Sony: “PS4 Gamers Will Love Using Their Real Names!”

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Sony has been assuring gamers they will love playing under their real name on the PlayStation 4, worrying most gamers despite Sony’s rather dubious assurances that pseudonyms will be “supported.”

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The comments come from a recent interview Sony lead system architect Mark Cerny gave to a Japanese tech website:

PS4 network communication is going to be based on your real name. It will also be linked with real name SNS like Facebook.

Some people may be concerned by this. Generally most games to date have been played anonymously. Personally, together with most gamers, I would not favour playing under my real name.

But you seem to believe most gaming from here on will be under a real name system, won’t that be something of a challenge for the PS4?

With online games, anonymity is the “present paradigm.” For example, when fighting online in a deathmatch, being anonymous is probably good.

But in cooperative games or those stressing communication, it’s better not to be anonymous.

For example, if you give a friend a game item as a gift. Your emotions will differ completely in that case.

Of course, we’ll respect anonymous gaming as it is now. And we’ll support play like that. You’ll be able to enjoy an intense deathmatch using a pseudonym on the PS4.

However, at the same time we want to support people playing with their real world friends.

For example, what if you were reunited with a friend you hadn’t seen since university, wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Most of the real impetus behind the obsession of Facebook and Google with extricating the real names of their users is thought to be so they can better hawk the personal data of users to marketers – the practical and philosophical merits of anonymity versus real names hardly entering into the equation.

Judging from the online reaction, Sony’s efforts to foist a real name system onto gamers seem unlikely to be well received – all the more so with Sony having the distinction of having been catastrophically hacked in recent memory:

“Give it a rest!”

“As if it will be ‘wonderful’…”

“Nobody thinks that, Sony.”

“This will never fly in Japan.”

“Only total non-gamers would think this.”

“So much for the PS4.”

“Can’t they stop pushing this social rubbish on us. I just want to play games.”

“The trouble with anonymous systems is that the culture rapidly degenerates to rock bottom. Especially where people can develop intense grudges over what happens in game…”

“They are trying to make their console into some sham deaikei site now? There are no real pluses to using your real name online…”

“They just want to sell your personal data on the side, like Google and Amazon.”

“Pretty obvious the whole push for everyone to use these services is just so they can profit off your personal data.”

“People are just going to expose your gaming in public.”

“What about all those people you don’t want to meet in game?”

“When they get hacked all this information is going to get leaked. Give it a rest.”

“I don’t mind using my real name, but I don’t think I’ll be entrusting this info to Sony any time soon.”

“Does anyone want all this SNS junk in their games?”

“Now all our creepy gaming habits are going to be exposed to everyone, great.”

“With FPS and fighting games there is a real chance you end up playing some nut who tries to take revenge on you offline…”

“Look, they have not said they will make it compulsory! It’ll probably just be linking your account to FB or something.”

“As if. Expect them to start offering special DLC to people using their real name.”

“The interviewer said real names will the basis. They’ll surely be trying to induce or force people to register with their real names, and putting up obstacles to those who do not.”

“I doubt they will be able to stop you using a fake name. Scary if they can…”

“Nobody wants this social crap in their games, Sony!”

“There are no advantages to using your real name in a game at all, only disadvantages. You’ll have to watch everything you do even when playing. If we wanted this stuff we’d all be poking away at FB.”

“Nice if they force the players who badmouth you constantly to use their real names.”

“This is idiotic. What about the crazies who send you hate mail when you beat them, what about people who are going to go out of their way to harass you just because they lost?”

“Pretty sure a lot of gamers are simply not that extroverted and do not want to have all this social stuff forced on them.”

“This is going to wipe out the female populations of a lot of games in various ways…”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 26/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Playing under my real name? No way. I hate my real name. Even my IRL friends call me by nickname. I am like Indiana Jones.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:04 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Your friends call you by your dogs name?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's nothing, you should see what do with a jar of peanut butter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 28/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i understood him. nothing wrong with his "fuckin' english".

    Comment by Anonymous

    fucking english, do you speak it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 26/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “Can’t they stop pushing this social rubbish on us. I just want to play games.”

    NO SHIT. Fucking start making game consoles again, not multimedia social machines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 28/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's not the console, it's the games that matter, and the sign exclusivity contracts so they are forced to make them for X or Y console, so even if you make a new console that's good and not social bs crap, you are left with almost no AAA games because of that. That's way you dont see final fantasy or gran turismo for Xbox or gear of war for ps3

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 29/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 was on Xbox, as will XIII-3.

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    Comment by 19th
    01:31 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    It's what people wanted, they complained about the PS3 not having more social features.

    Don't tell me you never heard of all those people who complained that "The PS3 didn't have voice chat like the Xbox 360, so I'm getting an Xbox 360!"

    This crap was inevitable. Please don't act like you're so surprised and outraged.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 27/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So wanting voice chatting = wanting social networking integration lol?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dude, what? When I dropped for a 360, it was because they didn't want 600 dollars for their console, not because it had (rather shitty) voice chat, or the various social media engines they heaped on that went unused.

    Comment by Anonymous

    American spotted!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize that the playstation console came before the xbox right, and that'd mean people on the xbox are doing the ripping off by your logic yes?

    Comment by Anonymous

    sounds more aussie than american

    Comment by Anonymous

    thank god for the Xbox always hated $ony so glad there shooting themselfs in the foot with this one i cant wait for e3 when ms shows off a machine thats 4 or 5 times more power then the PoS4 from $ony i could care less about the PoS4 seeing as all there games are ripoffs of other companys and always suck with multiplats compaered to xbox360 $ony might have more off the games librery but with ms its all about quality over quantity like halo and gears

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 26/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hi! My real name is Penile Wrapper! Nice to meet you! Good bye!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 26/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    My name is Polly Aster.
    Don't laugh. Please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 26/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My name is Hugh Johnson.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 26/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >My name is Hugh Johnson.

    What a coincidence, my name is Huge Onsen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 29/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    mah real name is jimmiing dah johnson and i drove dah 48.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 02/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My name is Onna Hole. Would you like to play with Hole?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 30/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dick Cummings has invited you to a game. Would you like to play with Dick now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 28/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi everybody! My name is Al Coholic
    !

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and my name is Delicio Pai >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My real name is Kim Dotcom

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 28/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    guess what? when they dont have an exit .. they are attacking fatties.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >4 fatties disapproved this comment

    the rest of us laughed

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yes, I'm sure you're the size of an onsen. Fattie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 26/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nothing like insulting someone on CoD when they can see Your real name...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG, I'm about to pwn Point Dexter right here!!! LOLOLOLOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    http://xkcd.com/327/

    "Did you name your son Robert'); DROP Table Students;-- ?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi! My name is JUSTIN BEIBER. Nice to meet you. Good bye.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi Just A Beaver LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long time no see! Do you remember me? Your old pal, Obiv, Obiv Ioustroll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would actually be a cool name, if pronounced properly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:03 26/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If I want Facebook, I'll go to the damn site, motherfucker.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 27/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    FUCK FACEBOOK!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 27/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I don't even use my real name on facebook, what kind of moron posts personal information online? lol!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i work for an xbox billing call center ... I see fraud every day, all you need is a name to get started, working at this job I learnd it would be soooo easy to steals someones identity I deleted my facebook account. with facebook I can get your name phone number and maybe your address, find someone who lives near me ... check your trash for CC bills or even mayve a bank statement that has ur account number on it .... eventually I collect bits and pieces from all over, call phone compony to get this, the cable compony to get that, gimmie a week and I can be you

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >22:23

    lol You obviously know nothing about social engineering.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 02/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately too many idiots use Facebook as their personal diaries. EVERYTHING you need to know about someone is ON FACEBOOK. EVERYTHING. Because they put it up there because the website entices an ENCOURAGES them to do it. And they do.

    They just make it so easy, too easy. And hiding facebook accounts do nothing as they can be hacked and broken into. With Sony's reputation of getting hacked all they need is people's real-life names attached to this credit-card accounts too now.

    What a disaster. If game-companies can't handle hackers they sure as hell shouldn't be shoving this social-site garbage down gamer's throat just to make that FB founder a more rich bastard than he already is now. The game companies have betrayed consumers and have become nothing more than cheap salesmen bull-shitters. This isn't for the benefit of the player this is the little under-the table benefits between companies thrown onto players as something 'good' for them while it's actually 'good' for the others. Get X amount of people to sign up for Facebook with Sony and get X amount of revenue. It's so obvious. Facebook has sponsors duh.

    Anyone who wants to protest this shit better start a petition and have 50,000 or more people sign it. Or they could just ignore and do what they want anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, you can't get into my psn or xbox live account and do tons of charges, even if you had my real name. If it was that easy to do it, it would be happening so often that it'd be news every other minute. If only because I'm not mentally retarded and don't pay my bills with a credit card. Jesus fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ya call into the phone compony pretent to be you and get the CC number you paid your last bill with from AT&T, I live In a town with lots of call centers, xbox, att, Verizon, apple, nike, and even visa, ive worked at em all and learnd easy ways to do horrible things, its not hard and with what sony is doing ... it would be even easier, shoot in a day I van get into ur psn or xbox account and download tons of charges, in a week I have ur identity a new house with a loan in ur name and a shiny new furniture

    Comment by Anonymous

    Anyone who understands that it takes more then a name to steal ones identity? Stupid child is stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 26/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    If you wanted facebook you would of bought a Xbox. BOOM I went there ;)

    I am so getting a PS this time around Xbox let me down. Charging for monthly game play and constant let downs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the closest they can get to giving you the SAO experience...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 26/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, Sony is planning to charge this time around too last I checked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 27/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They haven't stated anything of the sort...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Lol, no.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    they said many times, check gameinformer website they had an artivle about a week back

    Comment by Anonymous

    um they are charging for online this time around bro. already been stated several times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "BOOM I went there"
    Too bad it didn't make a lick of fucking sense. You have no idea what you're talking about here, do you?

    Comment by Anonymous

    lick my asshole plzz ;p

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Damn my real name is like 30 letters long. I feel even more sorry for Arab and Indian guys whose names are like fucking paragraphs lol.

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    Comment by Yamato
    03:44 28/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Poor, poor Mr. Nahasapeemapetilon.... but at least he didn't marry Mrs. Bouvier-Terwilliger-Hutz-McClure.

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    Comment by Catastrophe
    10:19 29/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    huh, a simpsons reference on sankaku? hats off to you sir.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 26/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think giving us the option of displaying our real names is fine, but please, just make it an option. An option. Let us choose whether to use our real name or a pseudonym.









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