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Blizzard Forums to Require Real Names

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    Blizzard Forums to Require Real Names

    Blizzard has unleashed a hurricane of Internet rage by announcing that it will require users to post under their real names on its forums, in a move intended to create a more "positive," "constructive" community.

    The change, announced on the forum, will come into effect for StarCraft II forums before the game's release at the end of this month. World of Warcraft forums will follow suit "near the launch of Cataclysm", the third expansion pack for the MMO which is expected to launch at the end of this year.

    Anyone posting or replying to a post on these forums will have to use their Real ID - their real first and last name, as registered with their account. Existing posts will remain as they are.

    "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," Blizzard offered in explanation of the change.

    "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."

    Source: Eurogamer

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