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Blizzard forums will require real names

Blizzard forums will require real names

The official Blizzard forums will soon require all users to sign up with their real names.

Blizzard has announced on Battle.net that all official forum users will soon be required to post under their real names.

As reported on Eurogamer, this will come into effect first for the Starcraft II forums before the game's release on July 27th. The WoW forums will make the transition closer to the launch of Cataclysm. The other Battle.net forums will also make the change "with the release of the Starcraft II community site". Existing posts will remain as they are, however.

This comes after Blizzard's recent introduction of an optional Real ID feature, essentially a social network for fans of Blizzard games. Using Real ID, players share their real names with their friends, enabling them to communicate cross-game and see all the characters of their friends.

Community manager Nethaera was the one to break the news to the forums, stating that the forums have "earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild".

"Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before," he said.

The announcement has rumbled the community, with the North American WoW thread on the issue reaching almost 1,000 pages in less than 24 hours. Nethaera announced that the aim of the change was to create a gaming environment "that’s highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships"

Though social networking sites like Facebook have removed much of the anonymity of the internet, such a move has not been made in gaming before. What do you think of the change? Is forcing people to use their real name in the forums a breach of privacy, or could this move be a catalyst in making online interactions a more pleasant experience? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Kiytan 7th July 2010, 12:12 Quote
That sounds like a terrible, terrible idea. It just seems like its open to a whole host of problems.

(not to mention the names i use in games sound more cool and interesting than my real name)
Phalanx 7th July 2010, 12:15 Quote
Personally I think it's a good idea. People need to understand that they can't just sit there and throw racist, abusive or whatever other category of comments at other people and not feel that they should be held responsible for it.

I have no qualms with giving my name out on forums. I do it every day. I stand by the comments I make, and if I'm wrong, I apologise and state so. People need to wake up and realise that the internet is not anonymous.
13eightyfour 7th July 2010, 12:18 Quote
So how are they going to know if its somebodies real name? Whats to stop 1000 'john smiths' signing up?
FelixTech 7th July 2010, 12:20 Quote
Won't this just be another thing that employers can potentially judge you on. Surely a server ban for shouting racist abuse at the admin shouldn't have anything to do with your employablility... oh wait...
NuTech 7th July 2010, 12:21 Quote
When I dabbled in WoW a few years ago, all I remember about the forums is it being a massive mess full of trolls hiding behind level 1 characters.

While using full real names does seem a little extreme (are WoW forum posts something you want popping up when somebody googles your name?), I see their thinking. The forums might actually become somewhat readable!

Saying that, I definitely think they should consider some sort of compromise as people have already pointed out many valid concerns (including female gamers saying they get enough hassle as it is and making their gender public could increase the harassment). Obviously they don't want to use your login name (account hacker's wet dream), but maybe they should allow each account to choose 1 permanent forum name that can never be changed. Or, if they want to stick with real names, have it be your full first name and only the first letter of your surname? Or viceversa?

Either way, moderating huge communities is a nightmare and there isn't really a perfect solution.
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Originally Posted by 13eightyfour
So how are they going to know if its somebodies real name? Whats to stop 1000 'john smiths' signing up?
Good point. It's currently free to create a Battle.net account. What's to stop everyone making a second account just for forum posting? Will they require you to have a recent Blizzard game attached to that account before you can post? Or first verify it with a credit card or similar?

Edit: NVM, Blizzard requires a CD-key attached to your account of the game you wish to discuss on their forums.
CardJoe 7th July 2010, 12:33 Quote
Sounds a bad idea to me. You even mildly annoy someone on the forums and it makes it incredibly easy for them to find out where you actually live...
impar 7th July 2010, 12:36 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Sounds a bad idea to me. You even mildly annoy someone on the forums and it makes it incredibly easy for them to find out where you actually live...
Yep. In the other side of the world...
liratheal 7th July 2010, 12:37 Quote
Yeah.

Personally, though, people knowing who I am has never stopped me "trolling".

It does make, as Joe so rightly points out, it a hell of a lot easier to find addresses etc - Though, I would suggest that everyones online tags (Liratheal, Nirach, for me) are tied somewhere to an address, that could be found by someone with a little patience, and a handful of hours.
Fizzl 7th July 2010, 12:41 Quote
Forget about anoying someone on the forums.

Gank someone too much in the game, they spot your name linked to your character on the forum.
They look up your name using public records and maybe something you let slip about where you live (or hey your entire failbook page).
They show up at your house with a knife and stab you in the face.

Far fetched?

Remember this? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/05/27/2010-05-27_video_gamer_hunts_down_stabs_man_who_killed_his_online_counterstrike_character.html
NuTech 7th July 2010, 12:49 Quote
Remember, you don't want this guy coming after you because you once told him he couldn't tank his way out of a teapot.

UUOI7BTmmk0
Fizzban 7th July 2010, 12:59 Quote
Would make more sense for Blizzard to hold on to the real names in case of people being abusive. But I don't think it's a good idea for everyone to be able to see the real names of everyone else.
memeroot 7th July 2010, 13:10 Quote
not sure I approve... a comment made in anger on a forum is a lot more permanent than a remark made in a pub.
south side sammy 7th July 2010, 13:14 Quote
This reminds me of my infancy on the internet. Open the phone book, select somebodies name, somebody else' address and sign up.
Dogbert666 7th July 2010, 13:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
Remember, you don't want this guy coming after you because you once told him he couldn't tank his way out of a teapot.

UUOI7BTmmk0

Scarily, that isn't a guy....
CardJoe 7th July 2010, 13:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

Yep. In the other side of the world...

I've heard it happen before. People get on these things called aeroplanes and travel through the sky...

Because, in the modern day, if you decide you're going to hurt someone over something so little then something as small as a plane ride isn't going to stop you...
JCBeastie 7th July 2010, 13:28 Quote
People get stabbed in real life over games (there are dangerous unstable people out there) having our real names out there may not be the cleverest thing to do.
halls 7th July 2010, 13:39 Quote
I would much rather them use an account name. As it is now, you can log into the WoW forums with any of the characters you have on your account. If they forced players to use only one name that followed them around and kept the rating changes they're going to allow on forum posts, I think that would be enough to combat the flaming they're trying to address. Forcing their subscribers to use real names is going too far, I think.
LeMaltor 7th July 2010, 13:43 Quote
Stupidest thing I've ever heard.
goldstar0011 7th July 2010, 13:45 Quote
I don't mind telling people my real name when I choose, I think it's on my profile too but I choose to have a username for some privacy.

If I did say something that was mis-interpreted and offended someone, what if that person was local to me, I could face some retaliation. Extreme case there but will cause a problem for some people one day
Paddy 7th July 2010, 13:51 Quote
It sounds silly to me as there is no way to guarantee that the name used is your real name, so why try to enforce it? I have plenty of friends on facebook who use made up names, purely so only real friends can find them, one mate even signed his cat up (it had more friends them him unfortunatly!). Maybe using your credit card name could be a possiblity, (but for some reason mine is just P. no first name!), or you could be using someone elses (a parent for example)!

They could also try a name filter to allow only certain names, but that by definition is flawed! Years ago I registered for hotmail and it would not let me have 'Paddy' as my first name, stating that is was not a real name! Stupid microsoft!

So all in all it seems a pointless exercise to me!
Riddick 7th July 2010, 13:55 Quote
Given the availability of peoples identities through social networks such as Facebook, I'm not entirely sure this is a good idea...
LeMaltor 7th July 2010, 14:13 Quote
Are we in danger of having our previous posts on the wow forum show up with our real names now?
mastorofpuppetz 7th July 2010, 14:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fizzl
Forget about anoying someone on the forums.

Gank someone too much in the game, they spot your name linked to your character on the forum.
They look up your name using public records and maybe something you let slip about where you live (or hey your entire failbook page).
They show up at your house with a knife and stab you in the face.

Far fetched?

Remember this? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/05/27/2010-05-27_video_gamer_hunts_down_stabs_man_who_killed_his_online_counterstrike_character.html

What the hell is wrong with the Justice system? Only 2 years and anger management? He won't even do the full 2? WOW.
mastorofpuppetz 7th July 2010, 14:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
I've heard it happen before. People get on these things called aeroplanes and travel through the sky...

Because, in the modern day, if you decide you're going to hurt someone over something so little then something as small as a plane ride isn't going to stop you...

LMAO.
DXR_13KE 7th July 2010, 14:25 Quote
This is a really bad idea.
Altron 7th July 2010, 14:28 Quote
I don't see an issue with having full names available to Blizzard.

But to the public? No freaking way. Especially not full first and last name.

I have a facebook, like most people. I also am one of the many people who do not post with a full last name, only with their first name and last initial, and I have the privacy settings turned pretty high. Will Blizzard offer that?

IMO, if they are targeting flaming, the best solution would be to tie each user to a CD-key. You put in your CD-key, and make a forum account. If your forum account gets banned, don't allow any new accounts to be created under that CD key. Simple as pie, and doesn't infringe upon privacy.

At the very least, if they want to require real names for forums, then they should not link forum names to battlenet games.

The age and maturity level of most Blizzard gamers is very low, worse than most games. For instance, last night, I was playing a DotA game, and got a First Blood kill around level 3. It wasn't a gank or anything spectacular, but I killed my opponent. He immediately tried to get me votekicked from the game, which almost worked because my teammates wanted my gold. I killed him a second time, and he tried to votekick me again, and when it didn't work he left, then all of his teammates left. The sad part is, stuff like that isn't uncommon. There is so much pent-up adolescent aggression in these games. I think, even neglecting the possibility of real life stalking, that there would be a huge potential for harrassment. If I beat somebody, or someone on my team got mad at me, and they knew my full name, they could harrass me via other mediums, or post slanderous information about me.
GravitySmacked 7th July 2010, 14:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeMaltor
Stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Couldn't agree more. For a role playing game it also takes a lot of the role play out when you're using your RL name plus all the security issues mentioned. I hate being able find my own email address via google let alone forum posts by my name.
Blademrk 7th July 2010, 14:34 Quote
Definitely not a good idea.
escafoxx 7th July 2010, 14:35 Quote
Awful, AWFUL idea

As Altron said, the only people I'd be happy with seeing my real name is the company I have the contract/subscription with and people I know well enough. I don't want some fag seeing my real name in a forum, be it guild advertisement or whatever

Forums are never going to be a fully positive/ideal part of the internet for everyone, same as you wouldn't have a smegging tea party within the mosh pit at a Nile gig, it's part of the territory
fingerbob69 7th July 2010, 14:52 Quote
to create a gaming environment "that’s highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships"

...and at last I might get myself a girlfriend! PMSL ...Thank you Blizzard!!!
UrbanMarine 7th July 2010, 14:54 Quote
If they run the forums like WoW, the fans will cry and Blizzard will give into all their damands.
13eightyfour 7th July 2010, 15:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
If they run the forums like WoW, the fans will cry and Blizzard will give into all their damands.

I was thinking that, ive never played WOW but the user base is massive, so a big enough uproar and they'll probably have to change it.
John_T 7th July 2010, 15:03 Quote
Seems like an extremely intellectually lazy solution to the problem to me. If their forums are full of loonies, how about just banning them? If they keep coming back, how about this excellent idea:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Altron
...the best solution would be to tie each user to a CD-key. You put in your CD-key, and make a forum account. If your forum account gets banned, don't allow any new accounts to be created under that CD key.

At the very least, the banned user would have to go out and spend another £20 (or whatever) to start harassing people again. Multiple bans for those demented types with money to burn would surely make Blizzard happy!

There're all sorts of reasons why I'd never post in a forum under my real name, CardJoe's and FelixTech's examples were the ones that immediately sprang to mind:

If you have an argument with someone in a pub, (or wherever) you know exactly who to watch out for - if the argument is online, (and you don't necessarily know how badly you've upset them) you have no idea to look out for the guy who's walking up behind you - someone who's actually travelled three thousand miles and crossed seven countries to stab you in the back of the heart, all because you said elf warlocks were really just a bunch of effeminate girlies...

As for work, when asked, my hobbies include weightlifting, boxing, running, cinema, football, messing about with PC's & helping out with a charity. I wouldn't then want potential employers, (or current ones or colleagues) to find out I'm actually quite a nerd at heart, having in depth discussions about things like CPU clock speeds, magical potions, or which is the best sniper rifle for a clean headshot!

Conversations like that may go down well in some industries with like-minded people, but they certainly wouldn't in others...
Redbeaver 7th July 2010, 15:26 Quote
i think its a good idea.

not great, but not bad either. actually, better than 'not bad'. its good.

it will, definitely, reduce the trolling and flame wars. So that's good.
it might, concurrently, create other new problems. like privacy issue debates. So that's not so good.


Kotaku has an option to login using your facebook account instead of creating a totally new credential. just an option. and even if somebody does use facebook, they have an option to use their real names, or not, or even create a fake facebook.

I think that's the best idea. The option is there to remove anonymity. And if you chose to do so, your posts carry (arguably) more weight into it due to your (seemingly) confident "background" which it supports.
Or you can chose to stay anonymous and... well... yeah.

just my 2c.

ps: i do log in kotaku using my facebook and it is my real name. the trick is to remove unecessary access to ur FB profile except by friends you approve.
tad2008 7th July 2010, 15:40 Quote
Since Warcraft III, I have been steadily moving away from Blizzard Games beginning with WoW and with this it's yet another step away.
ffjason 7th July 2010, 15:40 Quote
Research would suggest that what Blizzard is doing will actually improve the situation on the forums. There will be less abuse and a more positive environment.

Or maybe you are just misinformed and basing your arguments on assumptions rather than hard evidence...

Either way this move from Blizzard is a very good idea and I challenge any of you to find a piece of research which suggests that a nonymous online environment leads to a more aggressive environment....

Point being most of you don't know what you're talking about and the suggestion that using an alias increases your anonymity is a fallacy as it often isn't difficult to link an alias to an individual or even an address.
DXR_13KE 7th July 2010, 15:41 Quote
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robots 7th July 2010, 15:57 Quote
I don't really get this. First off, how can they find out where you live based on your name? I have a really common name which if you google, comes up with about 40 pages of people who aren't me. Secondly, I can't see it making much difference. If I feel the need to insult someone, I'll do it as Galandork the Elf or as myself.

Then again, I behave online like I do in real life. I suppose for the nasty cowardly little racists and stuff, they might decide to tone it down a bit.
Altron 7th July 2010, 16:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by robots
I don't really get this. First off, how can they find out where you live based on your name? I have a really common name which if you google, comes up with about 40 pages of people who aren't me. Secondly, I can't see it making much difference. If I feel the need to insult someone, I'll do it as Galandork the Elf or as myself.

Then again, I behave online like I do in real life. I suppose for the nasty cowardly little racists and stuff, they might decide to tone it down a bit.

What's your name?

Obviously, if it is a common name, no one will be able to find the real you.

However, not all of us have names like that. Googling my name comes up with only a couple results, and half of them are actually me (the rest are about some girl from indiana with the same name as me - I'm one of two people in the country with my name).

For me, it's not the threat of people who know me finding about my online gaming - it's a legitimate hobby of mine. My concern is that of the MANY gamers who are completely immature and hold grudges trying to harrass me because "ur a NOOB teammate!" or "u killed me while i was typing" or "u stole my kill" or whatever other sorts of minor things can get these people inflamed.
billysielu 7th July 2010, 16:32 Quote
14/f/cali is coming to get you
greigaitken 7th July 2010, 17:01 Quote
what happens when you signup and get "username already taken"
that mean you cant join?
i actually use my real name on forums cause i never say anything i wouldnt stand by.
chrisb2e9 7th July 2010, 17:04 Quote
NO! I don't want people to know my first name! Or that my last name is Johnson! They might be able to find me with this information! LMFO!
sigh, example:
chris.com
not my website.
bowman 7th July 2010, 17:05 Quote
I share my name with one other person in the known universe. Fun times.

Also just cancelled my SC2 preorder. Blizzard; .|.. ..|.
okenobi 7th July 2010, 17:13 Quote
They should just change their name from Blizzard to **** storm. Bunch of ****ing 'tards.

The Fuhrer's right. Starcraft was awesome, II just keeps getting worse with each announcement. Have they never heard of mods? It's ridiculous.
perplekks45 7th July 2010, 17:41 Quote
I just threw up a litlle..
RichCreedy 7th July 2010, 17:53 Quote
as you may or may not have noticed, i couldnt give 2 hoots about people knowing who i am
bigsharn 7th July 2010, 18:02 Quote
My real name is actually Obi-Wan Kenobi... As is my little brother's name, and my dad's
My mum's name however is Fred

...Problem solved
Furymouse 7th July 2010, 18:11 Quote
I would just use the fake name I always use, unless that is, if they automatically make one for you based on your subscription payments.
okenobi 7th July 2010, 18:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigsharn
My real name is actually Obi-Wan Kenobi... As is my little brother's name, and my dad's
My mum's name however is Fred

...Problem solved

Hey, that's my name! Identity theft ftl >:(
Djayness 7th July 2010, 18:42 Quote
Haha from a name they could even tell he still lives with his mother. I guess you cant afford to play wow AND pay rent every month, very understandable :)
delriogw 7th July 2010, 18:46 Quote
hmmmm, as a woman with an unusual name i'm not keen on this idea atall. although i don't participate on their forums others tend to copy. i like my anonymitiy for reasons other than throwing abuse at people (something i've never done). my real name would make me far too 'findable' (there's only 3 of us on facebook - at times it's just been me), which is fine for people i don't mind, but baaaaaaaaad for creepy stalker types.
robots 7th July 2010, 19:54 Quote
They should just moderate the forums better. It's not like mods are hard to find, there are people who would do it for free.
frontline 7th July 2010, 19:54 Quote
Using real names is a tad extreme, but i agree that you should only be allowed one forum account per CD key and if you misuse that account and it is banned - tough.
Embattle 7th July 2010, 20:04 Quote
There isn't any thing that stops them currently banning a persons whole account to stop them posting, whether they create a lvl1 troll or not to post with the idea that this actually will stop all spam/trolls is silly and there are so many other methods they can use any way. The fact my name is personal and I consider it private, it is for me to decide who should and shouldn't know my name not Blizzard, this would mean I would have to stop posting on the official forums.
CharlO 7th July 2010, 20:07 Quote
Wired but I think is really good actually. Since WOW added it, is easier to track people and know theyrs alts. Also, now ventrilo is not full of Almighters, just regular Joes. IMO is for the best.
DriftCarl 7th July 2010, 20:11 Quote
I hope Dr Who posts on the forums, will answer a curious question.
Faulk_Wulf 7th July 2010, 20:49 Quote
Quote:

WoW.com later reported that whether this was the right guy or not, he still deleted his Facebook.
If it *WAS* him, then I honestly feel bad for him. He extended his name as a good-will gesture and got e-raped for it. (It proves our/WoW-communities point.)

You know what's worse? What if this WASN'T the right guy? Like people have said, some common names aren't YOU for 5+ pages. Somewhere out there, someone recieves harassment because you dissed a tank and that person decided to "get even".

This is horrifying. For many reasons, but the above two are the worst.

One thing I liked about the Star Trek MMO is that when you posted to a forum you were tied to your character AND a handle. For example:

Kirk@Faulken
Alexandria@Faulken

etc.
mastorofpuppetz 7th July 2010, 20:55 Quote
Sure, trolls have ruined what forums were supposed to be for, but come on blizzard, this is a real bad idea.

Also, at least make the next WOW expansion need a little better hardware so people can move ahead in the PC world.
DriftCarl 7th July 2010, 21:34 Quote
It is defiantly going to stop a lot of good people posting useful stuff and helpful guides.

A few years ago, blizzard seemed untouchable, but in the last year, oddly since activision merged with them, they have been coming up with crappy ideas, first was the pet store, then the extra subscription wow armory mobile, and now this utterly stupid realID system.
I guess this is what happens to companies that reach the peak, when they come down again, they become stubborn and make huge widespread blunders.
It took several very high profile starcraft gamers to make very long videos to get blizzard to commit to putting certain features into battlenet 2, like chat rooms and cross region play.
tristanperry 7th July 2010, 21:57 Quote
Awful idea.

If people are being n00bs or trolls on the forums, ban them.

I love the WoW Riot protest at this which involved 'hunting' that employee's information down! I'm not a fan of e-rape and things like that, but it's pretty funny nonetheless!

As for using real names - I have no problem with it, especially since I frequent a few business-oriented forums whereby putting your real name is a good/advisable thing.

Although forcing real names on a forums full of (at times) immature n00bs? BAD idea.

(Re: the immature n00bs point: I used to play WoW and enjoyed it for a while, but there are a minority of immature n00bs unfortunately)
ZERO <ibis> 7th July 2010, 22:30 Quote
real names with games ruins the fun. Hell one of my really good friends in rl who I game a lot with just started calling me zero instead of by my real name lol.
Madness_3d 7th July 2010, 22:49 Quote
as a non wow-er, sounds good to me :-)
Lemure 8th July 2010, 00:05 Quote
This changes nothing, you can register SC2 or any Blizzard game under a new account with a false name. In fact there are people talking about using the name Dustin Browder.
hyperion 8th July 2010, 00:12 Quote
Personally, I think this move may put minors at risk.
knuck 8th July 2010, 00:29 Quote
About 2 months ago a friend and I ordered food at a drive through. My friend was driving my car and it's him who got to talk to the girl serving the food. He thought she was cute and saw her name on her shirt. When we got at my place it took him about a minute to find her on Facebook with only her first name and the fact that she worked at St-Hubert (the restaurant)


I like the idea of a forum where everyone respects one another, but I definitely don't trust kids from gaming communities. From what I saw in DOTA and W3 in general, I think it would be a catastrophe
Joosh 8th July 2010, 01:57 Quote
The community moderator Bashiok was actually the first victim of this new 'feature', he announced his name on the forums and within minutes the masses had posted his personal details, his wife and children's names, his home address and telephone number, where his children go to school and had a google maps image of his house. He was forced to disable/deactivate his facebook and twitter accounts temporarily.

Whilst I think that is extreme and just goes to show how immature some people are, it does prove the point that 'removing the veil of public anonymity' is not something the public are ready for yet.

To be honest though, it just seems like people wont use the battle.net forums anymore, doesn't seem like that big a deal in the end.
He has
D B 8th July 2010, 04:23 Quote
Dumb , major dumb idea .. too many drawbacks and it's not needed for the people running it to know who you are
... you do not need to know a persons name to have a forum that is civil and to have a means to deal with uncivil people or actions ... it's called MODeration.
...while having rules that say "flame free" or "no personal attacks or threats" are needed, they only work when people are willing to stand up to those that want to take the forum away from them, and report it to the MOD's and the MOD's actually do something about it .

I am a member of an online comunity of over 150,000 members and It's one of the most civel places around, because the members and the MOD's keep it that way
Zurechial 8th July 2010, 07:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lemure
This changes nothing, you can register SC2 or any Blizzard game under a new account with a false name.

Not if you've had an account with Blizzard for years, one to which your credit card is connected for subscription payments. Even if there are (awkward, lengthy) workarounds the fact of the matter is that we should not have to go to such lengths to begin with.

Being forced to use real names for battle.net and the WoW forums is NOT the same as being 'forced' to use whatever real name you give to some random, easy-signup forum like bit-tech.
This latest announcement is a continuation of an ongoing drive by Blizzard to try and make WoW seem more appealing to the facebook generation of non-nerds, to in turn try and appeal to a broader audience.

Yes, the official forums have been a hive of trolling and flaming for years, but disallowing posting from lv1 alts would cure a lot of that crap. If people were forced to post under a persistent username (or their 'main') that would have almost the same effect as forcing people to use real names, without the cluster**** of privacy invasion.

With RealID they're telling people that it's an opt-in service, but the fact of the matter is that it's hardly fair to impose such a high price on acces to the official forums which the majority of players pay to have any access to in the first place.
Similarly, they announce great new features such as talking to friends cross-realm and having persistent friends lists between various battle.net games, then mere weeks before the release of said features they announce the caveats of the use of RealID and everything it entails. Real names only, no option to appear offline or hide alts from your friends - They see all of your characters at all times, advertising of your friends' real names to their friends and vice versa with no option to control it.. and all of this backed up by the glorious announcement of facebook integration so that you can advertise your nerdy hobbies to your wider circle of friends on Blizzard's behalf and make WoW seem more mainstream and acceptable than before. Joy.

Along with the overall dumbing-down of an already simplistic game and continued efforts towards streamlining it for the ADD-afflicted Halo generation, they're now trying to hamfistedly force Web 2.0 and all its associated bullshit onto their millions of subscribers, many of whom are proud nerds who want nothing to do with wider social circles.
It's looking less and less likely that they'll be getting any money from me for Cataclysm or SC2 unless some very serious changes are made and soon.
Scirocco 8th July 2010, 08:20 Quote
I guess Blizzard wants fewer women playing their games.
b5k 8th July 2010, 18:35 Quote
When I played WoW on an RP realm, I found that to do any meaningful group roleplaying you had to organize something.............ON THE FORUMS! Wow, what a way to kill an entire server type. Well, roleplayers are dedicated and they'll find other ways I'm sure, but it's a pretty huge blow.

Also, Women trying to avoid being recognised as such (my fiance played wow with me) would now not be able to participate in anything forum related through fear of being recognised. Sucks.
ssj12 9th July 2010, 00:18 Quote
Is Blizzard asking to be sued for privacy protect of its users?
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