World of Warcraft: How To Opt Out Of WoW Real ID

By Jamie Pert - Jul 8, 2010

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 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?


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  • Guest

    It's not going to stop trolls and it's not going to improve the game.

    Right now Blizzard are basically saying if you're a woman, or a child, or a teacher/police/military/public figure who cannot have their real name listed for safety or professional reasons, then you have no say. Shut up and sit down, but please, do keep paying your subscription to use a service you only have access to half of.

  • unbound

    It will not stop the trolls or flame wars. You actually only have to use your real name if you use a credit card for the monthly subscription. People using game cards can use whatever made up name they want.

    So for the real potential of harm (I sincerely hope *all* incidents of harassment or worse that even hint at Real Id being involved will get Blizzard named as an accessory for all criminal prosecutions), there will be no gain what-so-ever. Only the innocent user that manage to offend someone in game will be getting hurt (yes, with 10 million users, there are plenty of jerks in game that take offense to anything that doesn't go their way).

  • Gray, Germany

    “Will it stop trolls, flamers and spammers?”

    NO! This ixs a phony argument by Blizzard. Come on, they could arleady kick trolls and troublemakers out by terminating their account. That would really hurt WoW players who invested a lot of time, effort and money into building uptheir game characters! But Blizzard has been very lazy in kicking the bums out, and that’s because they don’t like to lose paying customers.

    No, the real reason behind this is that more detailed profiles about the players, their friends, preferances, purchases and even online and real world actions would allow Blizzard to make more money from the advertising business. That’s all that’s behind this. Don’t fall for their spin, fight those changes, by cancelling your account, if necessary!

  • AngryWoWplayer

    I think it was a bad idea. I guess I'll have to turn on my parental controls on an adult account.

  • DidntflunkEnglish

    blue's is not the same as blues.