In Destiny, you are your username

A Q&A with Destiny’s developer posted on the game’s Weekly Update page today revealed that your in-game name will be your PSN/Xbox Live username.

So if your name isn’t particularly clever/cool or fit for public consumption, you’re kind of stuck with it unless you’re willing to go through the rather lengthy process of changing your actual account name on PSN/XBL.

Well, that sucks.

Here’s the actual Q (and the subsequent A) that put this bit of rather unwelcome news out there:

F12 (the forum username of an interested party): Will we be able to name our characters in Destiny?

You are your character in Destiny. In your case, your Guardian will be named F12. If you want your name to be more colorful (sic) or personal (i.e. NinjaSniper420, Titan Nick, Robert Paulson) you need to change your identity at the source. Our hope is that you have an identity in the game that’s meaningful to you, and that new friends can track you from your favorite (sic) Destiny forum to a rendezvous in orbit over your favorite (sic) destination.

Honestly, I don’t know what the developers are thinking, because the above really doesn’t make sense to me. I would rather be able to freely name my character than be forced to bond with it because it shares the same name as my PSN/XBL profile.

What if I want to roleplay? What if millions of people want to roleplay? That’s a thing, and a big one that draws people to MMO-type games.

I think this decision is going to bite Bungie on the bum, and I won’t be surprised to see it reversed before launch.

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