Tobold has a post up today asking if we’re ashamed to be gamers, and tying the question to Blizzard’s ill-considered RealID kerfluffle.
Like Pitrelli, I didn’t bother to post about RealID because there was plenty of coverage and all I had to say about it was that 99.9% of people who post on the WoW forums are some variety of retard anyway. So the problem seemed to me to be that those people weren’t so much afraid of being outed as gamers, but of being outed as retards. If you were the typical WoW forum poster, would you want that shit linked forevermore to your real name? Security concerns were easily addressed by individuals, by simply not posting on WoW’s sewerlike forums in the first place. Never again posting on the WoW forums seems a small price to pay… hell, it’s practically a present.
As for me, no, I’m not ashamed to be a gamer – although it’s hard to explain to some people. And some do have averse reactions to that fact. But would I really want to associate with that kind of person anyway?
Although I picked up the Ardwulf handle and persona while writing about MMOs, I’ve been posting about games on the web using my real name dating back to the days of Usenet. A Google search of my name brings up three links to my Facebook profile or other related things, one to a comment I posted on the OSU student newspaper’s site, and 17 gaming-related links in the first 20 results. I’m out, boys and girls.