using Steam). I first went with the username Cheerio for quite awhile (maybe 2 years or so), then I realized that Cheerio was too common as well. Had to evolve. I think there was a NPC in Halo called Mendoza, for some reason that stuck to me (I am not Hispanic). I simply merged the two into Mendozacheers.

 

Now, I wonder why I went with Mendoza, people always seem to believe I understand Spanish. I also get a lot of comments about the length, so people just call me Mendo.

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Mendozacheers has quite the story. 5-7 Years back or so I decided to change username, because my last one was too common. I had to find something unique, rememberable and something that sounded okay. At the time I was in a clan, or community that was playing a lot of Halo: Combat Evolved (this was still before I got around using Steam). I first went with the username Cheerio for quite awhile (maybe 2 years or so), then I realized that Cheerio was too common as well. Had to evolve. I think there was a NPC in Halo called Mendoza, for some reason that stuck to me (I am not Hispanic). I simply merged the two into Mendozacheers.

 

Now, I wonder why I went with Mendoza, people always seem to believe I understand Spanish. I also get a lot of comments about the length, so people just call me Mendo.

 

It probably doesn't help that Mendoza is also a place in Argentina, so it makes it sounds like you are cheering on your hometown :).

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I used to belong in a clan, and one of the members, phonetically spoke the first letters of my name, resulting in JayAreEmCee and then I proceeded to shorten it to JRMC afterwards.

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My name comes from a character in Lineage 2 that died during the race war called Rumiel . He was a poet and one of the quests there had u go kill orcs to find pieces of his poetry . I needed an elven name since I really like playing elves and changed the i->y because i liked it more how it looked . And FrostFlame is because i like the idea of a blue flame that freezes everything ( the opposite of fire in a way ) since elves are water mages ( at least in l2 they are) and hate fire because it destroys. Usually in a games if i cannot play as elves or i play as a human i put the surname CrymsonFlame :) . I choose Rumiel as a base for my name because almost nobody new who he was since not everybody reads the quest before taking it :)) , it is a good reminder of how much I loved that game . 

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I'm fascinated with economics and anthropology.  My favorite topic is the Lost Decade in japan and their decade or two of immense stagflation.  Hikikomori's sort of grew out of that, when you have strain on employment and high bars for competition in the workplace mixed with old money being rich and young money being poor with low opportunity, you get this reverse system where the old take care of the young instead of the reverse.  Mix in negative birthrates, social and cultural differences and humans do weird things.  I'm oversimplifying things but its better than writing nonstop about it.  Now I just get people asking me if I like the name because of the anime "Welcome to the NHK", which is a good anime, but not the reason I use the name.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Decade_(Japan)

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VEF 214's are old Russian radios. VEF215 is an upgrade! Besides vef rolls off the tongue, is easy to say, and is unique 

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Wait dafaq?

Where does this thread come from?

 

Anyway, my name is a kind of phonetic mashup.

I needed a new BF2 demo account, for.. whatever reasons.

And since I felt I was growing older I thought I may even put some actual effort into thinking/wording something cool.

So iirc I took the first two letters of my real name, thought to which of the remaining 25 letters could sit next to them better, and then added an H cause I felt the resulting contrast could sound badass.

...

Profit.

 

I'm kind of happy even after half a decade.

The only regret is that the twitter username was already taken.

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Back in 2001 (I think) I was registering my first e-mail.
And The Terminator was my favourite franchise (not anymore - thank you very much, Salvation and Genisys).
But the name was already taken, so I added OST as in "official soundtrack" - it was the best I could come up with at that moment :)
And since then I use "TerminatorOST" even if "Terminator" is available.

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Back in year 2006, had to come up with nickname for IRC-Galleria, hip popular finnish image site, similar how facebook is now and I'm still being teased when I made note "first day on IRC" as I didn't use actual IRC for years after that statement. 

Super Mario combined with birthyear = Mario92. Also IRL name and that both start with M, so it felt natural for some reason. As started to use more of the amazing internet and even got one at home with SUPA FAST 2G trough Nokia 6151, that nickname seemed like it was in use in some places as it's quite generic.

Solution was finnish slang. So now I mostly use:

- Marioysikax, Mario, ysi = 9, kax = 2. 

- Mairo, Pronounced as "My Ro" as it quicky became a nickname of the original nickname when used VoIP in games and such. For some reason when people read the name, they misspell it as "Mario" when referring to me. 

 

Usually not being foilhat, so I do use IRL name in many places. That names origin should be obvious thing :p 

 

Also seeing some pattern here, most common reason seems to be "needed nickname, combined stuff".

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When I wanted to sign up for AIM back in 2001, I was a big fan of Chaos, the final boss of Sonic Adventure and went with "chaos450" at the time. Couple years later, I wanted to move on from the name+number format but wasn't sure where to go. My friend suggested appending "Neo" to it, not because of The Matrix but because I considered it something a new/fresh start and "neo" being another way to say new. I've stuck X or EX to the end of it for services where NeoChaos is already taken, but otherwise, that has been my online handle since.

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I have two names on the Internet: Expack (first Expack2, then Expack3), and, depending on whether it's a multiplayer game with a roleplaying aspect, either Malcom MacGovern or MacGovern.

The first one is my starting name. It started around the time when OG RollerCoaster Tycoon was still new, and my parents had gotten me the Loopy Landscapes expansion pack. I found it so enthralling that I could get more RollerCoaster Tycoon, a game which I love to this day, that I had a sort of quiet obsession only a child could have.

Naturally, when I had to sign up for something or other online, I decided to concatenate the phrase "expansion pack" into Expack.

The second originated when I briefly played a trial for EVE Online back when it, if you wanted to get a taste, was trial-only - and when stuff like MacWorld Expo, while fading, were still a thing. As I had recently come off using most of my free time on a family vacation watching 1st-generation streaming Netflix's collection of classic and modern Doctor Who, so my mind was very much within the sphere of the Britains.

As I was still very much reliant on my parents for money at the time, naturally they weren't interested in funding a MMO sub. Instead, they let me spend their money on more value-oriented options, like a subscription to GameTap back when they let you download games.

Nowadays, I tend to go for the MacGovern handle as I find it more interesting...and likely because my childhood obsession with expansion packs has long since died.

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Back when I got my first iPod Touch, I needed to come up with a username for Game Center (back when it was still relevant). I hadn't really made many accounts that I would need a non-identifying username prior, so I just kinda came up with something that reflected my tastes at the time. Yoda was taken, and so was Yoda Jedi and Sir Yoda, so I went with Sir Yoda Jedi (the Sir came from my Mom pointing out that Yoda is a Jedi Knight). It later changed to Sir Yoda, Jedi, then SirYodaJedi, as I used it across more accounts. I now use it as my main online username, as I'm practically the only person who uses it.

Common nicknames I go by on sites that allow me to set a nickname that is different from the username are Yui (because I have a lot of avatars of Yui Fuinami and Yui Hirasawa), SirYoda, and Yoda (in that order). 

 

Are Jedi Grandmasters still considered Jedi Knights?

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It's kinda funny seeing this name, as I haven't gone by this in a long time.  It was kind of just a random two names I threw out there, and it stuck... but then I started seeing it elsewhere, or I would try to sign up somewhere and find the name was already taken.  It quickly became more trouble than it was worth.

 

It took a very long time to settle for a good name, much less one that actually meant something, and finding something actually original was even more difficult.  Not an elegant tale nor a very interesting one, but there it is.

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