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Scattered Shots: Hunter beta leveling through Mt. Hyjal {WoW}

Jul 26th 2010 9:13AM Cue Rodney Dangerfield: "YES! YES! YES!"

Rumor: Blizzard employees' real life names will not appear on the Real ID forums [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 6:48AM Most delivery places will take COD orders unless the order is very large. They wouldn't have to pay anything to send you that pizza (or a few hundred from multiple outlets).

Rumor: Blizzard employees' real life names will not appear on the Real ID forums [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 5:04AM @Brett

What you say is true IF the person targeted for harassment did post on the forums. They would have clicked the “okay, I accept the risk button.” But what about much more likley scenario of an e-thug finding the wrong John Smith who happens to live in the same state, time zone, etc as the intended target? That guy might never have even hear of WoW, and he sure didn't click “okay.” And this doesn't have to be anything as dramatic as kidnapping, murder, or assault; it could just be a wave of life-crippling pranks, hundreds of pizzas delivered, an endless deluge of prank phone calls, or annoying weirdos responding to Craigslist ads for kinky sex, and so on. Now, Blizzard might not be legally liable, but if the first thing people think of when they hear “World of Warcraft” is that it's filled with malicious, anti-social miscreants, I don't think that's going to do a whole lot for boosting future subscriptions or the mainstreaming of the hobby of PC gaming. And it's not going to take too many cases of mistaken identity for the bad PR to start. And let's not even get into the kind of ammo such a case would give to the likes of Eliot Spitzer and others who want to regulate the industry anyway.

Rumor: Blizzard employees' real life names will not appear on the Real ID forums [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 4:59AM @Brett

What you say is true IF the person targeted for harassment did post on the forums. They would have clicked the “okay, I accept the risk button.” But what about much more likley scenario of an e-thug finding the wrong John Smith who happens to live in the same state, time zone, etc as the intended target? That guy might never have even hear of WoW, and he sure didn't click “okay.” And this doesn't have to be anything as dramatic as kidnapping, murder, or assault; it could just be a wave of life-crippling pranks, hundreds of pizzas delivered, an endless deluge of prank phone calls, or annoying weirdos responding to Craigslist ads for kinky sex, and so on. Now, Blizzard might not be legally liable, but if the first thing people think of when they hear “World of Warcraft” is that it's filled with malicious, anti-social miscreants, I don't think that's going to do a whole lot for boosting future subscriptions or the mainstreaming of the hobby of PC gaming. And it's not going to take too many cases of mistaken identity for the bad PR to start. And let's not even get into the kind of ammo such a case would give to the likes of Eliot Spitzer and others who want to regulate the industry anyway.

Rumor: Blizzard employees' real life names will not appear on the Real ID forums [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 6:44PM What will be interesting is not when Joe Smith (the internet drama queen who did agree to the ToS) gets harassed in RL, which is surely going to happen sooner or later if this goes through, but what happens when Joe Smith (some guy who's never played or maybe even heard of WoW) gets harassed, because of the other Joe Smith's behavior. Whether or not the law protects Blizzard here, I just can't see a scenario like that turning out well for Blizz. Even if they are sued, Blizz wins AND poor Joe Smith is stuck with the legal costs, it's not exactly going to be great PR, and if enough non-players end up as collateral damage, you can bet there'll be all sorts of crusading legislators sensationalist journalists crawling out of the woodwork over an issue like that.

Blizzard's responses on the Real ID situation {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 6:36AM And what is your name, sir or madam?

Blizzard's responses on the Real ID situation {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 5:25AM Are you posting here under the name that your Facebook account is registered under? If not, why not?

Blizzard's responses on the Real ID situation {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 12:08AM Most household locks aren't too tough to force open, particularly with time and determination, so the next time you go on vacation you should just leave your doors unlocked, right?

Cataclysm mount changes {WoW}

Apr 16th 2010 9:45PM Since part of the rationale for this is that they don't like it when people put away all their old mounts and just use the 310% speed one once they get it, I would hope that only people with a 310% mount could buy the new level of flying skill.

Cataclysm Class Changes: Druid {WoW}

Apr 10th 2010 1:06AM Sum durids is heel BUT LISSEN DURIDS WHOS CATS TEHM DONT HEEL