Real Forum, (Real) Names Big-No-No

Important news for all-forum trolls  🙂 out there– you’re privacy has been assured (for now) as Blizz backed down on plans to impose all users to use their real names!

“We’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums,” Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Blizzard announced that users who posted in the forums for “StarCraft II” and “World of Warcraft” would no longer be allowed to use anonymous character names. The intent, the company said at the time, was to create a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the community.

The announcement certainly connected the community – in opposition to the switch. People took to the forums immediately to voice their concern.

“People play video games to get away from everyday life,” wrote one “World of Warcraft” player. “I don’t want them to mix.”

And for pete’sake– why would you need the real name of someone advising you on how to gem, what enchants to use, or how to avoid raiding like a noob in Naxx?! Aside from Leeroy Jenkins– should we care? Really?!

AND ANOTHER THING, WordPress (Platform of Agency News) recently announced the launch of 1forAll.us.

WordPress.com is a proud supporter of the 1 for All campaign that launches today with the simple goal of raising awareness about the First Amendment. We join more than 1,000 media outlets who have partnered with 1 for All, and we have a special connection to the project — their site is hosted on WordPress.com.

The principles of this site, and the intent of raising awareness of the important part of the 1st Amendment online is important. We encourage all our US readers to visit this site NOW!

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