The PC Gamer Character Name Repository: a cure for Naming Paralysis

There's some Venn overlap between the fabulous FTL and upcoming XCOM: Enemy Unknown : in both, you can name your dudes. Names carry incredible meaning in these permadeathy games: they're opportunities to imbue identity into the tiny digital people you're pointing into certain doom.

Still, when we're asked what to call something, it's not uncommon for our minds to lock up. You sit there, hands hovering in front of an empty prompt, Ctrl + Fing your brain for the perfect nombre d'game that suits the character's aptitudes or role. You crawl your mind for former classmates, footballers, and celebrities, trying to summon the perfect name. This is Naming Paralysis , and it's nothing to be ashamed of. I have it too.

To alleviate this condition, we've created The PC Gamer Character Name Repository , a shared Google Doc that we'd encourage you to throw XCOM and FTL-friendly names into. I've begun by contributing “ Carl Winslow .”

Evan Lahti
Global Editor-in-Chief

Evan's a hardcore FPS enthusiast who joined PC Gamer in 2008. After an era spent publishing reviews, news, and cover features, he now oversees editorial operations for PC Gamer worldwide, including setting policy, training, and editing stories written by the wider team. His most-played FPSes are CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Rainbow Six Siege, and Arma 2. His first multiplayer FPS was Quake 2, played on serial LAN in his uncle's basement, the ideal conditions for instilling a lifelong fondness for fragging. Evan also leads production of the PC Gaming Show, the annual E3 showcase event dedicated to PC gaming.