Real ID is here in all of the Battlenet worlds now. Personally, I don’t believe I’m going to get much use out of it. As it is, I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook so I wasn’t really keen on the idea to begin with. When I logged into Azeroth after the patch was downloaded, getting some RIFs (Real Id Friends) on my list was the last thing on my mind.
Of course, I couldn’t deny Darthregis’s friend request. My 2nd request was from someone who I am friends with on Facebook already so I couldn’t really say “no, I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with it the idea of this list”. In the end, I decided to jump on the band wagon and then made my first RIF request to my good friend Hello Tauren.
At least this way, with these 3 test subjects I can see if I actually want to take advantage of the RIF benefits. Thus far, since my 3 RIFs are in my guild, all I see are multiple login announcements in both guild chat and REAL ID chat. Thus far, I haven’t seen any evidence of secret Alliance alts (Draeni DK, really??) or characters on other servers.
Thus far, after only 1 night of use, there is one thing that really bothers me. It is the fact that I see REAL NAMES. Perhaps I lean a bit towards a RP ideology but honestly, when I’m in Azeroth, I’m more likely to call my real friends their main characters name then anything else. Even when they might be playing on an Alt, I think of them as their main character’s name. And to see “REAL NAME has logged on” goes against everything I know Azeroth to be.
To imagine that my RIFs see “MY REAL NAME has logged in” bothers me. It bothers me deeply. In WoW, MY REAL NAME has no place. My REAL NAME should not exist! A couple of my old college friends got back in to WoW and started playing with me. I remember the first time one of them used my real name in guild chat. It looked so wrong. I was shocked. I had no idea how to react. It was a hilarious and crazy reaction because it’s what they have known me as for more than 10 years.
I’m not sure why I feel this way. Maybe a part of its because I answer to my REAL NAME all day long and Azeroth is where I can escape to. It’s likely that I just don’t like change. Okay, fine. I do have a touch of crazy in me. But please, call me Chawa. It’s my Real Identity in Azeroth and it’s one that I want to keep.