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Real ID Keeps WoW Players Connected

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

Blizzard is launching a cross-game, cross-realm messaging service in Battle.net.

During E3 2010, Blizzard revealed a new feature for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and other games that will utilize Battle.net. Called Real ID, this voluntary service creates a "friends list" of sorts that provides the real names of players, their army of characters, and the ability to see what they're currently doing on Battle.net. Real ID even provides a cross-game, cross-realm chat client.

"One of our goals for the new Battle.net is to create the framework for an online gaming experience that is even more accessible, more engaging, and more entertaining than the previous Battle.net," the company said. "Our new Real ID feature is an integral part of this effort, providing you with advanced ways for forming and maintaining meaningful relationships with your friends on the service."

Borrowing from social networks and IM clients, gamers will also be able to broadcast short status messages to other friends on their list. Blizzard offered an example, saying that Real ID users can issue a call-to-arms, or let friends know about an important change of plans. Broadcast messages are also fed to the user's Battle.net front page--this is handy for sending messages when friends are busy or not logged onto the network.

"When you agree to become Real ID friends with another player, both of you will automatically see all the other characters on your friends list," blizzard said. "You'll even see any characters your friend creates in future Blizzard games, carrying your social network forward and helping you stay connected with the people you enjoy playing with most."

Real ID is expected to launch alongside the upcoming patch (v3.3.5) for World of Warcraft.

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    fancarolina , June 16, 2010 10:12 PM
    Will someone please tell Blizzard that someones already written a nice online gaming interface they are called Valve. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel.
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    Godfail , June 16, 2010 11:37 PM
    fancarolinaWill someone please tell Blizzard that someones already written a nice online gaming interface they are called Valve. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel.

    This is a but more advanced than Steam...and Blizzard is too unique to become the next Steam slave.
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    Godfail , June 16, 2010 11:40 PM
    kami3kThis is Blizzard, all they do is copy others, blatantly I might add.

    This is one of the stupidest comments vie ever seen - congrats!
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    enarr , June 17, 2010 12:23 AM
    Steam doesn't have FACEBOOK integration like BNET 2.0. I love becoming a facebook fan of some random dude I zergling rushed. I love Bobby Kottick.
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    Godfail , June 17, 2010 12:24 AM
    enarrSteam doesn't have FACEBOOK integration like BNET 2.0. I love becoming a facebook fan of some random dude I zergling rushed. I love Bobby Kottick.

    The Facebook integration works the other way around...Kotick has nothing to do w/Blizz FYI.
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    enarr , June 17, 2010 12:30 AM
    GodfailThe Facebook integration works the other way around...Kotick has nothing to do w/Blizz FYI.


    Read up on your history, http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=128252

    And facebook comments were a joke about how BNET 2.0 doesn't really add anything other than that while removing a lot of other features.
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    xerroz , June 17, 2010 12:49 AM
    GodfailThis is one of the stupidest comments vie ever seen - congrats!

    stupidest...or most hard hitting fact?
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    Godfail , June 17, 2010 1:10 AM
    enarrRead up on your history, http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/vi [...] _id=128252And facebook comments were a joke about how BNET 2.0 doesn't really add anything other than that while removing a lot of other features.

    History? These are recent events at most. Blizzard's development remains independent - read your own links.

    Comments about Facebook are comments about Facebook....there is no other context here. Bnet 2.0 is not yet complete but I certainly welcome the death of spambots.
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    Godfail , June 17, 2010 1:14 AM
    xerrozstupidest...or most hard hitting fact?

    Certainly, stupidest.
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    Raid3r , June 17, 2010 1:21 AM
    slowly coming to the year 2000..jeez.
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    enarr , June 17, 2010 1:24 AM
    GodfailHistory? These are recent events at most. Blizzard's development remains independent - read your own links.Comments about Facebook are comments about Facebook....there is no other context here. Bnet 2.0 is not yet complete but I certainly welcome the death of spambots.


    Now you want me to define history for you? Pretty sure the events that occurred in the past is the definition of history. Impossible to argue with a fanboy. You'll keep thinking BNET 2.0 will be the greatest invention since the microwave. While I'll enjoy games that allow an user to reconnect to after being disconnecting for whatever reason. Or I'll enjoy games with lower latency than a set limit by BNET. I could go on but you'll simply dismiss it with a fanboy-ish comment. :) 
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    Godfail , June 17, 2010 1:50 AM
    enarrNow you want me to define history for you? Pretty sure the events that occurred in the past is the definition of history. Impossible to argue with a fanboy. You'll keep thinking BNET 2.0 will be the greatest invention since the microwave. While I'll enjoy games that allow an user to reconnect to after being disconnecting for whatever reason. Or I'll enjoy games with lower latency than a set limit by BNET. I could go on but you'll simply dismiss it with a fanboy-ish comment.

    Pretty sure this shit is only 3 years old, kid. Please, do go on about a beta product that may change at any time....hate-bot. I never once praised bent 2.0, I'll wait for the final product, thanks.

    As for rejoining games, I'm as against it as I am for it...easily abused by obvious trolls like yourself.
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    enarr , June 17, 2010 3:17 AM
    Now history has a time limit. How does one even argue with a stupid statement such as yours?

    Anyways, sure BNET 2.0 is beta. However, where has Blizzard announced any plans of adding new amazing "innovative" features other than Facebook/IM? And how many times have you seen a Beta product do a huge overhaul one month before its release? Keep dreaming, kid. Keep defending BNET 2.0. Good night, fanboy. Go troll 4chan or something. :) 
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    dEAne , June 17, 2010 3:40 AM
    Just like steam but with new feature, this is good.
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    zak_mckraken , June 17, 2010 1:46 PM
    I look forward to this service! I'll continue using Steam, but this will give me more informations about my friends : what game are they playing? what server are they on? what character are they playing?

    But, it won't replace Steam. 2 services, 2 different needs.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 17, 2010 3:21 PM
    fancarolinaWill someone please tell Blizzard that someones already written a nice online gaming interface they are called Valve. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel.

    I see no problem with Blizzard using a similar service when playing their games. I welcome the opportunity to chat with my friends playing SC2 while I am playing WoW or Diablo. I believe others created it before and after Valve did as well. Xfire...
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2010 6:43 PM
    Valve > Blizzard for one important reason: more games to communicate through. Battle.net 2.0 may integrate with FB, but it really only allows communication via Blizzard games. But, I can use Steam to communicate with Steam games AND non-Steam games. By creating a shortcut to WoW in Steam, my Steam friends can see that I'm playing WoW and communicate with me via Steam. So, IMO, Blizzard is a little late to this game.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2010 8:37 PM
    I've been able to do this with nearly all of SoE's games for nearly 5 years now
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    Yuka , June 18, 2010 4:33 AM
    I'll keep XFire, Blizzard. But thanks anyway.

    Cheers!