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#1 Posted by Abendlaender (2766 posts) -

REVEAL YOUR DARK SECRETS RORIE!

Why does everybody refer to him as Rorie and not as Matthew or Matt? Even his forum name is just "Rorie". Does he actually have a first name or is Matthew just made up to hide something? Is everybody scared that he might find it offensive if somebody calls him by his first name? Is it because the rural austrian abbreviation of his name is "Hias" which sounds pretty stupid? Why? WHY? WHYYYYY?!

#2 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Friends and such tend to always call me by my surname too.

#3 Posted by JouselDelka (967 posts) -

Friends and such tend to always call me by my surname too.

#4 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4602 posts) -

When I was in middle school there were four kids in my class with my name. To make it easier on everyone I started going by my middle name and it kinda stuck. Haven't been called by my first name since.

I can imagine the story @rorie tells would be similar.

#5 Edited by YI_Orange (1133 posts) -

For what it's worth, Rorie can be a first name too.

#6 Posted by UlquioKani (1029 posts) -

I refer to one of my friends by his second name. I think its the same here.

#7 Posted by MildMolasses (3213 posts) -

For what it's worth, Rorie can be a first name too.

He's walking upright like a little Rory Calhoun

#8 Posted by BBAlpert (1377 posts) -

I don't know if this is the reason (since I imagine Rorie was there long before any of the others), but didn't the Whisky Media offices have like 3 or 4 Matts?

#9 Posted by TobbRobb (4581 posts) -

I dunno, sometimes surnames just fit better. One of my friends always gets called by his surname, it just feels awkward to use the first name.

#10 Posted by JoeyRavn (4949 posts) -

I guess nobody likes the name "Matthew". Just look at Kessler. I mean, Matthew. Kessler.

#11 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4930 posts) -

Because Rorie is a more unique name than Matt(hew.)

#12 Posted by Sweep (8825 posts) -

@joeyravn said:

I guess nobody likes the name "Matthew". Just look at Kessler. I mean, Matthew. Kessler.

You mean Bodega?

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#13 Posted by Gamer_152 (14053 posts) -

Some people just get called by their last name, especially if it's unique. Also, if he was just "Matthew" or "Matt" that would have been confusing when Kessler was around.

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#14 Edited by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

@tobbrobb said:

I dunno, sometimes surnames just fit better. One of my friends always gets called by his surname, it just feels awkward to use the first name.

Ya in my case I get flipped back and forth alot. Because people knew me in highschool also know 5 others with the same name so last name gets used alot around them.

#15 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1916 posts) -

Me and a couple of my friends went by our last names in high school, it's not that weird.

#16 Edited by psylah (2162 posts) -

Yeah, in my high school we referred to each other by our last names.

#17 Edited by Scrawnto (2434 posts) -

Shared names can be an issue. Regrettably, I'm "Mikey" around my family, because my uncle is "Mike". I was "Mike" in grade school because there were other "Michaels" around, and now I'm "Michael" at work because I know too many guys who go by "Mike" here. Only a few people call me "Mennuti", though.

Matts have it worse, though. I knew three Matts who were best friends in high school.

#18 Posted by Winternet (8007 posts) -

I dunno, it's one of those things that don't really have a reason. He's also the only one, right? Everyone else is called by their first name. Maybe, it's also because we don't see him that much on video/audio so they probably call him Matt most of the times, we just don't pick up on that.

#19 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1288 posts) -

People always call me by my last night...well almost always

#20 Posted by MrCaptain (364 posts) -

Rorie is such an awesome name though. I am woman, Hear me Rorie!

#21 Posted by andrew2696 (296 posts) -

My last name is Ho. That's what some people call me.

#22 Posted by Castiel (2534 posts) -

Why this sudden interest in Matt Rorie's name? Are you a cop? You have to tell me if you are a cop.

#23 Edited by Sergio (2053 posts) -

My dad used to go as "Bo" which is only the first two letters of his last name. It was probably because some people couldn't pronounce his first or last name correctly.

#24 Edited by mosespippy (4044 posts) -

@yi_orange said:

For what it's worth, Rorie can be a first name too.

Matthew Rorie is secretly one of the Gilmore Girls.

#25 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3800 posts) -

Why is the sky blue? Why does the wind blow? Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? It just is.

#26 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -

Why is the sky blue? Why does the wind blow? Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? It just is.

Fihi ma fihi.

#27 Edited by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Some people just get called by their last names rather than their first, I do the same to a couple of my mates.

@andrew2696: Hey Ho!

#28 Edited by JazGalaxy (1576 posts) -

As someone who's been around since the Gamespot days, I can confirm that there were several people on staff who were always referred to as their full name like "Ryandavis" (to differentiate from Ryan McDonald, I'm sure) and "Mattrorie" where other people were referred to as purely their first name, like "Rich" or "Carrie". This was likely due to their being multiple people with the same name. Eventually, however, Mattrorie just became "Rorie"

#29 Posted by Akyho (1585 posts) -

In Scotland David is a common name, so its either Dave, David or their surnames. I have a friend named David Blair, so we called him Blair he hates being called David nowadays. Another David called Sommerville....yeah we were gonna use that so instead we called him Sommy.

Friends brother was called a really poncy name so he rather be called Smithy which Smith was his last name.

Christopher was super common, and if we did called them by their first names it would be Chris, we had Chris Griffin known as Griff, Christopher Harvey we just called Harv or Harvey, Christopher Norevill called him Norevill, Chris Patterson called him Pat or Patterson...but we had a Pat so we sometimes said Chris Pat. Chris McKlearnon was McKlearnon...or Auburn he had "Auburn" hair. Christopher Hughes called him Hughsey.

All in one class man all those Christophers!!!

I was the only Richard so I kept my first name.

#30 Edited by StrikeALight (1114 posts) -

Feel bad for me. My surname is Newby.

#31 Edited by golguin (3849 posts) -

I don't even think about the fact that Rorie is his last time. I can't even think of an instance where someone called him Mathew.

#32 Posted by JadeGL (757 posts) -

A group of my friends in high school called me by my surname. I liked it, my name is/was cool so I had no issues with it. Some guys just seem to do this, and I say guys because with my female friends, we never used surnames. Can't say it doesn't happen, it just didn't in my experience.

#33 Posted by Benny (1947 posts) -

There are a lot of Matthews. There is only one Rorie.

#34 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11487 posts) -

Because he's the Boss of Bosses. Does there need to be another reason?

#35 Posted by wrecks (2214 posts) -

Simple. It is more fun to say.

#36 Edited by Jams (2959 posts) -

@matthew wouldn't like it much I suppose.

#37 Posted by mellotronrules (1172 posts) -

Feel bad for me. My surname is Newby.

ha! my sympathies. but i'd just embrace it. chalk everything up to being a 'Newb.' can't blame you for anything- you're just a 'Newby!' you don't know any better!

and as far as @rorie goes- I BET THAT GUY ISN'T EVEN A REAL 'MATT.' I BET THAT GUY'S A GREAT BIG PHONEY.

#38 Posted by Rorie (2708 posts) -

Mostly I think it's because girls have always caused me Rorie - I guess it's funner to say. There is a story similar to @oldirtybearon, though, in that I had a class in college with 30 people, six of whom were named Matthew. It was an exceedingly common name when I was growing up. But yeah, mostly because girls prefer saying it!

At this point it's more odd because whenever I meet someone for the first time, the "Do you prefer Matt or Matthew?" question almost always pops up. I really don't care either way! Not sure why people think there's a big difference.

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#39 Edited by EXTomar (4507 posts) -

Why not Morrie or Ratthew? New names are invented all of the time and can be the first on the new trend!

#40 Edited by bigjeffrey (4805 posts) -

I just imagine Vinny yelling MATTHEW in his Jewish women voice

#41 Posted by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

@rorie said:

Mostly I think it's because girls have always caused me Rorie - I guess it's funner to say. There is a story similar to @oldirtybearon, though, in that I had a class in college with 30 people, six of whom were named Matthew. It was an exceedingly common name when I was growing up. But yeah, mostly because girls prefer saying it!

At this point it's more odd because whenever I meet someone for the first time, the "Do you prefer Matt or Matthew?" question almost always pops up. I really don't care either way! Not sure why people think there's a big difference.

My dad's name is Patrick. If you call him "Pat" he says "my name is not a verb".

#42 Posted by NickL (2246 posts) -

@rorie: You just don't seem like a Matt or a Matthew to me. Now Rorie... you own the name Rorie!

#43 Edited by mellotronrules (1172 posts) -

@rorie said:

Mostly I think it's because girls have always caused me Rorie - I guess it's funner to say. There is a story similar to @oldirtybearon, though, in that I had a class in college with 30 people, six of whom were named Matthew. It was an exceedingly common name when I was growing up. But yeah, mostly because girls prefer saying it!

At this point it's more odd because whenever I meet someone for the first time, the "Do you prefer Matt or Matthew?" question almost always pops up. I really don't care either way! Not sure why people think there's a big difference.

OR MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE THE TEAM OF PUG-ENGINEERS THAT PILOT THE MECH KNOWN AS "RORIE" CAN'T PRONOUNCE "MATTHEW" CONVINCINGLY. IT'S THE SOFT "TH" SOUND. I KNOW YOUR GAME, PUGS. I'M ON TO YOU.

#44 Edited by Zaccheus (1788 posts) -

I was mostly called by my last name in school. Not that uncommon.

#45 Edited by Superfriend (1528 posts) -

I have the same first name and there are like 5 other dudes at work with the same name, even at a pretty small company.
It seems to be pretty common around here (Germany- so it´s the German version of Matthew)

Yeah, so I guess you need some way to distinguish all those Matthews.

#46 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (954 posts) -

When do we start calling him "Flamethrower?"

#47 Edited by CollegeGuyMike (388 posts) -

We called a duder in high school by his last name for no other reason than because it was way better than his first name.

#48 Posted by Hunter5024 (5546 posts) -

Matthew is one of the most common male names in America, if I were him I'd go by Rorie too.

#49 Posted by Brodehouse (9614 posts) -

My first name is not Brody, but everyone calls me Brode. I would be alienated to hear my friends or gf refer to me by my given name.

#50 Edited by Morbid_Coffee (954 posts) -

Man I know what it's like to have two potential first names as your full name. Everybody is always like "oh you have two first names!" and I have to hold myself back from saying "you should shut the fuck up because I heard that 10,000 times already today!"