World of Warcraft gamers have gone up in arms about Blizzard’s future plans to introduce the Real ID system to it’s public forums and message boards by showing an alias’s real name.
Blizzard will roll out the changes starting later this month on the StarCraft II forums, and then later on in the year when they finally release one of the most anticipated expansions of the year with WoW Cataclysm.
The announcement came on the official Battle.net forums where it was stated that they wanted to remove “the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue,” which would mean no more trolling, no more flaming and no more spammers. In other words, people just being plain rude, and being allowed to act in that fashion as they can hide behind a fake name.
You can just imagine the train wreck of “OMG WTF’s” that followed from 10 million World of Warcraft subscribers. Some even going as far saying that they plan to cancel their monthly subscriptions, and also refusing to purchase Cataclysm.
A fair few of the users did actually come back with something readable to the more, lets say, educated users, and said that trollish behavior does need to be cut down, but fear for the ones that do not embark in these flaming fiascoes.
I’m not sure about you, but I would not personally like my real name to be brandished about on internet forums, especially ones as big as the Battle.net message boards. In my opinion. It just takes away the point of actually being a part of something as big as a forum where you are known by your special name. Imagine being well known as “SuperFantastico,” only to find out your real name is John Smith. Does not really go, does it?
How do you feel about this change? Imagine if it became a requirement for all forums on the internet. That would be when things would get a little, messy.