I’m always curious as to why people pick usernames. Mine took a long time to come up with but when I decided on AceRailgun I knew I’d picked a winner. I didn’t use the internet much when I was a teenager and never joined any communities and most certainly never posted comments, My outlook on the internet was that nobody wanted to hear my opinion so I never bothered, truth be told during my teen years I didn’t care about the opinions of anonymous people online either. When I did have to sign up to things, mostly to access music and anime databases I would use a dumb username that contained the word ninja.
I was given a copy of Battlefield 2 Bad Company in the middle of 2010 and tried to play it but couldn’t until I came up with a username, since someone was watching me crate my profile I couldn’t use my stupid ninja username so on the spot I came up with Snowstorm. It worked fine as a username but it is very common and a steam search will reveal many other Snowstorms. I had trouble signing up to websites with it as someone had always beaten me to the punch. The final straw came when someone called me snowman in a battlefield match. Sure that’s funny but it just proves how forgetable my username was.
When I got steam at the end of 2010 I signed up with snowstorm again but soon changed it to Ace Defective as a reference to a Persona 3 quote. Later in the week It became Ace Detective as an extension of that joke. A friend of mine had been using the name Loli on steam but he would put a different name before it once a month with the picture of a loli anime character. An example of this is Professor Loli with a picture of Hakase from Nichijou. This idea sparked something inside of me and I was soon using Ace in the same manner he was using Loli.
I went through dozens of Ace names some of which were
Ace Angel (Angel Beats reference)
Ace Pirate (One Piece reference)
Ace Strategist (Katanagatari reference)
Ace Invader (Squid Girl reference)
About the time I wanted to start a blog I realised if I wanted to be easily recognised by the people I communicate with online I should try and remain consistent. I need a name that isn’t commonly used but is easy to say and remember. That’s when Ace Railgun came back to me, I’d used it for about a week on steam and then swapped it out for the next best thing.
Railgun is a reference to Mikoto Misaka from Toaru Majutsu no Index. It’s a happy coincidence that she was also refereed to Ace on occasion. I picked the name and the Tiger image and signed up for everything online I used again with Ace Railgun, now it’s everywhere and consistent so a neat freak like me only has to remember one username and a dozen passwords.
My online identity is an extension of my real self so we naturally share the same personality, However I talk a lot online which is probably a good thing but in real life I am a listener which seems like a good thing but it also means I have trouble approaching someone and starting conversation, most people I am friends with approached me first and I listened a lot.
I’m most curious as to how other people came up with their username and if they still like it. Were you smart the first time and picked a good username or is this your 5th one?
The other thing I interested in is if you act the same online as you do offline?
Tough questions I know.