Blizzard will henceforth force all players of new games to display their full name to post on Battle.net.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. It'll clean up the community but takes away the anonymity that has always been a part of internet discussions.
It's a little bit like FB, but with a HELL of a lot less privacy...
Damn, now everybody will know im really Justin Beiber...
I actually think this will be a nice feature. Your real name doesn't mean that much, and if it reduces trolling, why not?
I want to be positive, but I am not sure. I have a weird surname, anyone could find me...
Nah, not really. Not at all.
Oh, don't be such a pessimist!
I suppose, you could just fake your name...
"george washington" classy eh. Anyway I find blizzard to "force" a lot of things lately
Their new motto. "Do anything to the gamers" Used to be "for the gamers"...
The only thing I see, would be that it can reveal ethnicity, and might therefore be misused by racists, etc. But again real id + banning of accounts, should stop that. Edit: It could be a problem for more or less famous persons though. For those that when you see their name, you instantly known who they are.
More work though...
Agreed.. high profile persons deal with enough sh!t because of who they are, or what they do. Usually, it's their own fault but it's not like we should always have access to them. If they want to escape reality for a little bit into a Blizzard game, they shouldn't be punished for being a paying customer.
Chinatown... le sigh...
I think this is a pretty good idea. There are people who think that revealing their full name on the net is risky, but I don't think there's any particular reason to remain 100% anonymous on the net today. And nearly impossible, too.
What's the point of having a virtual or fantasy profile if you have to use your real name? Pretty much a load of bullsh!t imo. But w/e, I'll make due. It's not like I've made a post on any Blizzard forum for a while. As long as this sort of change isn't implemented in-game... I'll live.
I have mixed feelings about this. Not sure what's the goal of this. Some may see it as a breach of privacy, or forcing you to either accept the terms or not play.
I am fairly indifferent about this, but then I have a generic name anyway. My name is John Smith. I live in Georgia. Happy hunting.
Putting a fake full name is so easy.
The problem with that is what happens when your account is hacked? If Blizz closes it down, and you end up having to prove you are the original owner. With that fake name, you can't prove the account is yours.
Could be issues with billing (battlenet has a monthly fee in some countries) or with digital purchases if the names don't match.
I don't like it. I prefer to at least obfuscate my identity on most gaming boards unless I know people really well... And when I'm trying to game, I tend to not display my gender since there are a lot of assholes around, and it's impossible to fight them all. But as long as this is just for posting there, it really doesn't matter to me, since I don't post there anyways. Just leave the game ids as they are, Blizzard!
Yup, and people could get googled easily and their fb pages viewed.
if it wasn't for the great games like SC2 and Diablo 3, blizzard would be on my Sh!tlist for life with what they're forcing on us loyal fans...might just put them there anyway.
This might actually be a positive thing - it could stop people being such douches online.
No, since you can use a fake name and be a douche.
I'd rather remain anonymous, I'm not a troll, I just prefer to be anonymous when playing an online game. I'd prefer it if a chick I'm dating didn't Google my name and see me having a serious discussion about balance issues because of *insert WoW item*.
lol, sounds like a lot of people who talk a lot of shit over the net are nervous. I hope so. I hope people think now before they post all the racist, ignorant shit that they do, knowing that somebody they pissed off could find them and give them a real life ass beating. I love it. I already have my flights booked. lol
i was actually just reading an article about something like this. it said web 2.0 was all about social networking, web 3.0 will be about the death of anonymity. i believe it was either china or korea who assigns you a personal pin # and it's tied to everything you do online.
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