RealID and you
I’ve been over at the WOW_Ladies community reading a thread mentioned by BBB. One poster actually made a comment that I wanted to reply to. Unfortunately not being part of the community I can’t post replies there.. but.. since I have my own arena to post my opinions.
“It’s perfectly thinkable to me, alas, because this is just the latest way Blizz proves that it’s run by a bunch of white guys who assume all their customers are white guys and that concerns white guys don’t generally have to face don’t enter their mental space.”
Somehow, I don’t see this as a racial or gender issue, it’s much broader than that. It affects all of us male and female, black, yellow, white, red and brown. I do not like this new policy of blizzards for the same reason many others have posted. I don’t want prospective employers looking up my online activities. Not that playing a video game should grounds for not selecting a candidate for a job. But in my field there are some people not playing with a full quantity of marbles.
The issue of virtual/physical stalkers is a very real worry. There are some people out there that don’t have that good of a grasp on reality, and might try to retaliate against someone that argued with them in a forum post. Since I have children to consider the safety of, this also worries me. I’d rather take my chances with forum trolls which can be beaten by ignoring them, than risk the invasion of privacy this system affords.
Generally I forget the forums are even there most of the time. I have very limited time online anymore and don’t usually spend it reading pointless message boards full of trolls and flame wars. There are a few threads that I have found some limited use form, mostly in letting others do theorycrafting and letting me skim through it for ideas to improve my own gaming experience.
What matters to Blizzard is dollars and cents, unfortunately they are short on sense. If they do not back off on this RealID outrage, I do expect to see a sharp decline in the WOW gaming population. I have been playing around with allods online here and there, I find it quite fun so far, especially for a free game. There are also other paid MMO’s out there, from Warhammer to Final Fantasy 11 to Star Wars and Star trek. If I ever decided to quit WOW, I would probably try out Star wars, Always wanted to be a Jedi… Or I may save myself that monthly fee and just play around with allods.
In Short… RealID = EPIC FAIL
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