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11-22-2011 @ 5:34PM
By far my favorite thing..."North American realms (excluding Brazilian, Latin American, and Oceanic realms) no longer permit letters with accents in character or guild names. Existing character and guild names with special characters will be unaffected by this change."Would be happy if they forced everyone with dumb characters in their names to change them.
11-22-2011 @ 6:44PM
I know there are a gazillion of xxxlolegolasxxx by either adding more X or tweaking the letters, but still there is people from other places in the world that use those letters, not exactly to copy names. You could say but then go to your realms (latin, brazillian or oceanic realms) without getting into an argument that usually ends up wrong, I would like to point out that some people is not really interested in playing those realms, either for a social/competitive/whatever reason.
11-22-2011 @ 7:18PM
Where you're from and what letters you use outside of WoW doesn't really matter. If you're choosing to play on an English language realm, you're allowed to use the letters that the English language uses. That seems like a reasonable restriction to me.
11-22-2011 @ 7:44PM
Except my Orc Shaman's name is Ku'rgan, not Kurgan. The closest you can get in game is Kùrgan. It's not my fault stupid people don't know how enter non-standard characters, so why is it being made to be my problem?
11-22-2011 @ 7:48PM
@Zapwidget - I believe non-standard characters were always against TOS for naming, but it requires opening a ticket with a GM to do anything about it. Frankly I don't have the time, nor desire to go around and report people for naming conventions. But I could be wrong so don't take my word as gospel.
11-22-2011 @ 9:32PM
"It's not my fault stupid people don't know how enter non-standard characters"Ok, well, for the record - I play WoW on a laptop. Its keyboard doesn't have a numpad. Not even the kind of numpad you have to hold down a function key to use. Have you ever tried entering alt codes on the row of numbers instead of the numpad? Guess what, it doesn't work. So what do you want me to do, activate the Windows international keyboard for when I play WoW? Even if I could use alt codes, they're an awful kludge. "Hang on, let me alt-tab out and look up an alt code" Sorry, no thanks. You're kind of expecting people to bend over backwards just to accommodate your non-standard name.Do you want to call me stupid for that? Fine, I don't care. The standard US-English keyboard was not designed for easy entry of non-standard characters. It's a pain to do, and it shouldn't be necessary to learn how to do it just to send you a whisper. For several years already names with non-standard characters have been a violation of the naming policy for NA realms and I'm not sad to see them go.
11-23-2011 @ 1:02AM
Considering that every reply form in the game can be filled simply by clicking the name in the chat box, mail will auto-complete for guildies, friends, and anybody you have whispered recently, You practically never have to actually type out a full name for anything.Realistically, the only thing that having a so called special character in the name affects is pronunciation, and only becomes an actual hindrance when it is the initial character.Also:http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=20368Not a thing about nonstandard characters. Though it is interesting to note that the restriction on names that are actually sentences, phrases, or fragments has been removed.
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