Just a few minutes ago, Blizzard's CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime announced that Blizzard is in fact NOT going to enforce Real ID real names on the forums.
Hurrah. The only sane option.
You said it. Hehe, pretty much the opposite you said to the first reply in the massive forum thread.. where they said it was an insane option.. Or am I not remembering right?
I see what you mean, but I think you misremember a little bit :)
I wonder if they will look back on this and learn or just head in to the next corporate decision in the same way?
Good to hear. Gaming doesn't need "World of Warcraft gamer kills so-and-so" on the news because of Real ID making it easy for raging dorks to find people.
YAY! And they say internet petitions don't work!
Agreed, I didnt think they would cave in on this. There is hope for petitions yet.
I will remember this day a long time... Hehe, it IS possible to change Blizz decisions with enough momentum!
I think this had more to do with their decision then the petition. "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." http://n4g.com/news/560501/...
I really agree. That article was kind of terrifying.
woah internet petitions works ?? i need to wake up
whoah they actually caved in. wow.
Woho, great news!
I was starting to doubt they would buckle :)
Well, I wonder if this was a real Blizz decision or if ActiZard felt they might lose revenue?
That doesn't really matter much now does it, as long as its changed ;)
They are finally doing what their motto says "every voice matters" :) Even if it had to be tens of thousands of them to go all the way through :P
I wonder how many voices would be needed for LAN play. 250k posts in the petition!
it's sort of showing progress already, they have gone from "we will not include LAN play" to "we may add it in the future"
Unexpected but very good.
it's not that much unexpected , or some kind of grand "they listen to us" gesture , like some people implies . Selfish and hazardeous decisions like the whole dedicated servers fiasco with , dont matter . Half the cod mw players didnt even know what those are . But after the issues of security facebook recently had , and pretty much everyone keen on their anonymity in games , Bliazzard/activision had to cave in , or actually for once face major sales drop for the upcoming Sc2 games .
Lol! well the CEO or whatever that guy whos phone number and adress posted on the forums.......Well bet he'll be getting a lot of snail mail at least.
Anonymity isn't always good. The internet proves that.
i'm all for killing it (especially for some of our resident trolls) , but not in such a casual way with blatant disregard of everyone security . be it for scams , phishing , spams , actual physical threats , perverts stalking kids , and a whole lot of very stupid issues . Before the plug was pulled , someone even asked what happens when a women get married and drop her maiden name . Basically with their system you'd be supplying a marriage certificate . Seriously , buraucracy and virtual administrations for a frickin' game ? That kind of crap was already done with korean social ids for mmos . All it resulted was an influx ofwestern players in beta and retail games , happily getting buy with ids obtained through various way
I can't say I'm shocked...There was a thread with 2500 pages of posts on the WoW forums. Why it's not the doomsday everyone thinks it would be, I think overall this is a good choice. If Blizzard just moderated their forums like everyone else, then this "problem they are trying to fix with RealID" wouldn't be there.
that's too easy to say . Look at here , there are mods , but it's obviously often the chaos and slow to regulate . Multiply that x100 on any blizzard's game forum . Doesnt mean the idea was good anyway , it was just an excuse , as the obvious and real goal was turning battlenet into a facebook steam , with an even bigger community opening their wallets for activision
Right, I get that but if you don't think the community on the forums will have an added interest in trolling and doing everything they can to stop it, you're insane. They've seen where Blizzard is willing to go and obviously didn't like it. If it keeps getting out of control, I think they realize Blizz could go there again and not pull it back at all.
To all the female get off your high horse! First you show your butt, boob and sometimes nude images too on facebook with your full name!!! and present image too!! Second you twitter, Msn with your recent image of yourself to people online you don't even know!! Third... When you post on the blizzard post A magic BUTTON appears Clicking this button will post on the forum with your full name.. YES or NO You click NO!! They are not forcing anything on you... don't post!!! on wow forums.... The wow forum id full name "isn't connected" to the wow friend ID list. The CEO said this over and over again... It's NOT Bloodly connected....!! Lastly... simple solution... Don't Post on wow forums!! no i am not mad.. or upset... i just find it funny people talk out their ass before reading all the fine lines.
Thank god some devs actually listen to their community. But it was a stupid idea to begin with.
Bubble for well said for you sir.
Those 3 words don't put this issue to rest. What Blizz did was a smart business move, they have tons of fans (50,000 posts can't be wrong) complaining about RealID and threatening to quit and not buy future games and expansions (some already did). I believe we're not out of the woods yet ... Blizz knew this backlash would affect their game sales, so they "caved in". I'm willing to wager a large sum of money that once StarCraft II and Catacylsm have been released (and fans have made both huge successes) we'll see this issue coming around again. Maybe they'll try to water it down a little, or use smoke and mirrors to try to implement it. Either way we only won the battle, the war will continue afresh after Cataclysm comes out.
Score one for the millions of men secretly playing as a female character...
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