Real Name: Not Required (Blizzard)

On the 7th I posted about Blizzard’s desire to make users of their products use their real names when posting to their forums (Gaming/Internet Anonymity). Although I didn’t necessarily agree with it, I do understand their reasoning for attempting to introduce it.

However, the backlash and community furore that followed the announcement has made them rethink their plans. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8806623.stm

Mike Mourhaime, founder and chief executive of Blizzard: “We’ve been constantly monitoring the feedback you’ve given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums […] As a result of those discussions, we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be needed for posting on official Blizzard forums.”

I think that Blizzard made their plan with the best intentions, but had lost touch with what being a gamer means to a lot of people. Although gaming is now a multimillion $/£/€/¥ industry with various companies looking for ways to make it more accessible and lucrative there is still a certain stigma to admitting to being a gamer from a lot of people. Especially if you are over the age of 25. Gamers should sort out some sort of secret handshake or wink so that they can identify each other in the pub for when the talk about the World Cup dries up they can bring up the topic of the best way to get the Pin Cushion Achievement on Crackdown 2 without drawing blank stares.

I think Blizzard deserve double kudos here. Firstly for attempting (if a little bit shortsightedly) to reduce the amount of douchery in the community, but secondly for having the balls to turn around and say ‘fair enough, we hear you – it’s not appropriate at this time…”.

Gaming, and the gaming community is changing and evolving. It’s certainly changed a lot in the past ten years. In five years time if Blizzard or some other company tried it again there will probably be more acceptance and general uptake.

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3 thoughts on “Real Name: Not Required (Blizzard)

  1. Am I getting that you think people don’t want their names out there because they don’t want people to know they are gamers?

    I think it’s more of a personal security (i.e. idenity theft) then anything.

    Atleast that’s my way of looking at it.

    On another note, I have two quick questions.

    1. how do you get the youtube videos in your blog and 2. Would you help me get some subscribers? I have a pretty good video about tactical insertion that you might find interesting.

    • Personal safety is the primary concern – especially as many gamers are young/underage/not sufficiently experienced to deal with shit. I don’t allow my daughter to use her real name ANYWHERE on the internet for those very reasons.

      But for many people they don’t want to use their real names for two reasons – gaming is a diversion/distraction from the real world and they don’t want their real identities put in the mix. Brian the Elf doesn’t really have the same ring as Sinistra the Dark Elf of Ever Doom for example. There’s also the issue as brought up in the first post of being identified as a gamer in certain employment markets.

      1 – to insert a youtube video in to a post just copy and paste the share link

      2 – the best way to get more subs is to be active on other related channels. Post comments on videos of other people, friend people, subscribe to channels and be helpful in the community. Don’t spam though. Avoid posting comments along the lines of “Nice vid, check my channel for…” it just pisses people off and will get you blocked.

      If you have a video that is relevant to someone else’s vid then post it as a video response. In that case it’s always best to send a PM to the uploader letting them know and checking to make sure they don’t mind.

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