Apple Borrows Blizzard's Biggest Blunder

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Earlier this year, Blizzard attempted to introduce a "real ID" system, whereby users on the company's forums would have their real names shown. It, uh, didn't go down very well. So why has Apple now done exactly the same thing?

It may not have done it in quite so public a fashion as Blizzard, but the end result is the same: starting from now, anyone using Apple's Game Center will have their full, real name shown whenever a friend request (or reply) is sent.


While this is the only place your real name will be displayed — everywhere else you'll just see a user's nickname — once is all you need to tip your full and proper identity off. Apple says it's because the Game Centre's new terms of service state that users must not "pretend to be anyone, or any entity, [they] are not."

This should be a big deal for privacy advocates, and probably would be...if anyone actually used Game Center. I've used it twice: once to try it out, and a second time to see how I could delete it.

Apple's Game Center Now Reveals Real Names For Friend Requests [FingerGaming]

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Ken Edwards

Really Kotaku? This should be a privacy concern? You are using a freakin' PHONE here (or other iOS Device, yes, I realize) and you are bitching about having to use your real name in Game Center?

I still think the Real Name debacle on the Blizzard forums things is stupid, but this is even more so. It is their widget - it does not matter the company. If you want to use their widget, you need to abide by their rules.

BTW, they already have your Real Name for the iTunes/Apple account you used to use the device with.