Some very interesting names can be made! I included it in my ProcJam compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)
Culture Name Generator
A downloadable toy for Windows
Little app that generates names from The Culture by Iain M Banks. Uses Markov Chains to allow you to mutate and evolve the names by clicking on the ones you like. Generate more English-like names or more Culture-like names, or just inbreed a single name until it's the word "Hand" over and over.
If you're on Windows, download culturenames_win.zip and run culturenames.exe in the main folder.
Otherwise, if you have Python installed, download culturenames_src.zip and just run "python culturenames.py". It needs numpy and pygame. I sort of recommend this option because the Windows version is kinda heavy.
Contact @eegnsma on twitter if you have any problems. If you want to report a bug, send me the log.txt file that the culturenames.py creates and I'll take a look.
Thanks to https://twitter.com/Aponigricon for the original implementation of the Markov chain algorithm!
I'm not affiliated with the Iain Banks estate in any way, this is just a silly little thing I made for procjam. Hopefully this doesn't violate any copyrights.