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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My friends will see me real name but everyone else will still just see my gamertag...although considering that it's just my first two initials and my last name it's still not that private...
Hell no. I'm Irony for lyfe.
No I will not. And I'm sick of Google trying to force me to use it as well.
They should make it an option to where only your friends can see it.
Really not a important topic im cool either way just give me my xb1 and be done with it
Heck no! I don't need old students or current ones seeing when I play and I'm good with my alias. I don't act like a jerk online, I'm respectable and play fair. That's all that can be asked for, no need to know anything other than what I want to tell you. And my friends who know me already know my name.
I like the idea, as it might keep people more civil, since they aren't hiding behind anonymity. But since it isn't it might allow the one hurling abuse to find others in different places such as Facebook. Of course you can always block or report abusive players.
good option, but ill probably just use it for friends.
My Gamertag is already my real name anyway, so it wouldn't be that big of a jump for me.
Will stick with my gamertag. But an option to add a note next to a friends name in your friend list would be nice.
nope if i wanted to use my real name i wouldnt have spent so much time making up one
I think I feel safer behind my GT anyways. I may use the real-life tag if I get into industry, but otherwise it's not something I will be using.
Anonymity is overrated.
Yes, I hate my current username.
I presume only my people on my friends list will see my real name and online gaming will still utilize my GamerTag. If this be the case then yes. I only have people who already know my name on friends list anyway