Blizzard has responded to the torrent of complaints it’s received concerning recently announced plansto force Battle.net forum members to post under their real names
, as part of the Real ID feature.
Speaking to Gamasutra
, a Blizzard representative said the company is "definitely listening to player feedback
"[We] will be carefully monitoring how people are using the service
," claimed the rep. "Real ID is a new and different concept for Blizzard gamers - and for us as well - and our goal is to create a social gaming service that players want to use
This is not the first time Blizzard has announced plans for a social gaming service that ties into Battle.net either. The company previously hintedthe integration of Facebook with their Real ID service in Starcraft II
and other games.
Many have suggested that the issue can be avoided by simply registering a fake name when signing up to the service. However, the Blizzard rep pointed out that it has plans to try to enforce the use of legitimate names.
"We have multiple teams here who will be monitoring the forums and looking for inappropriate names
," the rep explained. "When the situation does arise, our community and customer service representatives will investigate and determine if any action is needed
In an attempt to calm the fury, a Blizzard employee revealed his own name
. Quick to respond, WoW Riot were able to find and publish many of Wipple's details including his address, phone number, age, family and even the music and films he likes, along with the links to the pages they used to do so. We’ve not linked to this article out of respect for Wipple’s privacy.
Are Blizzard going about the creation of social gaming the right way, or is the ease with which Micah Wipple's details were found and made available proof of the dangers of their system? Let us know your thoughts in the forums
Thanks to our own forum member ImInTheZoneBaby for pointing out the WoW Riot article.