Names steeped in history
What do “Delpan” on CS:GO map de_mirage and Liandry's Torment from LoL have in common? Well, these and many other in-game objects and callouts are known to bear the names of real people. Let’s talk about the history of the most popular out of them!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
CS:GO is definitely one of the leaders among the games with unusual name tags. It seems like joking about callouts and giving funny nicknames to weapons are gamers’ favorite things to do. However, there are many places dedicated to real people as well.
Let us use the example of graffiti saying “Goose” at A-bomb site on Dust2, which refers to one of the original map developers, the Canadian of Vietnamese origin Minh "Gooseman" Le. The interesting fact is that CS:GO has another in-game feature named after him, i.e. “Wild Gooseman Chase” achievement, which requires the last living terrorist to distract a defuser long enough for the bomb to explode.
Most maps are densely covered with call-out spots named after professional gamers. “Delpan” on Mirage is among the most famous ones. It bears the nickname of the Swedish player Marcus "Delpan" Larsson and leaves us only speculating how many difficulties he caused, defending A-plant from this position. The position between CT-spawn and A-site on de_dust2, in turn, is sometimes called “Element”, referring to Norwegian gamer Ola "elemeNt" Moum, who was famous back in CS 1.6, but retired after CS:GO release.
|Element on Dust2||Delpan on Mirage||Goose on Dust2|
Dota 2 и WC III Defense of the Ancients
The classical DotA map for WarCraft is hands down a true recordholder in terms of number of references to other games and universes. Such artifacts as Eye of Skadi, Sange and Yasha, Shiva's Guard and many others immerse the players in mythology, cinematography, literature and even real life. Among this huge variety of interesting things there are two items that really stand out, and those are Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyse, renamed into Scythe of Vyse after the Dota 2 release, and Eul's Scepter of Divinity. Both names contain the reference to their developers, since Eul was a developer of the very first version of the map, and Guinsoo was the one who replaced him to hold the position up till IceFrog’s arrival.
Some players and community members were also granted with special attention. Kunkka, for example, took his name from an artist Kendrick Lim, who worked on loading screens for the map. Such heroes as Shadow Fiend and Spectre are known to hold a special second name, YaphetS and qwerty- respectively. The first one refers to legendary Bu Yanjun, famous Chinese mid-laner all Dota 2 players have surely heard of. The name qwerty- was used to pay tribute to Zaven Terminasov, the former member of RuSh3D and RoX.KiS, who sadly passed away in 2010.
|YaphetS' highlights||Spectre by qwerty-|
League of Legends
League of Legends can confidently compete with WC III Defense of the Ancients, as it is also full of references. Back in the days, the developing team even carried out a special contest, where people who brought the biggest number of users into the game could receive an artifact named after them as a sign of gratitude. The player Athene, for example, invited 5,000 players and now Athene's Unholy Grail bears his name as a reminder.
Many other popular community members, who greatly contributed to the game, received such gifts from the developers. Liandry's Torment, for instance, is named after LiaNdrY, a LoL-game.ru team leader, who developed the first Russian client of the game, whereas Maw of Malmortius refers to well-known Malmortius.
|Liandry's Torment||Maw of Malmortius||Athene's Unholy Grail|
Which examples of in-game reference to real people do you know? Share them in the comments section below!