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Blizzard forum goers will soon no longer have to fear the dreaded internet troll.  (Source: Amazon.com)
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 callmeroy on 7/8/2010 9:42:21 AM , Rating: 1
You poor man...

You most suffer from a strange disease that allows you only to do ONE THING or concentrate on one thing ONLY ever...

Most of us folks ....can actually talk AND walk at the same time! Its true! We even have the ability to maintain a healthy relationship with our significant other and still magically find one or two hours a few nights a week for some time to do whatever -- play a game, watch a movie...I actually read some nights with alone time.

I hope one day you find a cure for your ailment..then you too will be able to enjoy life with the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time and find time to do multiple activities in life.


RE: This is absurd.
By Iaiken on 7/8/2010 10:25:44 AM , Rating: 2
Just ignore theArchMichael as he's obviously only capable of thinking in absolutes. In his world, all MMO players play like a full time job at the cost of their responsibilities.

There is no room in his world for people who enjoy a variety of things in moderation (one of which may be an MMO). It's simply not possible for people to spend time on an MMO instead of the exact same time-wasters as the rest of society.

Would time playing an MMO be better spent watching TV? Or maybe indulging in a book alone? Assembling a ship in a bottle? Or perhaps any number of sedentary solo pastimes?

He finds the entire idea that other people have preferences that don't conform to his frightening and so he feels the need to lash out like a cornered animal. What makes it so pathetic is that he isn't cornered, he has to go out looking for people to lash out against.

I managed to get a masters degree, a high paying job, meet my beautiful and intelligent wife, practicing Kung Fu, going out nearly every single Friday and Saturday night and playing WoW in some of the time between. However, there is no room for people like us in his threatening world of mmo-addicts who apparently must be out to get him.


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