Ok, first a disclaimer.
I haven’t played WoW since April. Got fed up of drama and bullshit and cat-herding dorks with a sense of entitlement who should have never crawled up from their “No child left Behind” classroom.
That out, if any of you got even close to a videogame blog, you just couldn’t have missed the spectacle.
It all starts with this:
The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID — that is, their real-life first and last name – with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it.
Oh yeah. You read that right. Want to post in the forums? Well, you have to put yourself in mercy of the Internet.
As you can see for the 81 page thread (without mentioning the many, many others on those forums alone), anyone with, I don’t know, a life, said: No. Screw That.
The funny part is this:
The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players — however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before.
Uh huh. This is is totally for cleaning out the forums, and NOT for grabbing Facebook monies.
I’m not going to link ALL THE POSTS that cry about this, but going around the Internet found this.
Ok, first of all, I am against Facebook. For any man who has to use it, I recommend this guide. Now the basic matter, keeping it as short and simple as possible, is not only that it isn’t a good idea to using Game over the Internet, but also the main reason Facebook is a problem: It sells your information for profit. That’s enough money to cause a backlash.
More specially designed publicity for keeping the Consumerism machine running. Or getting death threats from whatever group decides to be offended.
Yes, I have evidence.
Also, to state the obvious, somebody is going to get killed when Dorky McDork realizes that the camwhore that he has so faithfully served isn’t going to put up. Or when hubby discovers that the soon-to-be-ex (but with future payments ensured) has been getting some extra penetrations in her orifices.
Newsflash: Everybody with your name + your IP can find where you live, where you work, who is your family. Just ask the sacrified minion. Or the recent memory of “Lady” (sic) trailer trash’s attack on a esteemed member of this community.
To make a long story short, after some days of raging, and (of course) getting the Legal (6 months or less, CNN is going to be broadcasting the $100 million lawsuit) and Accounting (the flow of the money has been disturbed) teams’ opinion, they decided to pull it back.
Of course, many of the arguments against this measure were to protect women, children and “minorities” from the EVIL STRAIGHT WHITE GUYS. Take that as you will.