The other day, I had a new student called Shepherd. I always ask my kids how they chose their English names, for every mumbled explanation that it was assigned in primary school English class, there’s a great story about identity and personality. Shepherd said he got his name from his favorite videogame, Mass Effect, and when pressed, said this was his favorite character of all time.

I’ve thought for a while that it would be the height of game writer success to have someone cosplay one of my characters, but now I think choosing a character name for himself might be the best ever.

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