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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 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.


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