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Posted: Jul 10th 2010 4:26AM Anatidae said

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You know, if you have an issue with your name - it is amazingly easy to change it.

From your post, I gather you might be embarrassed about it? My wife changed her first name and it cost $95 total and a little paperwork.
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Posted: Jul 12th 2010 11:33AM (Unverified) said

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That is an idiotic statement.

I am not embarrassed by my name at all. I like my name. It has a rich history, and I would never think of changing it just because some people can not think above a 3rd grade mentality. I never have an issue with it at work or any other place in real life. In fact, there is a US Senator with my last name.

And that is a perfect illustration of the problem. Blizzard put no thought into any of this. I shouldn't have to change my freaking sir name just because Blizzard wants to make some money. I have no problem dealing with forum mouth-breathers. I do it all the time. If I have to post with my real name it just gives the trolls something else to latch onto.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:23PM Aetrix said

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I still can't figure why their system needs to hinge on real names and email addresses in the first place. Steam has been doing the cross-game buddy list thing for years now and has never required that I make my personal information publicly available to gain access to some facet of their service. Maybe some of the Blizz higher-ups should go on a field trip to Valve and take notes...

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 4:14PM Aetrix said

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I like the idea behind having a friends list and having the ability to shoot someone a message from a different game. The problem is that list of people playing Blizzard's games whom I trust with my name and email is remarkably short, and I can already call, text, or IM the vast majority them at a moment's notice if I want to already. For me, Blizzard's solution is at best redundant and at worst a horrible waste of resources and unrealized potential.

You hear that Blizz? Let me use a common handle BlizzID instead of a stop-calling-me-at-my-workplace-because-i-ganked-your-alt RealID and your new system is the greatest thing ever. Otherwise, it's about as useful as my appendix, which coincidentally went the way of wherever surgically removed malfunctioning bodily organs with no useful purpose go.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:37PM Seffrid said

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I rather like the comment on VN that this is yet another promised feature to be withdrawn from Cataclysm - the worst expansion evar!

:)

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 3:54PM Innocentte said

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I think what really killed this, at least for now, is what happened to Bashiok. What a can of worms that opened up. What a great thing that a Blizz person was the first, and I hope only, victim of this insane idea.

Want to bet that every Blizz employee from the bottom to the top informed their supervisors that they would not be participating any further on the Forums?

I can only hope that the person(s) that thought this was a good idea get down on their knees and beg Bashiok's forgiveness. Then go find another job somewhere else. One that does not involve other folk's personal information.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 6:05PM DeadlyAccurate said

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He wasn't the only one. There was a blog which went and tracked down personal information about several Blizzard and Activision employees. Publicly available information, but it included things like the address of one couple's upcoming wedding. It was remarkably easy for them to get an amazing amount of information with just the smallest bit to start with.

I was once helping to find proof that a so-called publisher (for writing, not games) was not running a legitimate business and within moments had found a Google maps image of the house the "publisher" was claiming as the company HQ.
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Posted: Jul 9th 2010 5:36PM Graill440 said

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This is sad day indeed. The french have come to their senses. Think of all the lost fun that would have ensued, heck i may have even looked a few folks up to say hi.....

Well, maybe some otherday when big brother gets a better foothold.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 8:40PM alycat said

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I wonder how much time and money they would have saved had they asked simply asked for feedback on the forums in the first place. I also wonder how many of the people who already canceled (which they must have for Blizzard to take the complaints seriously) will change their minds.

Also, why wouldn't someone quit a game if they were expected to sit in a phone queue for customer support and not be allowed to offer feedback unless they opt in to the forum?

If you don't feel valued as a customer, you stop your patronage. It's the most basic form of protest.

Posted: Jul 9th 2010 11:00PM Humbug said

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Glad they came to their senses.

I imagine the good folks over at Bioware/Lucas Arts were waiting with baited breath to see if the 800lb gorilla really would shoot itself in the foot.

If anyone goes the be Blizzcon Q&A, please ask them whose ridiculously bad idea this was. I mean really.

Posted: Jul 10th 2010 4:07AM Anatidae said

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Funny how the internet has changed us. Not 20 years ago the idea of going to a forum and speaking out was in no way anonymous.

I don't think people ran around worrying about "privacy". This is more about being able to spout out your mouth without any accountability. Much like the rest of the internet.

Posted: Jul 10th 2010 4:21AM Anatidae said

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I actually don't think it is that much of a privacy issue. There are sooooo many places people use their real names on the internet. Like the Wall Street Journal forums.... Facebook.... more...

I suppose you might worry about privacy if you are a jerk and you are worried someone might know who you are.

Posted: Jul 10th 2010 7:34AM (Unverified) said

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No, it's very much a privacy issue, people posting on the WoW forums are somewhat accountable because you have to pay to play, which means there's a trail right back to the person paying for the account, this may or may not be the person at the keyboard, but the person paying for the account is ultimately accountable.

Facebook is full of privacy concerns, governments and privacy organisations have raised many privacy concerns regarding Facebook.
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Posted: Jul 10th 2010 5:10AM (Unverified) said

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Thank the Maker!

Some people actually realize privacy is important. Wish we could convince Facebook though.

Way to go WOW rebels!

Posted: Jul 11th 2010 6:25AM JoeH42 said

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I imagine they just realized how much it would open them up to lawsuits. They might not care about losing a couple hundred thousand players over an issue (seriously, I don't think they'd care that much) but all it would take is one person successfully sueing them over the issue "I was in the bathroom and my 12 year old son posted something on the forums and this guy that's been stalking me for the last 5 years used the information to find where I lived and came and attacked me blah blah" and there'd be others that would jump on that bandwagon. Even if most of the lawsuits got dismissed it would still take money to defend against them and it could get expensive. And for what? To cut down on trolls on the forums? Meh, Blizzard doesn't care that much about that. I imagine the real reason had more to do with the rumors I read about them tying in the real persons name with FB and suchlike. Doesn't matter in any case.

Posted: Jul 11th 2010 6:37AM JoeH42 said

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Well Brian! Feel free to leave your full name and address for us to prove that you're not a "jerk" and aren't worried someone might "know who you are".
Go ahead, put your money where your mouth is. As for me, I'll continue to be cautious about where I put information about myself. And don't take this personally, I just don't like people that can't back up what they are saying. You're talking the talk, so walk the walk or admit you're full of crap. Simple as that.

Posted: Jul 12th 2010 11:55AM (Unverified) said

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There is no privacy issue here.

You are making an informed choice. You are free to post to the forum if you wish, but if you choose to do so you will be identified as yourself.

All forums would be far more productive if that were the case. With the anonymous nature of forums currently almost all of them are all but useless. They are dominated by infantile insults. People using multiple accounts to appear to support themselves or gang up in trolling a thread they don't like. Game communities and game development would take a monumental step forward if they could get a handle on the trolls and criminally stupid.

I like the idea. I also love the idea of forum accounts listing the person's in game toons. Somebody isn't going to post something that is so embarssingly childish or stupid that they don't want it associated with their real identity if they can't hide it. As long as they are allowed to continue to hide it, most game forums will continue to be unproductive flaming contests.

Posted: Jul 29th 2010 2:33PM (Unverified) said

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A common sentiment seems to be this:

People are grateful because Blizzard chose not to implement Real ID.

I don't understand this, why are you thanking Blizz for NOT kicking the playerbase in the nuts?

Thank you Blizzard for resisting your facist compulsions?

What the hell?

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