Posted on July 6, 2010, Ron Whitaker Blizzard to Require Real Names on Game Forums
Trolling Blizzard’s game forums is a national pastime for many. While there are a number of people who are genuinely helpful there, there are at least as many harsh trolls lurking in the shadows of those sites.
Blizzard is aware of this, and are now implementing an unprecedented measure to combat it. Very soon, whenever you post on a Blizzard game forum, your real name, first and last, will appear on the post. You may choose to also display the name of your main character, but your real name will be displayed on every post.
As to why they’re making this change, Blizzard Poster Drysc said,
The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players — however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. 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. With this change, you’ll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well.
This change will go into effect on the new Starcraft II community site first, when it launches prior to the July 27 release of Blizzard’s newest strategy installment. It will come to the WoW forums near the launch of Cataclysm.
So, what do you think Blizzard’s ideas? Will this curb trolling, or has Blizzard gone completely batshit crazy?