Earlier this week Blizzard announced they would be implementing a mandatory Real ID system onto their forums. IncGamers' Paul Younger asks if Blizzard is going too far with Real ID and more importantly what does the community think about it?
I'm really unsure what to make of this... on one hand I'm not particularly bothered but on the other hand I know plenty of psychos are out there!
All well and good that you are not, but the many people who do want to separate their gaming identity from their social one as basically not welcome any longer on Battle.net!
Now, when you beat someone in Starcraft, they can look up your name and your info and come after you for revenge in real life.
Yeah only that won't happen for you TotalPS3Fanboy seeing as you don't have a gaming PC and only have a PS3.
People need to be accountable for all their bigotry and shit talking online. This is a step in the right direction
"Yeah only that won't happen for you TotalPS3Fanboy seeing as you don't have a gaming PC and only have a PS3." Huh? What do you want me to say? Thank god that it won't happen for me because I only got a PS3 and that it'll only happen for you because you got a PC? That's pretty fuck up how you're asking me to say something like that to you. Anyway, I can already see the headline: "Gamer Lost in Game, Finds and Murder Korean Guy from Starcraft 2 in Real Life"
um Isn't Real ID only in effect in forums? I personally think it's a great idea. WoW players are the biggest douchebags in gaming. You pretty much end trolling with this.
I don't care. Come and get me. I have no trespassing signs up and a house alarm. If you wanna be shot dead because you are a sore loser bring it on. Besides, you CAN fake your "real" identity all the same. How many use facebook and use their real names anyway if they are worried about privacy?
LMFAO That post made me LOL HARD LMFAO. But there are some serious stalkers these days its not even funny. One of the reasons why I do not even get on Facebook, Myspace , etc these days. Only Social website I use is mainly twitter and thats it lol. Its better to never use your real name on sites honestly. The day when someone sent me a friend request on the PSN and also the sametime said oh I sent you a friend request on Myspace I knew that was a sign from nature to get rid of my name etc. People I advise you do not put any type of personal information out there especially with these social websites giving various websites our personal information. They also even give out our email accounts how do you think we get those junk mails etc ???? Anyway for future reference keep your personal life away from your gaming life. There are those set of people you meet online who you are comfortable talking to but regardless just be careful on the internet etc.
I like to keep my gaming life and my professional life separate. With this, it won't be possible since their forums are made public to search engines. Not that I post on their forums, but I don't want it to become a common thing for MMO companies to do since I do play other MMOs.
create a fake facebook account instead...
The only people that are worried about this are those that run their mouth, troll, and are just down right rude online. This will get rid of all these internet tough guys and people will watch what they say. I hardly doubt someone is going to come after you because you just pwned them in a game. They might however come after you if you are talking shit to them and being a complete asshole, like a lot of posters here do. I hope all forums/PSN/LIVE start this approach. Trolls wouldn't dare show their face or open their mouth. I'm Brendan Wright and I look forward to showing up to your doorstep.
So true,. Good article. May not be for the best of fans.
Good article. It's not too ranting either.
Thumbs up. I agree.
I don't see the fuss really... (seriously i don't) If u're a good person and got nothing in "particular" to hide, then what's the fuss of having your real name out there? Personally, i don't mind at all, to me it's just a name... And if this is the step to eliminate trolls and spams, well then go ahead and give it a try. If over time they realise this wasn't the step that was needed, then i'm 124% out of 125% sure that they'll take it down again, and try something else..
Well, at first I liked the idea of this real id thing, but I have found that there are many drawbacks. People can know if you are a celebrity, your gender, racial ethnicity, etc. Like 'that girl seams hot', I'll better look her up IRL (It's already like this for your friends WoW if I understand it correctly?). If you have a uncommon name, people can look you up even more easily. There is also the aspect that people that plays games WANT's to be anonymous. It's an integrated part in the 'role playing' aspect of games like WoW. Risk all this, for slightly less trolls and for Facebook..?
I'll not draw a long reply, simply state to the bottom of the first post i made. :) >If over time they realise this wasn't the step that was needed, then i'm 124% out of 125% sure that they'll take it down again, and try something else..<
Is your real name Kerriganss? My guess is no. You maybe fine with your name being out there. But others aren't. Others that are good people, just choose to not be messed with. Not going to lie, a few years back when I was a teen if I saw someone with a name of Akhjere Jabungi(completely stereotypical character I made in the original Fight Night).... It would have been open season. Do you know how many people have the name Megan Fox? Two very, very common names. Probably thousands. Do you think every woman with that actresses name wants to be harassed? I mean hell, she's hot... has not one bit of acting talent and has deformed thumbs. Personally, I don't want any more info than there already is on me so easily available. If my character name is Gandolf and my Rp is I'm the baddest, Zhevra humping Dwarf in all the land... then damnit, that's all people need to know.
Christian Sørensen - go ahead. The point is, if said people start to harrass said "megan fox" there's gonna be a swift and just course towards it, those people aren't coming onto b.net again.. problem solved. And if people hold such a big grudge against you, if they wanna track you down, then it's not blizzard's fault, but the mental stability in said persons mind, and then you go to the authorities... If it's so bad for common folk to give their name up, then facebook in the first place shouldn't have been so popular should it? We live now in a world where even hacking is possible (that sounds really wrong i know) But, given the fact that you SEVERAL times have given your full name, your streed adress, your age, your email and in some cases, your CC info, just to make an account on some fanpage or even this site, if people REALLY wanted, they could track you down without problems... Seriously, this is no big deal. move on already. Please.
I have no problem with the "Real ID" issue, I've been in a few Beta's and I have no problem with my "real name" appearing at all.
But obviously you would see why alot of people have a problem with this right? I mean you should just be able to choose to display your real name if you so please right?
I don't see the benefit to bliz in it, other than depopulating their forums. All of their stated desired changes could be achieved by hiring some mods and harnessing the power of the community to self police. You know, like what every other busy/good forum on the internet does. They're just hoping that having real names will scare off everyone who might make trouble, without caring that quite a few regular users will vanish as well.
I think you're on to something, maybe forum bandwidth is getting ridiculous and this is a easy way to cut it down.
The only people who are complaining are the ones who talk sh!t and flame others. If you don't do anything wrong, why would you care? Same way with people complaining about CCTVs around cities. They're worried about their privacy, well then stay home! If you don't commit crimes, why would it bother you? People take privacy way too seriously
... Because in a fantasy world, I'm not Moe84. I'm Gandolf the baddest Zhevra humping dwarf in all the land! It has nothing to do with being the one who trolls or flames people. It's the kid who has been blessed with the name, Harold(Hary)Dick and now gets to deal with harassment online as well as real life. It doesn't matter if Blizz suspends or bans on the first, third or one-hundredth policy violation. Your just giving people fuel for the fire. And if you can't use the games forums for help, then what the hell is the point? Use other forums.... people using this defense aren't thinking things through. I mean, how dare you ask a simple question on your class forums. Or seek help in the - h e l p - forums. Better yet, those having account issues, or computer problems and need to use the CS or Tech forums. This is a bad idea plain and simple. If people wanted their identity and gender known... it should be their choice. But Blizz cutting off people on the forums to be more like Facebook is just retarded. And by cutting off I mean the people who will no longer use the forums due to this change. Not to mention the people who will give Blizz the middle finger and stop playing all together.
I'm not complaining about privacy, I'm wondering who wants to know my real name? Really, who cares?
Big Blizzard is watching...
so who made this decision Activiosn or Blizzard
This sounds like something Acti would do. But, Acti is just a publisher for Blizz. Nothing else. They aren't owners. And Acti has been very good at letting Blizz do what Blizz does best. Which is ironically, pissing off gamers(lately). ... So yeah, could be an Acti thing I guess. lol
This is really stirring up the starcraft forums http://www.teamliquid.net/f... 89 pages of responses in less than 36 hours.
1100 pages on the wow boards...
It is so simple: don't post on official forums! There's plenty of great (read: BETTER) websites and forums for healthy participation in a virtual community so just boycott Blizzard's stupid decision and forgot about the whole thing.
Hope the Facebook thing is optional, otherwise I will have to stop playing Blizzard games altogether. I refuse to be a part of Facebook.
People need to be accountable for all their bigotry and shit talking online. This is a step in the right direction.
people will still obviously do it with their real name, there are many websites / forums that DO NOT tolerate that kind of thing and yet you are still able to use any nickname you choose. Blizzard just needs better moderation for their service, they certainly have the money for it.
If you knew the person you insult will know your name and possibly your location you will be alot less likely to run your mouth. Online gaming needs this.
Heh it's funny tbh.. I hate using the word Pwnd but one blizzard employee got PWND big time by this.. check out: http://wowriot.gameriot.com...
Micah Whipple just proved the stupidity of it all. He's removed his Facebook account and doesn't answer his phone anymore. By the way, the guy's 28 years old and lives with his mom.
Yeah exactly he just proved why it was a bad idea.. would have been funny if the phone number was his house phone and his mum was answering it wondering wtf was going on.. still I can't believe even after this blizzard are ignorant enough to go through with it.
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