James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.
The following list is for game lovers who want to show their enthusiasm for gaming via their pet's name. I've included more than 70 ideas here, though the list could easily have been much longer if I'd considered every possible character. After all, a single video game can have hundreds of names (Just look at Elder Scrolls). I've tried to limit the list to those names that will stand the test of time.
Following the list, I've added five tips to help you find the perfect name for your pooch. Be sure to scan the entire list, as one name may 'level up' another.
Video Game Dog Names (A-R)
Akuji the Heartless is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics.
A video game developed and published by Metro3D, Inc.
Axel (Axel & Pixel)
is a point-and-click adventure video game developed by Silver Wish Games.
(Banjo Kazooie) is a platform video game developed by Rare.
An action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Sega.
A third-person shooter game developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Tim, attempts to rescue a princess from a monster including a multifaceted narrative, giving clues about Tim's contemplations and motivations.
The Chocobo series is a collection of video games published by Square.
(Chrono Trigger) A game with role-playing features like multiple endings, side quests that tied into the main plot and non-random encounters.
The game's story follows a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe.
A play Station game. Shadow of the Colossus was more about the journey than the destination.
After the popular Diablo 2 video game.
A first-person shooter video game
DOTA (Defense of the Ancients)
The objective of the game is for each team to destroy their opponents' Ancient, a heavily guarded structure at the opposing corner of the map.
A point-and-click adventure video game developed by US-based indie developer Tendershoot.
A game by Super Nintendo
The game's title derives from one of the player's goals of raising their combat rating to the exalted heights of "Elite".
(Elite Beat Agents) In this game, you're out to help those in need through the power of dance.
The gist of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one by crossing a busy road and navigating a river full of hazards
The gameplay of Galaga puts the player in control of a spacecraft with enemy aliens arriving in formation at the beginning of a stage, either trying to destroy, collide with, or capture the spaceship.
A platform game developed by Crystal Dynamics.
A platforming video game developed by Interactive Studios and published by Hasbro Interactive.
A first-shooter game by Nintendo Group
A platform video game based on the film of the same name.
Halo is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game originally developed by Bungie Studios.
A minimalist game based around a "boy meets girl" concept.
Sequel to the game Radiant Silvergun.
A knight riding a flying ostrich to progress through levels by defeating groups of enemy knights riding buzzards.
(Katamari Damacy) Play Station 2 game.
a puzzle-platform video game in which the player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister.
Mana (Secret of Mana)
A development of Super Nintendo games.
(Super Mario Bros) A platform video game developed and published by Nintendo.
A speed running game developed by Nintendo Entertainment System
A clone of the game Rogue, the roguelike NetHack
An action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom.
The Oregon Trail is a computer game developed by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium.
A game by Sega Arcade.
Panzer Dragoon Saga is a role-playing video game published by Sega.
A first-person shooter video game, developed by Brainbox Games, HIP Games and Digital Extremes.
Pokemon Red and Blue by Game boy in 1998.
An action video game with the Atari 8-bit family and published by Adventure International.
A video game created by Sega; in which the player controls a tank in a top-down view maze to fetch keys used to unlock the next level.
A first-person shooter video game in which players must find their way through various maze-like, medieval environments while battling a variety of monsters using a wide array of weapons.
It involves replacing the typical sound effects found in most rail shooters with electronic music.
A first-person shooter video game based on the RoboCop films.
An arcade game featuring twin stick controls.
Video Game Dog Names (S-Z)
A game with first-person view and visual depth.
A flip screen action adventure game by Synapse Software.
An action-adventure game that combines open worlds, brawler battles and quick time events.
The Sims is a simulation game.
(The Elder Scrolls) This game set new standards with its sheer world size, quest depth and character options.
A first-person shooter survival horror video game developed by Pulsetense Games and published by KISS Ltd.
Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
A platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega.
The player navigates the maze with a 3D view on the left side of the screen and a top-down representation on the right.
It is a 2D platformer game.
Spyro the Dragon is a platform game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
A vector arcade game designed and programmed by Tim Skelly and manufactured by Cinematronics.
A first-person shooter video game developed by Pixel Titans and published by Devolver Digital.
A flame throw from Street Fighter
A tile-matching puzzle video game.
A first-person shooter video game developed by Propaganda Games, and published by Disney Interactive Studios.
Multiplayer and long-term game.
A first-person shooter video game developed by Pterodon in cooperation with Illusion Softworks.
Fight to destroy others' castles with projectiles while defending your own.
A 3D puzzle game, created by Zed Two.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt distanced itself from other open-world games with extra details.
(Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) A platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
Player awakens from a hundred-year slumber to defeat Calamity Ganon before it can destroy the kingdom of Hyrule.
Similar to the original genre game Colossal Cave Adventure.
An action game developed by Web Interactive Solutions.
5 Tips for Choosing a Name for Your Dog
Finding the perfect name for your family member can be difficult. Some games simple have more impact than others. Furthermore, some video game characters are just cooler than others. Here are five tips to help you use your favorite video games to solve this problem:
Tip 1: Start With Timeless Games
When figuring out which names to use, the best route may be to use names that have stood the test of time. For example, Mario has worked well as a name because of the many iterations that this character has had. Mario has appeared is many games and on many advertisements for Nintendo.
Tip 2: Remember the Favorites
We all have that game that we remember with warm regard. Perhaps there is a favorite character or favorite section that would work well for a dog name. For example, Final Fantasy has Chocobo's, while there are plenty of Pokemon names that could well be doggie names as well.
Tip 3: Stick With a Theme
Another idea is to name your dog after a particular theme. For example, if you name your dog Link, perhaps name your cat Zelda or Gannon. This holding to a central theme can help solidify pet names. Be warned, once you tell others of these names you may be accused of being a super fan of a particular game or series.
Tip 4: Look to Nicknames
Sometimes the best name is one that can be adapted throughout the years. Having a name that can be adapted to a nickname is a wonderful way for a pet to grow in fondness. In addition, nicknames can be as silly or as serious as desired. Nicknames can also help with issuing commands, especially if you are near another dog with a similar name.
Tip 5: Look to the Main Hero and Villain
Be warned not to name your dog after a one time NPC. Naming your dog after a main hero or villain will ensure that your dog is not only memorable, but will live on in potential future sequels. Choosing a name of a character that has an extremely limited role may mean that you need to explain the name to more people. This can be both a good thing or a bad thing, depending on perspective.