I am always reluctant to give my current e-mail address to new people that I meet. When I created it all those years ago, I thought it was cool.
Now it’s just embarrassing.
When we create a username, we try to define or express ourselves in one or two words.
It could be that high school nickname that stuck with us all these years.
The name of our favourite videogame character.
The name of our favourite videogame character’s one-winged arch nemesis.
Or simply “HairyButt420”.
We all make a choice and stick by it until the bitter end.
So, what’s in my name?
When I first took the internet seriously…
Haha, I know, right?
Anyway, I was really into Sonic the Hedgehog.
Heck, I still am.
My first recollection of creating a username was for some really old chat sites such as AOL and Mplayer.com, where I went by Sonic_Fan_1986.
Just let that sink in for a second.
11 years ago I created my first ever website through Tripod.
The site I built and raised like my very own child was known as Angel Island Zone, and surprise surprise, it was a Sonic the Hedgehog fan site, filled with delusional fanfics and incoherent ramblings from yours truly.
The best part is it still exists!
14 years old and raking in those incredible 3 unique visitors per day.
That level of intense internet fame just wasn’t enough for me.
I wanted more.
I needed to change my image. I needed to be cooler.
With the release of Sega’s Dreamcast in 2000, nothing was cooler than the new baddie from Sonic Adventure, or so I thought.
I know, I’ll make my own, original gigantic, emerald devouring water monster and name him after me!
And so, Chaoz Jamez was born, and stuck with me for a decade and a half.
I pioneered the ORIGINAL CHARACTER DO NOT STEAL movement before it became a thing!
To this day I still use Chaoz Jamez as my default mail address.
It’s just so endearing!
14 year old me was such a little idiot.
As for my pen name Jkun, a bunch of friends at a local anime club simply shortened “James” to “Jay” then stuck “kun” on the end.
I mean, that’s what they do in anime so why not do it in real life?
Much like Chaoz Jamez, Jkun also seemed to stick with me until present day, and ended up being the name of my Final Fantasy XI character.
Now that I am living in Japan, people call me Jkun unironically.
All-in-all, my nicknames could have been worse.