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Activision Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft, is changing its policy to require forum posters to use their real names. They claim it is to cut down on nasty behavior in the forums and to create a more positive environment. Having anonymity is typically something people value, especially in gaming. For you gamers who play WoW, what do you think of this change? If Linden Labs changed its policy and required all Second Life avatars to have real names displayed in profiles, would you stay?

FTA: "The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name... Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before."

Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to Forums

UPDATE: HOT OFF THE PRESSES! WoW backs down! FTA: "Whether gutsy, forward-thinking, or just plain scatterbrained, Blizzard's plans to force you to use your real name when posting to the company's official forums have been shelved just three days after the company announced them. In a forum statement dispatched this morning, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaine explained that the company had listened to player feedback (broadly negative) and reconsidered the matter internally. "As a result of those discussions," wrote Morhaine, "we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums."

Under Pressure, Blizzard Retracts Real ID Policy

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Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Jul 9, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=257

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