Not quite Identity theft
I don’t know about you folk, but I feel quite attached to my toon name, think it’s quite original, and love the “pats on the back” that I get, just like drive-by-buffing, only people stop in the middle of WoW to whisper me “great name”.
Doesn’t matter where I am… roaming the WoW plains, joining a raid group, mid-battleground, I invariably get a whisper from someone.
I think generally people don’t pay much attention to the name, but when they do, that little light bulb in their brain goes:
“Bing… Gnome-aggedon, like the end of the world at the hands of a Gnome with big balls of fire, man that’s a cool name”
I even had a workmate mention it to me at the opening of the Aman’Thul server. I was sitting out the front of Ironforge, when he ran by. He didn’t say anything then, but the next day at work when I discovered he had rolled a toon on Aman’Thul, he stopped and said “Damn, I saw you sitting out the front of IF, I know I did, because I stopped and though ‘what a cool name'”
Get on with it Gnomer… what’s your point.
Well I remember a while after rolling the toon, I guess just after Armory came into existence, looking myself up – I wasn’t alone. Sure I was level 60, and the others were only level 4 – but there was more than 1 Gnomeaggedon © on the “earth”.
I felt kind of dirty.
I looked again the other day, and what I discovered scared me even more. The 2 other’s were now high level, and one of them (a level 70 Warlock) was on my old server, Khaz’Goroth (which is also in the same Battlegroup as Aman’Thul). The other is currently a level 42 rogue.
Then I found this other entry when searching for Gnomeaggedon © via Google. At least this one is about “reclaiming” Gnomeregan
We caught up with Aydre in her lab on the outskirts of Kharanos to find out more about her newest invention. Aydre, in a flurry of excitement, commented, “It’s time for Gnomeaggedon – time to take back our home! Using this spray, we will be able to return our friends and loved ones to health — rather then destroying them as many others are prone to do — all while protecting ourselves from the wraths of the disease. Once recovered, we will fight as one to take back our home from the Trogs!
So now I feel even more dirty… like an Orc in filth kind of dirty.
I guess I just have to pray that they all play honorably, and don’t bring my name into disrepute. I guess taking my home land back is a noble cause & use of my name.
I guess this also means that Zupa could be standing and /hugging the corpse of Gnomeaggedon © .. but the wrong one… Now wouldn’t that get up your rotting forsaken nose Zupa, taken out, not only by Gnomeaggedon © , but the Warlock Gnomeaggedon! ©
Anyone else trip across their toon name occasionally and wish they could get it back, claim copyright, get to know the other person behind the name?
On an aside, I have a pretty unusual real name, but I discovered 10 odd years back that there were 5 other people, just in the state of Victoria, that shared my name… I just don’t understand why I copped so much grief as a youngster..
Gnomer and Out!