One of the questions I get fairly often involves the origin of the screen-name I use on a regular basis. Hamsterman2049 is certainly a unique name, but it isn’t as random as it might appear. There is a story that goes along with it, so sit back and I’ll tell you the tale of how this series of letters and numbers came to be.
When I was growing up, and even into my adulthood, my mom was a grade-school teacher. Like most classrooms, hers usually contained a class pet. When the summer hit, something had to be done with this animal, so it was either assigned to a kid from the class or brought home. The most common of these pets was of the small animal variety, usually in the form of a hamster or gerbil.
After having taken care of quite a few of these class pets, my siblings and I decided we wanted some of our own to care for. This is how I got my first set of hamsters that we named Ham and Ster. I went on to own several other hamsters over the course of my childhood and developed a love of small animals.
Jump ahead to the night when I decided I wanted to try a new online game resembling one of my favorite series. Graal Online, an online title much like The Legend of Zelda, required of me a new username. It being rather late into the evening (read as early morning), I was having a difficult time thinking of anything clever. Thinking back to the time with my hamsters, I decided to pick the screen-name Hamsterman. The choice went through fine for Graal, but I soon discovered that there was an issue to overcome with this name.
The name started to grow on me, but I very quickly discovered that I was not the only person on the internet that liked hamsters. The screen-name was pretty consistently taken on most websites, so I had to come up with something meaningful to add to it. At first, I put a number of prefixes to the name which spawned several iterations of the name. After trying out Microhamsterman, Ultihamsterman, Necrohamsterman, Neohamsterman and more; nothing was sticking in quite the way I liked. That’s when I had an epiphany that lead to my ultimate creation of the name I use today.
One of my favorite racing games for the Sega Dreamcast was San Francisco Rush 2049. One day, while playing this game, I decided that anything sounds significantly cooler when you add the number 2049 to the end of it. Seriously, check it out: yard work 2049, lobster ravioli 2049, solitaire 2049, bocce ball 2049. After making this discovery, I decided to add this onto the end of Hamsterman and it’s always been available. To this day, I use this screen-name for nearly everything and that’s how I came up with it.
Special thanks go to Walter Cerna for the amazing drawing of Hamsterman2049 you see above. Please check out the rest of his work on his website here.