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12-26-2010 @ 9:06PM
Blizz have no chance of bringing real names back, people will rage just as hard a second time*. The difference between WoW and Facebook is that I knew my data would be available on facebook WHEN I CHOSE TO PUT IT THERE.People got pissed off at Blizz for the same reason they get pissed off at Facebook when it decides to default the controls to "everything public" for the fifth bloody time. We may put our information up but it is put up under the rules in place at the time we put it up. Changing the rules at a later data just pisses people off (and is why my Facebook profile is now filled with fake data).If I had of known in 2004 that Blizz would one day decide to unilaterally reveal my real name I would have used a fake one.And that is completely ignoring the hilarious security issues with Blizzards move which is similar to their bone headed idea to make your account email your battle.net user name (hey Blizz remember when you used to partially obscure our account emails so that account thieves didn't automatically have a shot at cracking our email as well?).Whoever took over the account security division of Blizz a few years ago is a moron that obviously has no real industry experience.* It is so easy to level these days that I will just start a second account with a fake name.
12-26-2010 @ 9:13PM
Oh and I am glad WoW Insider pointed out this issue is about making money from social media and not "making the forums accountable because we don't want to pay enough moderators".Most modern MMO's solve the "forum accountability" issue by having a forum alias that ISN'T your account name and is unique. It is a way better solution than using real names especially with the naming collision inherent in real names (with millions of players how many "John Smiths" are there going to be?).
12-26-2010 @ 9:52PM
Though, without the Real ID debacle we wouldn't have gotten gems like this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NgAkWxcPBEStill makes me laugh.
12-27-2010 @ 3:00AM
Unfortunately I had no luck finding the "All your ID is belong to us" thread/video from the time.
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