Thursday, 8 July 2010

RealID – Tired Of The Complaining Yet?

Post soundtrack: “Mean to Me” by Doris Day

The official forum thread has passed 1500 pages, so the public outcry by players hasn’t died away, at least not quite yet…  (Colour me cynical, this morning – three hours of sleep does not make a happy blogger)  My money’s on the majority of complaints fading by Monday – at least until we get whatever is the next step in the Real ID implementation.  (Seriously, did you think this was the end?  Wow, I love my shiny new tin-foil hat!)

The sentiment needs no further description.

Anyway.  More blogs have chimed in on RealID.

What You Did There; I See It. – RealID Changes; The Very Real Ease of Stalking In The Internet Age (This is a must-read)

Druid Main – Blizzard + Real ID + Forums = WTF?

Restokin – Privacy matters for constructive posters, not trolls

Dreambound – Security Shot in the Back

Slow Wolf – Blizzard = Mark Zuckerberg?

QQ Pwn More. – Real ID – A Blessing and a Curse – RealID Coming to Forums!

Falling Leaves and Wings – What If I Don’t Want To Be First?

Planet of the Hats – My perspective on RealID

Totemz – Battle Net Changes to Hit Forums

Letters From Birdfall – Real ID Forums, or “Safe to Say 99% of Players Are Against It?”

Achtung Panzercow – RealIDiocy

Mysterious Buttons – Obligatory Real ID post

Kiss My Alas – Tugging Threads

Pink Pigtail Inn – And now what?

Deuwowlity – Real ID Fiasco

Through the Eyes of a Tree – Loooooong Time!

A High Latency Life – Papers Please!

Kurn’s Corner – Real ID and the Official WoW Forums

Lume the Mad – Are you serious? (and Let’s Send Them a Message About Real ID)

Murloc Parliament – Altered Deals: Yet another RealID Essay

Light’s Fury – Real ID – Really?

The Wayward Initiative – Opinion Bandwagon: Real ID + Forums

Troll Racials are Overpowered – Trolling in the other direction

backseatdev – Thumbs down for Real ID – RealID, Anonymity, and the Internet

The Stoppable Force – Weighing in on the forum Real ID issue

Dechion’s Place – WTF are they smoking?

Hello Tauren! – Rabble. Rabble. Rabble.

Diabolical Minds – Blizzard, Real ID Plans, and

Leader of the Pack – A thought on RealID

Pugnacious Priest – I can Facilitate My Own Meaningful Relationships

Random Ravings of Warcraft – Blizzard forums – RealID (with some extra informative links at the end of the post)

Some mainstream news sites have also started noticing that WoW players aren’t completely happy. 

Santa Fe Examiner, World of Warcraft Players WoWed by Blizzard’s REALID announcement. 

The BBC, World of Warcraft maker to end anonymous forum logins. 

AP News Service, Bye-bye trolls? Blizzard forums to use real names. 

And there have been some opinion pieces: 

Filefront on Why Blizzard’s ‘Real ID’ is a Really Bad Idea

Crunchgear seems to be in favour of it, Don’t like Blizzard’s new anti-anonymous commenting policy? Tough luck. 

Massively with Real ID – Do we finally have our WoW killer? 

Mary’s Antivirus Software Blog on, WoW Real ID: A Really Bad Idea

Rock, Paper Shotgun with Broken Armour: Blizzard’s Forum Folly

Unfortunately I don’t think there will be much momentum behind this – people who are going to quit over this will quit, and those who are upset but aren’t willing to take that step, won’t.  But the large number of players who either don’t see the problem or feel that they won’t be affected by the changes will shrug and log on to another alt.  But it’s okay, we have the bread-and-circuses of the Cataclysm beta to distract our attention.  (Look!  Shiny!)

So things will most likely return to normal - at least until something else comes to light, such as a further expansion of Real ID.  The Starcraft 2 forums will be going live before the launch of the game on the 27th, so I guess we’ll have a chance to see how the new system runs before the WoW version goes live.  I for one will be sure to have some popcorn on hand, just in case it proves as… entertaining as I suspect it will.

And people who’re staying might want to bear in mind the metaphor of the boiling frog.