WoW_Ladies: Girl Gamers of World of Warcraft

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noabsolutes wrote in wow_ladies
Hi wow_ladies! By now many of you know that Blizzard Did A Dumb yesterday and announced upcoming changes the the forums, which actually all sound great except for the minor detail that your real name is going to be attached to all posts in the forums.


The post about this yesterday by the wonderful fledglingoflove has reached over 1200 comments, making it nearly 3x as big as our second most-commented post ever. Clearly we all have something to say about this, and the mods think it wise to keep this info close to the top of the page as possible since wow_ladies moves pretty fast. Please contain your comments on RealID to either this post or the one yesterday by fledglingoflove. Duplicate posts will be deleted in order to provide a more fluid browsing experience for everyone.

NOTE: These changes are NOT retroactive and will occur once the Cataclysm forums are live. This feature will go live earlier for players of Starcraft II.



This gets cut now that a new post is up, I apologize for what I've been doing to your friends pagesCollapse )

Reason for cancellation:
"I am canceling this account to protect my privacy."


I have just canceled my account. It's pretty sad in a way - first time I've done it since first signing up at the start of BC, but I really, really don't want to support this madness.

I read the Blizzard/Activision timeline, and there's some scary shit in there:

"Kotick noted that in the past he changed the employee incentive program so that it "really rewards profit and nothing else." He continued, "You have studio heads who five years ago didn't know the difference between a balance sheet and a bed sheet who are now arguing allocations in our CFO's office pretty regularly. ... We have a real culture of thrift. The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks into Activision about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games.

Ultimately, Kotick doesn't want his employees to take anything for granted. They should always be aware of "skepticism, pessimism, and fear" in the midst of the global economic downturn. "We are very good at keeping people focused on the deep depression," he said."

I have always defended Blizzard, and been a big fan. I was worried when Activision took over, but figured that it probably wouldn't mean too much. Boy was I wrong. I don't want to see Blizzard turn into a greedy ghost of themselves, and I definitely do not want to support their change. I'm not sure I'll resub, even if they change Real ID to something less idiotic.

My husband just sent me this - seems the BBC want to know what people think about this. I think this is possibly the first time I've ever been pleased with the BBC. :)

If anyone still thinks there's no risk of giving out personal data on social networking sites, here's just the latest proof of the contrary from the UK:

"The trial in Febuary heard "sex-obsessed" Baker trawled social networking sites to search for girls he could lure into prostitution."

And an example of a scumsucker from WoW sought out a female player in the real world after making threats against her in the game:

How much easier will this be once our real names are on every forum post, and eventually, possibly, on things we cannot even "opt out" of?

Wow that story was scary. :(

And here's an entry of one blogger who took up the "offer/challenge" of one of the people who casually posted their full name on the official thread as proof that it is harmless. After the blogger found him, called him and told him all the details he found out, that person changed his mind. Kudos to him for his very mature reaction.

Quote from the end of the entry: The point of this tale, however, is not to demonstrate a fun and heartwarming tale about a well-meaning prankster who teaches someone else a lesson and possibly gains a friend out of it. No, the point of this tale is that it is shockingly easy to find people through the internet from very little information, and not everyone is nice.

I have a month left on my sub but for the first time in 5 years I'm cancelling.

This is going to be a really fucking hard day.

I hope things change.

My girlfriend and I played WoW a lot (long distance relationship) and we'd hate to lose the ability to hang out in game. We had a lot of fun with our drae'nei paladin/priest pair and I'd hate to lose them. :(

I'm really sad to cancel my WoW account because it's one of the few MMOs that felt was really engaging, and my girlfriend and I have put a lot into it, even if our tastes of what to do in the lvl 80 game ended up being a bit different.

I'm looking for other Mac MMOs to try and fill the hole, but the market seems pretty small for that and nothing's really grabbing me at the moment. :(

I feel Blizzard is treating me like a "captive" audience and revenue stream. It's important to me to demonstrate that I am not captive.


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