Fansite Names in Games This article came up in my diablo 3 google news today, and when I clicked it I was like, "Geechk?!" http://news.mmosite.com/content/2010-07-26/the_funny_npc_names.shtml I don't think I'll news it on the main page since it's kind of masturbatory, even though I had nothing to do with writing it. But just while we're on the topic, do you guys think it's cool when games work in the names of developers or fans as NPCs or items or other such Easter Egg type things? I'm actually a little torn on it, which might seem odd given my D2 merc namesake, but I think D2 did it pretty well. Lots of the mercs in the game were named after people; there are like 9 or 10 after fansite peeps, and lots of others after bliz employees or their family/friends. And tons of items and monsters are named for them also. However in almost every case, the names fit the setting and mythology. Scorch and Flux are good names for Act 3 mercs, and Elly and Gaile are good names for Act 1 mercs. Or at least they aren't so bad as to totally stand out. As would something like oh... Jimmy Bob. Personally I wanted them to put Flux on a monster. I'd rather have fans griping about how lame I was to MF, than be a useless Iron Wolf merc. But obviously it's so cool to be so honored at all that no one's really going to complain about it. (Not even me.) How do you guys feel about the issue? Do you like seeing fansite peeps and employee names and other recognizable titles for monsters/items/mercs/etc in the game? Would you like to see more of it? Maybe Bliz could run contests or public drawings and pick a bunch of fan names to include? Or do you think it's silly and superficial and distracting from the game world/fiction, and you want it all gone. Even if that means you'd give up any chance to ever have a unique dagger or Scavenger named after you?