In the last 48 hours Blizzard's REAL ID announcement has driven more traffic than the LA freeway. Having people post under their real names on the forums...I guess my secret identity is out...well as is everyones.
I know several celebrities who play WoW...what now...will the players of Hollywood be exposed?
Wait a second...who gives a Flying-F about them...what about my privacy god damn it !! ??
Here is my major issue with Blizzard's new policy...they are forcing you to do it.
If you want to post on forums as yourself or create an account as yourself that is fine, but some people do actually care about privacy. I know police, detectives, teachers, who do not use tools like Facebook for fear of exposure. I agree with some of the posts that you are now exposing peoples names to groups of wackos out there. It is true, there are cyber stalkers out there who will use this to their advantage...and all that needs to happen is one lawsuit where this tool is now used in a crime and a huge mess will explode on the national stage.
While I am all for forum trolls and flame wars to at least be held in accountability, I think this is such an extreme measure that it doesn't make sense for Blizzard to do it.
I do believe that they truly think they are right and are too big to fail on this.
But they could be wrong. Could the WoW killer finally be Blizzard itself?
They have certainly created enough of an uproar to make them think twice. The issue is how do they respond? If they collapse it and say, nope we're not doing it...will they win back the loyalty of players? Or if they stick to their guns, will enough people never post on their forums again?
Well, I have an email into Blizzard for a comment, but since USA Today is not hearing back from them, I don't forsee us getting a comment any time soon. Still we will continue to research this story as is grows.