Real ID for Real

I was going to write an insightful post about the way I actually feel about Real ID today.  Yesterday I was playing devil's advocate and today I was going to counter some of my own points.  Then Blizzard went and canceled real names on the forums.  I'm going to write my post anyway.

I love the in-game features that come with Real ID, but I think the idea of real names on the forums opens up too many security and privacy issues.  I'm glad Blizzard decided to change the forums but to keep Real ID features within their games.  That was exactly what I was going to suggest that they do.  Good job Blizzard.  Bravo.

I meant everything I wrote yesterday about the facebook connect options.  I think it's awesome that I can click a few buttons and populate my friends list with all of my facebook friends who play games.  I really have reconnected with people that I didn't know played PC games.  It's pretty sweet.

I also like that I can track my real life friends across multiple games and characters.  It's a convenient and worthwhile feature.  It can really help cut down on the amount of characters that need to be stored in a friends list.

All that being said, I'm not going to give my Real ID to anyone that I don't know.  I don't think you should either.  Be safe with your personal information when you're online.  Exchanging character names with internet friends will still work just fine.


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