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PlayStation 4 Won't Force You To Use Your Real Name At Launch, But You Should

Posted on Wednesday, October 23 @ 15:00:00 Eastern by


Despite the great internet catostrophes over the past decade, using your real name online could form a more cohesive and friendlier online community, whether you're bullying on Facebook or spitting vitriole through a microphone on Sony's PlayStation Network service.

That's why I'm a little disappointed that Sony won't be forcing users to begin representing themselves accurately, even if you'll have the choice to use your real name at PlayStation 4's launch. (Not so for Xbox One's launch.)

I already use my real name on popular gaming services like Sony's PlayStation Network or Microsoft's Xbox Live service, and you might think I'm a total moron for doing so, but what is there to hide?

The nefarious hackers and PSN-hijackers want at my finances? It's not pretty! I offer you college loans and car payments galore. I'm reluctant to be so bold and I'm also reluctant to completely forgo the nice things anonymity gives you on the internet.

You can communicate with people you might never have interacted with and unlock an enormous wealth of compassion and human understanding through even a few hours of online knowledge explosions. It's even better now that Wikipedia heavily sources everything and that face to face online communication with people, roughly translated, is readily available at any time day or night.

But being responsible for your communication will make you more fun to play with in Call of Duty, Battlefield, Grand Theft Auto... It's OK if you're still a sadistic bastard running around killing indescriminately or silently stalking and repeatedly ramming other players with your car so they have to repair their expensive vehicles. You don't have to shout the N-word while you do it.

Yes, someone did that in my freeroam last night. How does that make our online communities better? The hard answer is that it doesn't. Thankfully many online games have started to promise filtering unseemingly players to their own special circles of hell.

This just my opinion. Will you ever use your real name online or on a gaming service? Do you use your real name online right now?
Related Games:   Call of Duty: Ghosts, GTA Online
Tags:   PS4, Sony, PSN
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