There were so many issues with this idea, but honestly, I think it was scrapped because of the financial liability that could have been incurred by Blizzard.First, if 1% of 1% of 1% of Wow's population are certifiably crazy, and did something that was in real life threatening to another player based on the information they gained -- well that's 12 people. I can assure you if I was threatened, either in person, by telephone, mail, what have you, by another person to an extent that I felt my personal safety was jeopardized, I'd be suing Blizzard with the utmost fervor I could get. I'm sure there are many, many lawyers that would love to take on such as case (if not for the publicity, but also for a chance at Blizzard's very deep pockets). If you're a company that all of a sudden got 12 multi-million dollar lawsuits against you, you might think twice. And I'm just talking about harassment. If someone actually did murder someone over something in the game -- and while that might be a big stretch, the potential lawsuit could be enormous, not to mention the negative publicity. Also -- if I were a girl, the last thing I'd want is a ton of weird boys and guys harassing me in the game, through facebook, etc. I have a profile on a dating site, and one person saw that I played wow, and I sent her a link of my character because she asked what I played. For the next week she kept messaging me in game from a level one, and after a few days I told her that I wasn't interested in her, and luckily she stopped. However, if she had been a completely crazy person, she could have kept at it. Blizzard has stated that wanted to use RealID to have a more meaningful discussion on the forums. What I would like to see is a username that links to a profile to all of a person's alts. People talk %^&* out their mouths constantly, and I'd love to be able if they actually know what they're talking about or not (i.e., if they have a tank, healer, dps so they can constructively contribute to a conversation).They've stated that they are going to implement forum post rating, which I think is a positive move, even though it has been done on other sites (such as this one).
So far as I can tell, they've changed the plan, so that the forums will get something called Real ID which links all your posts together but does so not under your real name.I will probably be back, but I'll be a lot more wary about Blizzard in the future, to put it mildly. I probably won't resub all of my accounts.
They're probably going to give this idea one more try, like making it optional or something.
If their dead-set on this idea, they will wait until after SC2 and Cata launch, then they'll return to this and force it through.I also agree that forum trolling was simply a red herring. If you read the updated EULA we've already agreed to basically let them share anything and everything about us with their marketing partners. While this sounds bad (and, personally, I don't like it) it's becoming more and more common these days. The RealID on the forums (and in-game) is clearly a result of the May 2010 alliance with FaceBook.It seems likely that the marketing-related changes to WoW and Blizzard over the last several years are a result of Activision calling the shots now.And to think: Activision was once a cool little company making games like Kaboom and Pitfall and Keystone Cops. Times have changed.
Woa, the immense QQ paid off.
This reversal is a good thing. Not for the O-boards, could not give a rats rear about them.This is a fantastic change for Wowhead though. Despite what certain Mods have claimed (ie: we welcome new users to Wowhead), this would have caused a castastrophic amount of trash from the official forums to spill over to places like Wowhead.
The entire concept was absurd. What good does knowing a troll's name do you? Nothing, for two reasons. Firstly, because "Hugh Jass" means as little to you as "xXxsephirothcloudninjakillerxXx" does. Secondly, because as a sane human being, you're not going to do anything with the information. All it would do is give the trolls and psychopaths another tool to #$%^ with you. All it takes is a quick hop over to Google and, oh, look at that! I have your address, and you're now the proud recipient of 50 Mormon Bibles.Glad to see they weren't completely retarded.
thankfully activision got some sense and pulled the plug. could have been ugly.