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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: Long Time Player's Opinion
By bodar on 7/8/2010 8:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
Perceived lax security? RealID is already exploitable by addons, buddy.

http://www.wow.com/2010/07/06/security-flaw-allows...

When you freely give your real name out on the internet to anybody, you make it VERY easy for someone to tie that online persona to an address, phone number, other online personas, etc. That opens you (and your friends/family as possible collateral damage) up to harassment both online and off. It should be up to each user exactly what info is given out and who gets that info.

http://www.coffeedrunk.com/2010/07/07/micah-whippl...


RE: Long Time Player's Opinion
By Fanon on 7/9/2010 9:05:59 AM , Rating: 2
And exploits will be fixed, buddy.

Yes, Micah Whipple is certainly an average player. Surely you can tell the difference between harassing an employee who may, or may not, make unpopular decisions for a game that millions of people play and the average player. Surely you realized Micah Whipple would be easy to find and target since his location was relatively known due to his employer.

In an earlier post, I gave my real name. My information is on the Internet. I encourage you to find me.


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