Diablo II & Privacy

There's a post on PlanetDiablo from Blizzard Entertainment, describing plans for a patch that includes a feature that "is likely become quite controversial despite the company's efforts to explain exactly why it is being implemented." Here's the word:
This week, Blizzard will be releasing Diablo II patch 1.09c. The patch adds a new feature to the program that is important, but also has the potential to be misunderstood [...].

Included in the patch is a .dll file that will relay non-personal, non-identifying information about a user's computer to Blizzard. Specifically: CPU, RAM, operating system, video card and sound card information.

Historically, the best customers for Blizzard games are players of previous Blizzard games, and while it's tempting to go for high-end specifications with our upcoming Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos to get the maximum amount of bells and whistles out of it, we also want it to be playable by as many of our current customers as we can, and so we're going to compile this information for that purpose.

Two important things to note [...]: 1) this is only taking place in North America, and 2) users can opt out of participating in this hardware specification survey when they download the patch.

We understand that user privacy is an important matter to our customers, and are attempting to balance privacy needs with the best means possible of accurately ascertaining current users' hardware information.
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Re: Blizzard: Help us keep our games simple
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Re: Blizzard: Help us keep our games simple Nov 14, 2001, 03:10
Nov 14, 2001, 03:10
 
I agree with number 12. It seems very late in the game to be collecting data for feature set in Warcraft 3 (WoW would seem to be a better candidate.) While games are never done till they're done, you'd think that after all this time the feature set would be reasonably set. Any radical changes would push the project back even further. And this project has already had its share of radical changes.
It is a good thing, however, that they announced the info collecting this time. I was highly offended when they went snooping through my registry settings the last time. Kudos for being upfront, lets hope for Blizzard's sake that they are being honest about the extent of the info being sent.
Bottom line: Honesty = Good!

~Andy "GusBot" Gustafson


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