You might have heard about Blizzard’s plan for their new Battle.net forum systems. You might also have heard that that the particular plan had failed due to overwhelming amount of negative response to it. The plan? Requiring all players on the forums to use their real names for their handles.
Which is also something many people are strongly against to. After all, I’m pretty sure many people don’t want to have their names revealed to the public, that’s why many people use aliases instead of their real identity on the internet. According to a representative, here’s what Blizzard thinks about the whole plan:
I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. 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 required for posting on official Blizzard forums.
Originally announced last Tuesday, it was mentioned by Blizzard that the user’s real names would be required before they can start posting on the Blizzard forums. To many, this is a ridiculous proposition as it would reveal unnecessary information to the public and is definitely an intrusion of privacy. As such, massive amount of negative response was posted all over Blizzard’s forums and even extreme acts such as threatening to reveal Blizzard employee’s personal details all over the internet.
However, there’s a reason why Blizzard would have considered this course of action: to cut down the amount of needless spam, flames and all that kind of stuff. With complete anonymity, it’s a little to commit verbal abuse without worrying much. However, if the person was forced to use his own real name, it would make the person think twice before typing something using their own names. Despite this, there’s really only so much the whole real name would help. Asides from that, I don’t really see any kind of benefits.
The rest is probably as you think, with Google being able to hold lots of internet and all you need to do is to really type out the person’s name, there’s really little need to think what might happen next with the name on hands. Of course, the damage wouldn’t be too extensive, but it would still be to a certain extent, especially those with unique names.
But for now? Your name is safe with Blizzard, that’s for sure. Just cross your fingers that other online services don’t pull such a stunt!