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5-17-2010 @ 11:40AM
Yeah, I already decided about RealID. I will NOT be using it, even though I have brothers and friends from RL who play on other realms (and in one brother's case sometimes my own)...and live hours away. People I very much wish to be able to speak to while they're on their home realms.However. My first name is distinctly feminine - think something similar to Cassandria...not something you see a lot of guys with. I'd honestly prefer first initial, last name...though other individuals understandably don't want their last name out there. They should just leave our real names out of it entirely.The friend of my friend is not necessarily my friend. And I don't want anyone to be able to confirm that the owner of any of my toons is definitely female. Sure, they can guess now, they can assume (though funny enough they never assume my male toons are). But they can't know unless they hear me in vent.Vent's bad enough, but honestly people behave a little better when there's real voices involved than when everything's just text....And just how do they think people will react to players with middle-eastern names, anyway?? Someone in the blizzard thread referred to these as "politically awkward names", and had a good point. Anyone who plays on Vindication battlegroup knows how stupid people can be about things like this...anyone who's ever seen a group attempt over and over to kick someone from a Latin-American realm for being from a Latin-American realm...no matter how good their English communication skills, or how well they're contributing to the group. It's not quite at Yahoo games levels of racism, but wow.People shouldn't be idiots about that kind of thing, but they will, they are. People should be allowed to keep names private. Unfortunately, it seems the only option to do so is to simply not use this feature, as it lacks options.
5-17-2010 @ 12:07PM
Um, isn't the point of RealID that you only see the full name of people WHO ALREADY KNOW YOUR FULL NAME?Which means that none of the scenarios you describe (racism, sexism) will actually take place if you use the tool. People you only encounter on WoW will only see the name of whichever toon you're playing. People you encounter elsewhere will be able to see your full name IF YOU ALLOW THEM TO.I'm all for people deciding whether or not they want to use it, but the level of vitriol emerging about this based almost solely on either misinformation or misinterpretation of the description is getting ridiculous.That said, I can't say I'm particularly thrilled about the Facebook connection, either. Considering the latter's willingness to violate privacy and only renege when the community revolts after discovering it, I'd like to hear more about that aspect of it before I decide.
5-17-2010 @ 12:14PM
Jackwraith: "That said, I can't say I'm particularly thrilled about the Facebook connection, either. Considering the latter's willingness to violate privacy and only renege when the community revolts after discovering it, I'd like to hear more about that aspect of it before I decide."Hear, hear. I'm THIS close to deleting my Facebook account as it is. What started out as a cool "toy" has turned into a commercially-invaded quagmire, IMO.
5-17-2010 @ 12:36PM
Real men don't play Facebook.Life management advice from Christina Hendricks to you.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/18/christina-hendricks-in-es_n_541955.html
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