So the two sides of the coin on the name game....
either no lock on the names and you get a lot of "Deathstalker" heroes.
or no lock on the names and you get a lot of "Deathstalker....Deathst4lker.....DeathStalker" based on whatever the rule is going to be for caps,numbers,spaces... you get the picture....
as a funding thing closer to mid betas you run a deal....
you can buyout a name.
That name is registered to your account, bought and payed for.
Really want to lock down your heroes name, buy it. Otherwise it will be open (or maybe bought by someone else!)
Now personally I never had an issue with CoH naming policy, I liked it. I also hated CO's naming policy... to the point I almost immediately uninstalled. Other things caused that to happen =P
What I suggest doesn't make me 100% happy, so I figure it wont make anyone 100% happy, which is why its my suggestion. A compromise should leave everyone feeling a tiny bit cheated from everything they wanted.
If I really really care about my name... I buy it.
If a name gets bought after I have named my hero that, my hero is grandfathered in with the name.
So if 1 year into the game someone buys "Archangel" and you happen to have an Archangel, it stays, there just won't be anymore.
Should raise money at the right price point ... lots of it.
Should let players be happy they have a registered guaranteed name that if registered at beta stages will be a unique hero name. If registered later on, at least it will be a limited name.
Those players who don't really care if they share a hero name, or what they name their hero... won't care about the system either way.
If a player really wants to camp 14 names... they will have to pay the cost to do so.
So it should cut down a bit on that. I know I would buy 1-5 names depending on the price point. After that Pretty much any name will do for random alt nights that I want to test a power set.
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