If you've been playing Dark Souls 2 online on PC for any amount of time, you've probably noticed that a fair number of people have some or all of their name censored. This means that part or all of their name has been replaced by asterisks. On consoles, you'll only see the online player's profile name instead of their character name.
While the censors certainly aren't game-breaking, it can ruin whatever immersion you've got going for yourself. And that clearly won't do, so here is what you can do to help yourself.
FromSoftware, the game's developers, have a rather large list of words and phrases that are censored when viewed by others online. You can view the full list of censored words here. I highly recommend at least skimming through the list, since there are some considerably funny entries (although I wouldn't recommend looking most of these up on Google images without any filters.)
Now, while From is certainly warranted in wanting to block offensive terms (I didn't know what an angrydragon was until I read the list. Again, don't Google it,) their filter is extremely aggressive. Notably, the filter will block out "nig" in knight, and "bastard" in a game that has a weapon called the "Bastard Sword."
So, in order to combat this, you can do two things. The first thing you want to do is remove the censor from your computer. This is actually relatively easily to do (and won't get you VAC banned.)
Find your way to Steam\SteamApps\common\Dark Souls II\Game\NGWord\
You'll find yourself in a directory like this:
Now, to disable the filter, simply copy the single file in either the Chinese or the Korean folders, and drop it in the English one, as shown in the accompanying .gif. (I had already deleted my English .bin file. If you ever want the English file back, just Verify the Integrity of the Cache on Steam.) Source: Reddit.
Now, the second step. Since a lot of players online won't have their filters removed, it could still get in the way of any role playing you might want to do. So that means you should make a name for your character that complies with the current list. omgpwnftw on Reddit has kindly made a tool to check if the name you want is censored because of any words. (MestR also has an alternative with a nicer background, if that matters to you.)
And there you have it; a way to circumvent and outright disable the name censor in Dark Souls 2 PC version.
I hope this guide was easy to follow. Leave any discussion, suggestions, or whatever you will in the comment section. Enjoy!