Submitted by BYE 1967d ago | article

Blizzard's Bashiok first victim of the Real ID

According to the website Gamona, Blizzard community manager Bashiok posted his real name on the official World of Warcraft Forums, in an attempt to defend the controversial Real ID. Within minutes, forum users revealed all the important stages of his life, his phone number, address, age, preferences...even the name of his wife and the school of his children. This obviously shows that the Real ID is quite questionable. (Blizzard, Culture, Industry, PC, Tech, World of Warcraft)

Credit url: gamona.de
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Bereaver  +   1967d ago
Quite hilarious if you ask me. Yes, maybe digging in as deep as children isn't quite right, but..... whose to say the people that did this weren't straight up good folk just trying to prove a point? If they can do it, any "freak" can do it too.
TotalPS3Fanboy  +   1967d ago
Knowing all the crazy peoples on the internet,
I don't ever want to put out any real information about me.
Timesplitter14  +   1967d ago
That was brilliant. And I bet Blizzard is happy too. Real ID was Activision's idea, and as usual no one likes it.
Megaton  +   1967d ago
My first name and my birthday are out there, but I use a fake last name for everything. I should really just come up with a full pseudonym.

This whole thing was a stupid idea. Maybe now that they see even a person's children can be located from their parent's name alone, they'll reconsider.
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TheDeadMetalhead  +   1967d ago
Is there anything Activision DOESN'T try to ruin?

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LordStig  +   1967d ago
look at that sh1t eating grin "rgahh gimme your money and your soul!"
Psfan999  +   1967d ago
Nope, they ruin everything. I we boycott them they'd be gone, but no one seems to have the willpower to do that.
Quickstrike  +   1967d ago
in that picture
is the devil

and a guy you can trust.
Guess which is which? I'll give you a hint, the bottom picture has a more trustworthy vibe with him.
peowpeow  +   1967d ago
What kind of comparison is that? It's obvious the guy on top is the evil one..
NegativeCreepWA  +   1967d ago
I can see how this could be a problem for women, but could care less what people know about me and if some Internet psycho showed up at my doorstep they'll be starring down the barrel of my gun.
Baka-akaB  +   1966d ago
ending up in jail for a stupid ID affair .. proving once again the stupidity of the thing , for everyone
Newtype  +   1967d ago
Blizzard could be sued for this...or their user agreement might save them.
lightningsax  +   1967d ago
I think the guy did that on his own accord, and since he works for them, he couldn't then sue because he posted his name on a forum. He put his name out there for everyone to see, and it's on him. Even though it's messy since he works for a company that's implementing a feature - a company with one heck of an overseeing demonic entity.

It sucks that he gets the crap end of the stick for being loyal to his organization, but it's all on him legally. Unless Blizzard/Activision told him to do it under the threat of being fired or losing part of his contract.
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noxeven  +   1967d ago
you don't have to use real id if you don't want to. its a choice, I mean if you wanna share the id with people you can other wise you can still use the ingame name system. I don't really have a big deal with. Hey look at this way at least now you can check to see if its a really chick your giving all that gold to haha. I kid I kid
Quickstrike  +   1967d ago
Thing is,
the real id applies to the forums and there's no opt out option. If you want to post on the forums then you are forced to use your real name.
Cheeseknight28  +   1967d ago
If you want to post on the new forums. The only forums are staying as is.

One issue here is that the CMs will likely only post on the new forums, so anyone who wants help or has something to report isn't going to a response.
danielle007  +   1967d ago
That's pretty scary. There are a lot of creepers on the internet. & there are a lot of creepers on WoW. How many stories have we heard of teenage girls or boys running off with some old effin creeper on WoW? Lots.

At least on those occasions, they had to volunteer the information / tell people their real name & stuff. Now, Blizzard / Activision are taking away that crucial step. Now the creepers can just FIND the information, since the real names are everywhere.

GG. RealID should be only used in the game if you choose to, because xserver chat really is pretty nice, but not anywhere on the forums that everyone has easy access to.
caffman  +   1966d ago
The word of the day is.....
Creeper! Try and use it more in everyday life kids
danielle007  +   1966d ago
There's no other word to describe them.
spandexxking  +   1967d ago
so whats stopping you from using a fake name?
YourFlyness  +   1967d ago
lets say if you need to recover your account, or if there is a billing error, how will you prove its you?
jdktech2010  +   1967d ago
If it's truly optional in game when you have a friends list, then I don't care as much because I don't post in the forums at all. However, I will keep a close eye on this and hope it doesn't go farther down the rabbit hole if you will
ALFAxD_CENTAURO  +   1967d ago
''Within minutes, forum users revealed all the important stages of his life, his phone number, address, age, preferences...even the name of his wife and the school of his children. ''

What is Blizzard thinking?

I won't put my info, just look what happened to that guy.
jdktech2010  +   1967d ago
Yea, I've come down off the ledge here.....It's optional in game to show names to friend list....you have to have their email or facebook approval. I don't post in forums....so really, this doesn't change anything

HOWEVER, I don't want tos ee this progress any further than what it is....it's a slippery slope if Blizz isn't careful
TheIneffableBob  +   1967d ago
If you think about it, even without Real ID people would still have been able to find Bashiok's real name and his personal information. No information is safe. It's just one of the things you have to accept in these times. If someone wants info badly enough, he will get it.
Azurite  +   1966d ago
But when you need to walk 10,000 miles to reach a destination you usually reconsider, when that gets cut into 10 miles or less it's more tempting.

This is pretty much the same thing.
kevnb  +   1966d ago
i dont comprehend.
jay2  +   1967d ago
Well I wouldn't sign up...............
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kasasensei  +   1966d ago
"Within minutes, forum users revealed all the important stages of his life, his phone number, address, age, preferences...even the name of his wife and the school of his children."
Blizzard staff taken with its own trap! XD
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kevnb  +   1966d ago
what does that prove?
its so easy to just google his name...
GigaGaia  +   1966d ago
I will use a fake name. You don't need to recover your account anyway, because how the hell can you be hacked anyway? You have to actually do it on purpose to be hacked. What kind of person actually gives som eone else is password or click some weird email they receive? Oh wait, too many dumb people it seems.
kevnb  +   1966d ago
um ok
So people can google someones name... Its kinda stupid, but I dont see how using a real name makes you vulnerable. Sure, maybe they will know my name is kevin cormier, but what can you do with that info?
moe84  +   1966d ago
From the Blues:
"Hello everyone,

I'd like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. 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.

It's important to note that we still remain committed to improving our forums. Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games. We will still move forward with new forum features such as conversation threading, the ability to rate posts up or down, improved search functionality, and more. However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.

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.

In closing, I want to point out that our connection with our community has always been and will always be extremely important to us. We strongly believe that Every Voice Matters, ( http://us.blizzard.com/en-u... ) and we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so passionately about our games. We will always appreciate the feedback and support of our players, which has been a key to Blizzard's success from the beginning. "


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