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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:45PM Daelda said

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I did take time yesterday to send an inquiry to the ESRB about this new policy and its potential impact to the ratings of Blizzard's games. I'm not going to take any credit for anything, but I do wonder if the ESRB gave them an inquiring call?
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:36PM (Unverified) said

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owned

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:38PM Controlled Chaos said

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Roughly translated, they received enough hate mail and saw enough posts telling them that this could affect their subscriber rate. Thus, they back down before they do permanent damage to themselves and make people realize that they have no clue about the fact that people don't want to be actively identified online.

Go, Blizzard, go.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:42PM Rich said

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I think you missed a part...

should have added " but we will come back and do it after the wow expansion and SC2 are released so we can make money on the box sales" in the middle of this sentence:
"Thus, they back down before they do permanent damage to themselves and make people realize that they have no clue about the fact that people don't want to be actively identified online."
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:40PM (Unverified) said

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I'm kind of disappointed in a way. It would have been a really interesting social experiment. Detractors, rightly, said that it wouldn't work basically because the online society being what it is. It would either fail or it would change that society. Now we won't know.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:10PM remover said

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Glad they backed off, but we all knew they would. There were too many legal implications, and the idea seemed like a bad one that wasn't supposed to leave the room at a brainstorming session.

If they want to do things to limit alt accounts and trolling, they need to at bare minimum, allow users to create a sort of "master alias". I wouldn't agree with that either, but it's about 20 steps better than real names or people being locked into using an account name they already created without knowing this would happen.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:42PM MrGutts said

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Funny that most users here use realID and don't even know it.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:54PM MrGutts said

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Whoops, I mean OpenID which is a hybrid version of RealID.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:54PM Celestian said

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It's a game, why the need for real names? Yeah, not a reason.

Blizzard, like all those before them, will be what kills their own game a some point. This was just the first warning shots.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 1:58PM Beau Hindman said

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The only thing that frightens me is that fact that so many people will go back to thinking that they *don't* leave a virtual footprint all over the internet while they visit it.

Beau

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:00PM Javajunky said

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I left WoW, 6 months ago for reasons many people leave but I won't get into. However I'm still a stock holder and I can see from the perspective of people trying to grow Activision / Blizzards market share, the path these people went down on was financially motivated and I'm guessing people farther down the food chain and more in touch with the player base were shaking their heads saying this is a bad idea.

I say people make mistakes, everyone should just walk it off and say hey, they had an idea, they vetted it to the community, the listened to the community and said ok we're not going to do something. Any gaming company wants that social footprint control they have with a facebook or xbox 360, but that's going to be a huge stretch. I don't think Activision / Blizzard is really well positioned to create that social gaming network they hoped for. WoW Players are dedicated to WoW and there may be some Starcraft Players out there who cross over but we're probably looking at a smaller subset than what they really think.

Again, I don't think ATVI here necessarily shot itself in the foot, they would have seen a dead forum if they moved forward however. But you can only create so much proprietary social networking when you can only it across ATVI products. Just my two cents. Again I don't play the game anymore I'm an Eve Online guy, when an expansion hits, I don't have to start all over again gearing ha ha ha.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:02PM Unverfied B said

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Hurray, sanity prevails!

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:04PM Seffrid said

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I guess this was down to a combination of player antipathy, a belated recognition of the legal minefield Blizzard were throwing themselves into, and an internal revolution by staff indicating their refusal to go along with their side of the arrangement.

I'm pleased with the outcome, although of course the statement makes it clear that the decision not to proceed is at the present time, rather than for all time.

Nice too for a story about WoW to be covered properly on Massively in its own right rather than being linked to a fansite that often suffers the same problems of immaturity as the official boards as well as resulting in individual comments being lost in a sea of posts.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:07PM Psychotic Storm said

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I am relieved it would be a huge security risk and more and SC2 is almost out.

Yes I do not play WoW and couldn't care less about it, but its implementation on SC2 was a serious threat, plus the possibility this leaking out to other MMO and games from other companies would be too risky.

Overall catastrophe averted, but it shows the big companies are not really in touch with their audience and the reality of modern era... pity...

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 2:22PM (Unverified) said

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I think this stunt was just another stunt of the Blizz marketing arm. Drop a huge bomb to draw attention and withdraw it. That is just some dirty tactics, it seems Blizz just wants to to terrorize the community to try and liven up its dieing support.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:09PM (Unverified) said

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If they did it on purpose, then they sure as hell didn't count on what happened to Bashiok and his family. Any number of those messages and calls to him and his family could have been death threats from seriously sick people - requiring some actual police protection. Lives don't come cheap in the real world, there is no reset button, no spirit healer, and NO rezzer.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 5:04PM wjowski said

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Not all publicity is good publicity...just ask the spinach industry.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:11PM (Unverified) said

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Micah Whipple, at your service!

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:16PM TheJackman said

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Blizzard does listen to there players well the stockholders do anyway. Its a good time to bank on Blizzard with Starcraft 2 in just a few days! And not forget there great WoW expansion pack at end of the year!

The WoW Expansion already is the best one so far just in beta... for the first time in a long time I looking forward to going 1-85 in a "brand new" old world! And the first 2 zones 78-81/82 they did show off in the beta where full with great storyline and fun quests like only Blizzard make them! Also tons of pop culture!

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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The funniest thing to me is how little thought Blizzard had to put into this.

They didn't even consider "unfortunate" names. I have an "unfortunate" last name, it is a rather childish synonym of the male genitalia. I don't have a problem dealing with people in real life and work with it, but if the mouth-breathers on the WoW forums got a hold of it, every post from there on would just be 3rd grade jokes about my last name. And that is for a rather innocuous last name...

I knew a guy in high school by the name of Woody Dick. Would Blizzard even let them register on RealID with that name? I am sure there are hundreds of Mike Hunt's out there. Hell, I know a guy named Kuntal Cholera.

To me, this was just a poorly thought out cash-grab trying to bank on "social gaming" like Farmville. I knew they were going to reverse the decision, and I am glad it was sooner rather than later.

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