Trolls, spammers and flamers begone!
Blizzard is vowing to out yer nasty arses … and is angering a whole lot of "World of Warcraft" players along the way.
Earlier this week Blizzard — the company responsible for the mega online gaming phenomenon known as "World of Warcrack"… er "Warcraft" — announced that it would begin requiring those who play its games to use their real names when posting comments in its official Battle.net discussion forums.
Blizzard will force players to say bye-bye to forum anonymity starting later this month. The new rule will go into effect on forums for the highly anticipated "StarCraft II" game prior to its launch July 27 and will move on to the "WOW" forums near the launch of the game's "Cataclysm" expansion (coming later this year).
"The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players — however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild," the announcement stated. "Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before."