When I signed up for PSN and selected my online ID, I pretty much thought my personal information was perfectly safe and my real identities remained anonymous to everyone I felt the need to keep it from.
Every Gamer at some point has refused friend invites from individuals to strange for their liking. I have had messages from sick gamer asking for my address so in his words 'he could rape my mum' because he got a beating on Tekken 6 or another example was a guy on Pro Evolution Soccer who claimed he was going to physically throttle me because I scored a goal(he later went on to win the game, but was still as abusive as ever).
There is a fine line between friendly trash talk and abuse, but again we have all encountered these strange beings at some point that go beyond acceptability, personally I've had several games were I have come away thinking a person is one disturbed individual.
Anyway with Sony recently hacked, I have a theoretical scenario that may justify Sony allowing gamers to change their online ID's :P
Most PlayStation user will know, that their personal information such as Name, address, phone number & email address hes been stolen, but furthermore their Gamer ID was also stolen.
Now theoretically as unlikely as it may be, has this breach put PlayStation gamers in danger?
Like other gamers I use my PS ID on serious other gaming websites and sometimes trolls cause arguments on PSN and gaming sites, leading to members (or the troll)being banned for numerous reasons.
However what if a gamer defeats a psychopathic hacker on PSN or outwits them on the web, if they hold your stolen details? Normally you would think, it does not matter, the only thing they know about me is my PSN ID or Username, butthis is no longer the case.
Could these people be sick enough to cross reference your username with the personal details stolen from Sony and hunt you down like a dog? (unlikely but it does happen).
Gamers travailing across the world to kill others over something most gamers would deem stupid or lame does and has happened, Google it.
You will be greeted with headlines such as 'Online game rivalry ends with real life murder', 'Video game fanatic hunts down and stabs rival player who killed character online' and 'Gamer kills rival game for selling virtual sword online'.
Again while it's unlikely to happen, it could. So as a precaution should Sony allow us to change our PSN ID as a further security measure?
This would further separate our PSN ID from our personal data. If our PSN ID could be changed, Hackers would not be able to match our PSN ID to our personal data and would again give gamers the anonymity they held before the breach.
What do you guys think?