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Real ID Keeps WoW Players Connected

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.

  • fancarolina
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    GodfailThis is one of the stupidest comments vie ever seen - congrats!stupidest...or most hard hitting fact?
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  • Godfail
    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
    xerrozstupidest...or most hard hitting fact?Certainly, stupidest.
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  • Raid3r
    slowly coming to the year 2000..jeez.
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