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How to Choose a Good Gamertag for Gaming

I'm pretty much a gamer. In my life, I've played several fun MMORPGs, RPGs, FPS games and even some arcade games!

How to Come Up With a Good Gamertag

Your gamertag is one of your most personal forms of expression on a game. Depending on what you're playing, it can create an impression on hundreds of people.

It's important to find an alter-ego that suits you: a well-placed allusion, (e.g. Frodo Fraggins or Das Bait), joke (e.g. ghettohamburgler), or menacing word (e.g. BeastMode) communicates your personality right off the bat.

If you're having trouble getting started, follow the steps below to help your creative process.

You gamertag will likely be different depending on the type of game. For example, an FPS game will bring to mind different gamer tags than a MMORPG.

You gamertag will likely be different depending on the type of game. For example, an FPS game will bring to mind different gamer tags than a MMORPG.

Step 1: Decide What Genre of Games You Are Interested in

If you haven't done so already, consider what type of game you will be playing. This will allow you to imagine the type of impression you would like to create with your gamertag. Consider if you are going to be playing one of the following:

  • FPS games
  • Strategy games
  • RPGs
  • Sports
  • Brain games
  • Other

Step 2: Brainstorm Gamertags

Next, we are going to brainstorm words that would fit your gamertag. While you can search online for name generators, the are unlikely to give you the kind of name you want. A good name requires creativity, intellect, and nuance. Think about what tone you'd like to use—whether it be fun, powerful, scary, cute, or quirky—and use the following steps to help make up your name.

Don't worry about if the gamertag is already in use—leave that until step three. Instead, focus on finding one that suits you.

  • If you are going for a powerful name, consider incorporating one of the world's natural elements: earth, wind, water, or fire. Alternatively, you can consider natural phenomenon, such as earthquakes, storms, etc.
  • Playing a FPS game? Consider incorporating an allusion to your favorite gun, map, or outfit.
  • Playing an MMORPG? What about referencing your favorite weapon, animal, or dungeon?
  • A good name means something. Consider a favorite character from a retro game that others may recognize or lyrics from a favorite song.
  • Do you already have a nickname? Perhaps you can think of a play on words using your nickname.
  • If you don't have a nickname, think of two-word gamertags that start with the same letters as your real name. Sometimes self-imposed constraints such as this can help you be more creative.

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Warning: Check to See If Your Name Is Already in Use

Before you settle on your name, think about whether you eventually want to use it for other genres of games or media. For example, if you intend to one day make a YouTube channel or Twitter with the same tag, check those websites first to make sure that your name isn't a copy of someone else's name. If it is, you may get a lot of hate from certain people and wind up having to change your name after all. If it isn't, it is a good idea to create a user account reserving that name proactively in case you want to use it later.

If you username or gamertag is already taken, try adding an underscore or another word rather than "x"s and lots of numbers.

If you username or gamertag is already taken, try adding an underscore or another word rather than "x"s and lots of numbers.

Step 3: Make Your Gamertag 'Fit'

Gamertags like ‘xXHardscopeXx’ and ‘EpicSlayer542’ look pretty unprofessional. Luckily there are alternatives that allow you to keep your name, without resorting to those tactics. Remember that there are a lot of ways in which you can combine your new name! Don’t be afraid to experiment; you shouldn’t be held back from making your desired gamertag just because some of the options are already in use.

  • Try using ‘_’ in front or behind your name.
  • Try doubling your letters (depending on the letter).
  • Think if there is another word that you can add. This will open up many possibilities.

A Few Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Don't go full caps. It will make your name look like you are shouting.
  • Only change letters to numbers as your last resort. This will make it look a bit less professional, and so is only recommended if all the other options are already in use.

Pro Tip for PlayStation

If you are making a PlayStation username and are not 100 percent sure that you can stick with one name for an extended period of time, make a Japanese account. That's right, Japanese. Why? Japanese accounts allow you to change your username without having to make a new account! The only disadvantage: the menu is in Japanese. But if you know where to find everything, this shouldn't be a big problem.

Best of luck finding a new gamertag that fits your personality! If you have any suggestions I may have forgotten, please leave them in the comments.

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need help on June 15, 2020:

I want a username with my real name in it, i wanted to go for 444(real name) but since numbers are unprofessional I changed my mind

Lighting_phantom on May 31, 2020:

Should i use lightning_phantom or handsome_phantom

rando1234 on May 29, 2020:

how about the gaming ghost

i listen to kpop music like NCT tsan NCT on April 16, 2020:

i like the name DemonWolf

Stealthzz on October 28, 2019:

hey I'm in a clan called stealth and rn I don't like my name (Stealthzz) I'm gonna be changing it for everything all my games socials and consoles and I need a good name (has to have stealth in it) thanks!

Synixd on July 10, 2019:

Is that cool?

Jacob on May 04, 2019:


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Carol on December 06, 2018:

Breaking parental code for Xbox 360

Fluffy on November 11, 2018:

I need something to go in front of Fluffy ex. Onxy Fluffy

Wells on October 01, 2018:

I need a good fortnite username please.

Vassilis on September 05, 2018:

I need a Pubg name

Help on August 10, 2018:

Need gamertag for siege

Marwin on July 10, 2018:

I need an username fir fortnitee

Almir on June 22, 2018:


Adam on May 30, 2018:


BeastMode_Demon on January 24, 2018:

Wowow thanks for good tip on username making!

Regifide on January 21, 2018:

I need a good name for ps4 causes im a gamer.

BerZerker on January 04, 2018:

Is ThIs GoOd?

i need minecraft username on November 04, 2017:

ugh i need 1

FuryExecute on October 05, 2017:

wow this website is so good thanks alot

Malthe on July 07, 2017:

guys please help me i need a gamertag for a minecraft owner of a comunity plss help me

Muhit on June 12, 2017:

Can someone help me with a name to do with assasins

SFM-NeonZeroGamer on June 03, 2017:

Make me one

Cant Decide on June 03, 2017:

What if your interested in all types of games

Tynan Moores-Griffin on June 01, 2017:

I don't know what to do for mine. Something to do with scarecrow.

tendergnome3 on May 26, 2017:

What do you think of Misunderstood Overlord and if you like it how can I shorten it by 6 letters

Пешо on April 10, 2017:

_ScriptKittie i think its cool

Brodie on February 03, 2017:

I think my game tag should be awesome.

Nameless Jimmy on January 17, 2017:

I have a few ideas bit I want to know what you guys think is best, some of my names are Slym Jym, The Dog, The Steel Dog, or should I stick with my regular name The Player2087

Aidil on December 26, 2016:

How about _F1X_1T_ or _Pr33tY_K1LL3R...

Vesam on December 18, 2016:

What should be my gamer tag for the Xbox one

Alcpwn on December 07, 2016:

Ive always loved my name ^

BAKAN_LUVAR458 on November 15, 2016:

A lot of people have told me in the past that I have a bad name, but this article has helped me to know that in reality it is a good one. Thanks.

Someone on November 12, 2016:

My new gamer name is Dark_Steel_Wolf thanks to this website my gamer name is cooler (before this is was Tomato)

Overwatch123 on November 11, 2016:

Im trying to find a name that i like that is overwatch related or something like that so pls help...thx

Francesco on November 11, 2016:

I need help with this name.




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Casper on October 15, 2016:


Yeboii on October 14, 2016:

Im thinking OF StinkyOyster or AncientTofu

_sopro on October 03, 2016:

Thanks to vote for me #kimleonard08

ejwidoskld on September 10, 2016:

a name that links with sloths :d

Jreded on August 13, 2016:

Which ones better Jrev or Jreded?

I have both

Andre on July 14, 2016:

Good Names

Doggy on July 09, 2016:

mine is SKu11CRush3R

monkey on June 14, 2016:

I love monkeys and i love purple but my brain is fried i can't think of names. this is for minecraft and i would like something cute. any names???

Jay dog on June 09, 2016:

Mine is ButterSquidSlayer2000

Md on May 23, 2016:


bossy on March 24, 2016:

my last name is Boss which i actually really like and i would like to incorporate it in my gamer tag but i am not too creative, any ideas?

Luke on November 15, 2015:

Someone help me out! A name that link with Ice

Nolan on August 07, 2015:


Alex on June 26, 2015:




Billy on June 25, 2015:

Mine is Grumpy doge

adsf on May 31, 2015:

^ KittyKillcam

Bri on May 01, 2015:

Mine is DynamicKillcam but I want a girly one because I go into lobbies and people think I'm a guy

Mike on February 19, 2015:

GameSet&MattHutch might be a good one... might be a little long but it is clever, includes your name and also kinda suggests you are better than everyone else

Matthew on January 14, 2015:

Really helpful any good suggestions for me ? First name Matt second name Hutch

Ryan Melton on September 10, 2014:

I think my gamer tag is freaking epic