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Blizzard Made Me Change My Name

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the getting-on-the-old-soapbox dept.

Editorial 1691

My Azgalor Paladin is running through Stormwind when I get a message from a GM proclaiming that my account is in violation of Blizzard policy and I must change my nickname. I try to find out more information, but I am kicked from the game. I have been CmdrTaco since April, but when I log in, I choose the new name: Violated. This experience has brought up a host of feelings on matters of virtual identity and virtual worlds.

First of all, the reason that my account is in violation is that my name contains a title prefix. It took dozens of inquiries to get that explained. 'Cmdr' is the problem. I'm told that since the game has an internal honor system with titles, my name is not allowed. Never mind the fact that 'Cmdr' is not one of their titles. Never mind that countless other titles abound in the game: Mr, Sir, Sensei. Am I in violation of their policy? Probably. Is the policy stupid, meaningless, or inconsistent? I think so, but that's not really why I'm writing this.

I've been using 'CmdrTaco' online for around a decade now. It predates the existence of this website. It has followed me from game to game, both local, networked, and massive. My only problem with it is that as Slashdot grew in popularity, I started finding places where an impostor has taken it. I was excited when I was able to get it in Warcraft. It's like a warm blanket. It's stupid I know, but it's mine.

But Blizzard chose to take it from me. Now let me be clear: this is certainly their right: They own the dice and the board and the rulebooks, and I only play in their world. But If the US Government told me to change my name... let's say Congress passed a law making it illegal to have a first name that is a verb (Don't laugh, the White House cease and desisted The Onion!) Well I guess 'Rob' would have to go. My friends would still recognize me: I'd still have the same face, address, and social security number. I'd just have a cool new name like "Captain Fantastic Malda". With a name like that, the auto mechanics would never try to rip me off!

In this virtual world, two levels gives me a couple new pieces of armor, and suddenly I am unrecognizable to anyone who may have run an instance with me. In guild chat, I am a total stranger to people I may have chatted with for months. My history with other players has been erased. It almost makes me wish that I spent my first 45 levels ninja looting!

It's not like Blizzard decided to change gameplay dynamics. I spend a lot of time working on the Slashdot moderation system, and I never have any problem changing any "Rule" in the system if I believe it will improve the overall functionality of the whole system. If blizzard wants to make my mace have 5 less DPS and 3 less stamina because it's unbalanced, well I can accept that. Balancing gameplay is really hard. But in a massive multiplayer game, your name is different- that isn't about balance, it's about identity.

A friend of mine actually quit Everquest over a forced name change. His name was Marilyn Hanson and while fighting something he was disconnected without warning. When he returned, his name had been changed to a randomly generated one. When he asked GM, he was told that he could not have celebrity name. When my friend asked who Marilyn Hanson was, the GM could not answer, but instead just said arguing wouldn't matter. My friend quit EQ that day.

I don't think I'll quit WoW over this, but I will take away some lessons. The GM I talked to had a nickname of something like Lathanian. I found this disconcerting. If you were arrested by Officer Snuggles or found guilty by the honorable Judge Lawtron, it's hard to take that seriously. In this case 'Punishment' is being dealt. A real human is wearing a shroud of anonymity and handing out the bitchslap to a total stranger. That really makes the whole experience even more dehumanizing. In a massive virtual world, we're still people.

You don't see names and faces, which is why you'll see a 60 corpse camp a 30. When you don't see the real person on the other side, the tendency is just to forget. You expect it from opposing factions- but it feels different when it's the GM. Personally this is something I struggle with in my work too. You deal with a hundred support requests and it starts becoming abstract. Unreal. Virtual. I doubt it's much different if you work at the support counter at a retail store, but I think it's easier to forget when the only communication is chat.

Second, the GMs at blizzard really have no power. I asked for contact information. For email information. For names. For an appeal. To talk to a supervisor. And the best they would give me was the generic help phone line or a mailing address. Like with a stamp! I was told that almost every question I asked was unanswerable in game. I gave an email address but they never emailed. They wouldn't even tell me what was wrong with my nickname until after a half dozen inquiries of why. You have really no recourse against a GM. That scares me.

Lastly, I didn't really realize that I was so attached to my nickname. It's not because I'm "Famous"- We have a lot of readers, but these days very few actually know who I am. And of those, the percentage of people who play warcraft, and are alliance, and on azgalor... well it is very tiny. As CmdrTaco I probably had a total of 5 people actually recognize my nickname (and nobody ever gave me gold because they read Slashdot!). As Violated, nobody ever will recognize me for my day job. But that's really not what bugs me. I was really attached to my name. This character bounded through Azgalor slaying monsters and meeting new people. Now that character is erased and another character stands in its place. Same armor. Same class. But different somehow. I like my nickname. I wish I had it on every system I used. I'm annoyed that someone else registered my nickname on gmail before I could. It's always the first name I try when a system asks me to create an account. I feel strangely possessive about it. I doubt I'm alone in being attached to a pseudonym. And I feel kind of stupid admitting it.

Anyway, I've said my piece on the subject. And just to be clear, I'm not really mad at Blizzard. I think what they did was needless and inconvenient, but not evil. Their policy may be silly, but I still was in violation of it, so I guess I got what I deserved. But I wonder about others. And not just in Warcraft, on any online forum. I wonder about our attachment to virtual names. And if nothing less, it will make me take changes in Slashdot a little more seriously next time.

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Taco? (5, Funny)

MullerMn (526350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880559)

This is all spelt and punctuated correctly, and contains no duplicated paragraphs!

Who are you, and what have you done with the real Taco?

Re:Taco? (5, Funny)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880595)

Heis got me loked up in teh basement! Help me! Heis got me loked up in teh basement!

Re:Taco? (0)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880629)

Someone just duped the account and did something bad with it.

Oh the irony.

Re:Taco? (0)

rovingeyes (575063) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880657)

I second you. He sounds more like a high schooler who couldn't get the girl he wanted rather than the seasoned geek who cared for the "stuff that matters".

Re:Taco? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880661)

You do realise the subtle appropriateness and insight of your choice of phrase there, right?

Re:Taco? (-1, Flamebait)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880683)

Oh, you fucker. I just hit "Submit" on an identical joke. Grrrrrrr.

front page of course... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880562)

interesting.. but front page?

Re:front page of course... (1)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880610)

It's his site, he gets to put it on the front page. Duh.

Re:front page of course... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880642)

while yes, this is his site, it has also become a news outlet. Would you appreciate it much if the director of CNBC came on in the middle of the day and griped about how he had to change his online name?

Sure, he can post 'screw you all' if he wants, but is it really in keeping with what's supposed to make front page?

Re:front page of course... (1)

Eric Giguere (42863) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880645)

It does seem odd. Not being familar with Blizzard, my first thought was that someone was changing their name after ingesting a Dairy Queen Blizzard [dairyqueen.com] treat and why was it being featured in Slashdot? My initial assumption was wrong, but the question's still valid...

Eric
New parent? Visit my sister's baby stroller advice site [stroller-advisor.com]

Wow, No Love for the Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880718)

Maybe that's because many /. readers have never actually met the Taco...

Please feel free to read between the lines..

No link? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880563)

Where's the link to the article?

WHERE'S THE GREASED YODA DOLL GUY ? (1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880564)

I guess he's called "Malda".

The Real Reason (0, Redundant)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880565)

Welcome to the club [72.14.207.104] , Taco. Unfortunately, their naming rules [blizzard.com] are extremely loose and open to interpretation. In particular, you seem to be in violation of the Titles Rule [blizzard.com] which states:

Fantasy titles should be earned through the mechanics of the game, and should not be recreated through character naming. This category includes names which:

  • Consist of any title prefix attached to a character's name be it fantasy-based or not (i.e. Kingmike, Presidentsanchez)


Because of this rule, you need to remove the title from your name and go by just "Taco", or choose a completely different handle.

It sucks, but them's the breaks. If you don't like it, well, feel free to start a write-in/call-in/email-in/protest-march-in campaign to get them to change their rules. Here's their webform. [blizzard.com]

Re:The Real Reason (0, Redundant)

crandall (472654) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880581)

And the reason for this is because the honor system in the game doles out titles automatically. They don't want people taking titles that shouldn't be theirs, essentially.

Re:The Real Reason (4, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880658)

Completely unrelated, but there's an interesting story that happens in just about every Navy that uses the title "Sailor" for enlisted personnel. (So far I've heard second hand reports from both the U.S. and Russian Navies.)

Every so often a fellow enlists who's last name actually *is* Sailor in the native language. More often than not, this drives his superiors nuts as they have to address him as "Sailor Sailor". Since he isn't an officer they can't give him an honorary promotion to prevent confusion, so more often than not he gets his first promotion free just so everyone doesn't have to deal with with the double name. :-)

(Note that in the U.S. Navy, the actual rank and name tends to be "Seaman".)

Re:The Real Reason (1, Flamebait)

TobyWong (168498) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880675)

Grats on rewriting exactly what he stated in the original piece and getting modded up for it. You are a true master of repetition. I'm guessing as a child you excelled at following your big sister around and repeating everything she said verbatim to annoy her.

Re:The Real Reason (5, Interesting)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880711)

No prefix?
Guess the obvious solution would be:
* TacoCmdr (postfix)
* TheCmdrTaco (infix)
* Taco (nofix)
* AlmightyCmdrTaco (dogmatix)

abuse of power (-1, Troll)

biryokumaru (822262) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880568)

You express your anger with abuse of arbitrary power in a virtual realm by abusing your own arbitrary power, in your own personal virtual realm?

I am disappointed in you. Please keep the petty bitching confined to livejournal.

Re:abuse of power (2, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880623)

I agree... this is a JE put on the front page.

I know its not intentional, but on the surface, this looks like:
They f*ck around with me? Do they know how I am? I'll show them!

I wouldn't be surprised if Blizzard decides to let him have the alias back, but I doubt it would happen (never back someone into a corner on a judgement call).

The call was a petty one... this article is doubly as petty.

Re:abuse of power (5, Informative)

CmdrTaco (1) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880698)

Believe me that was not my intent, nor do I want it to appear as such. I don't honestly care if blizzard reads this article or not. And I certainly don't expect to get my nickname back. I just felt it important to share this experience with people. I've never spent so much time thinking about the importance of virtual identity. I doubt I'm alone in this experience.

If you regard this as petty, I understand, but I tried not to write in an agressive tone. My intentions are anything but petty.

Re:abuse of power (0, Redundant)

The employee can cho (857896) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880624)

I wish the parent comment could be modded to +10. Well said.

Re:abuse of power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880665)

"I've been using 'CmdrTaco' online for around a decade now. It predates the existence of this website. It has followed me from game to game, both local, networked, and massive. My only problem with it is that as Slashdot grew in popularity, I started finding places where an impostor has taken it. I was excited when I was able to get it in Warcraft. It's like a warm blanket. It's stupid I know, but it's mine."

So other people who use CmdTaco are imposters. And you go and use someone else's name according to Blizzard. However, you are no imposter because that name, well damn it, it's yours. The inherent contradictions in your entire rant are rather funny.

Re:abuse of power (0, Redundant)

Rycross (836649) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880680)

Seriously. This belongs in the WoW forums, or in your journal, not on Slashdot as a legitimate article.

Re:abuse of power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880682)

Maybe CmdrTaco melted too many faces in pvp?

Re:abuse of power (5, Insightful)

UCRowerG (523510) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880689)

While I too find this somewhat ironic, he does bring up a good point. In a virtual world where the only truly identifying characteristic is a character's name, how does a name change (forced or voluntary) impact relations with others in the game? A follow up question would be: how could developers, if they so chose, account for this to minimize any negative impact?

If the idea of MMORPG social circles seems trivial or unimportant to you, what about something like a seller's account on eBay? In a digital world when all someone has to go on is the reputation of your "unique ID," what happens when that ID changes such that it is no longer recognizable as you?

Re:abuse of power (1)

Rycross (836649) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880728)

Sure it may be a good point, but its buried in an entire article ranting and bitching about losing his name, on the front page of Slashdot. And never mind he could have avoided losing the name by following the rules in the first place.

Re:abuse of power (-1, Flamebait)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880705)

How is it an abuse of power? Is there some law written somewhere that you cannot say WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT on an Website you yourself created?

Re:abuse of power (5, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880717)

Speech is not an abuse of power and Slashdot is his journal.

I might also point out that he specifically said, more than once, that he was not complaining about an abuse of power.

Please keep the petty bitching confined to livejournal.

Et tu? Ahhhhh, the irony.

KFG

Re:abuse of power (1)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880725)

Uhm, what "abuse of power"? Can you point to the clause in the Slashdot Constitution stating that editors can't editorialize?

-Stephen

Re:abuse of power (0, Redundant)

Cl1mh4224rd (265427) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880729)

Hmm... I was going to post something about how he (along with other editors, to be fair) can't be bothered to verify the validity of submitted articles [slashdot.org] , but yet finds the time to something like this.

Then I realized, well... this is his website.

Then I realized there are actually people who pay real money for a subscription and are thanked with a handful of bogus articles, so the failure to verify sources and articles is nice smack in the face.

Then I realized that I am not one of those subscribers, so I don't feel I have a significant reason to complain, and that I'll just leave it up to someone else.

Of course, here I am... because I also realized that "leaving it up to someone else" has become the norm for the editors on Slashdot, and I didn't want to validate that stance.

Taco, (1, Insightful)

base3 (539820) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880569)

you deserve what you got for giving money to the DMCA-wielding jackbooted thugs. No sympathy here. You knew they were evil and bought from them anyway. A fool and his money and all that.

Re:Taco, (0, Troll)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880641)

You have to be reasonable. bnetd is a joke. Blizzard makes awesome games that are almost unparralled. If you're going to take a stick up your ass approach on everything we'd be confined to using an archaic OS (Linux) for everything and never buying any movies, music or video games from companines that have employed the use of the DMCA at some point in the past.

That would be a very sucky life.

Re:Taco, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880681)

Yes, because obviously rampant consumerism is the path to eternal happiness.

Against naming convention (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880587)

Cmdr is short for commander. Blizzard does not allow titles of this sort built into names. Your name violated their naming policy. It probably took this long for them to change it because someone finally reported it.

IFL2P

Names or Spyware? (2, Interesting)

mfh (56) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880589)

I'm not sure about names but the whole Warden issue [www.phk.ca] made me rethink the whole Wow thing. The bottom line is that this game is Blizard's to create policy however they see fit. If you don't like it, talk about it. If the cons outweigh the pros -- it's a no brainer, but otherwise it makes for a good discussion about our online rights and who can control your online identity. Then again... I might go by God online. Does that mean people should worship me?

whats in a name.... (2, Insightful)

scenestar (828656) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880591)

I'm sorry to say this, but for the love of god, ITS JUST A FRIGGIN NAME.

Also, this entire post looks like an open letter form cmdr taco to get his account stats back.

Grow up dude.

Re:whats in a name.... (-1, Flamebait)

rhetoric (735114) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880600)

This was well thought out and written. Fuck you. Youre posting on HIS SITE telling him to grow up....

Cry me a river. (-1, Troll)

rylin (688457) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880597)

It's fairly apparent that you can write properly whenever you're DIRECTLY affected, instead of the content you normally just glance over and approve.
It's also way too easy to see that you're wasting your editorial role on playing a fucking game, and blogging about your experience on what is supposed to be a somewhat unbiased site for technology related news.

Cry me a fucking river.

Say what? (-1, Flamebait)

jlowery (47102) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880598)

...I choose the new name: Violated.

And you were. So shut the hell up.

bitchslap (5, Funny)

flynt (248848) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880601)

A real human is wearing a shroud of anonymity and handing out the bitchslap to a total stranger.

When did the topic become the moderation system?

Re:bitchslap (5, Interesting)

CmdrTaco (1) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880635)

Believe me the irony of this experience was not lost on me. As it happened, and while I wrote this article I thought a lot about the similiarities of what I do, and what the Blizzard game designes, and what the GMs over there do.

Well that will sure show them! (4, Insightful)

fuzzy12345 (745891) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880602)

So they screw you.

You could a) take your money elsewhere

b) keep giving them your money, and give them some publicity on /., too

With enemies like you, who needs friends?

Re:Well that will sure show them! (1)

rhetoric (735114) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880702)

So they screw you.

You could a) take your money elsewhere

b) keep giving them your money, and give them some publicity on /., too

With enemies like you, who needs friends?

It's not like he can go get another WoW provider. He likes the game, but is unhappy with the CS. I can't think of anything better he could do to pressure Blizzard, that takes less effort for him. Interesting read Taco.

I think I speak for all Horde when I say... (5, Funny)

sebFlyte (844277) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880603)

...if you're playing a Paladin, you deserve everything you get.

come on man (3, Funny)

tehwebguy (860335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880604)

if you really want something done about it, why don't you link to their webform in the article. i think they may reconsider your case once they get slashdotted..

It's 11am on a Wed. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880606)

Geez - Get a job Taco.

I've been wiredog for, oh, 20 years? (2, Informative)

wiredog (43288) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880607)

Pre www, on milnet, I was wiredog. I, too, try to get that one any place I go. Got it at K5, HuSi, Washington Post, Salon, New Republic, gmail, other places.

Heck, I even registered it, defensively, at DKos.

Quote (1)

absolutlactam (908853) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880609)

"I need a handle. My handle is like my identity." - Hackers

Why he posted this (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880612)

Did he post this whole thing just so he could prove to the other kids playing some RPG that Violated was infact CmdrTaco?

Re:Why he posted this (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880666)

Man, I would've gone with the name Violator instead. Although I guess it doesn't really work too well for a Paladin...

Prediction (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880613)

I predict that by the end of the week our beloved CmdrTaco will have his identity in WoW back...

Everquest namechange (4, Funny)

ChrisF79 (829953) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880621)

I'm surprised in your story that your friend on EQ was disconnected and had his name changed. I had a druid on EQ quite a while back named Girlon and everything was fine until I made the surname Girlaction. Anyway, they just sent me an in-game message saying my surname was going to be changed and asked what I'd like to to be. It was really pretty simple.

Something similar happened... (2, Interesting)

Jeian (409916) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880630)

... to my coworker. He had a game name which was pronounced like "car bomb" (He recounted this to me verbally, so I'm not sure how it was spelled) and was forced the change it. The irony? He actually used Blizzard's in-game random name generator to come up with the name. Oh well. I like WoW, so I'll still be playing.

how about dummkopf? (1)

dummkopf (538393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880632)

when i did my phd in the US, the first thing my advisor asked me was. which username i wanted for my new account. since i could not come up with anything useful, he suggested 'dummkopf' (given my germanic roots...), which i gladly accepted. the name since has been used *everywhere*... until i got to zurich. everything went well for a while until i was asked to change the username or lose privileges on a local compute cluster. turns out one of the users felt addressed whenever he saw jobs which had a "dummkopf" in front of them... i know, makes one wonder. and no, i could not appeal. and yes, i still use it everywhere else...

To the article submitter (5, Funny)

SamSim (630795) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880633)

I don't know who you are, but you might want to pick a different username. CmdrTaco is the guy who runs this website and he'll be mighty upset.

civil dosobedience/ en masse protest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880634)

online protest

at [re arranged time have veryone change their name to a vriant of "i am commander taco"

oh and all your kirk douglas are belong to us.

sucks (1)

RiotXIX (230569) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880637)

Yeah - get this. My first ever user name (which I will refer to as Name1) was pretty original. My second username (Name2) was a temp name I used for people I didn't want to share my main user name with (like this one actually). Anyway, I went to name1.com & it was taken. When looking up the contact stuff (just out of interest), I found it was 'Name2@name1.com' ! Really freaked me out. Take solice in the knowledge that maybe someone came up with the name just as uniquely as you did, and maybe that's pretty cool..

Get over it. (1)

anonieuweling (536832) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880638)

Get over it. (It is their policy. The time of finding out does not matter.) Just as much as we must get over you not accepting our submissions if they are not USA-centric enough.

Slashdot Blog (1)

cbelle13013 (812401) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880646)

I think this belongs in the www.slashdot.org/blog part of the website, right near the "my dad won't let me borrow the keys" post and under the "Favorite Music: Mega Man X Remix" line.

CmdrTaco to CmmdTaco (1)

shking (125052) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880647)

I reccommend changing from "Commander" (Cmdr) to "Commode" (Cmmd) because your true name has been flushed down the toilet

Irony (2, Funny)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880648)

Dear Sir -

The blatant lack of spelling and grammatical errors in this post can only lead me to the conclusion that this story was posted using CmdrTaco's stolen identity. I beseech you to end your ironic postings with his account.

Thank you.

Um, am I the only one? (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880650)

Am I the only one wondering why and how this is front page news? Could we not get a story about Civilization IV being out to rave reviews? How about some Apple or Google news? Maybe a link to a review of the latest Longhorn build? Blizzard made CmdrTaco change his name in WoW, news at 11! "I'm CmdrTaco and I lost my WoW name. Here are ten more paragraphs describing my emotional pain."

Everyone--please see Digg.com [digg.com] where YOU vote for the stories. You actually get real news and info there, right when it happens.

This is ridiculous.

News at 11, Blizzard sucks. (1)

crimoid (27373) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880652)

Seriously. I stopped playing Blizzard games 2 years ago because I was fed up with the mismanagement of their online games. I've since found other games that are amazingly fun. Check out S2 games. While Savage is somewhat old now it still has a loyal and active following. Their new game also looks promising.

Who cares? (1)

Viriatus (886319) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880653)

Who cares?

Someone can't read the TOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880654)

its fine learn 2 play

Your identity (1)

Highroller (655558) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880662)

If you're on someone else's site, especially one in which they have a TOS like Blizzard's, you know what to expect and you live within their rules. Nobody has a right to a user id/identity.

So I guess CM Dr. Taco is out of the question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880664)

This space intentionally full of text.

I am not the President of Cuba (2, Interesting)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880667)


This is a pain I know all too well .
I have been kicked from chat rooms and had an account halted on UO for the same reason as the guy on EQ .
My name is satirical , not a troll and I am not pretending to be the president of Cuba

Fidel catsro comes from a sketch I was writing about turning Communist leaders of the 20th century into small fluffy animals who were trying to take over the world.

I had decided to go with catsro . I had the choice of Chairman Meow , Pol cat ,Karl Barx , Vladmir Lemming

I am very attached to this nick name , and really get annoyed if i am forced not to use it .Though I can understand some of their reasons .
(Though I very much doubt Casrto would ever use his real name whilst playing Ultima online)

on a total side note
  I have had several questions posed to me about my Human rights record , these people were serious and got really angry.

Buy A CORPORATE CLUE... (1)

jeff13 (255285) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880670)

... CmdrTaco should understand that the second you go to a corporation you no longer have rights, feelings, or an identity.

You are a number! Not a free man!

That's what you get. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880671)

I've appealed several people's names in games before. I'm sorry, but "BigDickLoveYouLongTime" isn't appropriate. Now, I understand that you sexually frustrated teenagers need some way to express your induviduality, but come on.

You wanna be CmdrTaco? Go play the Matrix MMORPG, where you can play with the "PoontangGalore"s of the gaming world.

Or how about you change your name to "ImTooMuchOfAnAttentionWhoreToUseMyRealNameSoICame UpWithThisLongAssPieceOfShit"? It suits you.

Why I quit (1)

nuggz (69912) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880673)

I was playing some online games, but then they go and implement dumb rules, or change the game dynamics making it "suck".
So I complain, they say no, and I quit.

Your viewing (or payment) is the only thing they care about. As long as their power tripping GMs don't cost them customers, they don't care, and they shouldn't care because it obviously doesn't matter that much.

Reminds me of irc politics, everything was fine with abusive ops for years. Then people started complaining and actually leaving and changes came.

This is not news (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880677)

This is a blog entry.

Yes I agree that Blizards behaviour is bad .. but hey .. thats life .. it sucks .. deal with it.

After all we have to deal with bad editing here.

o rly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880678)

Cry more, noob.
It's fine, learn2play.

Boo Hoo (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880679)

Quit your bitching and change the name. Just because your CmdrTaco here doesn't mean you can be CmdrTaco everywhere. What a useless article to match a useless site.

Control freaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880684)

Blizzard seems like an unbearable control freak. Someone is using "Craft" in their name, even though it gives people a reason to buy the otherwise dead Warcraft 2? Sue 'em! Someone made an Open Source clone of our battlenet servers which will give our customers more freedom to play online? Not in our control, sue 'em! Oh no, people are using names we don't like for some vague reasons on our online game. Can't have that, can we? Lots of silliness going on here..

OMFG LOL!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880686)

Taco gets his panties in a wad because he got kicked!!! LOL!!!

OMFG the irony!!! Lameness filter encountered!!! LOL!!!

Blizzard sucks (1)

mar1no (559482) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880687)

I had my level 57 Shaman account disabled because someone complained about my in-game langauge. Can you believe that? Someone actually turned off their bad language filter, and then complained because they saw bad language.

The human races makes me cry sometimes. I never got a new account because of how idiotic their policies are.

No sympathy from me (2, Informative)

wiggles (30088) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880691)

After the bnetd garbage [eff.org] , I've refused to purchase any new Blizzard titles. In my eyes, Blizzard has gone from one of the best video game makers in the world to pure evil, deserving nothing but derision. Perhaps you, armed with this fresh experience, will now agree?

Good Lord... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880693)

News fleash: Popular web site owner uses site to trash another company when he couldn't get his way! Waaaaaaaaa!

Hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880694)

Does anyone besides me find it hypocritical that CmdrTaco is such a Linux zealot and yet he plays a game that only officially runs on Windows?

Re:Hypocrisy (1)

rincebrain (776480) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880716)

It works on and off under WINE, but yeah, I see your point, and wonder it myself.

Don't mess with CmdrTaco (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880695)

Lucky for you, you have a massive readership to complain to and the ability to create bad PR for Blizzard. That's just fantastic. Congratulations to you. That will show Blizzard who to mess with, won't it?

Ha (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880696)

I knew a guy named "Thatguythere". He was asked to have his name changed and Blizzard's GMs rejected 32 of his other choices and finally gave him the name "Thronwe". He said "WTF" and i said "WTF". I also saw a guild named "Fornicating Skulls" for a couple of months before they vanished.

Bottomline: The GMs usually don't care unless someone reports your name or your guild name. Then they become all gungho because some idiot is being offended by something really non-offensive. Someone reported your name Taco. Reporting for some people is their way of "griefing". F**kers.

Lol (4, Funny)

Zebra_X (13249) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880697)

Now we know why Taco has so many dupes. He's play WoW all the time!

Just a game (1, Troll)

bjomo (832719) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880699)

Its a game. I get the impression that too many people that play in these 'virtual worlds' are losing touch with reality.

Selective enforcement (3, Interesting)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880700)

I see violations of the naming policy all the time on my "Normal" server, Eonar. Frankly, there are too many to realistically enforce on all servers everywhere. Those that do get picked out feel (rightly so) that they are being picked on.

IMHO, only Role-Playing servers should have a strict naming policy. The only enforcement on other servers should be for profanity/crudeness. No "IfckedUrMom" or somesuch.

Identity (1)

Zalathar99 (919196) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880701)

I find it's intersting to think about our connection to our virtual names as well. I don't fault Blizard for enforcing a naming policy at all. I find it highly disuptive to my immersion in a fantasy world to see silly or comical character names, but I've grown used to it. In fact I'm guilty of it as well. Roll up your tenth alt in EQ and your bound to seek solace in a funny name, or a desrcriptive one rather than a totally original word, or name. Like you say though Cmdr, you knew you were in violation when you used the name, you were surprised to find it available, so it's really just a delayed response to a rule violation. In a way the inability to apeal judgements provides a less biased approach to rule enforcement.

The real reason... (1)

wpiman (739077) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880703)

This name infringes upon Taco Bell's trademark. Blizzard is simply trying to avoid a lawsuit.

How about this name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880708)

Maybe you should see if you can get something like "exCmdrTaco" through?

I don't see the problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13880712)

Maybe you should have read the naming guidelines before you named your character? They're right there when you choose a name. I have to agree with you that Blizzard reps are automatons with no clear hierarchy, but in this case they were right.

The bigger picture (3, Interesting)

DrewBeavis (686624) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880714)

I think that the real meat of the issue got overshadowed by your commentary on your personal experience. What happens to our virtual identities? What happens when you can't have the name you've built? The same thing happens on AIM and other sites. When you are forced by circumstances to develop a new name, something changes. I'm hoping the discussion here will start to address issues like prospects for a global name registry or a solution to this issue.

Dude! (0, Offtopic)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880715)

It's just a game. Sometimes it scares me how immersed we've all become in the virtual world -- work, play, and entertainment all seem to intertwine into a tangled pile of bits. My advice might seem strange: Go find a real-world hobby instead. Woodworking, go-kart racing, flying, skiing, filmmaking, scuba diving. They won't give you carpel tunnel syndrome, you'll get your butt out of a chair, and you won't find yourself writing lengthy online editorials about how a game won't let you name yourself after a food. You'll live longer, trust me.

GMs not very helpful . . . hamstrung? (1, Interesting)

galonso (705202) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880719)

I too have had several poor experiences with GMs.

To be fair, every time I have actually msg'd with one, I have felt an undercurrent of frustration from them as if they are mostly powerless, and may even agree with my plea.

I am leaving the game, however, because there isn't a way to 'go up the chain' which is probably due to the scale of the game, but diminishes my enjoyment nevertheless.

I have one character who cannot train first aid with silk bandages, though she meets the requirements, and the GMs will only say that it _must_ be a mod. Funny thing is, with no mods I still have the same problem.

When client side lag issues rear an ugly head around the next corner, and issues abound, it's "unavoidable" -- truth? I think so, but it diminishes the fun factor.

I have had a character who lost 20g due to a glitch, and know others who have had similar problems, and the response from the GM was, "This is due to an installed mod. Disable all mods." No redress, no _possibility_ for redress, nothing.

The fact is that this is a huge game, and probably unmanageable in these terms. Fine. I accept that, but even the appearance of an appeal would help salve the sores of frustration.

Sad to say, much of the fun is gone for the frustration. I might have stayed but for this: every time there has been a GM problem, I have been given the same answer: we do not do X as a matter of policy.

Goodbye Stormwind.

My two cents (1)

jeffasselin (566598) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880721)

There is a "Commander" rank, and Cmdr is an obvious abbreviation of that rank name, so the change was in line with the policy.

About the name change policy, it is sometimes aggravating, but so would be seeing a number of people with stupid names running around. There's already too many who don't get changed, at least the worst of the lot we can do something about. I don't feel much immersion when I see 1337Dude rogue running around.

About the GMs, yes, Blizzard's customer service department in WoW totally and bluntly SUCKS. I've had good experiences with GMs in the past, and a couple bad ones, and I've read and been witness to a number of really bad experiences. When you get a bad GM, you can have to go through a harrowing experience, and the impossibility of escalating issues makes it worse. You feel like you were living in a totalitarian society.

About the recognition issue, it's a real problem. Some well-known ninjas have managed top get their names changed and started a new career of more bad behavior, and some really good players I've played with in the past vanished from the face of the game only to later inform me their name had been changed...

Morwen - lvl 60 hunter, Deathwing

Silly name policies (1)

bassgoonist (876907) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880723)

I've always found blizzards name policies to be very annoying, once they tried to tell me I couldn't use the name bassgoonist cause it had ass in it. I then pointed out bassfisher, bassplayer etc. and they let me keep it. I know its no where near the same, but you could use TacoCmdr :-p

Hmm (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880727)

I think you forgot to hit the "Post as JonKatz" checkbox before you submitted this one.

I don't get it. (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880733)

To me this seems more like something that should end up in Taco's journal...not on the front page. This is a rant about why blizzard should be doing something different based on one WoW players experiences and opinion. I'm not trying to troll or anything, but this is not news/media in any way.

this is why muds are still fun (1)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880734)

I've never stepped into the world of commercial online games, and this basically sums up the reason. A mud may not have some fancy 3d graphical interface, but it's run by regular people, not some faceless corporation. A good mud gives you the feeling that you're a part of the world you in, that in some sense it belongs to you. Commercial games are 100% the property of BigCorp, Inc.

And all this time (1)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880735)

I thought it was "Commodore Taco."

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