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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 hughlle on 7/8/2010 6:51:52 AM , Rating: 3
Or not. There are countless players not silly enough to walk into the monthly subscription game. I'm always amused listening to people trying to justify the fee. My brother prefere guild wars over the likes of wow. People are happy to pay for wow etc because it masterfully tricks users into believing they really do have friends and that people admire them... the people paying are the ones that need these "friends"

RE: This is absurd.
By callmeroy on 7/8/2010 9:30:59 AM , Rating: 1
You are a sad man if your post was written with sincerity.

I work for a living...I don't drink (me "drinking" means I had two beers with dinner one night two months ago), I don't smoke...I'm not really materilistic (not to be confused with being a cheap bastard...the stuff I do like I buy good quality stuff)...I don't spend much on myself for fun stuff...maybe going to the movies twice a month, buy a dvd once in a while...or a computer game...that's about it. The rest I spend on others.

So that all said I'm supposed to have this guilt thing over dropping $13 a month to play a game I enjoy because some perfect stranger like yourself doesn't approve?

One of the things I like about WoW is the community of online friends ....I won't lie...but your post is completely ridiculous because its not accurate in the least.

Why does everything these days need to have some deeper meaning? Why do we as a modern society feel the need to justify or expect justification for every damn thing we do?

Why can't no one just take something at face value?

That's all it is -- people playing a game together on recurring basis for long stretches of time (re: years) and being "cool" with each other thus enhancing the fun of the game.

Do we sometimes talk non game stuff...ask how each other's families are, jobs, talk about current problems to a limited degree....of course...oh wait -- its not right for us to be social at all? Does that violate your approvals as well?

The world is what you make it ultimate. If you chose to view the world with such cynism and/or contempt -- the whole time you are laughing at other people....thinking they are the never even notice the jokes been on you the whole time.

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