As of this writing, 44,678 replies and 551,088 views of the thread announcing the use of users real names on the World of Warcraft forums. At first there were a few scattered replies by Blizzard posters clarifying things. But it has been almost 72 hours since the most recent blue post, to me the silence seems to be screaming, “We don’t care!”
Maybe they expected this kind of outrage.
Maybe they were blissfully ignorant.
Yes, there are more than 200x the number of people who play the game than there are who replied to the thread.
Maybe we will be brushed off as the “vocal minority.”
Once the change takes place, I will never again post in the forums.
After it occurs and if I ever get directed to the forums for tech support or customer service I will turn and walk away from this game.
Hell, if they do not require their employees to post their full name as rumors have stated, again, goodbye Azeroth. You don’t treat your customers, ultimately the people who pay your bills like that and expect to continue to get my business. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
The talent tree information release seems too convenient with too little details to be more than a diversion from the forums and RealID nightmare. Nothing really to talk about there.
Click on the link above, let your opinion be heard, make it harder and harder to dismiss this as the wishes of a vocal minority.
And Blizzard, even though I doubt you’re reading this, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you are too big to fail and that’s why you can ignore the concerns of all those who posted. You have the top MMO in the world and no game can surpass you without you letting it. Take care of your gamers and respect their concerns and that goose will keep laying your golden eggs. But things like this, could very much contribute to a great game’s untimely demise.