“What’s in a Pseudonym” is a weekly column attempting to tell the tales of gamer’s names; where they came from, what they mean, and even how they’ve changed the way you game. This week, the story behind Steven Santerre’s name: Linkist.
That’s what many people in the virtual world know me as. From the East Coast to the West coast, from the UK to Japan, I have friends who I play with on a regular basis that simply know me as Linkist. Now, what does it mean? The name originally came to me back in my middle school days.
I’ve always been a huge fan of “The Legend of Zelda”, and to be honest, without A Link to the Past, I probably would be a much different person today than I am now. So naturally, I wanted to name my character out of respect for the franchise. I settled on “Linkis1”, essentially meaning “Link is #1”.
Years passed and I continued to use Linkis1 for my username, until one day I decided I needed to change it. This was when my competitive Halo playing days had just begun, and I wanted to choose a name that was original, easy to remember and most of all, one that meant something to me.
Then it dawned, “Linkist” would be my name. When I asked myself, “What is a ‘Linkist'” it quickly sparked as “One who follows Link”. Link inspires courage and strength, as well as the wisdom to conquer Ganon’s puzzle filled dungeons with ease. It fit the criteria perfectly and echoed through my head for the rest of the day.
Settled, I started the transfer and to this day, I am still and always will be Steven ‘Linkist’ Santerre.
If you’d like to share the story of your pseudonym, feel free to leave the story in the comments below, or send it to me at Jacob@raidwarning.com.