So yeah Blizzard have backed down. Ask me what I fear most. Almost total anonymity or having your name next to the things you are saying? Honestly I fear much more anonymity.

In the last few days we have seen a part of the web going crazy about a company announcing in advance how it plans to handle its product/service. Yes I’m choosing my words just like the people that were against such policy chose their words. I know it’s the web and that it gives a voice to everyone for good or bad but that’s also the reason I don’t like as much that nice thing that was making me dream when I was younger. Somehow the web had a much more romantic feel in my mind than what I have finally come to accept as reality.

Now ask me what I think of “exposing your real identity with your total agreement”. I can’t say that’s something I wish would happen to all the web or to any media as people with good filters are able to make their own opinion without going crazy. When it’s about a game though I just couldn’t care less. Even if some people consider that this game have become some kind of iconic pop figure that is much more than a game.

The first thing I’ll hear is that “it’s not what people agreed for”. I know people laugh at things like “experience may change during online play” but there is a reason why it is written on the damn box you’re buying. Just like nobody care reading the terms of agreements when installing a new software yet we all agree anyway. At the end of the day you are paying for a service/product and customers always have the power by voting with their wallet. But why make a choice when you can just use a wonderful media to express your anger … about some game … I won’t even bother to mention that some people have been imprisoned for what they said on the web and no there was no games involved in this …

Do I want everyone to be able to stalk me even when I’m just “joking around having some fun”? No. That’s why you won’t find much on my Facebook profile. Sure it would be damn much easier for me to complain that Facebook must be better at protecting my personal info but somehow I chose to not put much on Facebook to start with. I have the power to chose and Facebook will never know that on some monday morning I decided to call sick while I spent the day swimming in my pool. Not a real story if you are wondering …

Oh! I have a blog! I’m writing on it! That means I have no problem with anyone knowing everything about me because obviously I’m an attention whore! I still decide what to put on this blog and if I go too far then the only person to blame is me. Should I blame WordPress for being so easy to use? Should I blame my host for not filtering what I’m putting on my blog? Should I blame Google or the the Internet Archive to keep a copy of everything I put on my blog? Why can’t I blame myself for writing something that shouldn’t have been post in the first time? Oh right! Here (Canada and US for what I know) we live in a society of rights … with no duties attached to it … People are always innocent and we can always blame the government or some corporation for anything bad happening … We are all innocents … and innocent in french can also mean stupid …

Wait! I think I’m forgetting something … What could it be? Of course! The security argument!!! What if a woman is stalked by some freak and something bad happens to her … Breaking news! Freaks are stalking women and children every single day and for most people it only means 2 minutes on TV … You know that time where you go to the toilet? Oh but what if we could blame a game?!?! I bet we can do 2 hours on TV (if not more) and have people call to say how terrible games companies are …

Oh and if your 10 year old kid have a computer with Internet access in his bedroom it’s the exact same thing as telling him to ride his bike on the highway. I know not everyone have the right education to know that but count on me to harass everyone around me to know about that … Do your part please …

So would I agree with a game that wasn’t publishing real names before that decides to now publish the real names of people after having announcing doing so in advance (not retroactively I must say)? No. Would I play such game to start with? No … Oh wait! We can’t ask people to stop play a game! They have “invested in the company providing the service they are enjoying so obviously nothing can ever change about that company”.

So no the Interweb is not real because people value more their anonymity than their freedom of choice. It means for me that the services we are using are not services anymore. It means we have become slave to them, not being able anymore to refuse to use them. It’s not real because we are unable to make real choices about it. Even in 2010 we consider it as “something else that is not real life”. Guess what. The web IS real life. Welcome to the 21st century …

Again … Do I think it would have been bad for Blizzard to show real names in forums? Yes. Do I wish it they would have gone bankrupt if they would have decided to go on even if the opposition was so strong? Yes. Do I think it is lame that people are not able to vote based on their opinions and values when they actually have the power? Yes …

Don’t even get me started on the power of web opinion … People just like to complain because it’s so easy to do so. I do not qualify this as freedom of speech or freedom of CHOICE …

I’ve said before that blogging was odd for me as I know that in 2 minutes I’ll read that post again and then think “oh I should have said that instead or I should have used these words instead”. That’s what blogging is about. A picture in time … And right now these are the words I want to use even though it’s not a complete picture of my thoughts and even though I’m not done talking about the oddity of blogging (which is really not the same thing as writing a book or some more extensive writing work). I’ll still live with the consequences of those words because at that very moment I can just click that big red X instead of clicking “publish”. You know … I have the choice …

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