Bye-bye trolls? Blizzard forums to use real names

Jul 07, 2010

(AP) -- Activision Blizzard's move to require people to use their real names if they want to post messages in online forums for games is the latest sign that online anonymity is falling out of favor with many companies.

The change upset many gamers who prize and don't necessarily want their gamer personas associated with their real identities.

Activision Blizzard Inc., the company behind "World of Warcraft," said Tuesday that the new rule will go into effect later this month. It will apply first to forums about the highly anticipated "StarCraft II," out July 27; other games are to follow.

Blizzard says making people use their real names will cut down on nasty behavior and trolling in the forums and create a more positive environment.

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Topperfalkon
not rated yet Jul 07, 2010
Trolls will always be trolls, it's as simple as that.
darthbonobo
not rated yet Jul 07, 2010
Hello, my name is John Smith. Really!
jsovine
5 / 5 (1) Jul 07, 2010
DKoncewicz
1 / 5 (1) Jul 08, 2010
Really relevant science news.
Scryer
3 / 5 (2) Jul 08, 2010
This is relevant social/internet science, the only thing is that the actual impact of this decision by Activision Blizzard was not discussed, but it will be interesting to see how forum goers respond once these changes go into effect.
MarkyMark
5 / 5 (2) Jul 08, 2010
Really relevant science news.

Yes it is afterall Social science is a science.

Personally i support this as some forums i go to can get very heated at times.