I have 6 Real ID friends.
I feel so popular.
I’ll be honest and say only one of them is someone I know in real life as in I used to see somewhat regularly untill they moved interstate. The others are ‘internet friends.’ I have recently have spent more time in-game with all of them then I have my own mother in -RL .
I’m pretty confident at the least, that my 6 aren’t axe wielding maniacs. Me however – well they added me at their own risk – and I don’t own a axe though I do have…..
I went all stalkerish. Yes! I am in your friends list counting your numbers, and of my 6, the numbers of friends they had each ranged from 11 to 1 The average was about 6 friends each. This is a very small sample, and I am sure Blizzard would be tracking these averages because…..
Is 6 friends really worth all the effort they put in, for this x realm / x game communication?
Blizzard want us to connect – stay connected – not leave one game because we can’t play with friends, and I am sure that a lot of people have a lot more than 6 friends, and it’s only been a week. I’m also sure that some are so busy talking to their friends they are Afk in a major city – and miss raid because they are too busy being social and are not playing the game as intended.
But 6 people – what are the averages you’re seeing? More or less? The people I have talked to / commented / read other posts on, are either extremely protective of their privacy, and have one, or none, or are quite happy with the idea of their Wow friends being Real ID friends. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. I like the middle ground, and besides if they give you their email. They don’t see yours.
The more I think on it – if I can accept the friends request on Facebook of some person from my kinder garden class that I haven’t seen in decades - Omg remember me! Lets be Facebook friends” and you never have any further interaction with them besides maybe throwing a sheep at them. Then is a person that you have spent/spend HOURS with . On vent, in group, in game, in party, in Bg’s, are they really so bad?
I’m not advocating that you pick up random people in pugs - “omg you look so hot. Add me” Or add your entire guild. But We think we know people – but often even the closest and dearest people to our hearts, in our lives surprise us sometimes.
You can delete people as friends. If your friendship circle changes, it’s ok to remove them. Are you in contact with ALL the people you have called friend throughout your life? Ever removed a friend off facebook? You have the same choice with Real ID.
I have a couple more real life peoples out there I could add, but they haven’t asked, I haven’t asked and we really don’t need to with 6 other ways of communicating.
Oh and the last thing I will say about this real ID business. Is you look REALLY silly running round Dalaran with a <busy> next to their names.