We often get caught up in the "we won" attitude and celebrations but we need to remember that Blizzard never really had to listen to us. They knew there would be backlash and they are big enough to weather a storm.
I think everyone should take some time and post a nice "thank you" to Mike M. in the official announcement thread. He's clearly listened to us and we need to remind him that we are thankful for this decision and the wonderful games his company has brought us.
There's actually not much to thank Mike M for:
- Real ID is still not 'optional' for those who wish to use crossrealm chat
- Mike's post clearly says that 'at this time' they have decided not to push ahead with this topic. Forgive my cynicism, but that isn't the most reassuring way to put it.
- Said post also makes reference to future evolutions of Real ID which will affect functionality within the game
His post doesn't explain how something like this managed to get out of a bad PR brain storming session, as anyone could've seen this reaction coming from a mile away. It was done once, you've already shown there's a huge disconnect between whoever was responsible for this and your playerbase, so has there been any sort of justification as to why players shouldn't expect this could happen again at a later date, when the dust settles? Did Blizzard actually listen to us, or did they listen to their potential bottom line as subscribers started cancelling and bad publicity kicked in?
The forums may have been by far the most controversial proposed change so far in terms of volumne, but there has been no reference to the infamous Friends-of-Friends feature yet, which is equally distasteful.