cymruvoodoo and slaughtergames
I'm loving your guys' points.
, the fact that you ask if the race would even feel the need to name itself I think is brilliant. It's hard to say I think because none of us really know how a computer with a sense of individuality would view the world. I've touched on this briefly before but I think it warrants taking a closer look.
Coming from the reality that it will be a playable faction we know it HAS to be called something. Accepting this truth I tried to plant myself into the mind of a synthetic, a being that is popularly romanticized as feeling superior to organics. The calculating mind of a machine would look at everything an organic does and look down on it with disdain, inevitably seeing cleaner and more logical (and therefore more obvious) routes to and for every conceivable solution. Therefore, it would inevitably learn of the names the "lesser" races had given it and immediately find flaw. Its synthetic mind would naturally look to improve the name as its capacity for error in anything is non-existent, like telling a calculator to get answer an equation incorrectly...or telling a dog not to get excited about a milkbone...it's just not in their DNA so to speak.
This is the line of logic I've followed in justifying why a synthetic race would find purpose in self naming. Not to mention, as I've said before, there is simple and logical benefit to having a designation...think about how difficult it would be to go through daily life without any way of deciphering between all the people you encounter if nobody had a name. You could see they were individuals but there was simply no way to hail an individual person.
, I love the point you made and I think you're on to my line of thought exactly. The Haussman Gene CSU wouldn't necessarily find utility in giving itself a technical name, yet it wouldn't really find utility in giving itself a simple name either. As you said it's not intelligent in a way that organics are, it wouldn't have the necessary intuition to say "hey this name is too crazy sounding let's town it down", nor would it think "this name is too simple sounding, let's gussy it up to make it sound more technical and cool".
What I do think however, is that the machine would immediately find and follow a pre-ordained, logical formula in naming itself. It would put elements together just like it makes calculations to create the most ACCURATE label it can with its given codices and indexes. I think this means that from the machine's perspective, the level of technical complication is irrelevant. Accuracy and logic is the only thing that it would consider.
From a gaming perspective, I believe we need to ere on the side of balance. As no machines minds will be playing this game (at least not yet), we have to reach an equilibrium between "technical reality" and "user friendliness" to make for the most interesting name for us, the players. This innevitably comes with willing suspension of disbelief to a certain point because who knows what flaws a machine would inevitably see in any name we give it.
This is where I agree with you that I don't think it should be overly complicated...yes CSU-Theta-01.01.3.9-Delta is an interesting name but it's too complicated for conventional, everyday use. Whereas an overly simplified name (i.e. The Salvagers) simply doesn't do justice to a synthetic race. This is the balance I've been stressing. We have to find a middle ground.
Another thing I wanted to mention was your apt comparison to your Orks...yet another thing we totally agree on. I'm not sure if you intended this but you made a solid observation saying you don't call them your half-plant-half-savage-whatever etc...this is another point I've been trying to stress...I don't think the GW canon around the Orks touches this a terrible amount but it is assumed that the Orks named themselves the Orks, and that's why the player of the Orks calls them Orks...whereas the rest of the galaxy calls them slang terms like "greenskins" and "savages". This is the same thing the "Salvager" player should experience. Maybe the rest of the world has base and innacurate nicknames and slang terms for who you are but you're not going to be using those yourself. You'll be going by your own name. If a bully at school cals you a name, you're not going to start calling yourself by that name (unless you're self deprecating or the bully has a really good imagination, but that's another story completely
Thanks once again for all the support this topic has gotten!