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Friday, July 9th, 2010SUGGEST NEWS

Post on the Blizzard Forums as your real name!
Posted by: Nebuchadnezzar on July 9th, 2010 @ 5:24PM
  • UPDATE: Real ID nixed from Blizzard forums, Morhaime explains
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    DarkShear
    Marine

    July 7th, 2010 @ 12:43AM

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    Absolutely terrible idea.

    DeuceOfSpades
    Kali Compton

    July 7th, 2010 @ 1:40AM

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    Daniri
    Peon

    July 7th, 2010 @ 4:59AM

    Registered:
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    Dallas
    Posts: 17
    I can`t settle on a fake name to use. Shame my WoW accounts are stuck.

    Eager to see the new site though. Almost as eager as i was to see the new Battle.net...
    Frimzy
    Marine

    July 7th, 2010 @ 5:12AM

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    Something is happening to blizz that I just don`t understand. In the past few years it`s like someone has switched my favorite company with an evil corporate entity. This entity seems to care only about making money and not about games. No chat, no cross-realm, one account per cd key, and now leave personal information for pedophiles to exploit? This is actually bordering on the legal side.

    As soon as their is a case of stalking, assault or worse due to personal information being listed on the forums there will be a HUGE negative fan and media frenzy against Activi..err Blizzard. I want my company back. Go away Kotick.
    what316
    Shithead

    July 7th, 2010 @ 5:54AM

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    TX
    Posts: 964
    Ha, I`ll pass.
    Zelph01
    Marine

    July 7th, 2010 @ 6:40AM

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    Some "genius" at Blizz thought that they`d open the forums to datamining. It`s called facebook envy, and Blizz wants their piece of pie.
    RyanS
    Marine

    July 7th, 2010 @ 7:04AM

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    Michigan
    Posts: 169
    Worst idea ever.
    BiVRiP
    General

    July 7th, 2010 @ 8:11AM

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    Canada
    Posts: 2069
    There are so many privacy and liability issues here, I'm very surprised Blizzard is pushing this through.
    Charkoth
    Right Wing Extremist

    July 7th, 2010 @ 8:23AM

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    OHIO
    Posts: 2570
    I'd be for it if I wasn't such a damn Forum Troll. Considering I plan on a future political career I don't care to have my gaming posts calling newbs and scrubs a bunch of retards made public for people trying to dig dirt up on me.

    Now I'm going to have to set up a new Blizzard Account under a Pen Name for my Starcraft II account. Annoying.
    tappertrainman
    Conservative

    July 7th, 2010 @ 9:07AM

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    San Diego, CA
    Posts: 653
    I'm for it. For me as a Christian, if I can't put my name on it, I probably shouldn't be posting it.
    nate_orenstam
    Special Ops

    July 7th, 2010 @ 9:31AM

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    i can see why they're doing this, but they're going to lose a lot of people
    Charkoth
    Right Wing Extremist

    July 7th, 2010 @ 9:33AM

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    Well in all honesty "those" type of people probably won't be missed.

    The real problem is they have no way of verifying that the name on the account is legitimate.
    bshido
    Peon

    July 7th, 2010 @ 9:53AM

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    Washington
    Posts: 256
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A
    DaiShiva
    Special Ops

    July 7th, 2010 @ 10:02AM

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    Tucson
    Posts: 135
    Awesome, now when someone gets hacked, the first thing they will do after stripping the account of all valuables will be to spam the forums with gold ads.
    bshido
    Peon

    July 7th, 2010 @ 10:20AM

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    Washington
    Posts: 256

    http://wowriot.gameriot.com/blogs/Americans-are-bad-at-games/Real-Names-on-the-Official-Forums-New-REAL-ID-function?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wowriot+%28Latest+Wowriot+Blog+Posts+-+Wowriot.Gameriot.com%29&gr_i_ni
    nate_orenstam
    Special Ops

    July 7th, 2010 @ 1:08PM

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    Well in all honesty "those" type of people probably won't be missed.

    yes, if you get off on "calling newbs and scrubs a bunch of retards", the community will certainly be better for your absence.
    what316
    Shithead

    July 7th, 2010 @ 1:10PM

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    Posts: 964
    My guess is that this won`t go through, blizz will back out due to the outcry.
    hjparcins
    General

    July 7th, 2010 @ 1:48PM

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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Posts: 980
    No skin off my back - I don't post on the forums.

    I'm pretty sure they're doing it because paying tons of people to monitor the forums just to prevent anonymous idiots from posting garbage is a waste of resources.

    Now hopefully there will be more constructive posts and less bitching and trolling.
    Blazer
    Instigator

    July 7th, 2010 @ 3:25PM

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    Posts: 1969
    No thanks. I'll stick to SCL for discussing this game for now on.
    Jeff
    Diablo Fan

    July 7th, 2010 @ 3:53PM

    Registered:
    2003-06-03
    Location:
    IL
    Posts: 448
    I won't be posting. I don't want anyone who Googles my name (my last name is uncommon) to find gaming related posts I've made. OR crazy gamers finding out personal info about me. There's a reason for usernames online, and why Blizzard wants to change this I have no clue. It's a huge privacy concern. The reasons they give are to prevent "flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness". Isn't that what moderators and bans are for? Also, what's to stop anyone from creating a new account and posting under a fake name? This whole idea makes zero sense.
    DarthDommo
    Marine

    July 8th, 2010 @ 1:35AM

    Registered:
    2003-03-26
    Location:
    Iowa
    Posts: 61
    This is the start of Blizzard caring less about making fun games and more about making money. A very sad day indeed.
    RowdyRoddyPiper
    Nut Job

    July 8th, 2010 @ 7:55AM

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    Posts: 1798
    i think its a fine idea. now when "Peter Dillingsby" posts a keylogger we can all avoid future links by him :P
    Zelph01
    Marine

    July 8th, 2010 @ 8:37AM

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    I have no online identity. I do not cultivate a facebook page. My name is not super unique, so the 2 "friends" (former professor and a distant cousin that is not of my same race) that I have allowed access to my fb page are not usable as a way to look me up.

    All this new rule will mean for me is that I won`t be posting on Blizz`s forums without using an account that doesn`t have my real name. It`s a shame too, because I wasn`t the type to troll people- most of my comments were theory-related and tried to pick apart game mechanics.

    I need to keep my online identity null for future employment opportunities.
    (Spy, secret government agent, prosecutor, police officer, etc. are all occupations which tend to discourage you from posting your private data lest someone decide they don`t like you and try to find you.)
    gashad
    Marine

    July 8th, 2010 @ 12:12PM

    Registered:
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    Location:
    Boulder, CO
    Posts: 137
    This is the start of Blizzard caring less about making fun games and more about making money. A very sad day indeed.
    Wait, didn`t that start a long time ago with the VISA World of Warcraft Rewards Credit Card?
    SilverDeth
    Marine

    July 8th, 2010 @ 12:42PM

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    Location:
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    Posts: 60
    Activision forces players to post on the internet under their real name.

    In un-related news, stalkers and identity thieves around the world rejoice.

    :p
    meorah
    Marine

    July 8th, 2010 @ 6:31PM

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    they`re fostering a sense of community... at all the other community sites.

    so many bad decisions for SC2 I`m almost ready to commit copyright infringement instead of buying the pretty box.

    anybody want to make lobby chat rooms a high enough priority that they`ll actually be ready for release? idiot project lead, the guy who decided lobby chat could wait a few months after release.
    Darren
    Red State Cowboy

    July 8th, 2010 @ 6:39PM

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    Posts: 1147
    Simply a bad idea Nebu! If you have any sway at all you should get this lifted! Oh wait.

    A simple Google will pull up a first link to Facebook right now and it's me. My first name is very unique, but there are only 697 (at last count) in the United States with my last name. I know about 80 some odd of them are my direct family (yep, big family). The other one that shares my name is a district attorney.

    And yes, Darren is my real first name, and I also tend to keep my Facebook clean of everything to prevent issues, especially with my employer because they have a policy of checking social media sites of employees for image purposes. I was a victim of identity theft several years back so I am very, very cautious of where I put any information.

    I like to post on the Blizz forums, but I tend to be nice to people and helpful. If this will result in people Googling me in the future and seeing my posts - at my employer or in game - I guess my time helping others is at an end.

    =(
    Istari
    Kali Compton

    July 8th, 2010 @ 8:37PM

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    Posts: 945
    I haven't posted on Blizzard forums in years what do I care! hehe. I'll sit back and watch the fireworks.
    DaFox
    Peon

    July 8th, 2010 @ 8:56PM

    Registered:
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    Location:
    Canada
    Posts: 17
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NgAkWxcPBE

    This. Sums. Up. EVERYTHING.
    TheSilver_Ghost
    is awesome.

    July 8th, 2010 @ 10:57PM

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    Posts: 1066
    Whoa. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back this bus right the *&%^ up. Did RowdyRoddyPiper, High Chief of the Tinfoil Hat Tribe, just advocate that people post their name online in a public forum? Have I just been bel-aired?

    BTW, Nebu, please speak up for us. :(
    You can only change a system from within the system itself.
    DeuceOfSpades
    Kali Compton

    July 9th, 2010 @ 12:25AM

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    Nebu can't speak against his company publically. I know someone who has sources in Blizzard (not Nebu) that claims that the company itself has condemned the idea, that it has very few supporters amongst its staff, and they are trying to get Activision to change its mind. Yes, that's right: Activi$ion's CEO Bobby Kotick himself is pushing for this idea. It's all part of Facebook's integration into World of Warcraft. The only reason Blizzard cannot stop it is because the forums are outside the game, and as such the buck stops at the CEO.

    Bobby Kotick, when asked if he could snap his fingers to implement a change, stated that he wants to put a paid subscription service into Call of Duty. That's right: make the Call of Duty series like wow, and require a monthly subscription fee. Someone needs to shoot this fucker in the head.
    TheSilver_Ghost
    is awesome.

    July 9th, 2010 @ 1:13AM

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    Posts: 1066
    Yeah, I meant speak up to the company if he doesn't happen to agree with it. Hence my last sentence. But I agree with your last sentence. I wouldn't be surprised if some nutjob does it one day.
    BiVRiP
    General

    July 9th, 2010 @ 3:27PM

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    Posts: 2069
    Looks like all the pressure from the community has finally made a difference - new post today from Blizzard's CEO...HERE

    Power to the people!



    DeuceOfSpades
    Kali Compton

    July 9th, 2010 @ 5:39PM

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    EDIT: this picture is much better.

    Take a look.

    EDITED: 2010-07-09 17:42:43
    RowdyRoddyPiper
    Nut Job

    July 9th, 2010 @ 7:38PM

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    Posts: 1798
    haha silverghost. really it doesnt make a difference if your name is out there. you are on facebook and everything else. nothing and nobody is going to track you from world of warcraft.. what?... are you scared mike morhaime will send blizz goons to kill you if you diss the drop rate of frostweave? The NSA is listening to your phone already and monitoring your emails anyways. im positive activision doesnt care. you guys are sounding like conspiracy theorists!
    Charkoth
    Right Wing Extremist

    July 9th, 2010 @ 8:42PM

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    Posts: 2570
    As far as I know I am the ONLY person in the world with my name or at least the only person with an online presence. Searching my name only reveals 4 pages and every link is associated with me or someone I know.

    Good to see Blizzard able to resist the commands of Activision.
    Forsaken
    Special Ops

    July 9th, 2010 @ 10:44PM

    Registered:
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    San Francisco, CA
    Posts: 566
    I like this change. It will give a much needed boost to forum civility.
    BiVRiP
    General

    July 10th, 2010 @ 12:20AM

    Registered:
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    Canada
    Posts: 2069
    I'm very surprised RRP, given your history one would think you'd be at the forefront screaming bloody murder at Blizzard's (ehem Activision's) Real ID plans.

    If you want to know why so many people are against this, THIS post/article does a fine job at covering the major issues. The Facebook comparison is flawed because at least there you have the option to set your profile to private.

    I'm with Charkoth on this one (scary!). I have a very unique name and I'm glad to say that googling it only comes up with one relevant link and that's my public LinkedIn profile. I've worked hard over the years to limit my online exposure for one simple reason: the internet is forever and you never know when something might come back to bite you in the ass.
    Xhokhusmak
    Peon

    July 10th, 2010 @ 9:20AM

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    Location:
    Freakmont, CA
    Posts: 274
    Hi, My name is Ronald Jou

    and I`m for it. =)
    SilverDeth
    Marine

    July 12th, 2010 @ 8:15AM

    Registered:
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    Location:
    Montana
    Posts: 60
    Very wise to back down on activision's part.

    In a perfect world, with no stalkers, wackos, psychotics, child molesters, identity thieves, scammers, and general scumbags, this would be a nice thing to build a community.

    Unfortunately, we live in a world that HAS all of the above, and one of the best ways to PROTECT yourself from said human garbage is by hiding your identity as much as you can.

    I hope this STAYS dead, and that this is not simply a tactic by "Bobby" to forestall community outrage and then back-door this horrid idea down the road.

    Sadly, I am going to hold off buying Starcraft 2 until I am certain that this is the case. I love blizzard games, and I don't blame them for this - this is 100% a case of meddling from "on high" - but I need to watch and wait a year or so to make sure this hydra stays dead.

    Blizzard I trust to make amazing games.

    Activision... I don't trust as far as I could toss BK's fat lard filled ass.

    Literally. Just his ass.

    /sadface

    EDITED: 2010-07-12 08:17:20

    EDITED: 2010-07-12 08:18:43
    SilverDeth
    Marine

    July 12th, 2010 @ 8:15AM

    Registered:
    2003-03-26
    Location:
    Montana
    Posts: 60
    Double post sorry

    EDITED: 2010-07-12 08:15:50


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