Most of us probably have 'em. Who did you go around as?
In my first Internet community, the #monkey-island IRC channel, I went by HermanToothrot at first, mainly because that was about the only character from those games nobody was using, and also I was maybe 13 at the time.
Later at around the time Quake came out I upgraded to MrCoulomb, inspired by an illustration in a physics textbook of Mr. Coulomb carrying charge around the circuit. I had to change that one because people kept thinking I was MrColumbo
A few years on came SurplusGamer, which was supposed to be a slightly self-deprecating 'the world probably doesn’t need another -Gamer internet user thing, but I started liking it less and less and once a certain -gate happened, I wanted to get as far as possible from it, even though in a way it was making fun of the whole gamer identity thing. So thanks, PSN, for still not letting me change this.
Nowadays I’m KestrelPi pretty much everywhere else. It’s just an anagram of my name, Peter Silk, and I’m happy enough with it. It has a ring to it, doesn’t really have any connotations I’ll come to regret (probably) and it was either that or ElkPriest (I didn’t want people to mistake me for someone to come for for spiritual advice).
Also, Kestrel Pi is a name that I regularly use to name characters in games that let you do that, since it weirdly seems to fit in all sorts of settings, sounds pretty gender neutral and saves me having to think of something else.
So what’s your story?