Game Center On IPhone Now Requires Real Name

Posted: Dec 1 2010, 4:59pm CST | by , in News | Apple


Game Center On iPhone Now Requires Real Name
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What will GodBoy39 do?

Most people don't like using their real name online, especially in online games where smacktalk and anonymity are the cornerstone of the experience. But Apple wants to put a big slump in that.

The company slipped the new requirement into a recently updated version of its Terms of Service for the social gaming service. Now, when you push the button that says you accept those terms, you're actually allowing - in fact, requiring - your name to show up to every other Game Center user. This name is whatever you have registered with your Apple ID.

Game Center operates like Xbox Live, allowing iPhone users to become friends with one another online, play multiplayer games, earn achievements, and post scores to leaderboards.

The move can't help but make us think of Blizzard's similar push earlier this year. It forced players on games like World of Warcraft to use their real name on official forums. But due to an extreme level of backlash from the highly wannabe-anonymous MMO community, Blizzard quickly backed down and reversed the decision.

Knowing Apple's reluctance to ever let anyone change its mind, that probably won't happen here.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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