Seriously, Sony. PlayStation Network has been a thing since November of 2006. That's eight whole years now! Why don't I have the option to change my PSN name?

Now, I didn't buy a PlayStation 3 on day one, but I was an early adopter (the 60 GB model still had the $600 price tag) and, for whatever reason, I didn't choose to use SupremeEvan for my PSN. Instead, I went with SupremeX (maybe I was looking for more anonymity?). I'm just looking for some consistency now.

Sony has said, in an interview with IGN, that it's not a technical limitation, but it's a way to prevent griefing.

"...we don't want to make it so that you can go in, grief a bunch of people in Far Cry, change your avatar, change your username, go into CoD and grief everybody over there. We want to stop that."
- Shawn Layden, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America


While I commend them for wanting to prevent trolling, would the scenario provided even be an issue? I can almost guarantee that it's not a problem for Xbox Live. They allow you to change your user name up to 30 days after creating a new account, while any time after that you have the option to pay a fee. Why can't Sony implement a similar structure if it's not a technical issue preventing them from allowing name changes?

I'm sure there are several people out there who, like me, have a username that they no longer desire. Maybe they were young and foolish and chose XxDudeBRO69 and want something a bit less childish (eight years is a lot of time to mature)? Perhaps they have since taken on a different internet alias and just want some consistency.


Maybe this is something I can look forward to in 2015?

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SupremeEvan is a fellow video game connoisseur (specializing in the Nintendo variety). He occasionally writes other articles that you can find here, and more recently he's taken to using Twitter, at @EvanChambers.