RealID pt.3; Penny Arcade Chimes In; Internet Dragons.
Just so you all know, I don’t work from home, nor do I have a cushy office job where I pretend to work while instead scanning forums and e-stalking hapless WoW players. This week just so happens to be my vacation (or stay-cation, to be more accurate), and while I fully intended on getting some serious gaming in all week (I have a giant backlog of xbox 360 games, not to mention some great new games from Steam’s crazy summer sale), ActiBlizzard’s release of the RealID plans kind of, well, threw that for a loop. On the upside, I got a cool flash in the pan out of it; let’s see how many of you stick around next week (SPOILER ALERT: I’ll still post, but probably not every day). Don’t worry, I won’t take it personally if you don’t – it’s the internet!
So first and foremost, a list of a few RealID-related updates:
I’m sure you’re all familiar with John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. If not, it is as follows:
Now I’m sure a lot of you have noticed that many of the supporters of the RealID system (so far every one that I’ve found is white and male, but that could just be coincidence) have been referencing the above Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory as proof/reason for their support. “Remove the anonymity, and the troll will go away!” they say. Now, Tim Buckley over at Ctrl+Alt+Del is of the mind that if you take away the anonymity, not a goddamned thing changes, and I agree. People who are gonna troll are gonna troll no matter what.
More to my amusement, however, Tycho posts his take on the RealID/Real Names issue:
So please – stop posting the Fuckwad Theory as your basis. Accountability is important, yes, but a single username for a RealID would accomplish the same thing.
SpiderFarmer makes one of many fantastic posts from a female gamer’s standpoint, and I commend her for her post. Also deserving of praise for the same topic are all the folks over in the WoW Ladies community who decided to step up and speak their minds – not to mention this incredible master list of information and links. Well done!
A great many popular gaming bloggers continue to leave the game in protest (or at least cancel their subscriptions for the time being), while many helpful forum posters state they will cease to post altogether outside of their blogs. Keeva at Tree Bark Jacket suggests allowing a wow.com-esque self-regulation downranking system, and I gotta say that’d be pretty awesome. The sad thing is, the more and more I read about this, the more I’m convinced that it has nothing at all to do with forum behavior or trolls, as the initial post said, but instead has to do with the aforementioned facebook integration, a desire to secure ActiBlizzard’s Asian market by complying with Korean and Chinese laws, and/or the eventual implementation of targeted advertising in game. That is not a road upon which I’d like to travel, sad to say.
Anyone have any suggestions of upcoming MMOs that look promising? Champions? Warhammer? FFXIV? That Torchlight MMO? Ascended is open to suggestions, should this change go live. I know many will still play (and I support their decision to do so – I just want them to be happy), but a large amount of my guild has already canceled their subscriptions, and one of the most important things for us all, in the end, is that we play together. We still have members on our forums that quit playing years ago, and I have no intention nor desire to see the community of my guild collapse because of RealID. Any and all suggestions, however, are most appreciated. We just want to kill internet dragons.
Finally, I’d also like to add that I am extremely excited about this possibly becoming the new Hitler Downfall meme:
Video editors – FALL IN AND ROLL OUT!