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 9, 2010, 08:46
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Re: Blizzard on Real ID Jul 9, 2010, 08:46
Jul 9, 2010, 08:46
 Verno
 
If you four are done fighting for awhile, I'd like to make a few points.

This whole concept is inherently broken. Regardless of what anyone thinks of other peoples privacy, their entitlement to it and how educated people may or may not be. It's also racist and sexist, white males are going to make up the vast majority of players on the North American servers thus effectively silencing minorities and females who either don't want to be singled out or potentially harassed. In different regions it will be skewed similarly towards their natural ethnic displacements.

Do I really care that much if people have my first and last name? I mean in general not really but I also don't want it blasted away over the internet. There is no sense or benefit in creating large cross links of your identity over the web unless you are marketing yourself. For a writer or actor I am sure thats extremely beneficial. For anyone else it doesn't really make any sense. There's a reason we don't walk around with name tags in real life either. There is no positive aspects to it unless it serves us beneficially in some way. Real ID does not do that.

All of that stuff mentioned previously about how your drivers license, plates, social security and so on can be found is somewhat true but people are being disingenuous about it. You need a starting point for that and even if you didn't, you can't really argue that making it easier is a good idea. This is a videogame company not subject to many of the regulations on use of your personal information like other industries are.

Finally theres the point that this is only the beginning. You can opt-out...for now. I'd just like to point out even in this beginning phase they are effectively silencing customers who disagree with the policy. If you don't think this has serious issues on future precedent for this and other industries then frankly you aren't thinking about it.
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