Every screen name has a story, however silly or epic. Inspired by these videos of how professional gamers chose their name, I thought I’d share the stories behind mine.
So, Here’s the history of my screen names:
The year 2000 was around the time that AIM started getting popular. And being the silly 10 year old I was, I happened to come up with most straight forward name. My name is Josh, I rule, and it’s the year 2000; enough said. Obviously, I didn’t put any thought into the coming years. Still, there’s a first for everything, and I’m sure everyone has an embarrassing first email or screen name they created in middle school. This was my first screen name and email address ever. And I actually used that email for the longest time too. Sadly, the AIM screen name was very short lived. When creating an account, I naively put my actual birthday. At the time, AIM filtered out kids younger than the age of 13. I thought it would return when I turned 13, but it didn’t work like that. So, there was a short stint where I went by the screen name…
Still not very original, I came up with this one. It was inspired by the episode of Friends where Ross tries to play rugby.
I threw some x’s in there cause that was the thing to do at the time; also, just “red ross” was already taken. A few months after its creation, my friends and I discovered the feature on AIM where you could be signed on with multiple accounts at the same time. I used that to experiment with a few other names like..
3. J superstar123
Contrary to what you might be thinking, it was NOT based on the movie Jesus Christ Super Star. Although, many thought it did at the time. I had a friend who’s screen name was “CoMeTcOcO123”, named after a comet + her dog’s name. Then another friend parodied it with “MeTeOrBoBo321”, named after meteor + his dog’s name. The only other astral thing I knew was stars and I’ve never owned a dog.. so, “J superstar123” is what I came up with. It didn’t last long, because I didn’t really like it and it was meant to be a joke anyway. Then came..
This is the screen name that I eventually stuck with for AIM. My brother’s AIM name was “sm happyguy” (sm = San Marino). So, naturally, being a brother, I forged a similar name. And I happened to be really into the word “awesome” at the time. For example, I would sign yearbooks with “stay awesome!” rather than the traditional “H.A.G.S.” I had one more AIM screen name, but I didn’t really use it that much.
I didn’t use it mainly because it just looked like jargon. Also, it was really hard to spell it out for people trying to add me. I think I was just too ashamed to use it. I wasn’t proud of Clan WumboQ (yet). Look closely, it’s “couch” in between the letters of “WUMBOQ”. What is this nonsense I speak of? A story for another post.
I’m not sure why, but I never used my AIM screen names when creating ID’s for the games I played. Perhaps I was still experimenting. They were always different too. I used..
Feenie, based off of Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World
Grimlock, as in Grimlock from the Transformers series
gullibleshmo and gullibletracker, based off the vocabulary word, gullible. The tracker one was based off of my friend’s screen name, “Sacred Tracker”
TheGambler, just like the song
After trying everything out. I settled on “gimsh”. It was simple and recognizable. The story behind it is simple too. During the time that Lord of the Rings was out, every group of friends associated themselves to the Fellowship. Unfortunately for me, Aragorn and Legolas had already been assigned, so that left me with Gimli, son of Gloin. I was a little chubby back then, so I kind of embraced it. One day, talking with the Frodo of our group, she (yes, she) said “Hey, you should combine your names!” I asked what she meant. “How about… gimsh? That’s pretty cool.” she said. It wasn’t originally my favorite, but it kind of grew on me. So I used it more and more and even still to this day. Not to be confused with top tier Hearthstone player “gnimsh” either. If you ever see a “gimsh”, it’s likely me.
What’s the story behind your screen name(s)?