My Commander Shepard Has a First Name, It's...

What's in a name? To the John and Jane Shepards out there, not much, but to those that prefer customizing their Mass Effect heroes picking the right name can make all the difference in the universe. In today's Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Salari wants to know how you name your role-playing game characters.

With Mass Effect 3 just around the corner, some people will be making new Commander Shepards and some like myself will be carrying theirs over from the first two games. However, I have noticed that when it comes to games where you can name your character, most people tend to stick to particular names, or in an effort to place themselves into the experience, create an avatar of themselves and give it their name.

So what do you do? With role-playing games I generally tend to make my character female because it sometimes offers a different slant on the world and how others perceive your character, and I always tend to name them 'Paige', the name of my second girlfriend and a name I've generally always liked. When going for the male option, I usually name them 'Travis', after one of my favourite movie characters, Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver.

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