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Post by trog @ 11:29am 10/07/10 | 21 Comments
Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime has published an open letter which was just sent around by Blizzard PR. The full text of the letter is available here, but for the people without an attention span, the summary version is that, as a result of the community outcry about the real-names-on-forums issue, they have changed their mind:
We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.
(Emphasis mine.) Also of note:
I want to make sure it's clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you'll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature.



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Hogfather
Posted 11:36am 10/7/10
I love the new features they have added with RealID. Its awesome.

Why the f*** does it need to involve my real name though? Can't I just be Hogfather Thunderpants as my "master" name?

Gaming communities are separate from RL. Stop trying to bring them together. Its like combining the Georges. It doesn't work.
FaceMan
Posted 11:36am 10/7/10
Does QGL Forums have any similar plans to identify its users ?
Blizzard tried it on poorly but the idea is out there now.
Someone else will pick up the ball and run with it but it would need to be a big company, maybe Microsoft ?

Anonymity is Freedom on the Internet.
3dee
Posted 11:48am 10/7/10
My name's Bruce. Sorta. Ok, not really.
DM
Posted 12:17pm 10/7/10
Decent idea for ingame friends, with an option to show your real name only to approved people but deffinatly not good for public forums and such.
Trauma
Posted 02:46pm 10/7/10
If only Conroy was like Morhaime. Maybe Blizz will make it opt-in...
Taipan
Posted 03:14pm 10/7/10
^^ lol thats the first thing that crossed my mind when I read this.
Eorl
Posted 03:33pm 10/7/10
Good. It was just a rush idea, and felt like it wasn't thought through with the benefit of people's privacy. Wonder what facebook feels like this? They had the big contract with them, maybe they said no?
Mist17
Posted 03:39pm 10/7/10
knew this would happen lol
`ViPER`
Posted 03:58pm 10/7/10
Someone must have told them that Massive WOW nerd rage on forums combined with everyone knowing everyones real names wouldnt be a good idea, cause surely it would have ended with pissed of WOW nerd tracking down people who payed him out and probably killing them or something.

Not sure how they ever thought it was a good idea.
Hogfather
Posted 05:07pm 10/7/10
Not sure how they ever thought it was a good idea.

Suits.
BillyHardball
Posted 05:21pm 10/7/10
Meh, I'm not worried about using my real name on the internet. It's not really hard for people to find my real name anyway. Real names/full profiles seems to be the way things are going with social networking sites anyway.
Eorl
Posted 05:29pm 10/7/10
At least with social networking sites you can insure privacy.
Methz
Posted 05:51pm 10/7/10
^^haha
oh..you are serious?
CSIRAC
Posted 05:58pm 10/7/10
Meh, I'm not worried about using my real name on the internet.


of course its depends on what sort of online community you give your name out; some are more mature than others. but how can you not be worried after reading what those people did to that blizzard CM guy. arrogance isnt going to protect you forever
Hogfather
Posted 07:55pm 10/7/10
Meh, I'm not worried about using my real name on the internet. It's not really hard for people to find my real name anyway. Real names/full profiles seems to be the way things are going with social networking sites anyway.

Social networking sites exist to bring people connections from the real world online in a cnotroled fashion. Every attempt by Facebook to make profiles public (even just by default) has been met with massive opposition.

This RealID s*** is the exact opposite, bringing online connections into the real world. There are very few people I have on facebook who I only know online - a couple of QGL regulars and a few guys I've known for years from my WoW guild.

I like it that way, and I don't think that the whole internet needs to be Facebook. I don't think I'd like that at all actually.

Edit: what's really awesome is how there is so much power in knowing someone's True Name - its a very a common fantasy novel paradigm. Seeing it paralleled online is massively cool in a very geeky way.
Eorl
Posted 08:03pm 10/7/10
@Methz, with FB you can turn off engine searches showing any form of your content, and you can turn on friends only mode, which only shows you to approved friends. You won't even appear when someone searches for you on FB.
Whoop
Posted 09:17pm 10/7/10
Stupid question but could having your real name plastered all over the internet on every site ever be a possible privacy/security risk? I mean if you have enough sites linked together surely someone could piece together your entire life and possibly gather enough info to steal your identity or if you beat them in a particular game they could look up your phone number & address and harass you.
Raven
Posted 09:24pm 10/7/10
In related Blizzard d***-headery, they today banned my accoun for - get this - abuse of economy (ie, buying gold).

You'd think that after however many years since release, on account that has all three collectors editions, they'd be smart enough to figure "hang on, something's up here".

Man I hate carelessness.
CSIRAC
Posted 09:25pm 10/7/10
Pretty much what happened to the blizzard CM who thought nothing of it, then ppl used their leet haxing skills (the search ability) and got owned.
CSIRAC
Posted 09:26pm 10/7/10
In related Blizzard d***-headery, they today banned my accoun for - get this - abuse of economy (ie, buying gold).


do u use a proxy? thats a common false positive for ppl that use proxy services.
deeper
Posted 12:36am 11/7/10
i was never a fan of the concept - i dont want all your mothers and sisters stalking me on facebook

ok, maybe krowbars sister is okay
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