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  • Blizzard Real ID

    This is sort of like Steam, intended to allow people playing any of Blizzard's games to communicate with others, no matter what game or server each is on.

    http://us.battle.net/realid/

    Unfortunately, it's got some drawbacks:

    http://antivirus.about.com/b/2010/06...y-bad-idea.htm

    Some ideas on how it should have been implemented:

    http://www.stratfu.com/blog/kyth/201...-realid-system
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

    snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

    Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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    Re: Blizzard Real ID

    I could live with most of the issues, but the one that's a show-stopper for me is the inability to hide if I want to play but not be bothered. Sometimes I want my anonymity and this eliminates it.
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

    snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

    Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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    • #3
      Re: Blizzard Real ID

      Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
      I could live with most of the issues, but the one that's a show-stopper for me is the inability to hide if I want to play but not be bothered. Sometimes I want my anonymity and this eliminates it.
      Unfortunately, if Blizzard adopts it as is and forces it upon you, you really don't have much choice in hiding it. Personally, if it annoyed me enough, I'd just quit playing any game that used the "Real ID".
      |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
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      Former 9th & 13th

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      Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





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      • #4
        Re: Blizzard Real ID

        Actually they're not forcing it at all. The current information says to only use it for very close trusted friends. But that kind of defeats the advantage of being able to use it for cross-server and cross-game chat.

        For now, I'll stick to IRC and 3rd party VOIP apps.
        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

        snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

        Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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        • #5
          Re: Blizzard Real ID

          Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
          Actually they're not forcing it at all. The current information says to only use it for very close trusted friends. But that kind of defeats the advantage of being able to use it for cross-server and cross-game chat.

          For now, I'll stick to IRC and 3rd party VOIP apps.
          I know they're not forcing it, but I'm saying if they did, it would not turn out to be that great.

          Anyways nothing really comes close to a 3rd party voip app like TS/Ventrilo/Mumble when it comes to using it for all of your mulitplayer online games. Each game/publisher/developer might come up with their own solution, but in the end, I still stick with my TS server because of bugs or craptastic voice quality.
          |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
          TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
          Former 9th & 13th

          Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
          Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





          SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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          • #6
            Re: Blizzard Real ID

            Blizzard has now announced that it will use people's real names in their forum posts:

            http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/...fficial-Forums
            http://forums.battle.net/thread.html...=3000&pageNo=1

            This looks like it violates their own policy:

            http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/fo...#_Toc127268900

            Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information

            This category includes:

            * Releasing any real-life information about other players or Blizzard Entertainment employees

            If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

            * Be permanently banned from the World of Warcraft forums
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

            snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

            Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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            • #7
              Re: Blizzard Real ID

              Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
              Blizzard has now announced that it will use people's real names in their forum posts:

              http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/...fficial-Forums
              http://forums.battle.net/thread.html...=3000&pageNo=1

              This looks like it violates their own policy:

              http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/fo...#_Toc127268900
              Screw that.
              |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
              TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
              Former 9th & 13th

              Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
              Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





              SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

              TG Primer and Rules

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              • #8
                Re: Blizzard Real ID

                Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
                Blizzard has now announced that it will use people's real names in their forum posts:

                http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/...fficial-Forums
                http://forums.battle.net/thread.html...=3000&pageNo=1

                This looks like it violates their own policy:

                http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/fo...#_Toc127268900
                Except this policy is for the forum users, not Blizzard staff. Either way, to me as a consumer, this is a major concern. I don't see the need for everyone to view my real name. Poor move on Blizzard's part.

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                • #9
                  Re: Blizzard Real ID

                  This affects all of Blizzard's Battle.net games, so if you plan to buy the next Starcraft, you'll be subject to this.

                  I find it hard to give up WoW myself, but I've vowed to not get anyone else addicted to it.

                  Alas, with most game publishers running off to consoles, I've seen no PC games that compel me to move on.
                  Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                  snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                  Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                  • #10
                    Re: Blizzard Real ID

                    Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
                    This affects all of Blizzard's Battle.net games, so if you plan to buy the next Starcraft, you'll be subject to this.

                    I find it hard to give up WoW myself, but I've vowed to not get anyone else addicted to it.

                    Alas, with most game publishers running off to consoles, I've seen no PC games that compel me to move on.
                    Yeah this is why to me as a someone who plans on Buying Starcraft 2, is a major concern. Blizzard games tend to attract a very large number of people and thus, there's reason to be worried.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Blizzard Real ID

                      I don't mind the in game names for those you allowed, although my old sign in name of snooggums was preferred, but the posting if your name on the forum posts is just unnecessary. I didn't like being forced to switch to the battlenet account and losing my non-email name and I'm not keen on personal info being posted if I have a question. Of course I can't put in a fake name like I usually do on websites I don't want to share that info with either, heck TG is one of the few places I used my real name.
                      |TG-6th|Snooggums

                      Just because everyone does something does not mean that it is right to do.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Blizzard Real ID

                        I agree with the commentary on Kotaku about the real names shown on forums. This seems like a very foolish and poorly-thought out decision and something makes me curious on whether this makes Blizzard significantly more liable when, first, something bad happens, second, they open themselves to trouble when some journalist somewhere gets the bright idea to start googling people's names they see on the forums to see if they're "of age" to play the game or whatever negative trait might be involved, or third, they get their first "cyber bullying" lawsuit pinned on them. Sounds like a hell of a lot more trouble to go through when you could simply tighten up the rules and enforcement by the moderators...

                        Also, isn't it illegal in some states to reveal the real names of people under a certain age online, too? This is a wild guess but I seemed to recall that being under Tort somewhere or under this. Or I'm looking in the wrong area, but I could swear there's some law on the books about protecting the identity of minors online.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Blizzard Real ID

                          I really don't see why they want to go through with this as it is absolutely pointless and will only deter people (however it won't deter trolls by any means). This doesn't really effect me at all anyways since I don't care for the horribly run and troll filled blizzard forums (for sc2 anyways). Other sites such as teamliquid are much better.

                          Damnit Blizzard, fix ZvT already >.<
                          In Soviet Russian, Arma admins are nice to you!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Blizzard Real ID

                            Heh, CtrlAltDelete has a comic relevant to this discussion for today.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Blizzard Real ID

                              A Blizzard employee, attempting to show how "safe" revealing one's identity can be, presented his own real name. Here's what happened:

                              http://wowriot.gameriot.com/blogs/Am...AL-ID-function
                              Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                              snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                              Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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