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Blizzard introduces BattleTag nicknames as Real ID alternative

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 16, 2011 6:45am PST

Blizzard is introducing a new unified friends system which uses player-chosen nicknames, BattleTags. You'll be able to stay friends with people across games and WoW realms without sharing your real name.


"It isn't that different from sites that use your Facebook login for their comments, unless I am ..."

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Blizzard Adds Opt-Out to Real ID System, Other Preferences

By Brian Leahy, Sep 30, 2010 11:40am PDT

Blizzard has added a full opt-out option to its Real ID program, which will span across all of its enabled games--currently World of Warcraft and...


"so... I did this, and it deleted my friends which was all real id friends, I turned it back on, ..."

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A Look Back on the StarCraft 2 Beta

By Brian Leahy, Jul 19, 2010 4:30pm PDT

With the beta for StarCraft 2's mulitplayer finished, it's time to take a look back on the last five months as we wait another 8 days for the release of the full retail game on July 27. It a


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Blizzard Publishes FAQ on Real ID and Facebook for Battle.net and its Games

By Brian Leahy, Jul 16, 2010 2:15pm PDT

Blizzard has published a set of answers to some frequently asked questions in regards to the company's Real ID system, Facebook integration, and...


"Just a hunch, but I take it you're a heterosexual white male?"

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ESRB Leaks Email Addresses of Those Concerned About Online Privacy, Then Apologizes

By Brian Leahy, Jul 13, 2010 3:50pm PDT

During the commotion over Blizzard's ill-fated plan to use real names on its forums, around 1000 individuals emailed the Entertainment Software...


"This is the funniest video game industry occurrence I've seen in a while. DELICIOUS."

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Blizzard Kills Real Name Forum Policy; Anonymity Will Remain

By Brian Leahy, Jul 09, 2010 11:20am PDT

After 3 days and a ridiculous amount of negative feedback, Blizzard has scrapped plans for forcing official Battle.net forum contributers to do so...


"Some of us have very unique names. I, for instance, would be very very easily found and/or ..."

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Blizzard's Real Name Forum Policy Influenced by Korean Law?

By Brian Leahy, Jul 08, 2010 12:00pm PDT

Harvard student and former online security consultant Oliver Day speculates that South Korean law could be an influencing factor in Blizzard's new...


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