Away From Reality

July 17, 2010

AFR #89 – Five holy priests like this

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It seems that much of the playing population has decided that RealID is a bad idea, something the executives at Blizzard apparently didn’t anticipate as they keep backpedaling on how widespread RealID is supposed to be.  To be fair, there are some useful features to RealID, like finally being able to chat with your friends across the artificial Alliance/Horde faction divide, but I see no reason why these useful features should depend upon using your real name and should bring with them exposing your out-of-game identity to bunches of people you don’t know.

I was trying to figure out a comic that would make some kind of insightful commentary on this troubling impulse from Blizzard to do away with in-game anonymity, but the problem is that my characters don’t really have out-of-game identities.  I don’t know who’s sitting behind the keyboard playing Gord or Alaxia or Hurgon, any more than I know who’s behind the keyboard playing most of the characters I like to run dungeons and raids with.  So instead I took the idea of “WoW turns into Facebook!” and ran with it, resulting in the silly comic you see today, completely devoid of  insight, commentary, or anything remotely similar.

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