A non-player character in the Sega MMO Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis underwent a name change with this week̵
First was brought to our attention by Joe “Kongablooey” Negron on Twitter, Diggah was originally the name of a non-player character in the recently released Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis responsible for handing out mining assignments to players. He introduces players to Dualomite, a rare purple mineral used to upgrade equipment in the massive multiplayer game.
The name Diggah is not inherently offensive, but it is actually a single letter from a very bad word. It is doubtful that the name was meant to be offensive, as it is basically the English version of the character’s original Japanese name, Dighoru (basically Digger). However, combined with CAST’s relatively unique color and the fact that he asks players to find Dualomite, which sounds very much like 70s comedy film for blaxploitation Dolemite, it’s easy to see how the name can be considered quite cursed.
In a posts about the name change on Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis The Reddit group, some players regret the renaming, while others wonder why it was necessary in the first place.
The name change happened quietly with this week’s note, listed in the update notes as “Corrected NPC names that were determined to be inappropriate as character names.” So far, it seems that Diggah is the only name that was changed. We have contacted Sega to comment on the name change, but have not yet heard back.
Thanks again Kongablooey on Twitter to draw attention to this story. It took us a while, but we got to it.