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Naming Policy

Character and clan names in Mech Wars should reflect the genre of the game. Original, sci-fi names are desired. These guidelines apply to handles as well as ward names, and clan names.

The following types of names are inappropriate:.

  1. Vile, profane, rude, or racist names including common swear words, anatomical references, racial slurs in whole or in part, and homonyms for these words in whole or in part.

  2. Combinations of words that produce an offensive result (e.g. Hugeaz, Tug Mcgroin).

  3. Names of religious, occult, or significant historic origin (e.g. Jesus, Allah, Satan, Stalin, Angel, Devil, Demon).

  4. Copyrighted or trademarked names of products, services, or concepts (e.g. Marlboro, Band-Aid).

  5. Non-sci-fi oriented names from popular media. These names can be either fictional (e.g. Rambo, Darthvader) or non-fictional (e.g. Garth Brooks, Pierce Brosnan, Ronald Reagan, Michael Jordan).

  6. Common words and phrases that would not be found in the place and time setting of the game (e.g. Switchblade, Phaser, Toaster, Sloegin, Anyone). This includes references to drug substances or drug related paraphernalia (e.g. Ecstacy, Cannibis).

  7. Proper names from Mech Wars (e.g. Terra-Xi, Loci). This also includes the name of any mech or item in Mech Wars (e.g. Lucifer, Raptor).

  8. Names chosen with the intent or possessed with the effect of harming the reputation of or used to impersonate a Customer or representative of the Mech Wars administration.

  9. Names containing titles within them, such as, but not limited to: The, Lord, Lady, Master, King, Knight, Sir, Father (e.g. Sirtallon, Lordeagle, Mothermaggy, Darksister).

  10. Fantasy-oriented names that are easily recognized from popular existing media (e.g. Merlin, Gandalf, Belgarath, Drizzt, Tanis).

  11. Names that contain sentences, phrases, or more than two words. For clan names the limit is 5 words.

For all of the above, misspellings and alternative spellings of the word or words are also unacceptable.

If a name is found to be in violation of any of the above polices, a member of the Customer Service Team will then use the following process:

  • For category 1 or 2 offenses, a member of the Customer Service Team will change the name of the character as soon as it is discovered. You may be notified of this name change either in-game or by email. Depending on the nature of the offensive name, the account may also be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or banning. A Customer Service Representative will contact you to inform you if disciplinary action is taken.

  • For categories 3 through 11, the member of the Customer Service Team will contact you either in game or via email to notify you of the character's name change.

(Last updated October 25th, 2002.)