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Win a 10-Man Raid eyeshadow set from Geek Chic Cosmetics! {WoW}

Aug 17th 2010 2:14PM Hope to win for my Fiancee.

Mike Morhaime: Real names will not be required on official Blizzard forums {WoW}

Jul 9th 2010 1:16PM I wonder if this has anything to do with the unsubscribe queue my friend experienced after hearing the initial news. It might be too little too late if they lost a bunch of subscribers over it already. I'm sure some might come back.

WoW Insider Show Episode 147: Worst. ID. Ever. {WoW}

Jul 9th 2010 11:47AM I do not agree that the forums do not generate revenue.

Sure you won't see a revenue column for forums in the account books, but it is a feature, and for many it might be the feature that keeps them subscribing.

I'd love to see the demonic PR handbook that suggests they gain any money by killing the forums; sure they will, without question, be spending less money, but I can't believe that it balances out to end up in Blizzard's favor to do so.

Breakfast Topic: How much of your played time is really played? {WoW}

Jul 9th 2010 8:23AM I actually hate /played. I find my in game behavior constantly altered by it because I don't want it to be very big. I have no idea why I feel this way, or why it matters to me at all. I've found it matters a lot less to me today than it used to but I still can't completely get it out of the back of my mind while I'm playing.

One good thing (the only good thing) /played lead to for me was it motivated me to create a Bank Alt. Most of what I considered false or wasted /played time was involved with the AH and socializing, and I could do almost all of that from my bank alt. Bank Alts make the game much easier as well, you don't have to stop and go to a city with an AH when your bags are full of auctionable stuff; you just mail everything to your bank alt and continue playing.

Cataclysm class and mastery systems explained {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 4:31PM Any word yet on if dual spec is safe?

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

Jul 7th 2010 6:08AM What I find funny about this for me, and I've said it before, my real ID is wrong. It is not my name. Since it's easier to legally change my real name than to help Blizzard correct my real ID I didn't do it. Now that this news breaks I am glad I didn't try harder.

I doubt I am the only person whose real ID is not their real name.

The 'fake' name I am using came up with 10 results on the Specko thing. If you manage to nail down my IP (not too hard) you can bring that down to one very real person who apparently shares my IP. This bothers me a little bit. Thankfully I don't use the forums so this isn't going to effect me, or that poor man, anyway. At least not yet... This feels like a first (I guess second) step in a very very bad plan.

Official forum changes, real life names to be displayed {WoW}

Jul 6th 2010 12:52PM My real id is kind of a joke, it is not my real name, and when I tried to change it to my real name for my friends' mutual benefit they wanted me to scan my birth certificate into my computer and send it to them. Not bloodly likely I'll just let them continue to be horribly wrong if you don't mind thank you very much.

Back at the start of WoW I could have made my name Smarty McPunstien and they'd have taken me at my word. In the real world I have no trouble getting credit cards made out to whatever ridiculous names I can come up with (one of my friend's made a credit card for his Cat).

So my question is this...why the hell is Blizzard so set on making these real IDs so hard to change? And why are they now wanting to throw them out everywhere? If they are getting a very real 12.99 from me a month (buy in bulk kids) does it really matter who I am?

I am currently pursuing a degree in Information Assurance (computer security) and there are so many things wrong with this it just blows my mind. They can write up the fanciest end user license agreement in the world but they are opening their players up to real world harassment and providing stalkers with a valuable spring point for locating the players behind their creepy online obsessions (Bluegill from Farstriders comes to mind as being obviously at risk from my own server) and nothing in that agreement is going to protect blizzard if someone uses a Real name from their forum to locate and kill someone. It's unfortunately easier than most may think.

The real id friend list was okay, it was only wrong if used improperly; it's how places like Facebook get away with showing so much, they only show it to who the user agrees to show it to. This forum thing is a new animal. It will be interesting what a judge decides about this when the time comes, and it will, I wouldn't be shocked if the US government personally forces Activision/Blizzard to shut this down; hopefully they will before real problems with consequences beyond Azeroth start to occur.

Breakfast Topic: It's lonely at the top {WoW}

Jul 6th 2010 8:56AM When you say good enough isn't good enough. Why not? If you are completing the content successfully isn't that plenty? To put it lightly I think you are a bit of a jerk.

Drama Mamas: Racism and setting social standards {WoW}

Jul 2nd 2010 2:28PM I used to play on Thunderlord where we were part of the Spanish Speaking battlegroup and the racism is incredibly terrible there, to the point that I would say trade could often be filled with as many as 30+ different characters bashing latin people in general. If you plan to run heroics without your own group you can guarantee half will have to be reformed at least once because of racism going one way or the other (some spanish people don't understand they are mixed with english servers and get angry at not being understood).

I solved it by paying to transfer to Farstriders and have no longer had this problem, so it is possible that some servers and battlegroups are worse than others.

Breakfast Topic: Grab it while you can {WoW}

Jun 29th 2010 8:07AM I think flat out removing monster models is unlikely. The mobs as we know them may disapear or change but I don't think hunters have that much to worry about; this topic comes as a bit over the top. Sprite Darter Eggs could vanish but that would make the pet acheivement (even though it is just slightly) more difficult and with Blizzard's recent trends of wanting to make people stay and the game be less punishing that seems unlikely.

Anyway, interesting possibilities, but I hope that last paragraph of this is over reaction and will only happen in some bizaro universe.