Xbox One Won't Allow Real-Name Gamertags at Launch

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Xbox One Won't Allow Real-Name Gamertags at Launch

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Microsoft has postponed the implementation of its revamped Gamertag system.

Back in May, when Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the developer started talking about some significant changes to its Xbox LIVE service. In fact, one feature in particular has the potential to drastically change the way that gamers interact with one another: real-name Gamertags. However, today Microsoft has revealed that Xbox LIVE users will be maintaining their anonymity, at least for the foreseeable future.

In a conversation with Kotaku, a Microsoft representative explained that the feature is an important part of the company's plan, but it won't be available at launch. "While real identities continue to be part of our plans for the experience on Xbox One," he said, "at launch, customers will continue to search for friends using their Gamertags."

According to Microsoft, the feature is still in development, and there just isn't time to complete the software before the Xbox One's November launch. "Our teams are working hard to deliver a quality experience for Xbox One," he said. "This means prioritizing some features and sometimes postponing others for a later update."

Real-name Gamertags have been a semi-controversial topic for much of the gaming community. The anonymity that standard tags provide often gives license to some pretty disgusting behavior. However, handing out your real name to a crowd of temperamental gamers doesn't exactly sound appealing either.

Hopefully this delay means that Microsoft is attempting to find an attractive balance between anonymity and overexposure.

Source: Kotaku

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So... what is available at launch?

An exaggeration, yes, but almost all of the news I hear about for the Xbox One seems to be about planned features or similar, that are no longer available when it comes out. I am willing to bet that if the PS4 wasn't out next month they'd have delayed the release, but weren't willing to let Sony get a head start.

Oh that's just great.
My last name is unbelievably rare. If I were to use it online people could find me with ease, and everything about me.
Yeah, not happening.

Not that I'm doing anything bad, or whatever, I'm just uncomfortable with it.

I don't even have a real name anymore. I just have a bunch of fake ones. But I know that this sucks. Didn't someone else try this crap and get their asses handed to them by people who learned of their names? What was the company? Blizzard? I can't remember which one did it... but it didn't go very well.

Tan-fucking-fastic. The fact that my current gamertag was signed up under my mother's name is particularly distressing, since we're kind of not on speaking terms at the moment. And what about when people are going through legal name changes? Then what?

Legion:
So... what is available at launch?

An exaggeration, yes, but almost all of the news I hear about for the Xbox One seems to be about planned features or similar, that are no longer available when it comes out. I am willing to bet that if the PS4 wasn't out next month they'd have delayed the release, but weren't willing to let Sony get a head start.

I was going to ask this . Can anyone give me an updated list of what people will get? Because from where i'm sitting it's not much .

I think it would be funnier for them to require putting in your real name as part of your profile. Sure, there will be dissenters, but let's see if people will still act like fuckwads when they can't be as anonymous as they were before.

an annoyed writer:
Tan-fucking-fastic. The fact that my current gamertag was signed up under my mother's name us particularly distressing, since we're kind of not on speaking terms at the moment. And what about when people are going through legal name changes? Then what?

"utter nonsense, people that dont want to reveal their full names to random strangers, than they can buy a comodore 64!"

/microsoft thought process

but yeah they really just continue to paint themselves into corners continually

luckshot:

an annoyed writer:
Tan-fucking-fastic. The fact that my current gamertag was signed up under my mother's name us particularly distressing, since we're kind of not on speaking terms at the moment. And what about when people are going through legal name changes? Then what?

"utter nonsense, people that dont want to reveal their full names to random strangers, than they can buy a comodore 64!"

/microsoft thought process

but yeah they really just continue to paint themselves into corners continually

Did any of you read the article?

Ghostdraconi:

luckshot:

an annoyed writer:
Tan-fucking-fastic. The fact that my current gamertag was signed up under my mother's name us particularly distressing, since we're kind of not on speaking terms at the moment. And what about when people are going through legal name changes? Then what?

"utter nonsense, people that dont want to reveal their full names to random strangers, than they can buy a comodore 64!"

/microsoft thought process

but yeah they really just continue to paint themselves into corners continually

Did any of you read the article?

Did you? If the article says correctly, the feature is delayed, not permanently removed. There's still reason to worry.

Use my real name for xbox live? Hahahaha yeah right, theres no way I'd put that sort of info onto a system full of so much filth. I'm glad I've got a PS4 ordered and canceled my XBO order.

an annoyed writer:

Ghostdraconi:

luckshot:

"utter nonsense, people that dont want to reveal their full names to random strangers, than they can buy a comodore 64!"

/microsoft thought process

but yeah they really just continue to paint themselves into corners continually

Did any of you read the article?

Did you? If the article says correctly, the feature is delayed, not permanently removed. There's still reason to worry.

i was more referring to their recent habit of proudly puffing out their chests while announcing features no one wants or needs and then trying to find an escape from it

What the hell was wrong with the old gamertag system?

If people wanna use an alias, let them.

If people wanna use their real names (for whatever reason), let them.

'Xbox One: A series of tubes' is what they should rename it too, because it just seems like a mess of regulation and restriction from where I'm sitting.

Pebkio:
I don't even have a real name anymore. I just have a bunch of fake ones. But I know that this sucks. Didn't someone else try this crap and get their asses handed to them by people who learned of their names? What was the company? Blizzard? I can't remember which one did it... but it didn't go very well.

Yep it was Blizzard, although they ended up making it completely optional as a BattleNet feature (visibility of friends across WoW, Starcraft and Diablo).
When they had initially announced that it would be forced on everyone, the reaction in forums was so explosive...it was unlike anything I've ever seen on any forums ever (till date). Something like 1000+ pages of angry replies to the primary thread and countless other off-threads, all within a span of just a few days...

CriticalMiss:
Confirmed Xbone launch features:

- Has mass

Phew :P

Legion:
So... what is available at launch?

Confirmed Xbone launch features:

- Kinect voice recognition*
- Skype integration
- Uses electricity**
- Has mass

* English only, regional accents not be compatible
** Continental USA only (excluding Iowa)

For the realie-ohs, it's like everything they mentioned during the reveal actually isn't part of the console except the TV stuff. Give it a week and they will announce that the controller won't be available at launch so everyone has to use the Kinect instead. Except the Kinect doesn't recognise voices or motions, those will be added at a later date. Oh and Xbox Live won't be accessible at launch, just FYI. In fact we're not 100% on whether it actually exists any more. Sorry.

You know there was a time when a product wouldn't be released until all the features were ready to go. Whatever happened to that?

This is the first time I have heard of real name gamer tags. One more reason to avoid the Xbone.

One step forward in "protecting" customer privacy, two step back on storing all your personal data on their own servers and sending you targeted ads.

"While real identities continue to be part of our plans for the experience on Xbox One,"

"Our teams are working hard to deliver a quality experience for Xbox One,"

It seems that when ever there is a xbox one article, Microsoft keeps bringing up this 'expereience...'

Well I will not be 'experiencing' your crappy console, Microsoft. I would rather keep my anonymity under the clever disguise of a rather delicious Kellogg's pastry and retain my individuality. Not that you guys would know anything about that you lifeless, corporate drones..

So basically what their saying is: Sign up under the name you use for character creation. Guess I'll be known as Michio Kimura from now on. (or Moriko Kimura, heh heh heh). Well I would be, if I was stupid enough to actually buy the stupid console.

Sorry but I believe that the ability to be anonymous from the internet is actually much better and I'm sorry but that despite the bullshit "conventional wisdom" of comics and such most of the time that "disgusting behavior" is just conflicting standards between two people. Doesn't make either person terrible, it just means that one person is just used to enforcing their morality upon others and getting away with it.

I mean hell take League of Legends. Most of those "toxic" players aren't actually "toxic" but just people who just like in real life have different standards. Hell main reason I see people getting reported aside from losing(which is still a big problem of that player base which is full of sore-winners and losers) is because they feel they are entitled to special rights because they are offended by another person's words or decisions.

Another good thing about being anonymous especially in this day and age is that you still get that chance to start over. I mean imagine if you will we really treated our social activities with the consequences equal to that of the US Prison System. Could you imagine how difficult it would be to get a job? I mean we already damn people in our society but now just imagine you aren't even able to move to a different state or country because someone decided to complain about your activities online. A good deal of our social lives should remain private and to most of the world is anonymous.

Bloody stupid idea. A person's gamer tag is unique to a user that can (will) share the same name with any number of people worldwide.

Whilst I support the general idea of bringing personal accountability to the online world to prevent trolling and antisocial behaviour, this is not the way to do it.

EDIT - Just for clarification, I'm referring to Microsoft's initial idea, not their back-track on said policy as outlined in this article.

What if someone's actual name is XxNwbXPwnr420xX? What then Microsoft? Seriously though, they seem to always be shooting themselves in the foot. Then, for good measure, shoot their other foot.

canadamus_prime:
You know there was a time when a product wouldn't be released until all the features were ready to go. Whatever happened to that?

Sony and Microsoft got into a staring contest, Microsoft blinked first ... and broke it's nose walking into a door.

Hey, Microsoft, you know what's a good idea?
DELAY THE LAUNCH OF THE XBOX FOR A FEW MONTHS!!!
Seriously, it seems that 90% of the XB1's signature features are not going to be available at launch. Who gives a shit if you have to release at the same time that Call of Duty's coming out? Delay the bloody thing for two or three months so that you can release a finished product. All this "not available at launch" talk just makes out the XBOX 1 to be rushed and slapped together to meet an arbitrary time limit. You know what Vale is notorious for doing? Delaying their releases. You know what else Valve is notorious for? QUALITY!!!
I'm sorry, but the XBOX 1 is not making itself out to be a viable competitor to the PS4 and Wii U. And Microsoft, this is not just something that the Escapist users have in common. It's something that people all over the internet- Hell, the gaming community as a whole, have in common.

Dr.Awkward:
I think it would be funnier for them to require putting in your real name as part of your profile. Sure, there will be dissenters, but let's see if people will still act like fuckwads when they can't be as anonymous as they were before.

Oh they will still act like fuckwads, it will just be easier to track people, comment on their social websites, look up phone numbers to send harassing phone calls, instantly target female players in order to write sexually harassing comments, steal personal information, track family members for harassment, and other delightful things.

Any true internet stalker/troll/harasser knows tricks to get around programs like this, it will just be the less educated/new/younger players who will get pin pointed and harassed.

But yeah, maybe people will be nicer when they use their real names... Sure there is no actual data to confirm such a theory but it's probably almost common sense now right?

Psychobabble:

canadamus_prime:
You know there was a time when a product wouldn't be released until all the features were ready to go. Whatever happened to that?

Sony and Microsoft got into a staring contest, Microsoft blinked first ... and broke it's nose walking into a door.

If this problem was exclusive to Microsoft... I'd still have no idea what you're talking about.

CriticalMiss:

Legion:
So... what is available at launch?

Confirmed Xbone launch features:

- Kinect voice recognition*
- Skype integration
- Uses electricity**
- Has mass

* English only, regional accents not be compatible
** Continental USA only (excluding Iowa)

You forgot paper weight functions.

canadamus_prime:
You forgot paper weight functions.

That probably comes under 'Has mass'. Also it's a paper weight experience.

Rainbow_Dashtruction:
So basically what their saying is: Sign up under the name you use for character creation. Guess I'll be known as Michio Kimura from now on. (or Moriko Kimura, heh heh heh). Well I would be, if I was stupid enough to actually buy the stupid console.

Well, people already treat this as my real name, so I guess I'm set!

Yuuki:

Pebkio:
I don't even have a real name anymore. I just have a bunch of fake ones. But I know that this sucks. Didn't someone else try this crap and get their asses handed to them by people who learned of their names? What was the company? Blizzard? I can't remember which one did it... but it didn't go very well.

Yep it was Blizzard, although they ended up making it completely optional as a BattleNet feature (visibility of friends across WoW, Starcraft and Diablo).
When they had initially announced that it would be forced on everyone, the reaction in forums was so explosive...it was unlike anything I've ever seen on any forums ever (till date). Something like 1000+ pages of angry replies to the primary thread and countless other off-threads, all within a span of just a few days...

It was more than that. So many people began cancelling their subscriptions over it that the account servers -crashed- and couldn't handle the load anymore. It was a very incredible sight to say the least. Part of it being forced on people was that RealID would be on the forums too... Which is probably one of the biggest reasons it blew up as much as it did.

Umm guys, Sony are also doing the whole real names for online profiles thing.

I suspect a lot of people are going to be bitterly disappointed by the PS4 when it finally rolls out and people realise it's not all that different to the Xbox 1. Either that, or they won't care because they're just hating on MS because it's MS, rather than any actual good reason.

So they are going to force real names only? Lame. What do they think they are gaining for pissing off the gamers that care about their anonymity?

Once this does come into effect on Xbox, Playstation, or wherever else, I imagine we'll see yet another spike in cyber-stalking. Privacy is there for a reason. Greifing and trolling are unfortunate side-effects, but they're less unfortunate than the alternative. I'll stick to my Linux box and no "social networking", thanks.

CriticalMiss:

canadamus_prime:
You forgot paper weight functions.

That probably comes under 'Has mass'. Also it's a paper weight experience.

Also boat anchor functions too.

Yeah, definitely not, I don't even use my real name on youtube, i'd rather not be putting my full name out there that publically as I have an uncommon last name and would rather avoid the harassment.

smithy_2045:
Umm guys, Sony are also doing the whole real names for online profiles thing.

since when!?

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