This is a bit of a tricky question. I want to say "if the name comes from somewhere, instead of being created, it belongs on the list." (How can you tell if the player actually simply ripped the name or 'invented' a name that has already been used? After all, there are only so many names used in human history...)
I guess that means all Matrim Cauthons, Drizz'ts, Legolas and what have you belong on the stupid list.
Some people would go as far as adding that american players have no valid reason to take japanese names. I love anime, I love the japanese culture, I love the sound of their names, but I still kinda agree, to a point. Especially if said name comes straight from an anime, manga or whatever. (Ninja named Naruto, anyone?)
But if you keep creating rules like that, at some point, the only valid name will be GDferkosd PSERLSder, take or change a few letters. I mean, creating a character named Richard and he's playing a knight could refer to Richard Pendragon! On the flipside, Richard is a real name, that has existed for a while.
Now, since we can't really put a ban on most "real" names, where is the line? Matrim Cauthon is obviously a Wheel of Time character. A hyuran character called Raistlin Majere would really annoy me, but I think a Roedagyn Lancer called Raislin Majere would annoy me even more. (At least respect the theme of the character?)
Bottom line, I'll pick names that I can live with and that doesn't annoy me. It's most likely not going to come from any known fiction I've read, and I'm probably going to try to follow the world's naming conventions (length of names, the type of sounds, etc.) But if people around me decide to call themselves "Ibeatu Atpvp", well... I'll /facepalm and move on?
However, that being said, a lot of my best friends of XI were breaking the "stupid names" list rules. Japanese player calling his character after an American music band, American player calling his character after a DBZ character, etc. At the end of the day, the name doesn't do much. Hey, worst case, if a player calls himself Naruto, he might be interested to talk and meet all other Narutos in the game; share a common interest and whatever.
Edited, Apr 27th 2010 7:40pm by Lianda
FFXIV: Cloe Delisle
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