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Ohken May 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Actual chat networks have worked this out pretty well. Here are two ways Blizzard could vastly improve the BattleTag experience for users:

1. Support invisibility. Let people log on without announcing to all their friends that they are on.

2. Support multiple BattleTags per user, and don’t even associate it with individual characters. Then people could control their visibility to different friends by logging BattleTags on and off.

Above all, study up on how chat programs deal with these issues, rather than repeating history. Good chat programs don’t insist on real names, and they aren’t always on.

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Redbeard May 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I was hoping someone would link to the Cheese article on Cracked.com.

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Giddeon May 22, 2012 at 4:11 am

pretty interesting stuff regarding #d3; not sure how i feel about people just jumping into games…
it was kinda cool when i was playing the beta and my buddy chris found me and jumped in, however that might not always be “cool” in a single player game.

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Keith May 23, 2012 at 1:44 am

Yes, it’s tricky for those of us who are, for instance, guild leaders or officers, we’ve just got a new game we’ve been waiting for a long time, and want to play it, now I’m not neglecting my WOW duties, but tbh, it would be nice to be able to play, free of messages about what’s going on in my ‘other’ world.

But then I had similar problems with Real ID when I had alliance characters on another server, when I played a horde Guild leader, every now and then it’d be ‘get back over here, we need you’.

I certainly agree that you should be able to at least be offered the option of letting people into your single player game, at present, anyone on your friends list can jump in at any point, and your only option is to ask them to leave, which isn’t particularly friendly. Yet we don’t all want multiplayer all the time. (Of course, Blizzard seems to not understand that at all, with the need for a constant net connection, battle net servers only, etc).

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