Blizzard on Real ID

Blizzard tells Gamasutra they are "definitely listening to player feedback" about Real ID, and the recent revelation that this would require the use of "real names" to post to the StarCraft II forums (though they admit that any name can be registered, though it will be associated with your unique CD key). So far the outcry from fans would indicate the program is not receiving the reception they hoped for: "Real ID is a new and different concept for Blizzard gamers -- and for us as well -- and our goal is to create a social gaming service that players want to use." In any event, it doesn't sound like they are reconsidering the plan, as they explain its optional nature. "It's important to note that both enabling Real ID in game and posting on the official Blizzard forums are completely optional," the Blizzard rep said. "Players can continue to read the forums anonymously regardless of whether they choose to post in them, and their gameplay experiences will not change if they choose not to use the Real ID communication features in game."
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Jul 8, 2010, 18:16
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Draugr wrote on Jul 8, 2010, 18:09:
PHJF wrote on Jul 8, 2010, 17:57:
People need rules. People need boundaries.

Not on the internet, we don't. The near total lack of order and authority is what makes the internet so unique. It'd be a shame to diminish it.

Yeah, just like how you can post or say whatever you want in these forums right?
Don't be silly, there are rules all over the internet, especially when it comes to comments/forums.

actually blue is pretty open all things considered, there are few rules and the few that do exist are loosely enforced at best.


I feel sorry for anyone who feels that gaming may have a effect on their employment - if that happened in anyway which you could prove, you most likely could sue your way to never doing anything but gaming again.

I see this has a positive for Blizzard in that they are moving with the times. If they just made a PC game (Starcraft 2) and released it with just a CD check and LAN play ...... well I don't see that making them the kind of money that WoW does so why would they do it?

You guys do understand that Blizzard is most likely expected to make more money each year than the last, to grow.

All this is doing is moving them forward and maybe appealing to a market that is not Bluenews.

I'm sure that they plan for 5-8 years down the track not just for the here and now. And their are plenty of people who would be happy to game in a enviroment without anonymous players. And happy to pay for that.

yeah we should be happy to give up things for the sake of blizzards profit margins now you want to pay them for this too? lol can you even speak with your head so far up there?
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