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Pet name generator on the way!

Update: The Pet-o-licious Namerator is now here!

I’ve been playing too much WoW since I finished school and now I’m feeling a little burnt out. So it’s time to take a step back for a while and focus on other things. Namely, the pet name generator that I’ve been talking about.

The Flash itself is all done, considering that all I really had to do was to copy and paste from the PANDA name generator 🙂 The biggest part will be getting all the names and putting them into categories. I have two different ideas for this:

  1. A silly and a serious category for each pet family. It may be hard to come up with names for certain categories (nether rays anyone?) and this would also result in a total of 46 categories. However, this would make deciding a name much easier for the visitor and is similar to the way PANDA is set up.
  2. Categories based on the name’s background. Some of the categories would be Chinese names, Japanese names, Aztec names, Greek names, fantasy names, and silly names. This way would probably be easier for me and there would be less categories but I’m not sure if this is what people want.

So…I leave the decision up to you, the people who visit my site! Through this handy little poll below, you can vote as to which one you like. Or if you have a better idea, choose the “Something Else!” option and post your idea in the comments. Comments and questions are also welcome.

Vote away!

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7 Comments

  1. Kristy
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Definitely create a pet name generator thing. lol

  2. Cryptography
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Something like http://www.spacecorsair.com/wordgen.html which generates stuff in languages from the old Traveller RPG. Behind this was a semi-random “grammar” that built the rules for constructed worlds.

    it might be possible to reverse-engineer the names that Bliz uses ingame and extend the allowed range somewhat.

    (possibly useful more for PANDA than the pet names)

  3. Posted June 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    @ Cryptography: That’s a really cool idea but it would require much more programming and algorithms than I know. For now, I’m going to have to stick with a nice static list of names.

  4. Posted June 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    the hard part about having silly and serious names for every single family is what rules do you apply to the naming of the different familys. whats to say i should name my cat Syrin but not my Nether Ray, in essence any name could fit any family of pet unless there were some type or general rule like ‘all turtle names must have an S or a T sound in them’ so each individual name list could be combined and still used for any type of pet. i think perhaps a combination of background based names plus a set of silly names for each family and maybe a single ‘unique’ name list for names people make up. that way you can have people search for a name from a specific style, a silly name for a specific family of pet, or just an interesting sounding name that can go with any pet without much overlap. sorry for the long post.

  5. Bobo & SgtPork
    Posted June 19, 2008 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I like both ideas! Could you do a DB with pull-downs that would let you choose different sort parameters?

  6. Wolf68
    Posted June 21, 2008 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    The pet name generator from Neverwinter Nights (for ranger/druid companions) is quite good. Maybe you want to use it as an inspiration.

  7. Posted June 21, 2008 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    @ Wolf68: Huh…I never thought of that. I’ll have to look into it.

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