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Zverofaust
Gallente
Ascetic Virtues
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:05:00 - [1]
 

So I found myself immersed in a conversation about roleplaying here on Eve and the subject of "Toon" came up.

Where did this term originate from? Doesn't seem popular anywhere else to describe one's character.

Enlighten me.

Dan O'Connor
Cerberus Network
Dignitas.
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:07:00 - [2]
 

Originally by: Zverofaust
So I found myself immersed in a conversation about roleplaying here on Eve and the subject of "Toon" came up.

Where did this term originate from? Doesn't seem popular anywhere else to describe one's character.

Enlighten me.



I am really not sure, but I am gonna guess it comes from this.

amirite? Question

Noran Ferah
Red Sky Morning
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:24:00 - [3]
 

The Space Stork?

Serpents smile
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:25:00 - [4]
 


Toon is short for cartoon which is an other word for avatar.

Mr M
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:28:00 - [5]
 

I just assume it comes from WoW as everything else yucky

Othran
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:36:00 - [6]
 

First time I ever heard it used was on Toontown

Despite the way it looks its quite an amusing game. Kids were on the beta years ago.

Before Toontown I'd only ever heard them called avatars.

Thuranni
Eldjotnar
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:40:00 - [7]
 

Toon was used almost exclusively when I was playing Dark Age of Camelot in 2002ish, so the term predates Toontown. It probably started in Everquest.

Steve Celeste
Overdogs
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:49:00 - [8]
 

A short form for cartoon.

It became a popular way to refer to a cartoon character in the 1981 Gary K. Wolf novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

JitaBum
Gallente
Center for Advanced Studies
Posted - 2010.06.27 12:53:00 - [9]
 

It's uncontested as the dumbest word in existence


Samantha IX
Amarr
Posted - 2010.06.27 13:00:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Thuranni
Toon was used almost exclusively when I was playing Dark Age of Camelot in 2002ish, so the term predates Toontown. It probably started in Everquest.

In Everquest it was Char or Alt - toon was never used back in the days.

Toon probably comes from those (car)toonish asian grinding games... Twisted Evil

Blue Harrier
Gallente
Posted - 2010.06.27 13:02:00 - [11]
 

The first time I heard it used was in the film 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)'

Regards, Blue.

dexington
Caldari
Baconoration
Posted - 2010.06.27 13:59:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Zverofaust
So I found myself immersed in a conversation about roleplaying here on Eve and the subject of "Toon" came up.

Where did this term originate from? Doesn't seem popular anywhere else to describe one's character.

Enlighten me.


from wikipedia:

Toon is a term that commonly refers to a type of character appearing in certain cartoons. It can also mean:
Avatar (computing), referring to the cartoon image of a player's digital avatar in MMORPGs

Alexeph Stoekai
Stoekai Corp
Posted - 2010.06.27 13:59:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: JitaBum
It's uncontested as the dumbest word in existence



Joe Skellington
Minmatar
Matari Legion Holding
Matari Legion
Posted - 2010.06.27 14:14:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Mr M
I just assume it comes from WoW as everything else yucky


I have to agree, It seems like it was used by every ****** ex-jock that bags my groceries at the grocery store talking about their wow account.

Tippia
Caldari
Sunshine and Lollipops
Posted - 2010.06.27 14:36:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Thuranni
Toon was used almost exclusively when I was playing Dark Age of Camelot in 2002ish, so the term predates Toontown. It probably started in Everquest.
It was heavily used in The Realm, which predated EQ by half a decade. I've also heard avatars being called this back in the MUD days, which predate The Realm by… oh… four or five centuries in computer terms. Razz

No, WoW is far too new and too derivative to come up with this kind of term.

Jasdemi
Interstellar Whine Brewery
Monocle Overlords
Posted - 2010.06.27 15:21:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: JitaBum
It's uncontested as the dumbest word in existence



TEABO BAGGINS
Posted - 2010.06.27 15:53:00 - [17]
 

well 1rst a mantoon and a grrltoon like each other, alot..

Anaslex
Amarr
Posted - 2010.06.27 16:17:00 - [18]
 

Toon

Can we please just call everything an alt? So you don't sound like you're talking about a children's video game?

Crewman Jenkins
Caldari
Malicious Demi-Lancers
Posted - 2010.06.27 16:37:00 - [19]
 

When I played Everquest in 99 people used the word Toon, so it goes back at least that far.

Shiho Weitong
Caldari
Koa Mai Hoku
Posted - 2010.06.27 17:36:00 - [20]
 

Answer to question. AFAIK.

"Who killed roger rabbit?"

CG Oglethorpe
Minmatar
Universal Army
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2010.06.27 17:44:00 - [21]
 

Originally by: JitaBum
It's uncontested as the dumbest word in existence




this.

The term "pilot" is far more accurate and doesn't have the Asian anime connection to it.

Lt Angus
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2010.06.27 18:04:00 - [22]
 

I like it, a good way of finding who not to fly with

Jason Bauer
Posted - 2010.06.27 19:17:00 - [23]
 

You hear it A LOT in WoW, especially with people who play multiple characters.

Stupid thing to call your character if you ask me...

Cipher Jones
Minmatar
Posted - 2010.06.27 19:24:00 - [24]
 

It goes back to at least 1988. I had a "toon" on BattleTech: The Cresent Hawks Inception. It is in fact an abreviation for "cartoon" as previously stated.

Predates Blizzard entertainment by several years at least.

Professor Tarantula
Hedion University
Posted - 2010.06.27 19:32:00 - [25]
 

Once upon a time computer graphics were terrible, and characters/avatars were at best pixelated cartoons. Years later computer graphics in some games advanced to the point where they looked more realistic, and 'toon' no longer made any sense. This of course didn't stop some people from using it, but they are slowly being phased out through a campaign of relentless mocking.

Captain Campion
Viziam
Posted - 2010.06.27 19:53:00 - [26]
 

Newcastle

Bigpimping
Pimp Inc.
Posted - 2010.06.27 20:25:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: Captain Campion
Newcastle

Eva Darkstar
Posted - 2010.06.27 20:26:00 - [28]
 

Originally by: Jason Bauer
You hear it A LOT in WoW, especially with people who play multiple characters.

Stupid thing to call your character if you ask me...


Toon is used in many MMOs still, not surprising as some people play more than one MMO.

Toon is still relevant in WoW as WoW characters are cartoon looking.

Toon is not very RP ofc but as the majority of MMO players don't really RP anyway I don't see it as much of an issue.

Kyra Felann
Gallente
The Scope
Posted - 2010.06.27 20:51:00 - [29]
 

Originally by: JitaBum
It's uncontested as the dumbest word in existence


100% this.

BTW, I think everyone is aware that it is also used to mean "cartoon". The question is, why is it used to mean "character"?

I really think the word should be censored on the EVE forums. I'm not kidding.

Joe Skellington
Minmatar
Matari Legion Holding
Matari Legion
Posted - 2010.06.27 21:44:00 - [30]
 

Edited by: Joe Skellington on 27/06/2010 21:46:32
21:44:50
Originally by: Kyra Felann
Originally by: JitaBum
It's uncontested as the dumbest word in existence


100% this.

BTW, I think everyone is aware that it is also used to mean "cartoon". The question is, why is it used to mean "character"?

I really think the word should be censored on the EVE forums. I'm not kidding.


Indeed. Everytime I hear it I think of slack jawed 12 year old WoW players. I've been around since MUDs and MUSHs in the 80s/90s as well and never once heard that word describe a character until I came in contact with World of Warcraft.


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