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Forced Name Change Questions and Disscussion

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Forced Name Change Questions and Disscussion

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Aulus_Claudius
10.02.2017 , 06:44 PM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by Atma View Post
No, sorry. You can keep your friendly advice. That statement was ridiculous.
We all have different things that are important to us in this game. My characters' identities are vital, and without them there's no reason to continue giving these people money. You may think otherwise, that's your right, just be respectful.
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MandFlurry
10.02.2017 , 07:52 PM | #12
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Noway, you forum people will find it lame and be honest about it. Not going to get my name potentially ruined!
Sometimes ignorance is bliss.(But it's a rly nice name, honestly)
The good, the bad and the ugly. Names are just 1 of the many problems with Servers merging.

I feel terrible for the RP'ers, because they are not going to stay subbed, but only a few that can stand being made fun of. No i'm not a RP'er, but 20 years ago and in SWG i did a little bit, until it got too serious. But Not having an RP server and an only PvP server is bad. Instances don't work the way people think, it not the same.

As for names, if anyone takes mine i'll kill them lol. or i can to the characters named family for a vote, but i doubt me or anyone lse would really qualify bearing such a great name.
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MandFlurry
10.02.2017 , 07:55 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Aulus_Claudius View Post
We all have different things that are important to us in this game. My characters' identities are vital, and without them there's no reason to continue giving these people money. You may think otherwise, that's your right, just be respectful.
I understand how you feel. We All need to be respectful of others on these things. The Devs should probably go with whoever had that name first to be fair, but fair can be subjective right.
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Alssaran
10.02.2017 , 08:17 PM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by Aulus_Claudius View Post
I have 20 characters all of whom I care about. A single forced name change on any of them will herald my last day in this game I've played since beta. I hope BW knows what they're opening by doing this.
Pretty much any person's approach I have spoken to so far. There was ample opportunity to come up with a number tag system that allows multiple names with different tags. From day one of the new merge discussion thread, people said that they don't want to lose names.

If a single of my over twenty main characters loses the name he had since the early days, then I will be out for good. And don't make any mistake about sunk cost fallacies. We, as in my RP friends and myself, are here for each other's company. Once one person leaves, and that might either be me or another person once she loses names, it's off to WoW for good.

Good luck. Bioware might have done some good with this move, but this can also cause a lot of backlash.

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Atma
10.02.2017 , 08:55 PM | #15
How important can your RP community be to you that'd you abandon it cause you have to rename a character?

So silly. Those that leave in a huff over this will return eventually anyway. Get real.

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10.02.2017 , 09:01 PM | #16
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SirUrza
10.02.2017 , 09:30 PM | #17
Since the last big server merge I've been waiting for a character name to be freed up. I lost it to a level 20 trooper that hasn't been on in YEARS. But the character still exists, not being played. I had to have an alt code in that characters name and later when they allowed a space in the name, I gave the character a last name.

While I suspect the name will still be taken after the merge, I'm sure there are some names out there that are inactive across multiple servers that will become free because of the 90 day wipe.
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Aulus_Claudius
10.02.2017 , 09:31 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by Atma View Post
How important can your RP community be to you that'd you abandon it cause you have to rename a character?

So silly. Those that leave in a huff over this will return eventually anyway. Get real.
Once you step off your pedestal and realize not everyone cares about the same things you do, you might realize there're a lot of people to whom their character is more than just an empty shell to conduct raids or PvP, who invest in their characters, from extensive back story to character art and slaving over every conversational decision to make sure it fits the character's personality perfectly, and all of that is crowned with a name. Take that away, you'd better bet people will leave.

This is not even to mention the issues RPers will face with all the trolls from the PvE servers, but I remain cautiously optimistic that it'll be tolerable.
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Atma
10.02.2017 , 09:38 PM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by Aulus_Claudius View Post
Once you step off your pedestal and realize not everyone cares about the same things you do, you might realize there're a lot of people to whom their character is more than just an empty shell to conduct raids or PvP, who invest in their characters, from extensive back story to character art and slaving over every conversational decision to make sure it fits the character's personality perfectly, and all of that is crowned with a name. Take that away, you'd better bet people will leave.

This is not even to mention the issues RPers will face with all the trolls from the PvE servers, but I remain cautiously optimistic that it'll be tolerable.
What pedestal? Think you've got that backwards. I'm not the one threatening to quit a game because I think my character names are so important

I get if you have an attachment to it but there are thousands of other players and your rights to a name aren't any more special than their's. End of the day it's just a name. Simply telling you to chill.

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Aulus_Claudius
10.02.2017 , 10:02 PM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by Atma View Post
What pedestal? Think you've got that backwards. I'm not the one threatening to quit a game because I think my character names are so important

I get if you have an attachment to it but there are thousands of other players and your rights to a name aren't any more special than their's. End of the day it's just a name. Simply telling you to chill.
You're the one coyly amusing yourself at the expense of the RP community all over the forum. Anyway, this part of the discussion is unimportant.

A lot more is contained in a name than you seem to think, and it's not a question of who has a right to it. Look at WoW, how they've managed to preserve names with number tags, or even how BioWare is solving the guild name problem. That they couldn't make a similar system work for character names is absurd.

But at the end of the day, my characters' identities are tied up intrinsically in their names, and if they want to play "only one person gets it" and it's not me, I'm out. Call me selfish or whatever adjectives you'd like, that's just a fact. And at least half of my friends have said the exact same thing. They're treading into dangerous turf with the RP community and may end up losing a lot of us if they don't do this well and with minimal impact. I'm sure that's a calculated risk, though, as we've said all along we don't need server merges - that was the PvE and PvP crowds.

A poster before me also mentioned that some players have spent substantial amounts of real money for name changes, which is an excellent point. Whatever the legal obligations, and I'm sure they've covered their own arses so they don't technically have to honor anything, the only right thing to do is either give priority to those who purchased the name with CC, or refund the CC. It'd be pretty shady otherwise, and not instill confidence in them for players thinking about buying such services in the future if they're not going to be honored.
Thanks for the gearing changes in 5.1 and 5.2, BioWare - resubbed.