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Blizzard Relents on Real ID

Blizzard has backed off from its plan to require posters to the StarCraft II forums use Blizzard's Real ID system to use real names. The World of Warcraft Forum has a statement from Blizzard CEO & Cofounder Mike Morhaime, which reads in part: "We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums." He goes on to discuss they still have high hopes for improving the player experience with the Real ID system: "I want to make sure it's clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you'll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature."

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48. Re: Blizzard Relents on Real ID Jul 10, 2010, 09:08 Slashman
 
I actually do think there is a difference between the average MMO gamer and people who play a wider range of other games. No, the difference isn't always apparent and it may be that the average Bluesnewser doesn't fit into the mold.

Still, the mindset of the 'exclusive' MMO gamer who plays nothing else is often, IMO, pretty warped in comparison to people who play a wider range of genres. You have conversations with these people and they literally think that they know everything there is to know about gaming based on the fact that they have 'mastered' an MMO.

And though I hate to say it, WoW players are some of the worst when it comes to this sort of thing. I know a bunch of people personally who got into WoW and totally define their lives based on it, dismissing outright the existence of any other worthwhile game, MMO or not.

Now I'm not going to be hypocritical and say I don't play MMOs. I play City of Heroes very casually. I like superheroes and superhero games(loved Freedom Force). And it's just about the only good superhero game with that level of customization out there. Champions is crap and you can only play so much Arkham Asylum.

I can at least say that City of Heroes has great combat compared just about every other MMO out there and powers that pack a punch and make you at least feel like you're some sort of super powered being. I don't play it to grind out phat lewt or because 24 - 50 man raids every week are fun(how the hell could anyone find that fun?). It's the only MMO I know that has actual tunable difficulty settings so that you can challenge yourself as much as you want and feel as super heroic/villainous as you want. It's different enough from the grindfests of every other MMO that I feel comfortable playing it.

Honestly I have no idea whet people find so great about playing WoW(and yes I have tried it). I usually am all over Blizzard games, but WoW just strikes me as their biggest cop out and ironically their biggest cash cow. They had the chance to do something totally different with the MMO genre and proceeded to do more of the same. Highly polished more of the same, but still more of the same.
 
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