Blizzard and Facebook: Clueless or Hopeful?
Buy Lasix I don’t *dislike* the Facebook integration but I just have to wonder who honestly would give a crap on my friends list about my OW love?
Is Blizzard clueless? I can’t imagine that they believe that the first thing that comes to a gamer’s mind is “Facebook” when they think “gaming”, or that the company believes that their customers are going to be welcomed by their non-gaming associates once they start spamming their timelines with their World of Warcraft selfies and Overwatch PotG videos. But companies aren’t so much a hive-mind as they are a dictatorship, even companies that seem to have their act together like Blizzard does (most of the time). Someone might get a bug in his or her ear that “X is a good idea!” and they might look around and see other companies doing similar things, so they might believe that it really is a good idea, regardless of the actual reception or grumbling on the street. But Blizzard didn’t get to be where it is because of constantly making Bad Decisions, so I can only imagine that they’re working gauntlet-in-gauntlet to make Facebook a destination for gamers. Were it any company other than Blizzard (Daybreak, Trion, NCSoft, etc), I think this partnership would be summarily dismissed (I mean really dismissed, and not in the impotent eye-rolling that commentators are doing in comment sections across the Internet where this situation is currently being discussed). But it is Blizzard, who has power and cachet to the point where if Blizzard says you can, people most certainly will, up to the point where it’ll eventually be the only option.
At any rate, I sometimes look for ways to get back at the people on Facebook who spam me with their crap, so if nothing else this is a great nuclear option I can add to my arsenal for days when I’m feeling particularly obnoxious. I don’t want to use Facebook for my Blizzard logins because I recently closed down one FB account because I didn’t use it for anything other than auto-posting from the Untappd beer tracking application, but I had to open another account because some service that I needed demanded it as the only option for registration. Let me tell you, that bothered me mightily, so if Blizzard has any inkling that subbing out it’s user management infrastructure to a third party — especially Facebook — is a good “business decision”, I think they’re going to have another RealID debacle on their hands. Of course, if we can use our content to fight back against sappy inspirational quotes and “share this if you love X, ignore if you hate Y” bullshit that seems to be the foundation of Facebook, we might be able to redecorate the place a bit.