realID, what does it mean to me?

RealID, it’ll be with us in the EU within days, so time to think about whether it’s good, bad or simply “a something”.

So, firstly, the low down from Blizzard

Everyone read and digested?  Good.

I must use it

There’s no requirement to use RealID, seriously, you don’t have to use it, if you don’t like what it does then don’t bloody well use it.

Real names

It shows your real name to people you have connected with using RealID (or more accurately the name you have registered your battlenet account under).This isn’t a problem for me generally but I can see it will be a problem for some people, with the wider sharing of names this is going to be a deal breaker for some.

Sharing account details

The two people connecting must share their battlenet email addresses to make the connection, once connected this information isn’t displayed anywhere.

“If you are using Real ID, your mutual Real ID friends, as well as their Real ID friends, will be able to see your first and last name (the name registered to the account). You will also be able to see the first and last name of your Real ID friends and their Real ID friends. Your account name (your email address) is not displayed to other players through the Real ID friends list. In addition, players with Real ID relationships will be able to view each other’s online status, Rich Presence information, and Broadcast messages, and will be able to see which character and game their Real ID friends are playing across supported Blizzard games.”This I’m not entirely convinced about and the language is vague towards the end (at least to my rules lawyer mind).

Removing friends

Right click, click, done.

Let’s build an example

We have the following players A, B, C & D

A & B become friends
B & C become friends
C & D become friends

Real Name

A can see B & C
B can see A, C & D
C can see A, B & D
D can see C & B

B & C become RealID friends

BattleNet account name (email address)

Not shown through the system

A & B become RealID friends

This I think is vague, I suspect that they’re referring only to direct relationships, if that’s true then

A can see B
B can see A & C
C can see B & D
D can see C

Online status, “Rich Presence Information”, Broadcast messages

If however it follows the same rules as for your real name then those rules apply.

All your toons across all games on that battlenet account are shared with your friends.No opt outs, so that toon you keep for slacking, it’s now visable.  That banking toon you’ve been owning the AH with… visible.

The million dollar question

Will I use it, probably, maybe, while there are people on WoW who know my real name and there are others who can guess from looking through Facebook and put two and two together it’s not something I’ve pushed out there.  I don’t like the friend of a friend information sharing, and if that includes online status etc etc I like it less.

2 thoughts on “realID, what does it mean to me?”

  1. The problem as I see it is that there are two distinct categories of use for this, and they come into direct conflict – the social / guild admin categories of use.

    If and when I get back to WoW, I’ll be putting J and the kids on my RealID list. Likewise, my other RL friends, if they’re willing to do so. It would also be useful to put people I don’t know so well on my RealID list. That ace tank/healer you pugged a run with and want to see if they’re free on some other alt? Definitely handy to have as a RealID friend. That’s before you get into the more controversial territory: let’s just say that as a guild officer it would be interesting to see who’s slacking off on a different alt on farm night when they said they were unavailable. I can see RealID being a mandatory part of joining any serious raiding guild for that exact reason.

    However, I will rot in hell before I broadcast the kids’ real names to anyone who doesn’t already know them.

  2. I’m fairly sure that I am not going to use it, for a couple of reasons. There are times when I just do not want to (or just don’t have sufficient spoons) deal with people… yes, even friends… and go play with my baby alts on other servers (I can tell how unsociable I’ve been feeling by how much time I spend on realms other than ER). I’m really unhappy with the FoF can see a Friend’s list part as well. _I_ determine who sees my info as far as I can (yes, I know, I can’t stop people looking over someone else’s shoulder etc). As soon as I found out that element of personal privacy was removed my decision was pretty much made.

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