Real ID, Blizzard’s new system, will force gamers to post under their real first and last names, says news.com.au.
People playing Starcraft II, slated for release on July 27, will be the first to be unmasked.
WoW has more than 11.5 million subscribers who pay monthly fees to play the game worldwide, says the story, going on >>>
Other games are to follow, in a move that is being seen as a strong sign that online anonymity is falling out of favour with many companies.
The upcoming change has upset many gamers who prize anonymity and don’t necessarily want their gamer personas associated with their real identities.
Blizzard “hopes that making people use their real names will cut down on nasty behavior in the forums and create a more positive environment”, saysthe story, adding, “Players will have the option — but not a requirement– to display the name of their main game character alongside their real name.”
Blizzard’s decision a “bit of a sad day” in the world of gaming,the story has Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, stating, adding:
“Part of the fun of the online gaming would was the sense that you could construct a character different form who you were in the real world.”
… and identi.ca
news.com.au – Starcraft II gamers forced to use real names in Blizzard forums, July 8, 2010
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