Hi Greg and Colin,
I'd like to submit my very own PSN name as PSN's Worst Name of the Week. It's tata_arek. Now, this may not sound all that bad, but hear me out, there's a story behind it.
I got my PS3 for my 12th birthday, it was my first gaming console. At first I didn't connect it to the Internet, because online gaming wasn't really something I was aware of back then. Around 2 weeks later I beat the game that came with the system (LittleBigPlanet) and at the end it said something about joining the LBP community to play user-made levels etc.
So I asked my dad to set it up for me, he created a PSN account for me, but it was his account, as in it was connected to his email account and he set up the name with him in mind- "tata" means "dad" in Polish and "arek" is my dad's name. I didn't pay attention to it at the time and just went with it, because LBP almost never displayed your name on the screen.
LBP was pretty much the only game I played online until about half a year later. In that time I discovered the glory of trophies, earned my first platinum (you guessed it, LBP), and got more into gaming in general. As soon as I started playing online more, I realised that my name might be a problem as it was displayed more and more predominantly. I assumed that I could change it if I wanted, so I looked for the option on my PS3 and couldn't find it, looked online, couldn't find it. I decided to stick with that account anyway, because of my trophies, friends I'd made and some purchases on PSN. The next few years of my gaming life turned into pretending to be a 40 year old man with 2 kids, so I never used a headset with my PS3 or the PS Eye camera. I guess there was a perk to it, because I enetered and won a ton of over-18-only competitions.
Eventually I parted ways with that account when I had to sell my PS3 in 2013. I took a break from gaming, after which I decided to buy an Xbox One. Today, I'm 19 and in college, I just couldn't force myself to keep pretending to be my dad. If I returned to PlayStation, I wouldn't feel good playing on a different account. Over the years I had so many good memories and racked up a great trophy collection, including some amazing platinums, like Gran Turismo 5, Wipeout HD, GTA IV, or ModNation Racers, just to name a few. The trophy collection is the most difficult to leave behind. 3500 trpohies, 44 platinums, which represent my gaming history. PS3 made me a hardcore gamer and a tech geek in general. I wouldn't be where I am today, studying comuter science without my good old PS3. Starting from scratch, I probably wouldn't get back into trophy hunting and I wouldn't feel like a long-time community member.
So here's the deal, Shuhei. You let us change our names and I'll buy the PS4 immediately (fingers crossed for PSX).
P.S. Sorry for making this so long, but I really wanted to share the story, XOXO.