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Blizzard forum goers will soon no longer have to fear the dreaded internet troll.  (Source:
Changes will first go into effect on Starcraft II forums, WoW forums likely next

Internet trolling charitably could be referred to as a pop culture phenomena.  People online seem often to develop proclivities for trying to get under each others' skin and in the most extreme cases a troll is born.

But trolls days of lurking around internet message boards may be limited -- at least if Activision Blizzard can help it.  The company, which makes the best-selling
 World of Warcraft and Starcraft franchise has announced that it will be forcing players to use their real names on online message boards.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
, will be the first game to enact the new rules when it releases on July 27.  Those changes will quickly be rolled out to other games -- likely including World of Warcraft, the world's most popular paid MMORPG, with over 11.5 million subscribers.

The company is offering players the option of putting their in-game handle next to their real world name.  However, it will not currently force players to do this.  It says that players choosing to do so will be helping to create a more positive environment.

It says the changes in generally should cut down on trolling and nasty behavior in the forums.  

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says such erasures of privacy are nothing new.  He points out that the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, recently switched to requiring real names, and that businesses are typically well within their rights to demand such provisions.  

That said, he said such moves are disappointing as part of the magic of the internet is anonymity and alter-egos.  He states, "Part of the fun of the online gaming would was the sense that you could construct a character different form who you were in the real world."

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RE: This is absurd.
By MrBlastman on 7/7/2010 5:36:02 PM , Rating: 1
I don't play MMO's, never have, never will--and there are _plenty_ of online gamers--FPS gamers, who feel the same way. I'm hardly the exception here.

RE: This is absurd.
By walk2k on 7/7/2010 6:19:17 PM , Rating: 3
Um hate to break it to you but there's 11.5 million people who pay monthly fees for this game.

Of course 9.5 million of them are chinese goldfarmers but hey =)

RE: This is absurd.
By quiksilvr on 7/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: This is absurd.
By Gul Westfale on 7/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: This is absurd.
By callmeroy on 7/8/2010 8:50:06 AM , Rating: 5
Oh there it is...I knew it would show up in this thread..the "let me make fun of people who play pay to play games so I can feel like the cooler more stable and mature person"...

Seriously grow the F**K up.

If you are a smoker you are even MORE pathetic making such comments....(or you drink a lot..)....Have to admit the comedy factor would be quite high to find out someone who feels its stupid to pay $15 a month on a computer game but yet they blow $50-100 a week on smokes and booze.

At any rate -- newsflash : People are different and have different interests, likes and at 11.

RE: This is absurd.
By quiksilvr on 7/8/2010 3:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
So I guess there are more idiots that waste their money smoking and drinking, sorry I neglected them.

What makes me call them idiots are the fact that they waste years of their life on this game. And on top of this, people spend a whopping $15 a MONTH just to play it. People are different and have different interests, but that's not going to stop me from calling WoW nerds, smokers and alcoholics morons that need to open their eyes to reality instead of scratching that itch just to feel better about a 4 strength, 4 stam leather belt.

RE: This is absurd.
By callmeroy on 7/9/2010 10:24:14 AM , Rating: 2
You are an enormously close-minded invidivdual you know that?

How the heck do people walk through life viewing it in either black or white is something I never understood myself.

Life isn't just absolutes. Some people really do just play a game for nothing more than because its fun...crazy concept for folks who think like you I know...but its honestly true if you want to acknowledge that or not.

Are you correct that some "WoW nerds" do waste their time away on the game and miss out on better things life has to offer...of course...but the fact you are correct for some doesn't mean you are correct for all.

There's extremes in everything...there's probably someone in the world that does nearly anything a bit too obsessively...there's probably an old lady someone right now who is addicted to knitting, there's likely a guy who just wants to do nothing but fish all the time....the worlds full of 6 billion souls..that's a lot of individual mindsets, thoughts, likes , dis-likes and opinions.

I'm not trying to be a jerk to you but the way you write its hard not to be...again you are very closed minded on this issue.

RE: This is absurd.
By Da W on 7/8/2010 9:27:42 AM , Rating: 4
So there are 11.5 million idiots in the world. Yipee.

And here is precisely why blizzard wants you to display your real name.

RE: This is absurd.
By TSS on 7/8/2010 9:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Then i assume that none of you use their internet connection to play online? Because that costs money.

As well as the electricity used to even operate a PC.

We are all already paying daily for gaming, maybe in costs we don't realise, but we do. So get off your high horse and go look up planetside. If your any of a true FPS gamer you'll hit yourself over the head for missing that game. Rumor has it there making a sequel though.

Point is if i look back at what i spent on shooters and what i spent on MMO's, it's roughtly the same in terms of years of fun, only shooters having a higher turnover in games, since they bore faster. And i've been playing shooters since wolfenstein 3D, and mmo's since Redmoon (released in 1998).

The only arguement i can think of for calling mmo players "idiots" is the golden days of Quake 3, Counterstrike and Unreal tournament all beeing released shortly after another. In that case, i would say, holding on to a decade ago makes you look like the idiot.

(fun little detail, i was the only one in my college class that had played MMO's before WoW, they all called me the idiot. WoW came along, and 13/22 people ended up playing it for a year+, not even including me. I held off 6 months calling them idiots while they delt with lag and server queues :p)

RE: This is absurd.
By icanhascpu on 7/7/2010 6:23:09 PM , Rating: 4
THis just in. FPS games unlike MMO games that are constantly updated with new .1 content several times between fully new 1.0 versions.

You getting a new little map or an extra gun selection in a FPS is nothing like the MMO. The monthly fee pays to keep the servers in top shape and puts money in the pockets of the developers for that new content.

RE: This is absurd.
By theArchMichael on 7/8/2010 4:20:21 AM , Rating: 2
This just in...

Server maintenance costs and maintaining an iterative development lifecycle may not be costing Blizzard $10 x 11.5 million people = $115 million dollars a month.
I think after purchasing a software product, especially a game, for around $50-$60, I'd be pretty pissed off if I had to pay even more monthly to play it and to receive bugfixes and minor enhancements.
Sounds like a ripoff.

In other news...

It seems as though Hot Pockets accidentally tainted with lead may be responsible for a recent outbreak of brain damage in the video game players community. Scientists predict around 11.5 million gamers been affected...

RE: This is absurd.
By callmeroy on 7/8/2010 8:53:41 AM , Rating: 1
You are ridiculous....

How old are you turning this year it 5 or 10? I forget which....

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