RealID and it’s withdrawal

So recently, some few of you may have heard of Blizzards plan to display our full names whenever we posted on the official forums. This was not met with approval from the community. The two uber threads on the EU and US boards showed a variety of reactions to the announcement, but most of them were of outrage that Blizzard would do this, that they would betray the playerbases trust in them.That it was an unethical move that threatened peoples safety I have no doubt, especially not after reading this. I don’t know how the originators of that idea thought it was a good one, but the amount of information that can be gotten from a name should be proof that it was terrible.

The main thing I felt though, and judging by the myriad blog posts I’ve read about the matter, others felt similarly, was shocked. Shocked that a company that I have always thought of as not being a company, more a bunch of guys working on games they loved and trying their best to improve them so that more and more people could enjoy their creations, would so blatantly put their business decisions ahead of peoples personal privacy. I mean, I’ve read plenty of posts with people saying that RealID is not that bad, but I have read very very few where people actually support it and say that it’s a good idea.

When I think about the shock this produced in me I’m reminded of this post by Larissa over at Pink Pigtail inn, I think more than the Celestial Steed(which I shamefully bought), more than the remote auction house, more than Lil KT or Lil XT, this RealID forum debacle has really shown me that Blizzard is not some benevolent bunch of fun guys, it is a business. A business that is doing very well, partly because of the trust the community has in them. They have abused that trust now, and even though it is no longer going ahead, it has tainted many peoples view on Blizzard and their business policy. I know that I for one no longer really trust them to put fun ahead of greed. It has made me leery of the future, I can only hope that they never stumble this badly again.

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2 Responses to RealID and it’s withdrawal

  1. iscari0t says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Here’s hoping that they’ve truly learned from this debacle and aren’t merely backpedaling. I’d like to still extend a bit of faith (it takes a LOT for a corporation that rich and powerful to back down on a decision, especially one that likely involved a lot of money), but on the other hand, I’m not generally the “turn the other cheek” type either. I’ve reinstated my accounts (1 month recurring), and we’ll see where it goes from here. I’m just glad that I don’t have to give up my guild.

    • evilbeards says:

      I’d like to believe that the sheer amount of vitriol that the WoW community sprayed in Blizzards direction as a result of this made them realise that the direction they’re taking is one that’s alienating a lot of people, but the more I read about Facebook integration and enhanced social networks, the less I believe it’s not just backpeddling out of a PR disaster. I hope I’m wrong, I too don’t want to give up my guild or my friends, but I suppose the future will reveal what their overall plans are. I just hope they don’t balls things up before I get a chance to try out Cataclysm for a while. 🙂

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