The first and most significant change to the in-game chat (this including, but not limited to, various city and world channels, guild-chat, whispers, group- and raid-chat and 'say') is that in the near future these chats will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain chats, including special pay-for-channels, will remain unchanged.I am not sure how I feel about this. Since, like the forums, it is not really mandatory to use any of these chats.
Or as Wryxian explains it
There's a lot of scare-mongering going on about the change, but there seems a need to make something very clear. The in game Chats have always been an optional extra -- something you can choose to participate in if you wish to. With our Real ID changes for the in game Chats ,this is still the case. The only difference will be, if you do choose to participate in the in game Chats, then you will do so by using your real name. But only after you've been warned and accepted this in advance.Like I said, This isn't really anything new. At this point I am feeling very numb about this whole ID change.
The real post.
I am -as of yet- undecided, whether or not I will cancel my account. What I *do* know, is that I will not be posting about Real-ID anymore. It is litterally ruining my day, thinking about this.
I know I hate the implications and the future aspects this eral-ID brings with it.
I know that the company I loved, is not the same any longer.I now know, that the years and years I have spend playing Blizzard games, are not the same companies games I am playing any longer. I know that I am beginning to hate everything Blizzard stands for OUTSIDE of their games.
The fake charities, used to test the waters, to see if we would buy their in-game crap.
The fake implementations of Real-ID to only be so that we could chat with our friends cross-games and cross-servers.
The sneaky ways they keep adding stuff to make us pay more for less content.
It sickens me, that Blizzard could not handle the success of their game. the old saying of "more wanting more" certainly holds true.
Unfortunately I also know, that if I would be given the powers to create a game that was the perfect game for me. I'd make WoW with more class-differences. In the way they seem to be doing it for Cataclysm. I've never played a game, that fits what I love about video-games, more than WoW.
I've never hung out with such cool and fun people as I do in my guild. I am weighing those two things against eachother every day.
Why I hate real-ID
For now, I'll go online and pretend I am under the age of consent, and turn real-ID off.
And that is, ironically, why I do not want real-ID in the first place.
Where I work, and what I do, demands that there is no doubt about, absolutely NO DOUBT AT all, that I do not look at children *that way*.
Being male and working with children, is a very very dangerous job. You have to be alert at all times, about what you say, what you do and how anyone looking in from the outside, might mis-interpret this.
It is not an ideal world, but I love my job, so I am dealing with this.
However, my name being linked to -what most people consider - a kid game, is not a wise career-decision.
My boss would never fire me, for playing games. But I cannot risk ever being accused of this. Because being a young'ish male, being accused of liking small children, a little too much, is enough for me to never ever get another job.
So, my thanks go out to the good people at Activision-Blizzard for this. It is really just terrific to have your every waking hour going with this at the back of your head.