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#1 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (4207 posts) -

My username came my e-mail from 8th grade. ~ I like the color (midnight) blue. I like that venom sounds like, 'Viper,' like the car no one remembers. I like the idea of you getting headshotted in Halo, by me, and finding 'blue-venom,' bit bloody-blue on your arm. Kitschy. ~ And I graduated '07. Later I thought about 3V3, because its certainly leet. I don't actually care for leet-speak too much, I just thought it was funny. I think it kind of looks cool, like the type of username someone in Hackers would have, without actually caring to hard what those real names are.

So, what's the origin of your username?

#2 Posted by Unequivocable (222 posts) -

In college I wanted a sign off for emails that didn't sound as formal as "sincerely" so I looked up sincere and came across unequivocal and then I bastardized it putting an -able on the end. It's stuck as my go-to username on everything.

#3 Edited by big_jon (5727 posts) -

Knick name, given to me by others.

#4 Edited by McGhee (6094 posts) -

My dad use to give my sisters and I all kinds of weird nicknames. One of mine was McGhee. That is all.

#5 Posted by Fluttercry (195 posts) -

Mine came from a minor meme in the Brony fandom, which in hindsight was a dumb idea but I'm too lazy to do anything about it.

#6 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1851 posts) -

I've been using a character in role playing games since I was about thirteen named Artemis. It started out as a boy but then I got bored of using him. I am terrible at creating characters so I just genderswapped him to being a woman when I was about fourteen and ended up liking her a lot more. I was trying to find a way to feminize it and settled on Artemesia and I've been using that for the past several years.

#7 Posted by rotorious (70 posts) -

I fly on CV-22 Ospreys for the Air Force...and am a big notorious B.I.G. fan....Tilt Rotor+notorious= Rotorious.

#8 Posted by FLStyle (4694 posts) -

I do a mean impression of an English farmer

A high school teacher with a particularly strange accent pronounced my name Larm

Farmer Larm

FLStyle

Boom!

Not Florida! I get this so much, I've never ever been to the USA (yet).

#9 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11734 posts) -

It showed up in the suggestions box when I was making my Xbox Live account.

#10 Edited by TurboMan (7540 posts) -

I hate myself

#11 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -

Always used real life nicknames, got sick of changing them as my nicknames changed, so I decided I wanted something that would always be relevant to me. Used my last name, and combined it with a word that contained "right", and figured at least some sites would have already had Wrighteous, so I got lazy and added my birth year onto it.

#12 Posted by MightyDuck (1522 posts) -

I started playing ice hockey back in 1992, also the year the first Mighty Duck movie came out. Voila!

#13 Posted by JadeGL (865 posts) -

Jade = DC Comics super hero, daughter of Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott

GL = Abbreviation of Green Lantern

I just put them together to make JadeGL. I use it on everything pretty much. The reason I originally chose it was because one of the first online forums I visited was toonzone.net and I was a huge Green Lantern comics fan at the time, so I went with that. It has stuck for over 10 years. I also will change it up a bit, maybe with an underscore, but I never use anything else really.

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#14 Edited by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

I am a sentient hot plate.

@artemesia:

But wasn't Artemis a female god?

#15 Posted by SgtSphynx (1389 posts) -

A friend said I looked like Vinnie Jones' character in Gone in Sixty Seconds, his character's name was Sphinx, I changed it to Sphynx, and I got out of the Marine Corps as a Sergeant. Combine the rank and the name and Bob's your uncle.

#17 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

I like to change my origin story every time this thread pops up, but I think the reality was that I was young(er) and stupid(er).

Do premium members still have the one free name change? I would like to do that.

#18 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6398 posts) -

Being twelve years old at the time.

#19 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

she looks about as good as i do tbqh.

#20 Posted by nerdsbeware (223 posts) -

I tell nerds to beware.

Of what... hope you never have to find out.

or it was just random.

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

That's quite a story, and it begins with my birth.

#22 Posted by RobotHamster (4171 posts) -

It's stupid, on the day I made an account I drew a picture of a hamster robot... I'm terrible at picking names wish I could get a redo.

#23 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2298 posts) -

While watching an episode of Metalocalypse finding out Nathen Explosion's father is named Oscar Explosion. (My actual name is Oscar)

#24 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1851 posts) -

@artemesia:

But wasn't Artemis a female god?

Oui. She is. I named him Artemis because it seemed like a good name at the time and it just ended up sticking. I got very attached to the both of them. Still am! It's dumb as hell and I know it is, but Artemis is the closest thing I have or want to have to a daughter, so that closeness leads to me doing stupid things like making my online handle a feminized form of her name.

#25 Edited by Daveyo520 (6752 posts) -

AOL gave it to me randomly in the 90's and well it is too late to switch now.

#26 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4604 posts) -

My name is from when a friend was playing Left 4 Dead on XBL, one of the other players was Mark Wahlberg, and since L4D does that fake movie poster at the beginning, it said 'Mark Wahlberg As *whoever*' and we both thought that was funny/appropriate. And I remembered that when I was trying to think of a good username.

So basically I stole a stranger's gamer tag.

@flstyle said:

I do a mean impression of an English farmer

A high school teacher with a particularly strange accent pronounced my name Larm

Haha, Larm is a great fake name. Although now I'm trying to figure out what your actual name is. Liam? Lam, short for Lambert? Lars? (You don't have to say what it is, I'm just having fun being confused).

#27 Edited by Tenebre (25 posts) -

A Dario Argento movie called Tenebrae. I just spelled it the French way. I sometimes name characters using an Argento movie title theme ;)

#28 Edited by Turtlebird95 (2388 posts) -

Lol this question again. I used to get asked this all the time, I guess to summarize it with a picture...

#29 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2388 posts) -

Lol this question again. I used to get asked this all the time, I guess to summarize it with a picture...

#30 Posted by joey (984 posts) -

Well Joey is my name. Yeah I lucked out with that one.

But my previous username, chickendude05, was made because I was having chicken for dinner the night I signed up for Gamespot, and the year was 2005.

#31 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (1745 posts) -

One Kill Wonder is the third album from Swedish thrash legends The Haunted. Not their best work but I've always loved the name.

#32 Posted by VoidProd (95 posts) -

It's almost a single-word oxymoron considering Moogle are about as far from goth as it gets. And I've always liked Moogles ever since I got a poster of a Moogle with a sword with Final Fantasy III (6) on SNES back in the days of yore.

#33 Edited by InfiniteSpark (307 posts) -

The final track song title listed on non-US pressings of Pavement's Brighten the Corners album.

#34 Posted by MoltenBoron (89 posts) -

Shamelessly stolen from Futurama.

#35 Edited by Aegon (5627 posts) -

Game of Thrones. Conqueror of Westeros and some of his descendants.

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#36 Posted by FLStyle (4694 posts) -

My name is from when a friend was playing Left 4 Dead on XBL, one of the other players was Mark Wahlberg, and since L4D does that fake movie poster at the beginning, it said 'Mark Wahlberg As *whoever*' and we both thought that was funny/appropriate. And I remembered that when I was trying to think of a good username.

So basically I stole a stranger's gamer tag.

@flstyle said:

I do a mean impression of an English farmer

A high school teacher with a particularly strange accent pronounced my name Larm

Haha, Larm is a great fake name. Although now I'm trying to figure out what your actual name is. Liam? Lam, short for Lambert? Lars? (You don't have to say what it is, I'm just having fun being confused).

You got it right the first time! It is indeed Liam, but Lambert sounds pretty awesome. Without FLStyle I probably would've done what you did and end up with something stupid like a Metal Gear codename.

#37 Posted by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

the mellotron is a precursor to the modern synth and/or sampler- instead of digital samples or an oscillator to generate sound, it uses tape loops of prerecorded sounds (like strings, vocals, bells, etc). it has an amazing, lo-fi sound and is used in many prominent recordings. thusly:

MELLOTRON (the intro flutes)

RULES. (the symphonic sounds)

#38 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1419 posts) -

My last name is Hasenjaeger, which is Bunny Hunter in German. In college the German kid "kindly" pointed this out and the nickname stuck and i quite like it now

#39 Posted by DizzyMedal (399 posts) -

Xbox live's name suggester. In the grand tradition of TimeMuffin (though mine is older than that) I left it up to the professionals at microsoft, or you know, the script they wrote to pull one word from their list of adjectives and one from their list of nouns and mash them together.

The runner up suggestion of that day was AbhorrentNose.

#40 Edited by marc (505 posts) -

I'm sure mine is easy to figure out. The perks of signing up day 1. Weeooooo

#41 Posted by stonepawfox (236 posts) -

10 years ago an idiot furry was birthed by the internet and thought this was a good name

#42 Posted by DizzyMedal (399 posts) -

I've been using a character in role playing games since I was about thirteen named Artemis. It started out as a boy but then I got bored of using him. I am terrible at creating characters so I just genderswapped him to being a woman when I was about fourteen and ended up liking her a lot more. I was trying to find a way to feminize it and settled on Artemesia and I've been using that for the past several years.

Feminise it? Isn't Artemis a girls name already?

#43 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6298 posts) -

My name on Gamespot was TheCritic9392 because I was 13 and thought reviewing things for a living was a dream job. After the mass exodus following Gerstmann-Gate I was 16 and changed it to Everyones_A_Critic because it's true.

#44 Posted by RioStarwind (546 posts) -

I was making a character for Star Wars Galaxies and I thought up this name. Really liked it so I started using it just about everywhere. Not sure what made me put Rio as a first name and Starwind came from me loving Outlaw Star.

#45 Edited by Snail (8604 posts) -

Pretty sure I've already posted in one of these threads before on this website.

Nonetheless, it is the translation of my last name to English.

#46 Posted by Pr1mus (3907 posts) -

Optimus Prime, Solus, G-Prime, P-Prime, Solidus and Primus.

Add One at the end when Primus is already taken, and then after many years and variation on that theme mash everything together and you get Pr1mus.

#47 Posted by Shadow (4980 posts) -

It's just a nonsense word I thought of randomly. I don't think it has an actual meaning.

#48 Edited by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

@artemesia said:

@pyromagnestir said:

@artemesia:

But wasn't Artemis a female god?

Oui. She is. I named him Artemis because it seemed like a good name at the time and it just ended up sticking. I got very attached to the both of them. Still am! It's dumb as hell and I know it is, but Artemis is the closest thing I have or want to have to a daughter, so that closeness leads to me doing stupid things like making my online handle a feminized form of her name.

No, not dumb at all! For one thing, you're talking to someone who named themselves after a hot plate from their high school biology class because he thought magnestir sounded cool, so I know dumb. For another, I used that name for a character in one of the first of my many terrible attempts at writing stories and I know how attached you can become to them. A different sort of character in my case, but I still feel I know where you're coming from.

edit: ooh... Err... Forget all that what I meant to say is I'm a sentient hot plate with a fondness for video games!

@dizzymedal:

Heh. A little late...

#49 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3483 posts) -

I'm not fond of the Zerg.

#50 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

I was like 14 or 15 and after spending a good 20-30 min of trying to come up with some combination of a colour and a dragon only to realize they had all been taken I was stumped. I gave up and decided to think it over as I knew once I started using the name I would probably always have it since it was my first online name. So I quit and closed my browser and then I saw the wallpaper I had at the time and the name came to me. I was really into Stronghold: Crusader at the time and it was the photo over there --->. I typed in Crusader and it was taken, and the generator suggested crusader 86 since 86 was the year I was born. I was going to go with it, but just to make sure I never ran into someone that had the same name and date of birth I wanted to change it some how and in a way I could remember. So I just cut each number in half and 86 became 8463. Been using it ever since. Outside of an alt name I made for porn sites once I realized that if you Google a username you can find some scary stuff.

I have actually really wanted to change it as of late as I associate the name with me as a kid and I feel like it's time to grow up and get a different one. Sadly I have the name in too many places as too many accounts, and too few services offer a way to change accounts/usernames that it would just become a confusing nightmare at some point.