Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Forum Users Will Need To Use Real Names In New Updates

In a bold move, Blizzard has confirmed updates to will require users to use their real names when posting in the official forums. That's your real world first name and surname:
"… in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID — that is, their real-life first and last name — with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic forums, will remain unchanged”.
Good thing or bad thing? Well it means if you act all macho in the forums, someone could genuinely have a go at hunting you down to settle that online argument... US community manager Nethaera added:
“Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before."

“With this change, you’ll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well”.

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