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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.

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"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...

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

- damageundone see all 17 comments

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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"There are words in your post, but they don't make any sense. Are you a bot?"

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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...

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

- boneyd79 see all 16 comments

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...

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

- Chris Remo see all 16 comments

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...

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

- vertdang see all 166 comments

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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"Sux living alone doesn't it? Don't worry, I'm sure they'll call you on your next birthday."

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