When Blizzard introduced Real ID, I wasn’t a fan of it at all. When the fiasco that ensued regarding personal identity, I was really happy I stuck with my decision not to activate it. Now, however, I do actually use it. The biggest reason is the sheer number of characters I have. If friends/guildies want to find me, they have the means to do so. Still not very keen on using my name, but it is what it is -for now.
Last week Blizzard announced their new system, BattleTag. It’s the very same premise as Xbox Live tags and other similar models. Ultimately, though, it’s going to be what Real ID was meant to be when the developers were planning it in the first place…and likely what most players expected Real ID to be. At the moment it’s not available for World of Warcraft -in fact, it’s only useful in the Diablo III beta and set for that game’s launch. Starcraft and WoW are simply set as “sometime in the future.” If I was to make a wager, I’d suggest it will come into play with the Mists of Pandaria beta and launch.
Still that hasn’t stopped people from already signing up, including myself. I’ll probably repost it when it actually applies to World of Warcraft, but my tag is JDKenada #1124. If you’re wondering about the number, your ID is not unique (so to speak). Anyone can have Thrallfav as their tag, but the number added on at the end is the part of the tag that is unique to your account.