Blizzard Aims Gun at Foot, Pulls Trigger – Real Name-Requiring Forum System Comes Out

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EthicSlave

The official standing is that this will not be happening from a blue post. I would Link the topic but I think it violates both WoW and maxPC's forums terms of use...

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Rocketpop

Wow. I don't know where this is coming from, but I'm never using the forums again. The risk of being harassed irl just shot up hardcore.

Also, what about the archived topics? If people are quitting now, will their old posts still be visible with their names on them?

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Fecal Face

"if you've got someone's name, you'll find a treasure trove of personal information waiting for you on Google."

If you Google my name, the first page "reveals" that I have a Facebook page, I played on a field hockey team, and I used to have an account on "mocpages"

The second page "reveals" again that I have a Facebook page, and that I signed an online petition concerning 3rd party apps being available on the Zune Marketplace.

Oh no, there goes my identity. /sarcasm

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Vegan

If you Google my name, I'm a member of British Parliament and the owner of a patio furniture store.

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EvilHomerGD

If you Google my name, you'll find that I am a "certified reflexologist" (which I am not), that I've got a Facebook account, a LinkedIn account, and that I am descended from German nobility (really would LOVE to know where all of the family money went!!!)...  Google it a little differently (run my first and last name together into one name) and you'll find my posts on a number of tech forums.

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Lhot

 

...this just the last of a long list.  Blizzard turned into a bad apple right before the Diablo II 1.10 patch.  Their accquisistion by Activision is only gonna make it worse.   It seems most companies seem to think of the customer first until they reach a certain bottom line...then its:  %$#$#$ you, you lousy people..we're now so big, there's nothing you can do about it anymore.  It's truly a sad statement of the times.

 

The "CLOUD" is the biggest mistake this country has made...EVER !

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roninnder

If the list is so long why don't you name a couple of items on it? 

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aviaggio

All it's going to take is one psycho douchebag to stalk and murder some gamer chick or in-game rival whose name he got from the forums and it's going to be the end of Blizzard and Activision. And with 11+ million players, don't try and tell me it won't happen.

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Vegan

It's doubtful that Blizzard or Activision would be held liable for that.

If you get interviewed on the local news, and some psycho decides to stalk you and kill you, the station is not liable.

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aviaggio

I think they could be, especially if it can be proven that the information obtained from the forums was instrumental in allowing the crime to be committed. Seriously, Google does a bit of unintended wardriving and now they're on the verge of being used by half a dozen countries. There's not a day that goes by without us hearing about another Facebook privacy snafu. Yet no one seems to be taking seriously the glaring privacy issue of forcing up to 11 million people to expose their real names in what can easily be described as a potentially hostile environment. Where is the media? Where is the outrage? Where are the politicians threatening lawsuits???

There is absolutely nothing good that can come out of this. I think we're starting to see the beginning of the end of Blizzard (and possible Activision). They have clearly grown way too big for their britches if they think they can do something like this and not be held responsible for the consequences. It's going to come back and bite them on the ass, hard.

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neural0

God can you imagine how much of a smack in the face that would be to Blizzard? They're making the names public to make money I'm sure, but I would LOVE to see them shell out tens of millions in a lawsuit filed against them if someone does get stalk-murdered.

Wait is this post going to put me in the suspect chair now if this does happen? Oh wait... this is exactly what happens when we have to worry about our names being tied to our rants online... great.

 

I hate the Linksys WRT600N so much I put it in my signature.

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Biceps

That Facebook handed Blizzard a FAT wad of cash to make this change.  It is pretty clear from the comments I have seen on the still anonymous Warcrack forums that this is something most players (that is a majority) do not want the 'real-ID' policy.  So, if they go ahead with the change, that means that Blizzard somehow stands to make a substantial amount of money from implementing this new policy.  This smacks too much of the recent Facebook Connect controversy for my comfort.... someone at Blizzard is getting paid handsomely to push this change, I would bet.

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Saltboy

I do not troll or spam or flame, but I would quit anything that requires me to publically share my full name.  They think trolls are bad now, wait until the troll knows your real name and starts calling you at work and sending your home address bags of dog poo.

Pretty bad move, Blizzard.

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Digital-Storm

Because your real name tells everything about you right? No. Chances are, someone has the same name as you.

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Mighty BOB!

He's got a part 2 up:

http://seewhatyoudidthere.com/2010/07/08/realid-pt2-ethics-voting-with-your-dollar/

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Digital-Storm

So in other words, the writer of this article, somehow believes that the only smacktalk that goes on in the forums, is people talking trash to eachother on pvp. He clearly doesn't visit the battle.net forums often enough to know its just a hellhole of trolling and spamming.

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Havok

 I prefer the notoriety and relative anonymity that comes with a screen name. It's kinda cool to recognize your Steam friends on different forums or websites. 

 

 

YES! This post made it through the Spam Filter!

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water_man3

I've heard that the decision to implement this is out of Blizzard's hands - can someone say Electronic Arts circa late 1990s?

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gothliciouz

damn i'm unistalling wow now!...and anything related to blizzard

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FuriousDre

It's not like anyone is going to quit WoW over it, regardless of how much they threaten to. Just like everyoen will buy MW3 regardless of the price or even if there is a monthly fee. Even if a few do, it won't hurt them. Sadly.

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Phosphorous

Not everyone....I won't buy MW3 and haven't bought the POS called MW2 either.  90% of the members of my CoD clan has not purchased it either and we easily have over 50 members.  Yeah, that's a drop in the bucket, but still not everyone.

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