As the dust is settling on the WoW front concerning the use of Real ID, and the fact it shares real life information. Blizzard have made a few responses to the outrage they have caused already, by informing players that they can opt-out of Real ID if they wish.
As you may know, we posted an article yesterday that outlined Blizzard’s game plan to use Real ID in the near future. This has angered a lot of World of Warcraft and StarCraft II player-bases, as Real ID comes with a requirement to share your real life name with everyone who you come in to contact with. This could be on forums, or in game.
After the uproar, Blizzard made a few ‘blue posts,’ otherwise known as administrator notices that are in blue text just so you know that they are from an official Blizzard employee.
In the blue’s, they said that they would be introducing an opt-out system for Real ID. The only strange thing about this feature would be that you would have to activate parental controls on yours or your child’s account. Therefore, you could potentially pretend you were a minor, even if you were infact 26 years of age.
By activating this, you would not be allowed to take part in forum discussion, and not take advantage of the Real ID system currently in game. If you would like to know how to set up these parental controls, check out a post via WoW.com we have provided.
More on the Real ID scenario, there was a little rumor going around that Blizzard employees (the ones who make the blue posts) would still remain with their chosen user names and not take part in the Real ID system. As you can imagine, this also created a bomb of angry Blizzard gamers who stated it was just not fair. They have a point. Since then, the news has been cleared up and Blizzard employees will use their real names when posting.
It really has all been going on at the WoW forums. One of the Blizz employees even posted his real name on the boards to show that it really was not that bad that everyone had access to their real names. Bad move. As you can imagine, WoW gamers managed to dig up personal information about him by posting up maps to his house, his family names and telephone numbers.
As you can see, it is a very complicated affair. But the question begs. Is Real ID really worth it? Will it stop trolls, flamers and spammers? My honest opinion is this. I really do not know. This is the internet, and strange things happen.
What is your take on Real ID?