Blizzard Attempts to Change the Equation
I know that nobody associated with WPR or the various blogs/forums we have will ever need to worry about this, but if you’ve never heard of the John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory, then let me give you a bit of primer.
This has been proven many many many times over, but today I’ve heard the first instance of a huge forum actually removing a bit of the equation in efforts to balance the disturbances in the force that come from forum trolls and flamebaiting.
Starting this month, all new posts or replies to posts on the Battle.net forums for Blizzard’s multitude of games will have to do so using their ‘Real ID’. This means that anyone who is trying to be an asshole will have their first and last names displayed for all to see and on top of that there are options for people to have their character names displayed along with their Real ID. So the next time someone calls you out for stealing loot after an epic raid they will do so with the entire Internet being able to see who exactly is saying such things.
“These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged.”
You can still get away with brutish and dickish behavior on the classic forums, but for any of the new ones, you’d better mind your manners.