The lights are on
Both Microsoft and Sony will allow users to be identified by
their real names on their next-gen consoles. Will you actually use the
confirmed that PlayStation 4 will support real-name IDs from launch. Microsoft
also intends to allow users to be identified by their real names on Xbox One,
but says the functionality will
be patched in sometime after the console’s debut. Both companies have
confirmed that real-name IDs will be entire optional, which begs the question:
Will you actually use them?
In addition to making it easier to recognize your friends, one
of the assumed advantages to using your real name is that it potentially makes people
behave more like human beings by stripping them of the shield of anonymity. Of
course that only works if the one hurling the abuse opts in – an unlikely
scenario for most trolls. On the flipside, using your real name also opens the
door for real-life griefing, something parents especially will likely be
concerned with (and the reason Microsoft and Sony likely made real-name IDs
optional in the first place)
As much as I would like to contribute to creating a better
online environment, I think I’ll still choose to do my gaming under an assumed
identity. I’m well accustomed to the typical level of discourse in online matches
and chatrooms, and while I hope Microsoft and Sony can create a more civil
playground for next-gen gaming, I’m not holding my breath. I’d like to be
surprised, but until I am, I’ll only be sharing my real name with my friends.
What about you? Are you ready to wade into the online gaming
world with your real name, or will you be sticking to an alter ego? Share your
thoughts in the comments below.
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Nooooo way chucklehead
Sure, why not? I imagine that the real name is only viewable by friends and, in general, by only people you want to be able to see it.
Nope. I'm quite content with my GT: VeganMeatshield
no way man! like most people here, I have no friends so it's a good idea to keep my gamertag which is also convenient when harassing occasional girls that appear online!
I don't know Maybe?
Nah. I'm fine with being an Enigma. And a pun.
No. Twelve year olds and A-holes can call my alias a *** *** ***. Not everybody needs to be able to easily access my life via the internet.
I might... but only people I know in person will get to see it. :P
I mean if there is an option for only my friends can see it, I dont see why not
Nope. The cons out weigh the pros by a mile. Games just need to make muting jerks as easy as possible, and I'm good.
Will I use my real name? Objection!
Dr-Crazy-Bread for life!
that is to say, "No..."
I think almost everybody likes using an alternate identity in video game space. Seeing your real name in there would be kinda boring I think unless your name was super unique of course.
I already tell people my real name if I talk to them enough so probably not.
No, I think it's weird giving your real name to complete strangers and besides I'm used to using a username after all this time.
Nope, I've been using Earthbound_X since the late 90s, not gonna suddenly change that now.
Hell no. That is all.