- Associated Press - Friday, July 9, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Blizzard Entertainment is backtracking on plans to require players to use their real names when posting on its online forums.

Following an outcry in the gaming community, Blizzard lifted the planned requirements.

It said Friday it will still make other changes intended to curb bad behavior in the game forums. These include the ability to vote comments up or down, with low-rated posts slowly disappearing.

The maker of “World of Warcraft” and the upcoming “StarCraft II” was bombarded with criticism this week when it announced the real-name requirement. Gamers say it could make them vulnerable to real-life harassment, hurt job prospects and encroach on privacy.

Blizzard, part of Activision Blizzard Inc., is still proceding with its optional “Real ID” program, which lets gamers use their true identities when playing.


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