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Blizzard anonymity
« on: March 10, 2018, 06:57:56 PM »
http://www.bigandtallgaming.com/2018/03/04/se-blizzard-anonymity-whisper/


I remember when Battle.Net first launched. When you played WarCraft or WarCraft II the only way to play with friends was staying after school in the computer lab like a nerd, or knowing people with a decent internet connection. MSN Games had a service that kind of worked but was more akin to juggling with a chainsaw. Sometimes it was great, and other times… So when Battle.Net — Blizzard Entertainment’s dedicated online match making service for their games — first came out it was a boon. You could now be a super nerd and not worry about getting lynched in the hallways as payment for daring to love electronic entertainment. Be mindful that this was the 90s, it was not yet cool to play video games. The service was an instant success and was truly a stepping off point for what the future of online gaming would be. But slowly yet surely Battle.Net faded into obscurity as Blizzard released World of WarCraft and basically nothing else for 7 years. Then StarCraft II was announced along with changes to the beloved match making service;

They would be removing anonymity from Battle.Net and forcing you to link your account with Facebook thus people would know exactly who you were.

The tactic was new, but the problem they were attempting to solve wasn’t. Not for all games, but for a lot of them, the online environment had become filled with toxic people. And most of that toxicity was coming from 10 year-olds threatening to f*&$ my grandmother’s face until her teeth fell out.

No, I’m not making that up.



The philosophy being that if you were “you” online and not “iPh0k3dURm0m” then people would be less likely to spout off about sexually violating beloved family matriarchs.

The Blizzard community however collectively lost their s%&$ and the decision was overturned… But I wonder.

See here’s the thing about that phenomenon of online gaming douche-nuggets; I almost never ran into them anywhere except on XBox Live. Not to say XBox Live was a bad service, but I think it was a popular service. While people railed on and on about the console wars the reality is XBox 360 won where it counted. Everyone who owned an XBox had XBox Live Gold and they all played one game or another online with a dedicated furor. My Dad forgot that he could even go online on his PS3 until news of the PS3 hack broke out and just a whole shwack of people had their identities stolen.

Now you might be thinking to yourself, “Who cares about a thing from 8 years ago?” What got me thinking about it was a regular asshole I know on Facebook who constantly rails about identity politics and then posted a video positing “Should a conservative be allowed to date a leftist?” like we’re in the 50s and wondering what’s going on with that white girl hanging around that colored fella.

Blizzard and even myself thought for sure that stripping anonymity was the key. I wholeheartedly held to Penny-Arcade’s Internet F*ckwad Theory for many years. The idea that you can have an amazingly nice person, make them anonymous on the internet, and then have that nice person suddenly become a raging asshole… But here we are in 2018 and can you scroll through your news feed without something putrid, hateful, or ridiculous popping up every 4th or 5th item? I can’t. These are real people with their real names and pictures to go right along with them posting some of the most disgusting stuff! I got a girl on here who can’t seem to go a week without starting some online beef with another girl about who the hell knows what. That same guy who asked about Blacks and Whi- I mean Liberals and Conservatives posted the other day that the 16,000 kids who died because they didn’t receive healthcare was worth it to avoid universal healthcare. I got people supporting Nazis, I got people supporting that crazy activist who protests by beating the shit out of conservatives. I’m part of a Biker’s Facebook page and for the past 3 days not a single post has been about bikers; it’s been about how Liberals are pieces of Crap and vice versa.

I’m so scared of the world where everyone can see who you are and what you’re doing that I now retreat to the Whisper Confessions App. With a secret username you can post a picture with a few lines of text completely anonymously. And I’ve met some fun people on here too! Chatted with a lady from Boston who was worried that her eyes were too far apart. Chatted it up with a guy from Texas who feels that kids cartoons today are far too simplistic. And I’m chatting with someone right now who feels that Bananas in Pyjamas are amazing and that Meat Lover’s Pizza with an Alfredo sauce substitute is an amazing pizza. In the three weeks I’ve been on here I’ve seen 4 hateful posts out of… I dunno hundreds. That ratio of hate to interesting/funny/sweet/literally anything else is perfect… and nobody knows who is who.

So what are your thoughts? Do you think that anonymous people on Whisper are better mannered than those on Facebook? Do I just have shitty people on my Facebook feed? Favorite Pizza?

Why don’t you lemme know in the comments.

Have a good’er,

-OSTBear
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Re: Blizzard anonymity
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 07:54:58 PM »
facebook is fucked up also..read some about trump and read the people defending him/ attacking him like it wont make much of a shit..but thats real world things and this is a game

god speaking of bikers..the bar i went to the owner was in some group like in the 80's and lots of "biker's" stop there when out riding,one night him and this one dude was having a good time and he showed him something at his house behind the bar....next thing i knew they was out in the yard fighting...something about the biker gang shit no idea but thats some real toxic shit right there
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Re: Blizzard anonymity
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 08:27:58 PM »
I pretty much agree with all that! Anonymity has nothing to do with people being disgusting and hateful.

The only ones it stops from saying disgusting things are the one that don't really mean it most of the time.
Most of these people are just having a moment where they want to say horrible things because it releases their pressure and often it ends with a lot of "omfg lol".
The real toxic ones they don't laugh about it they don't care what you think they don't care if what they say affects you.

So yeah anonymity is not a solution at all.
Temporary bans and IP bans is different though to force people to behave and care about what might be inappropriate and what might hurt someone else.
Toxic members would start to care about their effects on others not because they genuinely care, but because hurting someone has consequences for them in the end.
Yup that is crazy but some people just wont care unless it can backfire on them.
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Re: Blizzard anonymity
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2018, 08:44:10 PM »
Awesome post.

I don't use FB. Mainly because I don't want people I went to high school with, my neighbours, my ex's mother and a bunch of other randoms knowing everything I do.

If this forum had to linked to my FB account I would stop using the forum because I wouldn't want RL people accociating me with any of the piles of revolting garbage that get posted here. By the same token I'm sure if that was the case then a lot of people would be much better behaved.

There is a lot in Penny-Arcade’s Internet F*ckwad Theory, but there are also some raging wads who are out-of-the-closet card-carrying members of clan Wad4Life, and these people tend to be very vocal in their wad-projections and thereby give the impression that they are more numerous than they actually are.

There are people here with opinions about changing the world and the 'greater good' and all that. If any of you are REALLY committed to putting your money where your mouth is perhaps they should remember that nobody ever had their opinion changed people yelling abuse on the internet, but people do listen to their friends.

Why not engage with people who have different opinions to yours and actually change the world one person at a time? ..... or does that sound like hard work and you just want someone to yell at?


( note the large font to pretend there is something substantive here )

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Re: Blizzard anonymity
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2018, 08:48:40 PM »
clan Wad4Life

Started to think if this was a real clan on war2... Then I remembered it was N4L
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Re: Blizzard anonymity
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2018, 09:32:18 PM »
clan Wad4Life

Started to think if this was a real clan on war2... Then I remembered it was N4L


Hehe yeah I actually just wrote W4L first but I didn't want people to get confused - not having a go at N4L just using a war2 reference.