World of Warcraft (WoW) and Facebook Alike

By Peter Chubb - Jul 9, 2010

There has been a lot of talk recently about World of Warcraft and how Blizzard wants players to use their real names instead of made up screen names. The WoW developer believes that this is the good for the security of the online experience, but this latest development has led Jared Newman from Technologizer to say that the game has now become like Facebook.

Blizzard hopes that by making users give up their real names, it could stop them writing certain things on message boards, as fear of leaving a trial with their name on it. Some players who just play the game and do not get involved in all the banter will not be happy as it would show that they spend most of their time on the game – something that has been hidden until now.

Newman, who wrote the article on PC World, said that World of Warcraft and Facebook now wish for you to share your real name, just so the information can be shared with the public. However, they are for both different reasons.

Blizzard is thinking about the game and to keep certain messages under control, Facebook has implemented this as a means of new income. What are your thoughts about giving your real name?

For information to opt out of real id, read our recent article.

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  • Anon

    “The WoW developer believes that this is the good for the security of the online experience”

    This is pure rubbish, and the fact that they actually have the gaul to state this is an incredibly CLEAR SLAP in the face of its customers.

    “Blizzard hopes that by making users give up their real names, it could stop them writing certain things on message boards, as fear of leaving a trial with their name on it”

    In other words, their ‘excuse’ is they will ‘save us from ourselves’ by stamping out our FREEDOM OF SPEECH through use of fear – yet, in truth, this is simply a red herring/smokescreen/side effect of the real reasons they have implemented this evil thing.

    This needs to be fought 100%, NOT accepted blindly by the public, as this is more means of getting people to accept loss of their HUMAN RIGHTS and privacy!!!@!!!!! Wake up people, WAKE UP!!!!!