Originally Posted by Idmaif
has anyone checked out any blizzard forums today? they are talking about having real ID everywhere and thousands of people are going mad and threatening to quit... this could effect blizzcon, it sure lowered my thoughts about blizzard but ill still work for this years blizzcon...
This hardly changes BlizzCon. Keep in mind that this has not yet been implemented, and I am certain that they will change the way in which it functions. Perhaps they will design it so that on the forums -- much like in the game -- you will only see the real names of players you have added as Real ID friends. I highly doubt that a large number of players will quit just because their real name would be shown on forum posts: Most players, myself included, do not post on the forums. The majority play Blizzard games and don't care to be involved with petty drama and gripe/attention threads.
People will still play Blizzard games and cosplay from them -- regardless of how this system is implemented. I am one of those players. Please do not panic. Feel free to post replies in appropriate threads on the Blizzard forums to address your concerns.
In the meantime, and quite fortunately for those of you who may have some posting regret (I never post there, so I'm not among this number), THE CHANGE WILL NOT BE RETROACTIVE. That means all old posts will retain the name of the character with which you made the post on the forums.
For more information (and to prevent topic deviation):
WoW.com's coverage of Blizzard's responses to the Real ID situation
Full article about Real ID's intent
Note: This is on-topic because the issue addressed convention attendance and how the community will be impacted by the Real ID changes.